Month: February 2012

Reminder: Lenten Soup Supper Tonight

Cross veiledThere will be NO Noon Eucharist today or Evensong tomorrow night due to Fr. Greg’s being away on retreat.

The Lenten Soup Supper and teaching will take place, however, this evening at 6:00 p.m.   Hope to see you all there.

Prayer request

Michael Evanhoe had a pulmonary function test this past week (the 22nd). The test did not indicate asthma issues but his lungs were only functioning at 79%. He is being referred to a pulmonologist for further testing. He is nervous and concerned about what that might mean. Please pray for his peace. The appointment with the pulmonologist is scheduled for March 12th. Thank you!

Resounding Joy concert this Sunday!


Resounding Joy will be in concert at Christ Our Hope this Sunday, March 4th at 6:00 p.m. Please come and enjoy a wonderful evening of choral music with this Dayton Christian ministry choir.

Invite friend and neighbors. Christ Our Hope members: please bring a dessert to share for after the concert.


Karla Herman, Pat Prenger

Tuesday Pancake Supper

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (a very old tradition of the church dating back to the time when Lenten fasting called for no butter, eggs, leavening, or sugar, in addition to no meat) –

We’ll have all of those good things for you to enjoy, cooked up by Paul Burns and crew. Reservations are REALLY necessary so that we know how much food to buy!

Date: Tuesday, February 21

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Cost: Donation

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no noon Eucharist today at Christ our Hope Anglican Church.

Have a blessed day!

Fr. Greg

Mary Neal’s Surgery


I want to tell you that my wife, Mary Neal, successfully went thru the surgery to put a coil in the aneurysm in her brain. It was a trying time for all of us, but the Lord sent His Guradian Angles to watch over her and the surgical team. He is a good God!!! She was in the OSU Hospital, and had been kept overnight in the ICU for observation.

I brought her home Thursday afternoon. She was feeling some soreness and was exhausted, but now she is resting and feeling a lot better.

Thank you for all your concerns and prayers. They meant a lot to us.



Prayer Request

> Judee Evaniuk recently had a skin biopsy performed and found out that > she has melanoma – on her hand. She has an appointment scheduled with > a plastic surgeon Monday. Please pray for the Evaniuks and the > surgeon as they determine a course of action.

February Prayer Walk

Please come pray for our community.  The weather will be chilly, so we will pray indoors at CoH, 9 am, Saturday, Feb 11th.  -Jeff


Today we will celebrate Holy Eucharist at 12:00 p.m. (noon), and commemorate St. John of Matha.  You are invited to come a learn a bit about this wonderful saint of the Church.

You are also invited to Compline tonight at 7 p.m., which will be led by Reader Jeff Brown.  I highly encourage you to be at Compline, which is the pray service prayed at the very end of the day just before retiring for the evening.  The prayers are beautiful, and it is a wonderfully meditative and peaceful experience.


O God, who by thy revelation to thy blessed John didst institute the Order of the Most Holy Trinity, for the redemption of captives from the power of the infidel: grant, we beseech thee; that we may by thee be delivered from all bondage both of body and soul.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


To all Parents: All the teens of the parish are invited to join me for an evening of fun, fellowship, and discussion (food too!) Sunday, February 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the church, we will gather to talk about getting a youth group started.  And I really hope all out teens can be there. It will be their opportunity to let me know exactly what they want to talk about, do, and study.  It will be my opportunity to get to know them better. Currently, we hope to meet in this way once a month, but we’ll talk about that some more on the 19th. Please let Dss Candy or me know if your teens will be there, or if anyone needs a ride to or from, we can arrange that as well. Faithfully, Fr. Greg


Michael Evanhoe has strep throat and has a ruptured ear drum (again). Please pray for his healing right now and that as he goes through the teen growth spurt that his Eustachian tubes will grow and his constant ear problems will go away.


Today is the Third Sunday Before Lent (Epiphany 5).

A friendly reminder that we have Sunday School for all ages at 9:30.  Fr. Harry will continue his captivating teaching series in the Adult Forum.

We will celebrate Holy Eucharist at 10:30.  Fr. Greg is the preacher and has entitled his sermon “Free and Servant of All.”


1 February 2012, St. Brigid and St. Veridiana

Today we remember of St. Brigid of Kildare and St. Veridiana of Castelflorintino.  We will celebrate Holy Eucharist at 12:00 p.m. (noon).  We will also be led in Evening Prayer by Reader Jeff Brown this evening at 7:00 p.m.


Brigid (also known as Bride) was born in the latter part of the fifth century, of humble origin just five miles from Kildare.  She was to become first a nun in a monastery there and then its abbess.  She is believed to have been baptized by Saint Patrick and the stories of her portray a woman of great compassion who, like many Celtic saints, had a particular affinity with animals and the natural world.  Her life was written in the middle of the seventh century and is the earliest life of an Irish saint.  She is said to have been consecrated a bishop by Bishop Ibor, because of her resemblance to the Virgin Mary, but this may have been put abroad to support the claim of the primacy of the Abbey of Kildare.  By her prayers and miracles, she is reputed to have strongly influenced the formation of the Church throughout Ireland, where she is, with Patrick, the patron saint.  She died in about the year 525.


Almighty God, by whose grace Brigid of Kildare, kindled with the fire of your love, became a burning and shining light in the Church: inflame us with the same spirit of discipline and love, that we may ever walk before you as children of light; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


Veridiana was born in 1182 at Castelflorentino of a noble but impoverished family.  At an early age she gave signs of unusual graces.  She would frequently leave her playmates in order to seek solitude for prayer.  When she was only twelve years old she was received into the household of a relative, where she took upon herself with great diligence the duties of a servant.  God deigned to show His approval of her holy life by miracles.  In order to escape the attention that they attracted to her, she decided to leave that part of the country and to settle in some place where she was not known.  But the townspeople, who venerated her as a saint, would not hear of her departure.  At her request, however, they built a small hut for her on the outskirts of the town where she might give herself entirely to God.  There she remained for the rest of her life devoted to prayer and extreme penance.  The Passion of our Lord was her principal meditation.  If pious visitors left alms for her use, she would have them sent to the poor.  Many miracles are ascribed to her.  In 1221, she had a visit from St. Francis of Assisi who admitted her into the Third Order.  She would receive visitors and speak to them through a little window, receiving small amounts of food.  Traditions holds that two snakes penetrated her cell during the latter portion of her life, increasing the mortifications of the flesh.  She never revealed their existence to anyone.


Lord God, you kept St. Veridiana faithful to Christ’s pattern of poverty and humility.  May her prayers help us to live in fidelity to our calling and bring us to the perfection you have shown us in your Son, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.