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Last Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
On Ash Wednesday we intend to spend some time reflecting on three Disciplines of the Christian life - Prayer, Fasting and Alms Giving. Richard Foster in his book "Celebration of Disciple" reminds us that these Disciplines, and in particular prayer and fasting, are not only for the so-called spiritual giants and hence beyond our reach, but are to be cultivated by every baptized Christian. "The purpose of the Disciplines is liberation from the stifling slavery to self-interest and fear. When the inner spirit is liberated from all that weighs it down, it can hardly be described as dull drudgery." That summarizes the reason for our focus on Ash Wednesday. The forty day period of Lent is given to us for the purpose of making a spiritual inventory of our lives. I do hope then, that you will make a gift to yourself and so plan to attend at 8:00 a.m. and then remain for the Quiet Morning of Reflection which follows.
Today is observed throughout the eight Dioceses of the Province as Provincial Sunday, and in this connection a second Collection will be received for the work of the Church in the Province of the West Indies.
I wish to express my gratitude to those who remained for our Annual Congregational Meeting. Much time was spent discussing our financial obligations as a congregation. With a Budget of just over $28,000,000 for the Church's operations and ministry, and an additional $15,000,000 to take care of our Outreach Programme, including the Care Centre, the St. Andrew Settlement, the Girls' Home and Moreton Park, the challenge for an even greater level of Stewardship this year, is enormous. However, I believe that by God's grace we will be given the strength, as well as the resources to meet our obligations.
The members of the Church Committee for 2005 are as follows:
The congregation acknowledges with gratitude the important contributions made by Mr. Neville Baker, Mr. Rex James, Mr. Trevor Blake and Mrs. Marva Greig, former members of the Church Committee. In regard to Mr. Baker, who has served the Church Committee for nearly a quarter of a century and was People's Warden for 22 years, special tribute was paid by way of a Resolution acknowledging the tremendous contribution he has made through his wise counsel and his years of faithful service We pray for his speedy recovery and return to the full fellowship of the Church.
We express our condolences to Rhonda Crawford on the death of her husband Paul, and to Mary Sorum on the death of her mother Hyacinth Walcott.
We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors and pray for God's
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Our Gift To God
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We welcome to our 9.45 a.m. Service the Management and Staff of the Jamaica Producers Group Limited as they commemorate their 75th Anniversary in a Service of Thanksgiving.
ADULT RETREAT. We have reserved February 18 to 20, 2005 at the Hillcrest Retreat Centre for our Adult Retreat. The cost is $4,500 per person for the weekend. Please call the church office by Tuesday, February 8 if you wish to participate in what promises to be a spiritually refreshing weekend.
The YOUTH RETREAT takes place at the Church Hall this weekend, February 11 to 12.
HEALING CONFERENCE 2005 is scheduled for the weekend of
May 27 to 29 at the Starfish, Trelawny. Registration forms are
available from the church office.
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