St. Paul’s Episcopal Church The Rev. Susan B. Haynes, Rector 616 Lincolnway East The Rev. George Minnix, Assisting Priest Mishawaka, IN 46544 The Rev. Michael Cover, Assisting Priest 574-255-9090
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
616 Lincolnway East Mishawaka, IN 46544
|Sunday Cycle Year C Daily Office Year Two||ST. PAUL’S CALENDAR MARCH 2010|
|Monday 1||Tuesday 2||Wednesday 3||Thursday 4||Friday 5||Saturday 6|
|Office closed||7:30 pm AA||3:15 pm Homework Help||5:45 pm Stations of the Cross 7 pm Eucharist and Re-||Vestry Retreat 9am3pm|
|ception for Bishop Little at Cathedral|
|Sunday 7||Lent III||Monday 8||Tuesday 9||Wednesday 10||Thursday 11||Friday 12||Saturday 13|
|8:00 am – Holy Eucharist 9:00 am – Adult Morning Study 10:00 am – Choral Holy Eucharist||Office closed||11:30 am Executive Committee 7:30 pm AA||3:15 pm Homework Help 6:15 pm Vestry Mtg.||5:45 pm Stations of the Cross||Lenten “Semi-Quiet” Day 9am-Noon|
|Sunday 14 Lent IV||Monday 15||Tuesday 16||Wednesday 17||Thursday 18||Friday 19||Saturday 20|
|8:00 am -- Holy Eucharist 9:00 am - Adult Morning Study 10:00 am -- Choral Holy Eucharist||Office closed||3:15 pm Homework Help||5:45 pm Stations of the Cross|
|Outreach Sunday Parents’ Meeting following coffee hour||7:30 pm AA|
|Sunday 21 Lent V||Monday 22||Tuesday 23||Wednesday 24||Thursday 25||Friday 26||Saturday 27|
|8:00 am – Holy Eucharist 9:00 am – Adult Morning Study 10:00 am – Choral Holy Eucharist||Office closed||7:30 pm AA||Lenten Study Groups||3:15 pm Homework Help 7 pm Holy Land Info Mtg. at Mother Susan’s||5:45 Stations of the Cross||10 am Chrism Eucharist at Cathedral of St. James (Mother Susan to preach)|
|Sunday 28 Palm Sunday||Monday 29||Tuesday 30||Wednesday 31|
|8:00 am – Holy Eucharist 9:00 am – Adult Morning Study 10:00 am – Choral Holy Eucharist||Office closed||7:30 pm AA||7 pm Tenebrae Service|
|Holy Weeks begins|
A letter from Mother Susan
f you are looking for an excuse to have a slight reprieve from your Lenten discipline, then this letter is for you. Sunday, March 14 is Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent—the halfway point to Easter. The Latin, laetare, is from the introit of the Mass on that Sunday which begins “O be joyful, Jerusalem!” This particular Sunday is known also as Mid-Lent Sunday, Refreshment Sunday, Simnel Sunday or Mothering Sunday. On this day, priests are given the option of wearing rose colored vestments, and the whole congregation is reminded and encouraged that we are making progress toward the end of this penitential season.
“Mothering Sunday,” or “Simnel Sunday” is a Christian festival celebrated throughout Europe. During the 16th century, on this Sunday, people returned to their mother church for a service. This was either a local church, or the nearest cathedral. Those who went “a-mothering” were inclined to gather with their entire families. A popular food to be served was Simnel Cake, a rich cake made of fruit and almond paste. Such cake was eaten to remind Christians that on this particular Sunday, families could gather and there could be a gentle lightening of the Lenten fast or discipline.
So, this year, on Sunday, March 14, we are going to celebrate Laetare Sunday with simnel cake. On Saturday, March 13, we will gather for what I am calling a Lenten Semi-Quiet Day. We will gather around 9:00 for Morning Prayer, Lectio Divina and meditation. Then we will move to the kitchen where we will bake enough simnel cake to serve in coffee hour the next day. At noon, we will have lunch together before cleaning up the kitchen to go home. Please bring your spring-form pan and something to share for lunch.
Please consider joining us on this day to strengthen your own Lenten discipline and to prepare for Laetare Sunday.
Yours affectionately in Christ, Mother Susan+
Also on March 14: Parent Meeting Planned
s promised in Jen Fulton's report on her Church Development Project which she presented at the Annual Meeting, we are scheduling a meeting with parents to talk about, among other things, how to keep children engaged in worship, what your needs are as parents, what their needs are as children, and what you would like to see for them at St. Paul's. Please make plans to join us for a brief meeting following coffee hour on Sunday, March 14. As Jen said, the presence of your children is a sign that the Holy Spirit is moving at St. Paul's. We now need to cooperate with that movement and do what we can to nurture their (and your) growth.
e’re just about ready to launch our new scrip program at St. Paul’s, and the vestry’s pretty excited about it. We plan to begin on March 14. Here’s most of what you need to know—if you have any questions just ask John or Kyle Lendel or Jeanne Dams.
What is Scrip?
Scrip is anything that is used in place of money. If you’ve ever used a gift card, pre-paid debit card, or gift certificate, you’ve used scrip.
How does Scrip work ?
Easily. You buy, from the church, scrip to use at any of dozens of restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, stores—you name it. Let’s say you know you’ll spend $200 at Martin’s within the next month. You write a check to St. Paul’s for $200. The next Sunday you collect your $200 worth of Martin’s gift certificates. You take them to the store and spend them for your purchases. That’s all there is to it.
Then how does St. Paul’s make any money?
That’s simple, too. We buy the scrip at slightly less than its face value, and keep the difference. As you’ll see on the order form which follows, some of the sources offering scrip pay a larger percentage to us than others.
So why has St. Paul’s decided to get into a scrip program?
We are joining the company of many other area churches and schools in a fundraising effort that costs parishioners nothing. Initially, we want to avoid a budget shortfall this year; our goal is $1800 based on the 2010 budget approved by the Vestry. When we’re sure we can do that, the profits from scrip will go to other worthwhile projects we might not have been able to fund otherwise.
I notice that the order sheet shows many stores, restaurants, etc. If something is not listed that I use a lot personally, what do I do?
One of the scrip items that can be purchased is a pre-paid VISA card. This card can be used at almost any company in the area or in the world. If you have a specific item you are interested in, please let one of the SCRIP committee members or the church office know, and we will research its availability.
Denominations of the scrip are listed on the order sheet. Can I purchase other denominations?
We have listed the denominations that we felt were practical for the people of the parish. Larger and maybe smaller amounts may be available. Please indicate on your order sheet what $ size you are interested in and we will research it for you.
Why will only checks be accepted as a form of payment? One check per order only?
To keep the accounting simple and ease in the administration of the program we have had to put these restrictions on the program.
Ministry Schedule for March 2010
|Chalicifers||Bill Whitman||David Betz||Marty Wolfe||Sara Wolfe|
|David Betz||Marty Wolfe||Sara Wolfe||Bill Whitman|
|Lectors||Bill Hambling||Sara Wolfe||Bill Whitman||Angie Hambling|
|Jeanne Dams||Jim Gross||Teresa Betz||Marty Wolfe|
|Ushers||Jim Lovelace||Bill Whitman||Jim Gross||Jim Lovelace|
|Oblationers||Gina Myers||Diane Haywood||Rita Esarey||J & C Gross|
10:00 AM 3/7 3/14 3/21 3/28 Chalicifers Tami Lewis Mike Thompson Jim Pecsi Tami Lewis Mike Thompson Jim Pecsi Tami Lewis Mike Thompson Lectors Sarah Haynes Pam Jentz Brad Thames Lisette Bolduc
Scott Williams Betty Jo Adamson Mary K. Bissell Jen Fulton Acolytes Rebecca Haynes Ken Finkbiner Madeline Randall TBD Torches TBD TBD TBD TBD Ushers Ralph Burget Jason Vice Dale Keltner Ken Finkbiner
Kyle Lendel Dave Jentz John Lendel Ralph Burget Bolduc/
Betty Jo Adamson VanInwagen K & C Finkbiner Betty Jo Boyer Intercessors Brad Thames Tami Lewis Manuela Thames Sharon Burget
If you cannot fulfill your scheduled ministry, please make arrangements for someone to take your place.
Renee Peggs begins Doctor of Ministry Program at Episcopal Divinity School
piscopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, celebrated its January Matriculation ceremony as they welcomed seven newly matriculating students into the school’s community during the noon service on January 6, 2010 in St. John’s Memorial Chapel. Renee Peggs was among those who signed the book that officially marks her enrollment. Peggs is in the Diocese of Northern Indiana and attends St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mishawaka, Indiana. She is currently en
rolled in the doctor of ministry program. The new students represent the Episcopal, Baptist, and Metropolitan Community Churches.
Diocesan Pilgrimage Teaser
n March 25 at 7 PM, Mother Susan will hold a gathering at her home, 5721 Bridgeton Lane, South Bend, for anyone interested in seeing slides from her Holy Land trip and hearing more about the Diocesan Pilgrimage there in 2011. (The picture at left is of the Dome of the Rock, the dominant feature of the landscape as one enters the ancient city of Jerusalem.) If you’d like to come to this event, please call Mother Susan’s cell phone, 574-286-7587.
Let’s Hear From You
ow that we have a good start on our electronic Epistle, we’d like to expand coverage of our parish family. Please let me know about anything exciting that’s going on with you and/or your family. New baby or grandchild? A wedding in the offing, or a retirement party, or a neat trip? Did you just win an award, or a scholarship? We want to let the parish know. Send your news, with pictures if possible, to me, email@example.com. I promise I’ll publish just as much as I can fit into every issue—and going electronic increases the space available. My deadline is the 20th of each month for the next issue.
...and Speaking of Parish News…
ere is the newest member of the Lendel family, Avery Rose Takace, who was born on February 17, 2010, weighing in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and 20 inches long. She’s healthy and happy, so is Mom, and especially Grandma Kyle (who is also pictured) and Grandpa John, who is smiling!!!!
Michael Cover is Ordained Priest
nother joyous event for our parish was the ordination of Deacon Michael Cover to the priesthood on February 13 in
Dallas, Texas. We welcome Father Michael to St. Paul’s!
Fr. Michael and Susanna with Bishop Paul E. Lambert
Fr. Michael and verger buddy Russell Harrison
Vestry Report from February 11 Meeting
3. Peanut Brittle moneys: A tithe is going to Broadway Christian. They are also purchasing new vestments, buying activity bags for the children, and offering $500 as a fund-raising match to the parish.
6. The Scrip program was discussed; the vestry decided to implement the program.
8. The vestry officially expressed its gratitude to the Peanut Brittle Committee for all of its hard work and the
|fund-raiser match, and to John Lendel for all of his work on Scrip.|
|The Bottom Line (through January)||Total Income Total expensesBottom line||$19,070 Pledges $15,101 Outreach $ 3,969||$18 $||,139 191|
Worship Survey Results
our Congregational Development Team would like to thank all those who filled out a Worship Survey and came to the Town Hall Meeting last January. We received 37 surveys in all, and got excellent feedback at the meeting. The surveys revealed that those who attend our 8 AM Sunday service are very happy with their worship experience. For the most part, those who attend our 10 AM service are also happy, but find that they are often distracted during the service. This is not surprising, since this service has been blessed with many families with young children. Twelve children regularly attend this service, and account for approximately ten-fifteen per cent of our average Sunday attendance. In a world church with an aging population, this is certainly a visible sign of the Spirit working in our midst, but it does present us with some challenges which need to be addressed. We are calling for a renewed sense of mutual, inter-generational understanding. In addition, we are planning to publish a brochure detailing behavioral guidelines for children in church. The Peanut Brittle Committee has already purchased activity bags for the children to use during the service; thanks to them for their generosity and hard work! Mother Susan is planning on holding an instructed Eucharist for the children, and we will be hosting a meeting for parents of young children in which we can discuss behavioral guidelines, the specific spiritual needs of young families, and our Sunday School curriculum. Thank you again for all of your feedback, and if you have any additional ideas or comments, please do not hesitate to speak with Jen Fulton, Mother Susan, or Jon Adamson.
St. Paul’s Outreach
am Jentz reports that St. Paul’s continues to be generous with our outreach efforts. In no particular order: (1) We contributed 295 pounds of food in January; (2) Our Souper Bowl offering was $290, which was divided between St. Augustine’s Church for their soup lunch, and the Food Bank. Nationwide, nearly $3 million was collected. (3) A record number of participants turned out for the St. Margaret’s House Winter Walk on February 21, and drew in donations of over $43,000. Thanks to all who contributed cookies, prayers, donations, and/or shoe leather. (4) Homework Thursdays continue to be very successful. As many as eleven students participate. Some help with meal preparation would be welcome; get in touch with Pam if you can help. (5) Pam has a few tickets for the quilt raffle to benefit Hannah’s House. A beautiful quilt entitled Emma’s Pineapple, it was designed and handmade by Rebecca Yoder. It is on display at Hannah’s House, and pictured on the Outreach bulletin board. Ticket costs: $5 for one ticket; $10 for three tickets; $20 for seven tickets. The drawing will be on Tuesday, April 27. (6) Great things are happening at the Rafiki Children's Center, which we help support. For those of you who don’t know, Rafiki, a part of Marafiki Global AIDS Ministry, is a home, incorporating a school, farm, and clinic, for children left orphaned by AIDS. The wonderful people who run it are doing amazing things, and the children are learning valuable life skills. More information is posted on the Outreach bulletin board.
onathan Grant and Jon Adamson have come up with a new and exciting project for St. Paul’s. There is space here only to summarize, but the concept is to produce a "Stations of the Incarnation" analogous to the traditional "Stations of the Cross". To produce the stations, they hope to assemble a team of people willing to write and to do artistic creations as well. In short, the project would look something like this: (1) Make fourteen wall hangings (paintings, photographs, ?) to hang in the sanctuary during Advent in place of the Stations of the Cross. (2) Make a devotional booklet as a complement to the artwork. This could be used at home for private devotions and/or for a worship service during Advent. (3) The collection would, later, be shared with the public at large at an art gallery or other venue.
The fourteen stations would be entitled: 1, The Word Became Flesh; 2, An Angel Visits Zechariah; 3, The Annunciation; 4, Mary Visits Elizabeth; 5, The Magnificat; 6, John Is Born; 7, An Angel Visits Joseph in a Dream; 8, The Genealogy of Jesus Christ; 9, The Journey to Bethlehem; 10, The Nativity; 11, The Heavenly Host Praises God; 12, Shepherds Visit the Holy Family; 13, The Presentation in the Temple, and 14, The Visit of the Magi.
For more information about this project, see Jon or Jonathan.
|Issue #113||The Diocese of Northern Indiana||March 2010|
|A Passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ||A Heart for the Lost|
|A Willingness to do Whatever it Takes||A Commitment to One Another|
|A Letter from the Bishop|
|Dear brothers and sisters,|
he Bible is filled with walking trips – the Israelites in the desert, Jesus and his disciples journeying in Galilee and then traveling south to Jerusalem, St. Paul and his companions making their way through Asia (modern day Turkey) and Greece. It’s no surprise that “walking” is often used in scripture as a way of talking about our journey with Christ. “Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2). Sometimes, when we actually walk, we’re reminded of the deeper dimensions of our spiritual journey.
So it was, on February 21, that five hundred people gathered at the Cathedral of St. James, South Bend, to take a walk on behalf of St. Margaret’s House. What is St. Margaret’s? It’s a day care center in downtown South Bend, dedicated to providing a place of safety, healing, and hope for women and children. Here’s a brief description of St. Margaret’s history and vision, taken from its website:
In the late 1980s, Deacon Sarah Tracy recognized that many women and children had no place to go during the day. They spent their time at the library or local downtown fast food restaurants. Some were homeless, others lived in substandard housing. As a joint ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana and the Cathedral Church of St. James, Sarah and her team transformed a building that was once a printing plant into a day center for women and children struggling with poverty. St. Margaret's House opened its doors in June of 1990 as a place where women and their children could come out of the weather to eat, shower, wash their clothes, rest and socialize. In August of that same year, St. Margaret's House began to serve a noonday meal. For the first several years, a part-time director and a staff of 30 volunteers served the 25-35 women and children guests who came each day. . . . St. Margaret's House continued to grow until it needed more space to meet the needs of
the guests. In 2002, St. Margaret’s House broke ground on a capital project that was designed to upgrade the life safety aspects of the structure, provide handicapped accessibility to all areas of the building and to double programming space. In November of 2003, this renovated building was rededicated and the community room on the second floor was dedicated to our founder Sarah Tracy. Over the years, St. Margaret's House has grown in numbers of women and children served as well as the scope of services and programs offered. Today, St. Margaret's House’s professional staff of eight and volunteer staff of over 100 serve 90-100 women and children a day.
