This Sunday is our next important step in the visioning process-using what we’ve learned to help guide us into our future. After the 8 am and 10 am services we’ll have some time to review what we’ve said is very important to us, and to refine our priorities as we look forward. We’ll also reflect on how each of us can help St. George’s continue to grow in joy, spirit, and love. Please plan to stay and participate in this short but important opportunity to share.
Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent with a service of Holy Eucharist and imposition of ashes, reminding us of our mortality and inviting us to the observance of a holy Lent. Services are at 7 am and 12 noon in the Chapel, and 7:00 pm in the main church on March 6. Everyone is welcome as we begin the season of Lent in worship and reflection this Ash Wednesday.
The teens and young adults of St. George’s who are going on the 2019 mission trip will be hosting the pancake supper this Tuesday March 5 from 6-8. Come and enjoy pancakes, sausage and applesauce in Miller Hall, and feel free to invite friends and family. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options will be available. A $5 donation is suggested, with all proceeds going towards the youth trip to Kentucky this June with the Appalachia Service Project, making homes warmer, safer and drier.
Please join us for the March Outreach and Social Justice meeting in Miller Hall Monday evening at 7:15. This committee is for you if you have a deep desire to help others through direct care or public issue advocacy. Please join us.
It is the tradition of St. George’s, in keeping with the Lenten theme of giving, to make a special offering during the season of Lent. Each person is invited to give fifty cents a day, or $20 over the season of Lent, to an organization that helps those in need, as recommended by St. George’s Outreach and Social Justice committee. Our Lenten Offering this year supports KIND, a charity that provides legal services to assist migrant and refugee children. KIND’s mission is to work to ensure that no child appears in immigration court without legal representation; to advance laws, policies, and practices that ensure migrant children’s protection, and to promote, in countries of origin and destination, solutions to child migration. For more information, check out their website. www.supportkind.org
From the Salvation Army’s Jesus and Justice curriculum we read, “Jesus lived right. Righteousness was his way of life. He related to others with aspirations for their spiritual well‐being. Jesus also repeatedly righted wrongs. Jesus’ vision for justice for the vulnerable drove his intent and guided his practice. In his teaching and in his living, Jesus created opportunities for people whose plight in life was curtailed by life‐denying forces. Jesus’ life is a demonstration of how to live and love.” Come, learn and share as we deepen our understanding of Jesus as we continue our study of Jesus and Justice. The topics we will focus on are Embracing the Excluded: Children on February 17th; Protesting Gender Inequality on February 24th; Advocating for the Poor on March 3rd. The program is at 9:00 am in Miller Hall and is led by Carolyn Lassiter. Please join us as we deepen our understanding of how we can be victorious in our striving lives…”We will with God’s help.”
On Sunday March 3 after each service you are invited to engage in the next phase of our visioning process – the parish meeting where you get to look at the synthesis of our work these past months and weigh in on what you are excited about and willing to invest in as a parishioner. More details to come – for now mark March 3 on your calendar and plan to stay after 8:00 or 10:00 service to participate!
The Pancake Supper hosted by the youth to support this year’s mission trip will be Tuesday, March 5th from 6-8 pm. Please mark your calendars and save the date for this fabulous St. George’s event!
Emily Charlton continues to spearhead the pajama collection, for the Casey Cares Foundation, as she works toward her Girl Scout Silver Award. The drive is going on now and will go until April 16th. The goal is to collect 200 pairs of pajamas — new, 2-piece pajamas in sizes from infant to adult. (There is a greater need for boy’s pajamas at the moment). If you can find it in your heart and wallet to donate a pair or two of pajamas to this effort, it would be most appreciated. There will be a box in the Narthex. Thank you for your generosity.
St. George’s Mardi Gras party and silent auction will be held on Saturday night March 2, from 6 pm – 10 pm. This is a great event to ask friends, family, or neighbors to attend – it is always a ton of fun!! Costumes are welcome and encouraged but not required; the theme for the 2019 Mardi Gras is Fairy Tales, so consider coming as your favorite fairy tale character.
We need lots of help to make this event happen, including donating items for the auction or asking others to donate. We need volunteer to help with decorating and set up, with clean up, or with the auction itself. Advance tickets for adults are $28.00 ($35.00 at the door). The tickets for young adults 11 – 20 are $18 in advance and $25 at the door. Children 10 years and under are free – tickets are required so we can plan for food. There will be babysitting available for children.
If you would like to come and cost is an issue, scholarships are available; speak with Connie+. If you can’t make the party but would like to help, you can always donate to the scholarship fund. Tickets are on sale starting February 10 – buy yours now!