By now you have received the announcement that I have accepted a call as Interim Rector at St. Stephen’s Church, Pittsfield, MA. Interim Rector is the same position I now hold at St. Paul’s, with a different title. Their long term rector has gone on to a new position and they are working on their self study to prepare their profile. Sound familiar? I am excited about this call. The parish is somewhat larger than St. Paul’s and equally committed to spiritual growth and ministry in the community.

I have loved being among you and at the same time I am excited about this call. The time comes in every interim ministry when the next step is to move on to make room for the next rector in the parish. I am honored to serve among you. My move will be what is needed for all of us and bittersweet. My last day will be March 10. I hope you can worship with me that day and that we can celebrate this time after the second service.

In the meantime there is Lent for us to honor. I invite you to the second of the Lenten Series this Tuesday night when we will watch Of God and Men and The Rev. Al Niese will lead us in our discussion. The time is 6-8:30 pm and the evening begins with a pot luck supper. Bring a dish to share and enjoy both the movie and the discussion.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

The Rev. Dr. Ann J. Broomell

Sunday Music
The God of Abraham praise
Take up your cross, the Savior said
Bless the Lord, my soul
O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising

Choir Anthem
I sat down under his shadow –  Bairstow
Text: I sat down under his shadow with great delight. And his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting table, and his banner over me was love.

Organ Music
Prelude: When in the hour of utmost need — J. S. Bach
Postlude: Prelude and Fugue in C Minor — Marchand

This Week in Church School
This week in church school the children are thinking about Jesus’ lament over Jerusalem, in which he sighs, “I have often wanted to gather you as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.” This image of God as mother resonates deeply with children, and they often respond whole-heartedly to Jesus’ imagery. In keeping with the theme of the day, they play a number of games involving chicks and feathers that allow them to commit Jesus’ words to memory without really realizing they’re doing so. Rite 13 continues with its study of Jesus’ ministry, and J2A enters the second week of its confirmation prep.

This Sunday’s Announcements
Thank you to all who have made an additional pledge to support the ministries of the parish. We have been successful in raising the funds needed to close the gap!

A Message from our Transition Priest in Charge You have most likely received news that I will be moving on to become Interim Rector at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Pittsfield, MA next month. My last Sunday will be March 10. Please plan to come for worship that day and for the reception following the 10:30 a.m. service. Ann

Becoming an Episcopalian: Bishop Lane will be at St. Paul’s on April 14 to confirm and receive new Episcopalians and recognize those choosing to reaffirm vows made at an earlier time in their lives. EXPLORE classes are preparation for those making that commitment or for anyone wanting to learn more about the Episcopal Church. Continuing this Sunday, Deacon Mary Lee Wile and TPiC Ann Broomell will be leading classes from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. today and on March 3, 10 and 17. We will provide a light lunch. Topics will include history, organization and decision
making, worship, and the Baptismal Covenant.

Tech help today 1-4 p.m.. There’s still time to sign up for a tech help slot! Our talented teens will help solve your phone, iPad, camera, or iPod problems in exchange for a donation towards their Iona pilgrimage.

Chili is still available for sale after both services! Pick up a quick lunch/dinner for yourself after worship–$5 per container. Veggie and meat available. All proceeds go towards the teen Iona pilgrimage.

Sharing and Caring Support Group for people living with grief and caregivers will meet on Monday, February 25, at 1:00 p.m. Don’t forget to pick up the Lenten Meditations 2013 with an inspiring introduction on the back of the front page. We have exciting plans for the future. Come share a prayer, poem, or story for this time of Lent that gives us an opportunity for renewal and hope. Looking forward to seeing you-Barbara Blanchard and Sandy Meyer.

Lenten Series–Pot Luck Supper/Movies/Discussion. Please join us for the second movie in the series, Of Gods And Men. Tuesday, February 26th, 6:00-8:30 p.m. The discussion will be led by The Rev. Al Niese. The film is loosely based on the story of eight French Christian monks who live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection. The monks struggle with the question of whether they should stay or leave.

An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) has been installed in the hallway outside the Sacristy. Training on this lifesaving device and CPR has been postponed until March 17. The cabinet that holds the AED has an alarm that will sound for a short period of time. Please ignore the alarm if you have an emergency use of the device.

Lenten Meditation Booklets are available this morning.

The Winter Gardening Workshop Vegetable Gardening ‘204’ presented by Barbara Murphy, scheduled for this Sunday has been postponed until April 7 due to the storm.

St. Paul’s is on its second season of hosting the Gathering Place in the Great Hall during the colder months of the year. The Gathering Place is unable to use its current location due to building issues for the next few months. We have agreed to host the Gathering Place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-3, meaning that we are extending our welcome to the three middle days of the week. WIC, the Federal nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children will begin, in future weeks, to use the Great Hall on two Monday mornings a week. The children’s music program that has rented the Great Hall from us for some time continues in that space.

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