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THIS SUNDAY, February 25th, The Second Sunday in Lent, there will be two services at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.
There is a service of Morning Prayer on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.
We hope you will join us for worship and fellowship.
READINGS FOR SUNDAY
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Second Sunday in Lent
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
FROM THE RECTOR
If you were at the 10:00 service last Sunday, you heard me mention a young Mexican American woman who is a member of the House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church and has experienced discrimination in the church due to her race and gender. She has written a reflection for a Lenten series of reflections, essays, and meditations on sexual harassment and exploitation in the church sponsored by the House of Deputies. Her reflection is titled, “Difficult But Necessary Work: A Lay Leader’s #metoo Reflection”. If you would like to read the full reflection, it can be found here: http://houseofdeputies.org/2018/02/15/difficult-necessary-work-lay-leaders-metoo-reflection/
I applaud the intent of the series; The Episcopal Church has its full share of misogyny and bias of all sorts, like most institutions, and it is good for us to examine ourselves and our churches in this Lenten season. But there is a broader discussion to have as well, that encompasses bias and discrimination of any form – gender, race, gender identification, sexual preference, etc. It’s part of what our Presiding Bishop means when he talks about becoming beloved community. How can we better live into this vision of treating each other with love and respect regardless of our differences? We are beginning this conversation after the 10:00 (or 9:00) service during Lent. We began last Sunday by sharing our experiences and witness of racial discrimination and will continue that this week. We are also beginning discussion of the book, Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America, edited by Catherine Weeks. It’s not too late to join us, even if you don’t have time to get a copy of the book. We’ll be in the Prince Room about 15 minutes after the service ends.
Note: Your new Rector has a new email address!
Please use RectorSAITV@gmail.com to contact Caroline.
Hello Everyone, We are in need of judges for our 2018 4-H County Activities Day. Activities Day is a communication event for 4-H members of all ages. Youth practice their public speaking skills by giving demonstrations, speeches, action exhibits and more. It’s a really fun event and a great chance to see all the hard work these kids put into their projects.
Judges responsibilities are to watch youth presentations, score them based on a score sheet with specific requirements for their presentation, give them constructive feedback on how well they did, and ways they can improve (a sample score sheet is attached). Judging takes place roughly from 8:30am-1pm. The event is held on Saturday March 24th at the Meredith Community Center.
Please consider helping out a judge, this is a really important event for our 4-H members and we need parent & community support to keep these programs running.
4-H County Activities Day
Saturday March 24th
Meredith Community Center
Program Manager, 4-H Youth Development
UNH Cooperative Extension
73 Main St. PO Box 1480
Conway, NH 03818
St. Patrick's Day Dinner
Friday March 16th, 2018 6 pm
Join us for a traditional Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner .
and live music provided by Chris and Carolyn Boldt!
Adults $10.00 Kids 6-16 $5.00 5&under free
Family Rate 2A/3K $25.00
For more info Call DAVID MANLEY @ 603-651-1744
Dinner Bell cook team for this Sunday February 25th
Dinner Bell cook team for next Sunday March 4th
Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!
COMMUNITY FOOD CENTER
The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.
The monthly item for March is JELLO.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
A Prayer for the Human Family
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP, p. 815)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT OF A DIFFERENT SORT
Bishops Against Gun Violence is a group of (including our own Bishop Rob Hirschfeld) working to curtail the epidemic of gun violence in the United States.
To read the group’s statement and call to action in response to the Ash Wednesday shootings in Florida, go to https://www.episcopalcafe.com/bishops-against-gun-violence-responds-to-florida-shooting/
FORWARD DAY BY DAY FOR TODAY
THURSDAY, February 22, 2018
Luke 6:31-32 Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
In this portion of Luke, Jesus takes the golden rule to the next level by telling us not only to treat others as we want to be treated but also to treat them better than they treat us. He wants us to love our enemies, to bless those who curse us, to pray for those who abuse us. Really, Jesus?
I struggle with these verses, imagining how to offer authentic prayers and love on behalf of those who hurt or abuse me, or more importantly, my family and friends. But I think there’s an important distinction to draw: Jesus never says perpetrators won’t face consequences or suffer repercussions for their actions.
Jesus tells us that if we can love everyone, in all circumstances, even those who may not deserve our love, then we become vessels of mercy, just as God is merciful and forgiving when we don’t deserve it either.
MOVING FORWARD: Intentionally add the name of a person you actively do not like to your personal prayer list.
FROM Deb IN THE OFFICE
I will be on vacation in Florida February 28th thru March 9th. The office will be staffed with a volunteer on Tuesday and Friday mornings- from 9-noon. If you
need immediate assistance please contact Caroline at 603-553-9254. Office voicemail messages will be checked daily.
March BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
If you do not see your birthday or anniversary listed, please make sure Deb in the office has an information sheet on file for you.
Feb 26 Melissa Bunker
10 Susan Ines
13 Trudy Thompson
16 Caroline Hines
20 Albert Bunker
30 Kaitlyn Marshall, Barbara Lord
31 Claudia Kennedy
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