Rector's Message: Saturday, 6 March 2021
Updated: Mar 13
Sunday, 7 March
Third Sunday in Lent
Included in today's update: The Rector's Message, Birthdays in the week ahead, Day by Day has arrived, Dine and Donate Fundraiser, Help needed by a Parish member, Creative Angels Recipe, and Ongoing Updates
FROM THE RECTOR
Saturday, 6 March 2021
As part of my morning devotions, before my prayers, I like to read from a devotional. this year, influenced by my interest in Celtic Christianity and sabbatical time spent studying and touring early Christian sites in Scotland an Ireland, I am using a book titled Celtic Daily Prayer. Since the beginning of March, the readings have been focused on the tales and legends of St. Patrick, along with the poem attributed to him, St. Patrick's Breastplate. While I have read - and even sung (see Hymn #370) - this poem many times before, in these weeks of Lent, I have found these texts to have be profoundly moving and inspiring.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all who love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
CHRIST BENEATH ME - from The Edge of Glory, David Adam
Beneath are the everlasting arms - and they bear the print of nails. No matter how far I have sunk, He descends to lift me up. He has plumbed all the hells of this world that He may lift us upwards. Christ is our firm support.
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.
Despite the actions in some states, let's all continue to be vigilant and keep doing our part to stop the spread of this viral pandemic! With every vaccination, we are getting closer! Let's not make the mistake of turning back now!
May your week ahead be filled with health, happiness and hope!
Blessings! Peace! Grace! And Love!
BIRTHDAYS IN THE WEEK AHEAD
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.
SPRING FORWARD . . . DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
arrives at 2:00am next Sunday, 14 March!!!
Remember to set your clock forward one hour!
FORWARD DAY BY DAY
HAS FINALLY ARRIVED
Many of you have been asking about this popular daily devotional, wondering where the copies covering the months of February through April might be. Well, they were apparently held up in the mail! But they have finally arrived! Copies – which are free! - are available to be picked up in the church office. Or, if you are unable to make it into the office, give us a call and we will gladly put a copy in the mail – which you will hopefully receive before the end of April!!! (Oops! Did we say that? 😉)
Dine and Donate FUNDRAISER Returns!!!!
Tuesday, March 16 (St. Patrick’s Day Eve)
5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Pour House
29 Airport Square, North Wales
No flyer necessary!
If dining in: simply notify your server that you are there for Church of the Messiah. 15% of your total order (excluding tax and gratuity) will be donated to Messiah (includes alcoholic beverages!).
If you are ordering take-out: please mention Church of the Messiah when you pick up your order. They cannot give credit to Messiah at the time the order is placed – only when it is picked up.
YOGA FOR HEALTH & OUTREACH
Diana Mulroy continues offering yoga classes, an excellent way to maintain flexibility and balance, relieve stress . . . and minister to those in need within our community. The cost for each session is only $10.00 and all proceeds raised support various local agencies that provide social services to those in need. Classes are held virtually and meet most Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Dates for March: 3/1, 3/3, 3/8, 3/10, 3/15, 3/17, 3/24, and 3/29. If interested in participating, please contact Diana at email@example.com, or 267-481-6091.
SEEKING VESTRY NOMINEES
Each year, at the Annual Parish Meeting, held on the first Sunday in May, four parish members are selected to fill three-year terms on the Messiah Vestry. If you are interested in serving, or if you have someone you wish to be considered, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee: Vicky Fogel, Susan Miller, Charles Sudlow.
A VERY SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER
Dave Reichley reports: I am happy to share the news that our Shrove Sunday Take Out Fundraiser last Sunday raised $630!! So amazing!! That is the most we have ever raised through a Shrove Sunday event!! Thank you to everyone who participated, either by ordering pancakes, or making donations.
As we are organizing the funds to send to the Tree for Hope Girls School, I wanted to reach out and ask if any of you would like to offer a little note or card to send along with the money. Notes can be addressed to "Students at the Tree for Hope Girls School," and can be kind and encouraging messages, such as "We are so happy that our church was able to help support your wonderful school!" If you would like to take part and include a note, please let me know so that we can wait until we have everyone's message accounted for before sending.
HELP NEEDED BY A PARISH MEMBER
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Enter "Help for Parishioner" in the subject line. Thank you.
ON THE WEBSITE
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 email@example.com.
Dale Murphy shared that this recipe was a big hit with her family at one of their weekend get togethers! They are not difficult to make. And they are so delicious!
2 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups all purpose flour
6 Skor or Heath bars, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9”x13” with foil and spray with cooking spray. Cream brown sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until comb. Add baking powder, salt and flour and then mix. Stir in 1/2 cup of the chopped candy bars (2 candy bars). Press into the prepared pan. Press remaining chopped candy bars evenly on top of dough. Bake for 24 - 26 minutes. Be careful not to overcook - the center will still be jiggly when you take these out of the oven. They will finish cooking and firming up as they cool. Cool completely before cutting up into squares.
And an idea for the photographers out there.....
Take a stroll outside. Look for branch formations, rock formations or other natural formations of alphabet letters. Photograph the “letters”. Then arrange the photos into words, names or sayings and frame them. So attractive and such a lovely gift.