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Rector's Message: Saturday, February 26, 2022

Updated: Feb 26, 2022

Sunday, 27 February

The Last Sunday After the Epiphany


 

A Scripture Verse for the Week:


 

A Message from the Rector


This week marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day penitential season that leads us to the joy of Easter.

Worship & Devotional Opportunities + + +


+ Ash Wednesday: March 2nd

Receiving ashes on our foreheads as a reminder of our mortality serves as a prelude to the gift of eternal life promised us in Christ’s resurrection. Two opportunities to receive ashes and Holy Eucharist will be offered here at Messiah: 12:00 noon and 7:00 pm. This day also marks the reopening of the church for in-person worship. Make plans to join us on this important Feast of the Church . . .

+ Lenten Devotionals

Many people find it helpful to follow the discipline of reading a daily Scripture verse, meditation and prayer throughout the season. A variety of pamphlets and materials will be available in the narthex. A $3.00 donation is appreciated.


The Season of Lent + + +


+ Dates: Lent, the 40-day period preceding Easter, begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with the celebrations on Easter Day. The final week before Easter is called Holy Week, with special services between Palm Sunday and Holy Saturday. (NOTE: Sundays are not counted within the 40 days because every Sunday is a ‘little Easter,’ commemorating the Resurrection.)

+ Theme: Retreating into the Wilderness & Preparing to Receive God’s Grace: In the 40 days of Lent, Christians imitate Moses and the ancient Israelites’ 40-year wandering in the desert before entering the Promised Land; and Jesus’ withdrawal into the desert for 40 days following his baptism.

+ Color: If liturgical colors are used, decorations are purple, the traditional color reserved for royalty, for the Church is preparing to receive our risen King. Other options include: ‘the Lenten array,’ draping the altar in unbleached muslin; or, as much as possible, eliminating color completely, symbolic of the arid starkness of the desert experience.

+ Lent: is a season of soul-searching and repentance, a time for reflection and taking stock. Originating in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, Lent was a period when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. All Christian denominations (Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Episcopal, Lutheran) having a continuous history extending before 1500 C.E. observe Lent in various ways.

+ Spiritual Disciplines: for this period have traditionally included: penitential prayer and confession; scripture reading and study; fasting; and almsgiving. These disciplines are helpful in preparing the individual believer to receive the wondrous gift of Our Risen Lord at Easter.

Worship & Devotional Opportunities + + +


+ Ash Wednesday, March 2nd

Receiving ashes on our foreheads as a reminder of our mortality serves as a prelude to the gift of eternal life promised us in Christ’s resurrection. Two opportunities to receive ashes and Holy Eucharist will be offered here at Messiah: 12:00 noon and 7:00 pm. This day also marks the reopening of the church for in-person worship. Make plans to join us on this important Feast of the Church.

+ Lenten Devotionals

Many people find it helpful to follow the discipline of reading a daily Scripture verse, meditation and prayer throughout the season. A variety of pamphlets and materials will be available in the narthex. A $3.00 donation is appreciated.

 

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.

· Barb Tudgay

· Pam Daveler

· Grayce Hoffman

· Robin Honeyman

· Molly Unangst

· Diana Mulroy

· Jami Behm

· Doris Griffiths

 


VISIT THE WEBSITE: Here you can find a video of the Sunday service as well as the bulletin and the sermon. https://www.messiahgwynedd.org/


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OFFICE HOURS

Monday through Friday 9:30 to 2:30


 

IN CASE OF A PASTORAL EMERGENCY AFTER HOURS

Should you have an urgent need to contact the Rector outside of Church Office hours, please use his cell phone: 215-692-2667.

 

 

THE CHURCH IS REOPENING ON ASH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2!!

Two service times: 12:00 noon & 7:00 pm

Not only is this special day the beginning of Lent, the forty-day church season that precedes Easter, but this year it marks the reopening of the church for in-person services. Mark your calendar and join us here at Messiah for one of the two services to be held that day.

 

Belfry Bargains Will Reopen Monday, February 28!!


 

A NEW DIRECTORY IS ON THE WAY!


A new church directory is in the works. Directories will be mailed by the end of February. If you did not fill out an updated communications form, and you know your information has changed, please notify the office ASAP. Thank you!

 

Forward Day by Day

The Day by Day devotionals for February through April 2022 are now available. They are currently available to pick up in the office during office hours.

 

CAN YOU HELP?

One of our parishioners is in need of rides from her home in Hatfield to occasional doctor appointments in Doylestown/Warrington. She has said she will gladly compensate anyone who is willing to give her a ride. Please contact the church office if you would be willing to help: 215-699-9204.

 

YOM SERVICE PROJECT: Making meals for the homeless


The YOM’S are going to be making bagged lunches for the hospitality center in Norristown and surrounding areas. The meals will then be handed out to the homeless and those in need. We plan to make the meals on March 6th at 5:30pm in the Parish Hall. Would you like to help support the cause?? Use the link below to sign up to provide food and supplies!

SIGN UP HERE

 

A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY:

A long time member of the church, Peggy Denslow, is turning 100 on March 22! Unfortunately, COVID restrictions have delayed plans and canceled the party for her 100th Celebration.

If you would like to wish her a Happy Birthday please: Mail cards / flowers / balloons /etc. to:

Peggy Denslow Kern

2425 Lower State Road

Room 126

Doylestown, PA 18901-2631


If you would like, send a short video (selfie) message wishing her Happy Birthday to her email address peggydenslow@gmail.com or her son’s cell phone (615-416-3342) by Friday, March 11th. The videos will be put together into one video which they will share with her on her special day.

 
 
 

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology and the hard work of several parishioners, we are able to offer a variety of ways to participate in Sunday services:

  • IN-PERSONIn-Person Services are temporarily paused for the month of February due to the rising number of Covid cases

  • LIVE-STREAMED - the service will be broadcast on YouTube – follow the link posted on the church website (messiahgwynedd.org)

  • WEBSITE – at the close of the service, a video will be posted to the parish website (messiahgwynedd.org) for viewing at a time convenient for you

 
 

SUPPORT FOR MANNA ON MAIN STREET


We Continue to Collect & Deliver Non-Perishable Items

As you do your weekly shopping, please pick up some non-perishable food items, toiletries and cleaning supplies. These donations can be left on the back pew of the church or left outside the Rector’s office door. These will then be delivered to Manna to stock their shelves for distribution to meet clients’ needs.

 

Church School will be meeting virtually at 10:30 Sunday mornings for the month of January and February. A meeting link will be sent out on Saturday evenings. We will resume in person Church School meetings on Sunday, March 6!

 


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 bebstevenson@yahoo.com.


Biscuits? Popovers? What a nice addition to a family dinner! These treats are not difficult to make but are such a delicious treat! Your family and friends will love these.

Enjoy

Barbara


Foolproof Popovers


3 Tbsp melted butter, divided

2 eggs

1 cup milk, warmed for 30 seconds in the microwave

1 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp Kosher salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a pastry brush, coat 8 muffin cups with 1 Tbsp of melted butter and put tin in oven for 5 minutes. Mix eggs in blender until light yellow. Add warmed milk and blend. Add flour, salt and remaining melted butter, and blend, until smooth. Pour batter into warmed muffin tin and return it to the oven to bake until golden, about 35 minutes. Remove from oven and serve warm.


8 popovers

Angel Biscuits


5 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp Kosher salt

5 Tbsp sugar

1/4 cup warm water

1/2 oz. (2pkgs) active dry yeast

1 cup ( 2 sticks) salted butter, cold, cut into small squares, plus 4 Tbsp, melted

2 cups buttermilk


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and 3 Tbsp sugar. In a small bowl, combine the warm water with the yeast and the remaining 2 Tbsp of sugar. Stir until the yeast is dissolved. Let stand until bubbles appear, 2-3 minutes. Using your hands, mix the 1 cup of butter into the flour, breaking the butter into small pebbles, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Make a well in the center and add the buttermilk and yeast mixture. Gently fold the flour into the wet ingredients. Keep mixing until a ball starts to form, then gently knead 12-15 times, to create a smooth dough. Cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and press out 1 inch - 1 1/2 inch thick and fold again. Cut the dough with a 2 or 3 inch round biscuit cutter. Brush the bottom of the skillet with some of the melted butter. Place the biscuits in the skillet; brush the tops with melted butter. Bake until golden brown, 18 -22 minutes. Brush with melted butter and serve immediately.

8 - 12 biscuits.

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