I hope that everyone has been staying warm during this cold spell. Please continue to pray for everyone who is sick. A lot is going on in the parish, so I'll dive right into the announcements.
Book and Bake Sale
The ladies decided to do a book and bake sale this year. The sale will be Friday and Saturday, April 6 & 7. They have requested that people, please bring in used books, DVDs, CDs, old vinyl records that you would like to donate. There will also be a bake sale, so they ask that you start baking!
As you enter the church, the baptismal font greets you. The font is both a reminder for those of us who are in the church that the entrance rite is baptism and a place of welcome for new Christians. Please remember that it is a holy ornament of the church, and we should not be placing items on top of it.
At the last vestry meeting, we talked about reorganizing how we use the rooms in the parish hall. Over the next few weeks, we will be moving the library out of its current location. I will be moving my office into the library room. There has been a growing need to have a comfortable place for me to sit and talk with people, whether as their pastor, teacher, or friend. Currently, there is nothing suitable for this. Some of the books will be moved into the current office, while the office will remain primary for admin work. We won't be changing the location of the computer or copier. For the time being many of the books will go into storage, with the long-term goal of having more room for a library that could serve as a reliable resource for our church and diocese. For now, we need to be focusing our limited resources on building our parish.
I realize changes like this can be overwhelming and perhaps even cause some emotional reactions. I hope everyone understands the rationale for this is so that I, the vestry, and the church might be better able to serve each member of the body.
Some people have asked why we only have one pair of office candles during Lent? This practice is something that I have done in other churches to remind us of the solemnity and subdued spirit of Lent and Advent. I think it is helpful for us to remember that, although we have tremendous joy in Christ, we are to be more introspective and turning away from our sins throughout this season.
If you haven't, take a minute to check out the website. There are lots of great resources on it. If you accidentally delete the newsletter and have some questions, you can find them archived here. Additionally, you if you miss a Sunday you can listen or read that sermon on the site as well. Additionally, I try to keep the front page updated with special services and announcements.
Essential 100 Study
Both the Men's and Women's Bible study will be working their way through the Essentially 100 Bible Stories study. This study is an excellent overview of the story of scripture. Anyone who is able is encouraged to attend these events on the second Saturday of the month, at 9 am.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week, as always, I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn
All Saints Anglican Church