Tomorrow - Candlemas, The Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (The Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin) A service of Holy Communion w

Update Jan 29

Tomorrow - Candlemas, The Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (The Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin)

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A service of Holy Communion will be said tomorrow at 6 pm, following which all are invited for supper at the Rectory.

If you plan to join us for dinner, kindly RSVP (jsspatterson@gmail.com or 336-465-2840) so that we can prepare accordingly.

Sara plans to serve a hearty soup and we also have dessert already prepared.

If anyone would like to bring a libation, bread or salad - please feel free to let us know!

Click here to read more about this feast day (from an unpublished reflection by the late Dr. Peter Toon).

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The 3 Sundays of Pre-Lent

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The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (this year this is on February 22). Lent is a time of preparation for the great feast of Easter, when we celebrate Jesus' resurrection from the grave.

Before we get to Lent we observe the Pre-Lenten season, consisting of 3 Sundays each of which has a strange sounding Latin name. This Sunday (Feb 5) is Septuagesima, next Sunday (Feb 12) is Sexagesima and the final Sunday in the pre-lenten season is Quinquagesima (Feb 19). These Sundays are so named to indicate the (approximate) number of days left before Easter - 70, 60 and 50 respectively. (On Ash Wednesday there are 40 left until Easter, not including Sundays).

Each of the Pre-Lenten Sundays has a different emphasis (the following is taken from a very helpful note written by Bishop Paul Hewett):

Septuagesima Sunday: by God’s grace we are called to work with Him in His vineyard, to live with Him in His Kingdom, to run the race, on His team.
Sexagesima Sunday: the harvest of the vineyard, the rewards of the Kingdom, are assured. Our labor is not in vain, we are not wasting our time.
Quinquagesima Sunday: the fruits of our work in the Kingdom are to grow in our capacity to love God, and our neighbor, in God.

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Senior Choir - now forming

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Please consider joining St. Mark's Senior Choir, which will sing during Lent and Easter.

For more information please speak with Bernie McGorrey (bernie.j.mcgorrey@lmco.com).

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The 2012 Altar Guild was Installed this past Sunday

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Many thanks to all those who have volunteered to serve on the Altar Guild:

Sue McGorrey, Kirsten Horton, Sara Patterson, Diane McTigue, Sunu Sebastian, Sue Rodgers, Alice Nugent, Phyllis Darrah, Bea Foedisch and Melissa Caldwell.

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6 week Community Group

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The Story of the Cross - a 6 week discussion about the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion

Please join us for light refreshments, followed by an informal discussion led by Fr. Patterson in which we will explore St. Matthew's account of Jesus' final hours leading up to the Crucifixion.
Childcare provided (with advanced notice)

Kindly RSVP to jsspatterson@gmail.com or
215-884-7660

Wednesdays 7-9 pm at the Rectory

Click here for more information (or pick up a flyer in the narthex).

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Briefly Noted:

Congregational Survey. Please don't forget to turn in your completed survey by this Sunday! For those who have asked - yes, sending them back via e-mail is fine. Copies of the survey are available here.
The Serving Schedule for February is available here.
The Junior Choir will begin rehearsals again this Sunday (9:30-9:55 am).

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On the Calendar:

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (common called The Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin) - February 2nd (Thursday), Holy Communion at 6pm.
Annual Meeting* - February 12th, following the service.
Ash Wednesday (February 22) - Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes - 7 pm, a simple soup dinner follows in Cranmer Hall.
The Feast of St. Matthias the Apostle - February 24th - Holy Communion at 6pm, supper at the Rectory following.
Winter Camp - March 2nd - March 4th 2012. More information.

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