St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
Newsletter for March 2017
The Season of Lent
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1
The ECW has scheduled a walk of the Stations of the Cross for this morning. The ECW invites all church members to join them at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bulverde. We have done a Stations walk several times in the past, but no setting is more beautiful that this one at Bulverde. Those who live near Blanco are invited to meet at St. Michael’s at 9:30 AM to carpool to the site. Those who live further south are encouraged to drive directly to St. Joseph’s and meet the others at 10:00 AM.
The fourteen stations were created on a beautiful hillside near St. Joseph’s Church by a group of their parishioners in the 1980s. Wide walkways covered with shredded cedar provide ample room for large groups to make the pilgrimage.
The walking is easy. Parking is available at the top of the hill.
Sensible shoes are recommended.
(Rainy day plan: meet at St. Michael’s to read the Stations there.)
Lent is the season that begins on Ash Wednesday and continues until Easter Day, excepting Sundays. Episcopalians understand Lent to be a time when we purposefully examine our relationship to God, to our church community and to our neighbors.
During this time, we seek to affirm the blessing and correction we find in the good news of Jesus Christ.
Wednesday, March 1 - Ash Wednesday Service
7:00 PM Holy Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes
This is our traditional Ash Wednesday Service.
The Bishop’s Committee has provided a selection of booklets of Lenten Readings for the community. Each individual is invited to take a booklet from the table at the back of the church. There is no charge. We have discovered some online resources for Lenten readings as well. Episcopal Relief and Development has a Lenten Series for 2017 that you can register for on their web site. Forward Movement is offering A Season of Prayer: 40 Days in the Desert. It is free, just go to the Forward Movement web site and sign up for it.
Sunday, March 5 - Labyrinth Walk at 6:30 PM
Prayers for the Community
- We offer prayers for Robin Somerville who is at home after a recent hospitalization. He may have surgery soon. We pray for Faye, his caregiver.
- We offer prayers for Naomi Brown, Fred Brown’s mother who recently died.
- We offer prayers of healing for Floyd Billings, husband of Charla.
- We offer prayers for Russ Abbott as he continues healing from a recent illness.
- We pray for the troops in service overseas, especially the ones we are sending boxes through the faithful work of Bill Fojtasek.
If you are interested in learning how to serve in one or more of the altar service roles, please email Hunter Wistrand at firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know of your interest.
A bit of training will be needed and Hunter can arrange that for you.
Altar service is another way to deepen your spiritual commitment to the church and to gain new insights into the meaning of the Eucharist.
Spring Rummage Sale - Saturday, May 6
Due to the late date of Easter this year, the ECW will hold its Spring Rummage Sale on Saturday, May 6, from 8 until 2.
This year the funds raised will be dedicated to purchase a white superfrontal to dress the altar for high feast days, especially Easter and Christmas. In recent years, we have purchased white hangings for the two lecterns and a white pall for the chalice. Because St. Michael’s has never owned a white superfrontal, this purchase will complete our white set. Extra funds raised will be donated to a local charity.
The Little White House is ready to receive your generous donations. You may bring them any Sunday or weekday. If you need special assistance, call ECW President Henrietta Smith or Rummage Sale Chair Betty McNallen. We take everything except for clothing which we hope that you will to donate to The Good Samaritan Center in Blanco. They sell it to provide funds for the local food pantry.
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