Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Announcements for Week Ending February 3rd, 2007

“The Society of Mary” will gather to pray the Rosary in honor of the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, February 3rd at 7:45 am.

The newly-elected vestry members are ~ Carol Brandon, Howard Creswell, Al DeAugustine, Reed Karaim and Julia Taylor. The alternate members are Janet Berry and Karen Blocher. Congratulations to all who are willing to give of their time for service and devotion to St. Michael and All Angels Church, for this we are grateful. May God continue to richly Bless us all.

LOOKING AHEAD: The ECW will have a “CASSEROLE BAKE SALE” on Sunday, February 11th, after the 8 AM and 10 AM masses. Ladies bring your favorite casserole to sell and buy another one to take home.

The next ECW meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 21st at 11:00 AM (not the usual 10 am.) The time change will accommodate members attending the Noon Mass for Ash Wednesday. Mark your calendars and join us. We’d love to have you!

Novel Theology meets again on March 1 at 7 pm at the home of Ron and Bonnie Edwards. The novel is John Irving’s “Hotel New Hampshire”.

If we are ever to nurture ourselves and others to understand and be good stewards, we need to begin with the spiritual life. No courses or books, no sermons or inspirational lectures, will achieve our goal ~ which is to nurture persons and communities who deal with wealth, material possessions, with time and the use of talents in ways that are a sign and witness to God’s reign, that condition in which God’s will is known and done.

Only if we nourish and nurture the spiritual life ~ that is learn to live in an ever deepening and loving relationship with God ~ will we ever be able to be aware of and acknowledge that all that we have is a gift from God, a consequence of God’s grace, God’s loving presence and action in our lives.. We need to be aware and acknowledge that we live by grace and are dependent upon God for the simplest elements of life. And so it is that we do not need so much and can generously share what we have with others. For too long we have made the error of talking about limited resources. We forget that as soon as people believe there may not be enough, they begin to hoard rather than share. But when we are confident that God will see that our deepest, most basic needs are met, we can live in trust and with hope, sharing what we have with all who are in need.

Stop by the Parish Office and read what workshops are available and which ones you would like to attend. There are more than 50 workshops covering the many different topics of the lay ministries of the church. Maybe you are a member of the Altar Guild, the Flower Guild, a new member of the Vestry or a parishioner
interested in learning more about growing your church? REMEMBER - workshops are assigned on a first-come, first served basis. Reservations must be received no later
than February 9, 2007.