Dear Friends in Christ,

It seems that there is no snow in the forecast for this Sunday.(!) I hope you have enjoyed the beauty of our weather–snow drifts, large flakes dusting the trees–and the delight of being outdoors in the midst if it all. School vacation week has offered some of us a chance to get away as well. I look forward very much to our regathering on Sunday to worship and reconnect.

Our EXPLORE classes have been compacted into this Sunday and the Sunday after Easter. Our Lenten film series and pot luck continues this Tuesday. Looking at “Of Gods and Men” last week was a profound experience. This coming Tuesday “The Way” offers a mix of humor and drama in the midst of transformation for the central character. The food has been great and a wonderful variety. Please join other parishioners for supper, the film, and the discussion afterwards this Tuesday night.

Faithfully yours in Christ,
Ann+

The Rev. Dr. Ann J. Broomell

The March Messenger

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Printed editions of The Messenger are available at the church and have been mailed to those we do not have email addresses for.

Sunday Music

Hymns:
Praise to the Lord, the almighty
Lead me, guide me along the way
Nothing can ever (Taize)
Now quit your care

Anthem: Junior Choir: I the lord of sea and sky

We welcome Grace Lewis-McLaren, guest organist.

For the 8 a.m. service: no music this week; next week instead (March 10)

Organ Music
Prelude: Praeludium: Andante con moto — F. Mendelssohn
Postlude: Christ, the Comforter of the World — J. S. Bach

This Week in Church School
This week in church school the children are thinking about the many ways in which God’s love surrounds and comforts us, especially in times of distress. While the youngest children celebrate God’s love with streamers and games, the older ones will make crafts and solve word puzzles related to the theme of the day. Rite 13, meanwhile, continues to look at Jesus’ ministry, and J2A has the second installment of their confirmation series.

This Sunday’s Announcements
Today we welcome Grace Lewis-McLaren as our guest organist.

Healing Prayer is offered today at the 8:00 and 10:30 services. If you wish to receive a prayer on your own behalf or for another, proceed to the vestibule following communion.

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, Rev. Dr. Ann J. Broomell will be leading a class on polity and history from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. The last class focusing on the Baptismal Covenant, will be led by Deacon Mary Lee Wile on April 7 from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Light lunches will be provided.

Tech help today! Last week’s tech help sessions were rescheduled to this afternoon because of the snow storm. There’s still time to sign up if you’re in a minor quandary with your cell phone, iPod, iPad, camera, or other electronic device. See the Iona teens after worship to secure your slot.

Chili for sale! We still have a few containers of frozen chili for sale after worship. Take home some for a quick lunch or dinner. Proceeds go towards the Iona pilgrimage.

Lenten Film Series/Pot Luck Supper. Join with others to see the Martin Sheen film, The Way, a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an irascible American doctor who comes to France to deal with the tragic loss of his son (played by Emilio Estevez). Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage “The Way of St. James” to honor his son’s desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn’t plan on is the profound impact this trip will have on him. Through unexpected and oftentimes amusing experiences along “The Way,” Tom discovers the difference between “the life we live and the life we choose.”
Tuesday, March 5 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Discussion leader: Rev. Ben Barnes Host: Myrna Koonce

The Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace will perform all services at St. Paul’s on Sunday, March 17, and all services during Holy Week. He is the Multifaith Chaplain at Bates College, and served at Emmanuel Church in Boston for thirteen years. For almost three decades, Bill has acted as a family therapist, spiritual director, and a hospice
administrator.

Winter Gardening Workshop will be held on March 10 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. Eric Sideman, MOFGA Crop Specialist, will discuss organic pest management and control, and identification of common garden pests. Cucumber, Japanese and Colorado potato beetles, caterpillars, and identification of early and late blight will be emphasized in this session. The February 24 session was postponed until April 7.

After-church, luncheon and cook-off, Sunday, March 17th! That day, the Iona teens will be sponsoring an after-church luncheon and cook-off entitled “Ladeling for Dollars” at noon in the parish hall. Parishioners are invited to cook a pot of their favorite soup or stew to enter in the competition. Tickets ($5) will be sold at the door to all who wish to sample the soups and vote on their favorites. The winner will receive a handsome (if somewhat silly) award, and there may be chances to rig your vote by purchasing more tickets. Fun and a delicious lunch should be had by all. Please join us, with or without your favorite soup entry!

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.

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 meet in the Great Hall two Monday mornings a month starting on March 18. The children’s music program that has rented the Great Hall from us for some time continues in that space.

Are you on Facebook? If you are, please “like” the St. Paul’s church page.

The Enthronement of the Archbishop of Canterbury on BBC television, radio and online. The final stages of preparation are underway for the Enthronement of Justin Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, on Thursday, March 21. The service will be broadcast live on BBC. For more information: www.archbishopofcanterbury.org & www.bbc.co.uk.

Easter Flower memorial envelopes are available in the pews. Please PRINT the necessary information and place the envelope in the plate or return it to the church office by Sunday, March 24.

Maundy Thursday Midnight Vigil. After the service on Maundy Thursday of Holy Week, we are offered the chance to rest and wait with Jesus as his closest disciples did so long ago. Please sign up on the hall bulletin board to be present at the Altar of Repose for an hour or until midnight, as you wish.

Holy Water in the Baptismal Font–There is now blessed holy water in the baptismal font you pass using the transept entrance to the church. Many Episcopalians find it centering to dip their hand into the water and make the sign of the cross with that hand from head to chest and shoulder to shoulder upon entering church. They do so to remind themselves of their Baptismal promises and to bring their focus to the worship about to enfold around them. You might wish to give this sign of devotion a try in the weeks to come.

Parish Prayer Requests

Pray for Millennium Development Goals #2 & #3: Achieve Universal Primary Education and Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women through the elimination of gender disparity in primary and secondary education. (www.episcopalchurch.org/ONE). Also pray for our Companion Diocese of Haiti. Special intercessions for Steven, Ned, Max, Karen, Timothy, Jill, Alison & family, Mason, Oliver, Peter, Jill, Bill, Chester, Rodney Sr., Jane, Charlie, Leslie & Therese, Laurie, John, Jamie, and Edie. For Patrick, Jason,
Benjamin and Anderson, all in the military. On-going intercessions, also remembered every Thursday noon: Gloria, Margi, Hayden, Nancy, Mimi, Maitri, Trudy, Lori, Barbara, Lynelle, William, Jack, Bob, Allison, Joan, David, Ann, Mathew, and Victor.

The white rose on the altar is given in thanksgiving for the birth of Carlisle Heather, granddaughter of Ralph and Donna Thivierge.