If anyone took the wrong coat home from the Pancake Supper on Tuesday evening, it belongs to Brenna Ruiz. It’s a Lands End short, black down coat and you may have taken it from the rack, thinking it was yours. If so, please let Brenna Ruiz know as soon as possible — it’s cold out there, family! (1-404-358-5620) Thanks!
If you are considering taking on a Lenten discipline this year, have we got an idea for you! Since Lent is an opportunity to do some spiritual “getting-in-shape”, we will offer a special devotional opportunity on Wednesday evenings. Beginning on Wednesday, February 20, we will have a Soup Supper at 6:00, followed by a short teaching time on “God Speaks to Us Today”, closing with a time of prayer and worship, featuring the music of Fernando Ortega. Bring a pot of soup to share; salad, bread, and drinks provided. The schedule will be Supper at 6:00, Teaching at 6:40, Prayer at 7:00, with everything completed by 8:00. This is a great chance to join your brothers and sisters in walking through Lent to prepare for a Holy Easter. Come for as much or as little as you can work out in your schedule.
From Brenna Ruiz:
Thank you to everyone who came and participated in the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner, last night at Christ the King. We had a wonderful time of food and fellowship with our Anglican brothers and sisters. Pancakes were consumed in mass quantities, thanks to the flipping talents of our very own Paul Burns, Elyse Burns, and Karl Gangloff. Our servers were also stellar: Martha Berger and Barb Zepernick did a heroic job in keeping up with the numbers of hungry parishioners! Special thanks to Anita Evanhoe for provisioning us, and to Jessie and Joni Evanhoe, and Lydia Mathis, for corralling the kids and leading the kids’ activities. We hope to make this a yearly tradition, so next year, Christ Our Hope will be the location! Blessings to all as you begin your Lenten season.
I know of a real need for a bed. If you have an air mattress that would be suitable, I can give it a good home and it would further the cause of Christ. Alternatively, a small mattress would be suitable, though portability is preferable. Please contact Alex Prenger or me if you have one you would like to donate it.
Just a reminder: Women of Christ the King and Christ our Hope are planning this year’s Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner for both parishes, to be held at Christ the King, on Tuesday, February 12th at 6 p.m. Pancakes, breakfast meats, & drinks will be provided. Please bring a pancake topping or fruit to share! Childcare and children’s activities will be provided. If you have any questions, or would like to help with set-up or clean-up, contact Briana Fehrman at email@example.com
Come and enjoy a time of adoration of Our Lord with the Resounding Joy ministry choir from Dayton Christian High School. Our own Suzie Herman, Carolyn Herman and Bob Prenger sing in this choir.
The concert starts at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, February 17th at Christ Our Hope. Refreshments will be served following the concert.
Please invite friends and family to this event.
Some personal thoughts on Lenten Devotion
The following are my own thoughts, although I have been greatly challenged and influenced by the words of Fr. Harry’s sermon this morning and what he said about Lent. Perhaps this will be of some help to someone else.
Jesus basically gave us two comments on fasting: 1) That it is a normal part of our Christian life (notice He says, “When you fast…” not “If you fast…”) and 2) that it was not for anyone to know about except your Father in heaven.
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:16-18)
Also, as Fr. Harry reminded us this morning, giving up something for Lent is about giving us something (not always food) that, when we miss it, we are reminded to spend that time praying and seeking the Lord’s face. I once heard a priest say, “Giving up meat for Lent, or giving it up on Fridays, doesn’t really accomplish anything if we simply substitute lobster or shrimp.” Think about it – what is the sacrifice there? Do I waste too much time with computer games? Might that time be better spent for the Lord who gave time to me in the first place? Am I ruled by that first cup of coffee in the morning? Would preparing a meatless, but tasty, meal for my family remind me of our good fortune in being able to buy groceries? These are the kinds of questions we should ask ourselves as we prepare to take on a Lenten discipline.
But why take on a Lenten discipline at all, some ask. Again, we were reminded this morning that our goal should be getting to know Jesus Christ more closely, more personally, more wonderfully. To accomplish that, we can find incredibly good guidance in the 58th chapter of the book of Isaiah”
Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame. (Isaiah 58:5-11)
Through the prophet, God is asking us to look around – to see what we can do in His Name to help His people, to advance His kingdom.
I believe Lent is a gift to us from the earliest church…a time to reorder our priorities, to get in “spiritual shape”, to do some “spring housecleaning”, and to prepare ourselves in the same way that the Greek men did when they came to Philip:
20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” (John 12:20-21).
My Father God, I would like to see Jesus this Lent.
Deaconess Candy Jacques
Just a reminder – tomorrow, 2/3 is our soup carry-in lunch. Please bring a soup and ladle.