Rector's Message: Saturday, 20 February 2021

Sunday, 21 February

First Sunday in Lent

Included in today's update: The Rector's Message, Shrove -Sunday-to-go is tomorrow!, Help needed by a Parish member, Work beginning on the Parish Roof, Still space for Rector's Lenten Bible Study, Creative Angels Recipe, and Ongoing Updates


Saturday,20 February 2021

Dear Friends:

Fastings & Feastings for the Lenten Season

Fast from the need for attention...

and feast on attending to the needs of others

Fast from indifference…

and feast on the difference we can make where hope is lost

Fast from dwelling on the mistakes of the past…

and feast on the joy of bringing happiness to others

Fast from closing your mind to new understandings…

and feast on a passion for truth

Fast from cynicism…

and feast on hope

Fast from predictability…

and feast on surprises and spontaneity and an open spirit

Fast from talking…

and feast on listening

Fast from the demands of perfection…

and feast on the glory of being human

Fast from anxiety…

and feast on trust

Fast from being stuck in time and place and mind…

and feast on the journey

Fast from complaining…

and feast on appreciation

Fast from worry…

and feast on blessings received

Fast from unrelenting pressures…

and feast on the power of prayer

Fast from pessimism…

and feast on optimism

Fast from anger…

and feast on patience

Fast from discontent…

and feast on gratitude

Fast from pride…

and feast on humility

Fast from emphasizing differences…

and feast on our common humanity

Fast from loneliness…

and feast on a welcoming hospitable acceptance of others.

I know we're all becoming COVID-weary,

but don't forget the 3 W's:

  • Wear a mask.

  • Watch your distance.

  • Wash you hands.

May your week ahead be filled with health, happiness and hope!

Blessings! Peace! Grace! And Love!

- Keith


O God, our times are in your hands: Look with favor, we pray, on these your servants as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • Kai Flowers

  • Jenny Dunlap

  • Sandy Brady

  • Mike Oldt

  • Maddy Butt

  • Bob Kramer

  • Kristin Pickell

  • Tim Lawrence

  • Connor Gladysz

  • Tristan Ryan


Shrove Sunday Pancakes-To-Go


PickUp Times: 10:30-12:30


Sunday, February 28th

Join us at 10:30 next Sunday morning as we honor Sue Phillips on her retirement and offer thank her for her 19 years of dedicated service and ministry as Messiah's Parish Administrator. In order to maintain COVID protocols, the vestry is planning a "drive-through" celebration!

  • Decorate your car, make signs, etc.

  • If you would like to add a personal touch, cards and notes are quite welcome;

  • As well as flowers or plants, gift cards, wine, etc.

SEE YOU ON THE 28th!!!!



The Gospel of Mark

Mark’s Gospel is the shortest of the four Gospels and known for its quick pace. Most scholars consider it to be the earliest written. In this liturgical year we have just entered, most of our Sunday Gospel readings will be drawn from Mark. Join the Rector as we take an in-depth look at this perspective on Jesus’ life, teaching, healing, suffering, death, and resurrection.

Many people find that engaging in Bible study provides a good Lenten discipline and prepares them to receive the joy of Easter more fully. The six-week course will meet on six consecutive Wednesday evenings via ZOOM, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Dates: Feb 24th, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st.) Our textbook will be the Gospel of Mark; a copy will be provided to ensure that we are all reading the same translation, so no cost is involved. Each week, prior to our meeting, you will receive a short series of reflection questions, along with your ZOOM invitation.

Joining the class is easy!

Contact the Rector at, or 215-699-9204.


A member of the parish with limited mobility and can no longer drive has been receiving assistance from a couple of parishioners with rides to doctor's appointments, errands, and help 1-2 times a week with minor household chores (taking out trash, etc). She has just moved into a new apartment for independent living, and needs additional help getting settled. Her new apartment is in Hatfield, twice the distance from parishioners who have been helping her. If anyone lives near Hatfield can help this parishioner settle in her new apartment (unpacking, minor furniture repair/placement, cleaning) and/or provide rides to appointments, please contact Michael Stinson at Enter "Help for Parishioner" in the subject line. Thank you.


The work to replace the roof on the Parish Hall with a standing seam metal roof has begun! Cost for the project totals $125,000.00. Following advice from the investment committee, the vestry has unanimously endorsed a financial plan consisting of:

  • withdrawing $40,000.00 from the endowment;

  • a $50,000.00 loan from the diocese at only 2% interest for 5 years;

  • and an appeal to fund the remaining $35,00.00 from members of the congregation. Presently, we have raised $63,765.20 toward this goal! THANK YOU!! Funds raised above the stated $35K goal will ease the needs imposed by the endowment withdrawal and diocesan loan.

We are asking you and your household to prayerfully consider a financial donation to meet this important need. Work will begin soon, before any further damage is done to the interior spaces of the building.

  • If making a donation by check: Please make check payable to: Church of the Messiah; include Roof Replacement on memo line of your check.

  • You can also make your donation electronically using TitheLy: Go to the church website:; click the DONATE button; in the “TO” field, scroll down and choose: Roof Replacement.

  • If you are unable to make a donation at the current time, but wish to make a pledge for future giving, please complete and return the form enclosed in the parish mailing or notify the Church Office (

Thank you for whatever assistance you can give toward this important parish project!


Check the website each weekend for the video of the Sunday service. And make it interactive by checking out the service bulletin with all the responses, lessons, and weekly updates and information. A copy of the Sunday sermon is also available.


NOTE: Barbara Stevenson continues to need recipes and craft ideas to pass along to the parish through the weekly email messages. You can send your submissions to Barbara at

Many families have an identified pasta night each week. It is a time to enjoy each other and a meal just about everyone loves! After many tries, I came up with this pasta bolognese recipe. My family loves this! It’s really not difficult to make.....with a wonderful salad and some crusty bread, it hits the spot. Enjoy!

Sausage and Beef Bolognese Sauce

  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup grated carrot

  • 1/4 cup grated onion

  • 1/2 lb mild Italian sausage, ground

  • 1 lb 80/20 ground beef

  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste

  • Small amount of diced garlic

  • 1/4 cup red wine

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 1 large (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes

  • 15 oz can tomato sauce

  • 1/2 lb fresh pappardelle ( I make my own)

  • 3 Tablespoons minced fresh basil

  • 1/4 cup minced parsley

  • Grated cheese

Prepare pot to cook pasta. In a large pot on high heat, add extra virgin olive oil. Add carrot and onion and cook for one minute. Add sausage and beef and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Deglaze pan with red wine and reduce for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in crushed tomatoes and a 15 oz can of tomato sauce and reduce for 10 minutes on medium heat until thickened. Cook pasta. Stir basil, parsley and pasta together . Season with salt and pepper. If sauce is too thick, add some pasta water to it. Garnish with cheese.

And a fun spring craft idea.....

  • Approximately 6 mason jars

  • 6 varied herb plants

  • Potting soil

Fill jars about 2/3 full with potting soil. Plant herbs in jars. Label jars with name of herbs in them. Water appropriately. Keep in sunny, but not overly hot location!

These jars look really pretty in a decorative basket or box. A lovely gift for a cook!

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