The Season of Lent Booklet: If you did not receive The Season of Lent booklet in your bulletin on Ash Wednesday or last week, you can pick one up on the table outside the office, in Mitchell Hall, or in the Narthex.
Union Gospel Mission: St. John’s has committed to serving dinner at Union Gospel Mission on the first Saturday of each month beginning April 6. Parishioners 12 and older are welcome—and encouraged—to take part. If you are interested in serving on this ministry team at any time during the year, please sign up in Mitchell Hall today.
God’s “J-Shaped” People: Join Fr Klein in a Lenten study and discover how God prepared the world for the Passion of Christ in the Old Testament. We will look at seven key “salvation figures” (Joel, Jacob, Joshua, Joseph, Jonah, Job, Jeremiah) whom God chose that furthered His plan of redemption history (Heb 11:39-40) until all was made perfect in Christ! Join us Sunday Mornings from 10:15—11:10 am.
Lenten Evensong: Please join us for our Lenten Evensong and reception on March 31 at 5:00pm. Child care will be available.
First Communion Classes: A First Communion class will be offered on April 3 and April 10 during our Lenten program. For more information, or to sign up, contact Fr. Estes.
The Liturgy During Lent: During the season of Lent, our worship takes on a special character. The mood reflects being in the wilderness. The season begins with ashes pressed on our foreheads as a sign that a journey has begun. The ashes trace the sign of the cross marked on us at our baptism. How do we pick up our cross and follow after Jesus? Special adjustments are made in the liturgy during Lent. The Alleluias and joyful canticles, the Gloria in excelsis are omitted from the services. The color changes to purple; no flowers adorn the altar. These changes are designed to foster a subdued, meditative spirit to prepare us to enter into Holy Week where the narratives of our Lord’s Passion are read. And once more we are made sharply aware of the origin of our life in Christ, and the price He paid to attain it for us. Join us, once again, on the journey…
St. John’s Lenten Program: The Truth About Money This year for our Lenten program we will study on what the Bible has to say about an incredible subject… Money. Our leader is Bob Hampton, CPA, CLU, ChFC. Bob is our treasurer and member of our Finance Committee and former vestry member. He is passionate about Christian stewardship and is a gifted teacher. Bob and his wife Lisa have been members of St John’s for many years.
We will be exploring the following topics:
March 13 — Biblical Stewardship
March 20 — Getting Out of Debt
March 27 — Investing for the Future
April 3 — Giving Back to God
April 10 — Stewardship of the Culture
Children will be invited to go to the atrium. Nursery will be available, as well.
Kitchen Help Needed for Lenten Dinners: We are still in need of volunteers to help serve and clean up during our Lenten Dinners on the following dates: March 27 (1 volunteer), April 3 (2 volunteers), April 10 (2 volunteers). Volunteers will heat the mac and cheese, dress the salad, make coffee and tea, serve at the food counter, and clean up after the program. If you are able to volunteer, please sign up in Mitchell Hall, or contact the office.
Feastivities Gourmet-to-Go Lenten Meals Menu: (Mac & Cheese will be served weekly for the children.)
March 13: Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, Cranberry Nut Salad, Parmesan Pull Apart Bread
March 20: Baked Potato Soup, Garden Salad, Yeast Rolls
March 27: Italian Wedding Soup, Cranberry Nut Salad, Garlic Bread
April 3: Southwest Stew, Mandarin Orange Salad, Corn Bread
April 10: Tomato Basil Soup, Caesar Salad, Parmesan Pull Apart Bread
Diocesan Altar Guild Annual Meeting March 23: The Diocesan Altar Guild Annual Meeting will be held at St. Andrew’s in Grand Prairie on March 23. Fr. Timothy Matkin will bring the message “Standard Oil: God’s Salving Power for the Church.” (Pun intended) Cost for lunch is $15. Deadline to register is March 19. Registration forms can be picked up outside the office. For more information, go to http://fwepiscopal.org/events/altarguild2019.html
Upcoming Bell Choir Performances: The St. John’s Bell Choir will play during the 9:00 mass on March 24 and the 11:15 mass on April 14. If you have never heard this wonderful group of volunteers perform, be sure to attend!