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SUNDAY FORUMS IN LENT - WHERE GOD HAPPENS BY ROWAN WILLIAMS
At Sunday Forums during Lent, the book we will be discussing is Where God Happens by Rowan Williams. We will discuss this book for four Sundays in Lent. You can purchase the book on Amazon. Fr. Shawn also has some copies for purchase for $13.50. If you do not get the book, do not worry. Please join the conversation nonetheless. Today, Fr. Peter Pham discusses “Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another.”
MAKE THE CENTENNIAL BELL RING AGAIN
Fifty years ago, St. Paul's parishioners erected our roof top bell as part of their celebration of the parish's 100th anniversary. Last fall as we launched our Sesquicentennial activities, the Vestry approved establishment of a "150 Fund" to raise funds for one or more tangible gifts to the parish to mark this milestone. Right now, the motor that powers the centennial bell from a switch in the sacristy is out of commission. Replacing it requires a $7500 investment. The 150 Fund already contains almost half the needed amount. Both the 150 Committee and the Vestry agree that bringing the bell back to full function would be a most appropriate use of at least part of the monies the 150 Fund might ultimately contain. The new technology will move the clapper and not the bell, and will enable us to automatically ring the Angelus on a daily basis, something we have always longed for!
With four months left in our Sesquicentennial schedule, this would be an excellent time to make a gift to the Fund. During Lent and most especially during Holy Week, we benefit from the generosity of the generations that preceded us in this holy place. Their commitment is manifest still in the physical environment in which we worship today. Won't you join in restoring the bell and potentially in other additions to the physical fabric of our parish for those who come after us? Contributions to the Fund can be made through the parish website or by check payable to St. Paul's with "150 Fund" on the memo line.
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS IN LENT
March 8 – March 29
BREAD FOR THE JOURNEY
5:15 p.m. - Stations of the Cross
6:00 p.m. - Eucharist
6:30 p.m. - Lenten Supper (Suggested Donation $5)
7:00 p.m. – Presentation
8:00 p.m. - Compline
March 22: “Light from the East: Eastern Christian Liturgical Traditions – Part I,” by Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos, who is an Assistant Professor of Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America. His area of specialization is Byzantine Liturgy. Fr. Stefanos is a Greek Orthodox priest.
March 29: “Light from the East: Eastern Christian Liturgical Traditions – Part II,” by Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos.
April 5: “An Anglican View of the Liturgy,” by Fr. Shawn Strout.
THE FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION
The Feast of the Annunciation, a “Feast of Our Lord” as described on page 16 of the Book of Common Prayer, will be observed in this parish on the eve of the feast, with Angelus and Evening Prayer at 5:45 p.m. and Solemn Mass at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, March 24, with a reception following in the Atrium. On the actual feast, Saturday, March 25, there will be a Angelus and Morning Prayer at 7:45 a.m. and a Low Mass at 8:00 a.m.
St. Paul's parishioners are encouraged to regularly make their confession: an opportunity to free ourselves from sin and burden, as we prepare to greet God's great gift. Priests are always available to hear confessions every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., every Saturday at 8:30 a.m., or by appointment.
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS
Your gifts of non-breakable, non-perishable items will help keep local families fed this spring. It's an easy way to make a difference and an ideal way to introduce children to the importance of helping those in need. The donation basket is located at the baptismal font.
What better way is there to honor the Lord's incarnation than to uplift in some way the life of a needy person? An opportunity is at hand - our Grate Patrol is looking for help preparing and delivering breakfast on weekends to the dozens of homeless people in our area.
Preparation of 400 bags takes place in the Parish Hall from 2:00-3:30 p.m. each Friday. All help is welcome -no advance notice is necessary. Index 17 on the front or back door keypad to be "buzzed in."
Delivery takes about 3 hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings - 5:45 - 9:00 a.m. We meet in the church parking lot and follow 2 distinct routes to deliver meals and hot coffee. Please contact Glenn Marsh to schedule this - 703 622-6464 or gmarsh338 [at] outlook.com. Thank you for your blessing of help throughout the year.
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
The Adult Discussion Group continues its study of Archbishop Ramsey's Anglican Spirit; today's topic is Biblical Theology and Christian Renewal. The Group meets in the Common Room at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to join us for one or more sessions.
Parents of Children ages 3-12. We welcome children to both Level 1 (ages 3-6) and Level 2/3 (ages 6-12) immediately following the 9 a.m. communion. We will conclude by 11 a.m.
Thank you! We received a number of generous donations for the small wooden toddler chairs and will be placing the order this week. Also, many thanks to all of you who participated (and hopefully enjoyed) the bake sale we hosted. It was a great success and will help us improve our materials and ministry to the children.
YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY
A Sunday Afternoon Bible Study aimed at young adults/young professionals meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Carwithen Parlor. The group is looking at the Book of Revelation. Each session includes time of teaching and reflecting on the Scriptures, with emphasis on their applicability to our daily lives. The group is led by Dr. Ryan Danker of Wesley Theological Seminary. Please dial 43 on the keypad at the front or rear door and someone will let you in.
ON MATTERS OF THE SOUL
ON MATTERS OF THE SOUL
Our small discussion group, “On Matters of the Soul,” will have its next meeting on Monday, March 20th (weather permitting), at 7 p.m. in the Common Room. Our topic will be “Does prayer change God?” Please feel free to join us! Newcomers are welcome. Please dial 40 on the keypad at the front entrance or rear handicapped entrance for admission. For more information, contact Ed Loucks at 301-633-5937 or edloucks [at] comcast.net.
This week we pray: