This First Sunday in Lent, (March 1), we gather at 10:30 AM in the sanctuary.
Holy Eucharist will be celebrated by The Rev. Ashley Carr. Erin McDowell is preaching.
The Lessons for Sunday can be found at http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/ or at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/lectionary-calendar
(Lay Person of the Day: Dawn Smith Lector: Amanda Newell Intercessor: Pete Christiansen Chalice: Amanda Newell, Jimmy Bailey Tellers: Pete Christiansen, Jimmy Bailey)
THIS SUNDAY: LUNCH, BABY BINGO, CAKE! IMMEDIATELY AFTER SERVICE!
ABANDON: Lent is a gift, it’s 40 days where we without shame or guilt can identify, confess and abandon ideas and habits that frustrate God, injure us and our neighbors. One behavior we must abandon is the Death Penalty. We must confess that we chose ignorance, indifference or vengeance as individuals and as a state in this matter. And, we must be clear there’s no justification for Capital Punishment in the life and teaching of Jesus. None! The Episcopal Church as a whole has been opposed to Capital Punishment since 1958. Right now the state of Georgia is entertaining a bi-partisan bill HB702 that replaces the death penalty with life, without the possibility of parole. This Lent I am asking you to join me in opposing state sanctioned murder reserved for the poor and the mentally ill in our state. [On the diocesan website at For Faith HB702 Parish Resources] you will find information and concrete steps on how you can make a difference. I wish you a holy and restorative Lent. For Faith - Bishop Rob Wright 2-28-20
LENTEN ALMS: Every Sunday in Lent the plate offering and any designated checks will be collected for Lenten Alms. This week’s recipient is the Georgia Interfaith Public Policy Center, a religious advocacy organization “joining together faith traditions to create tangible results by influencing legistlation tha affects the lives of Georgians who fall through cracks in the systems.” (https://georgiarecorder.com/2020/02/03/faith-leaders-head-to-capitol-to-promote-values-in-state-policy/ ) Our Archdeacon Carole Maddux is one of the drivers beyond this newly formed group, which already has participation from the Muslim and Jewish communities as well. (Please make out your check to Holy Comforter, designating Lenten Alms in the memo line.)
FROM DEACON JOHN: This coming Sunday, Elaine Lyons, Janelle Hiroshige and I will be traveling to one of our sister parishes, St. Matthew's in Snellville, to represent Holy Comforter and the Friendship Center. We're speaking as part of their Love in Action Christian Formation Series. We're excited to represent our community with our friends there, tell our story, and seek their engagement with us. Please pray for us as we go on this mission.
VESTRY INVITATION: On Sunday March 8th, the vestry will be meeting in the library to brainstorm and discuss ideas for potential fundraisers, as Holy Comforter strives to meet and exceed its financial obligations in 2020 and beyond. All are welcome to join the conversation and weigh-in, especially if you have experience with previous events. (Sunday, March 8, following service. Grab lunch and join us in the library.)
WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? March 8 is up for grabs. Do you know any school kids who have community service hours to fill, or maybe non-church attending families who’d like to connect from time to time? Would you like to help, but can’t commit to a whole meal? Please talk to Barbara Jamison, Trudy Caruso, or Liz Mitchell and let’s keep this lunch ministry going. Remember, personal care homes don’t usually serve a Sunday midday meal.
March 1: Holy Comforter Baby Shower after service March 7: Gardeners at Peachtree Road Farmers Market (8:30 am–noon) March 8: Vestry Brainstorming Fundraising meeting after church March 14: First Plant Sale of 2020 (10 am – 2 pm) March 21: Saturday Night Live (5:30 pm) followed by dinner WEBSITE UPDATE: Check out the THIS SUNDAY section of the website holycomforter-atlanta.org
The Winter Lay Ministry schedule is posted on the Vestry Bulletin Board.
Check out our websites: - holy comforter episcopal church home page www.friendshipcenter-atlanta.org
THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE DONATED ITEMS ON OUR FEBRUARY NEEDS LIST (and to those planning to): Please like us on Facebook if you have not seen the list of things we could really use to keep things going around here. This is a new feature we will update each month. Right now the list includes: Organic Potting Soil, Various sized canvases, Acrylic Paints (Liguitex Basics 4 ozs), Postage Stamps; Hefty Paper Plates; 5 oz and 8-9 oz Paper Cups; Connect Four and other games / Playing Cards; Metal forks and spoons; Printer Paper (letter sized). “From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your unfailing love and support for this amazing place!”