It has been a great gift to me that St. Margaret’s House is located on the grounds of our cathedral. Every day, as I arrive at work, I see the people whose lives are enriched by its ministry – an outward and visible sign of Jesus’ transforming work.
Every February, St. Margaret’s sponsors a walk – to raise funds, and to raise awareness in the community about this amazing ministry. Many of St. Margaret’s guests have no means of transportation except their own feet; and so the annual walk reminds us that we’re reaching out to real people with real and pressing needs. Aching feet symbolize the aching of hearts that seek to be made whole.
As I walked in the midst of hundreds of people, I found myself thinking about the call of Jesus himself. “Follow me,” he says (Matthew 4:19), and invites us to take a journey with him: yes, the inward journey of growing in our relationship with the Lord of the universe, through prayer and study and the disciplines of the spiritual life, but an outward journey as well. He asks us to make our hands and our feet available to him. Perhaps it’s especially appropriate that the St. Margaret’s House Winter Walk usually falls during Lent. Our eyes are fixed on Jerusalem. “[Jesus and his disciples] were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid” (Mark 10:32). But Jesus bids us, despite our fears, to continue the journey with him – to share a last meal with him, to accompany him to Calvary, to await the glorious news of his resurrection, and to say Yes when he calls us. This Lent, how is Jesus asking you and me to walk with him? Where is he leading us? What new ventures and adventures for the sake of the Kingdom?
Yours in Christ,
10th Anniversary Celebration for Bishop Little
he Cathedral of St. James cordially invites you to attend a Eucharist and reception to honor Bishop Little on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of his consecration. The Eucharist will begin at 7:00 PM (EST) on Friday, March 5 with the reception to follow. RSVP by contacting the Cathedral office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (574) 232-4837. Please do come and share in this joyous event!
Prayers for Mission Team
he Companeros en Cristo Committee is sending a mission team to Honduras from March 6 to March 18. They will be installing a water treatment plant and continuing the health infrastructure project began last year. Please keep the following team members in your prayers: The Rev. Canon John Schramm (St. Thomas, Plymouth), Jim Guzikowski (St. Barnabas-in-the-Dunes, Gary), Melissa Goodwin, David Silva, Stella Silva, and Tim Skimina (St. Timothy’s, Griffith).
he Rev. Roger A. Bower will be formally installed as the new rector of St. Andrew’s, Valparaiso on Sunday, March 14th at 5:00 PM (CDT).
A Workshop: Congregations Feeding Indiana
he Indiana Partners for Christian Unity & Mission are holding a workshop entitled “Congregations Feeding Indiana: People, Pantries, and Participation” on Saturday, April 17th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (CDT) at the Shipshewana Town Center. The cost is $25. A variety of topics will be covered including community gardens and new models for feeding programs. For more information, please visit www.ipcum.org.
March 2, 2010
10:00 AM (EST) Fresh Start March 5, 2010
7:00 PM (EST) Holy Eucharist and 10th Anniversary Celebration of Bishop Little’s consecration March 7, 2010
Visitation to the St. John the Evangelist, Elkhart March 9, 2010
12:00 PM (EST) Deans’ Meeting March 10, 2010
12:05 PM (EST) Holy Eucharist at the Cathedral
March 14, 2010 Visitation to St. Mark’s, Howe
Note: Savings Time starts overnight
March 14, 2010
5:00 PM (CDT) Installation of the Rev. Roger Bower as Rector of St. Andrew’s, Valparaiso
March 18 – 26, 2010
House of Bishops March 27, 2010
10:00 AM (EDT) Chrism Mass March 27, 2010 Commission on Ministry at Cathedral
March 28, 2010 Visitation to St. Timothy’s, Griffith
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