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6 February 2018

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Volume VI | February 6, 2018
Announcements for Sunday, February 11
Wednesday Happenings
Wednesday, February 7
5 PM Holy Eucharist in the Library
5:15 PM Dinner in the Parish Hall
For $3, you can eat your fill from this week’s menu: roast pork loin with Marsala gravy, mashed potatoes, sunshine salad, creme brulee, macaroni and cheese for the kids, and vegetarian broccoli soup
5:45-6:30 PM Children’s Choir/Chime Choir
6:30-7:15 PM Handbell Choir
7:15-8:15 PM Adult Vocal Choir
 
Joymakers Meeting
Thursday, February 8, 6 PM
There will be a wonderful potluck supper followed by the Joymakers meeting at 6 p.m. Please bring suggestions of things you would like to see the Joymakers do in 2018.
 
Supper Club
Friday, February 9, 7 PM
Please join us for a St. Martin’s Murder Mystery Supper Club on Friday, February 9, at 7 p.m. Travel back to the Old West to solve the mystery of the Showdown at Gambler’s Gulch! The all-star cast includes Ed Virgin, Larry Roddy, Ralph Coggin, Dave Mech, Thad Oliver, Dawn Schnitzer, and Emma and Sophie Veys – but not all of them will survive dinner … There is murder afoot in Gambler’s Gulch! Someone is killing off the townspeople, but who? Why? Put on your best western outfits and join your friends for a good meal, a delightful play, and help solve the mystery.
Fried chicken will be provided. Just bring a beverage and sign up in the atrium to bring potato or pasta salad, cole slaw, baked beans, dessert, an appetizer, a side dish, or dessert. Hope to see you there!
 
Worship
Sunday, February 11
The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Year B
RCL
2 Kings 2:1-12
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9
Psalm 50:1-6
8 AM
Lessons: Cheryl Roddy
Prayers: Will Sutton
Chalice Bearers: Cheryl Roddy, Will Sutton
Element Bearers: Jon and Janet George
Ushers: Ralph Coggin, Ken Monds
10 AM
Lessons: Jack Holloway
Prayers: Brenda Terrell
Chalice Bearers: Jack Holloway, Brenda Terrell
Element Bearers: Jim and Briana Vastano
Cantor: Hannah Harris
Ushers: Dave Mech, Joe Veys, Ralph Maddux, Mark Qualey
Youth Lector: Ethan Schnitzer
Server: Luke Qualey
Crucifer: Ethan Schnitzer
Torch Bearers: Emma Schnitzer, Keaton Rodgers
Altar Guild: Group I (Marine Rodgers, Brenda Terrell, Emma Veys, Heather Westman, Betty Whaley)
Flower Guild: Group II (Jeanie Rodgers)
Greeter: Barbara Milstead
 
Christian Formation
Sunday, February 11
For Children
Nursery: for children four years old or younger, from 9:30 AM until the last child is picked up.
Godly Play: for children four years old through second grade, at 10 AM. Children learn about God and the Bible through games and creative exploration. Then they join their parents in the worship service.
 
ChattEY
Sunday, February 11, 5:15-7:15 PM @ St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
All youth are cordially invited to attend ChattEY, a gathering of young Episcopalians in Chattanooga. The evening will include a meal, live music, and Christian formation. Please let Dawn Schnitzer know if you need a ride. Hope to see you there!
 
EYC’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, February 13, 6-8 PM
The youth will provide a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday for $3 per person or $10 per family. Shrove Tuesday originates from the ancient ritual of shriving, in which a person confesses their sins and receives absolution for them. It is a day of celebration as well as penitence because it is the last day before Lent, a time of abstinence and sacrifice. Historically, Shrove Tuesday was the last day to use the food that would spoil during the Lenten season, such as milk, eggs, and fats. This gave rise to the French name “Mardi Gras,” meaning “Fat Tuesday.” Pancakes are associated with Shrove Tuesday because they utilize eggs, fats, and milk, thus making them an ideal pre-Lenten dish.
Come feast with us. Jimmy Tawater’s band will provide live music!
 
Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday, February 14, 6 PM
A Meditative Eucharist with Taize music and Imposition of Ashes for families
Taize is a small village in the Burgundy region of France where over seventy years ago, with the European community broken apart by the destruction of World War II, Brother Roger founded a monastic community devoted to prayer and the art of reconciliation. Today the Taize community is made up of brothers from all continents and major denominations from around the world who gather together three times daily, seven days a week, throughout the year to pray (whether there are 7000 young people present or only twenty).
While many people make pilgrimages to Taizé and are thus able to experience the Taize community’s life of prayer firsthand, most of us experience this Taizé style of praying through how it has contributed to the practice of Christian worship.
Meditative worship intentionally includes elements of silence, repetition, and a simple sung prayer, among other aspects. I hope you enjoy your Taize experience as an opportunity to begin the “observance of a holy Lent”… Jim+
Dinner will be at 5:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall as usual.
Worship will be at 6:00 p.m. in the Nave.
(Note: There will also be a 10:00 a.m. traditional service of Eucharist with Ashes in the Nave.)
 
Lenten Study
Looking Ahead: 3 Lenten Studies
Lenten Study #1
I am Christian and Episcopal: Essential Elements of the Christian Life
The 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, is one of the most important theologians of the 21st. Century. Williams has written many books. Included among them is Being Disciples and Being Christian. When studied together, these two little books introduce in a lively, readable style, 14 essential elements of being Christian.
“Are you Protestant?” “Yes, well not really.” “So you’re Roman Catholic?” “Somewhat, yes, we are, but not quite.” It appears, as Bishop Cole observes, that Episcopalians are often unclear about what their Church believes. Why is that? One possibility might be we do not have a Protestant denomination’s statement of faith, like a Lutheran’s Augsburg Confession, written in 1530. We don’t have a Presbyterian’s Westminster Catechism, written in 1647. Nor do we have the Magisterium, the Roman Catholic authority to establish Church teaching.
But the Episcopal Church does have a protocol. It is called Lex orandi, Lex credendi. Simply put: the law of praying is the law of believing; or, in other words, prayer leads to belief. This ancient principal of faith provided the structure from which the Nicene Creed, and the Canon of Scripture, for example, developed – prayerfully! The Episcopal Church’s protocol, you see, is praying. Archbishop Williams is a contemplative.
As an alternative to living an uncertain faith, Bishop Cole recommends these two little books. Williams makes a positive statement, especially for Christians who are also Episcopalian. His stance is biblical. It is inclusive and sacramental, too. Williams speaks comprehensively about Christian faith. And, as a gifted theologian, he makes it simple! Join us.
11:20 a.m. on Sundays in Lent, in the Parish Hall.
Lenten Study #2
For Parents: Baptism and Parenting
“Just as we cannot live a baptized life in isolation, a book like this cannot be written apart from community,” writes its author Anne Kitch. The book is Taking the Plunge, which St. Martin gives to new parents in thanksgiving for the baptism of their child. Anne Kitch is both a priest and a mother. She unpacks the baptismal promises with wisdom, insight, and good theology. She articulates these promises as they relate to the challenges facing families today. For parents who wish to raise their children within a life of Christian faith and parish community, Kitch offers practical suggestions and ponderable questions. Participants can pick a portion of the book to read each week and, through conversation, find both support and comfort as they travel the road called parenting.
11:20 a.m. on Sundays in Lent – choice of location to be decided by participants.
Lenten Study #3
John’s Gospel with Prayer
“John’s Jesus,” writes Br. Curtis Almquist, “is so palpable; it invites me to be in God’s presence just as I am, for good or ill, to be welcomed, provided for, sustained by, Jesus.” One of the most beloved verses in all of Scripture comes from John’s Gospel: “for God so loved the world” that he sent Jesus so that we might live eternally with God in Christ. John’s Gospel invites us not just to learn about God, but also to enter into a prayerful relationship with a God who abides in us as we abide in him. This class will mix a traditional Bible study with the Lenten resources, provided by the brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist – and lunch, if participants want it.
11:00 a.m. on Thursdays in Lent, in the Parish Hall.
 
Laymen’s Meeting
Wednesday, February 28, 6 PM in the Library
All men are cordially invited to attend the Laymen’s meeting. Topics for discussion include: the Big Breakfast Fundraiser, the Day on Chickamauga Lake Fundraiser, and the Widows Harvest Project. Hope to see you there!
 
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