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Second Sunday in Lent (Year A)
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My Dear Friends,
In keeping with this year's theme: Reclaiming our Mission: To restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ, I am inviting volunteers to assist me in updating the membership list. Our first challenge is to identify those members who very much remain part of the church family but who no longer participate in the life of the church. Many of these persons are known to you who come to church Sunday after Sunday. They were baptized and confirmed many years ago, but fail to participate in the life and fellowship of the congregation for a multiple of reasons. I am not referring to those who have decided to make another church their weekly place of worship. I am referring to those who go nowhere on a Sunday. They simply cannot be bothered and over the years have grown weary and cynical about the faith. Perhaps they have stopped coming because of something the rector or one of the clergy said or did, and are still offended by it. Or perhaps they have a grouse with another member. Regardless of the reason, we all need to know so that a way can be found to bring such persons back into full participation within the life of the Church.
Finding those who belong but no longer attend church is a mandate from Jesus himself and over the next three months I will be making this a priority of my ministry. Obviously in a congregation as large and as complex as ours, fulfilling this mandate will be most challenging, but with your help in submitting the names of persons who no longer attend, the challenge will be made that much easer. Living at a time and in a culture with so many competing voices calling for our attention, we can easily forget the story of God's redemptive love celebrated Sunday after Sunday. A pastoral visit or a call from the clergy can do a great deal in helping us to remember the redemptive story of our lives.
Many of you have responded to the Church's appeal to give more in support of its ministry and I wish to commend those who have already made this a part of your pledge for 2005. However, it was reported at our Church Committee meeting last Thursday that less then thirty percent of those who contribute regularly by way of weekly offerings are making use of the Special Envelopes, the proceeds of which go towards maintenance of our buildings, pay for security as well as our insurance, all of which amount to just under Ten Million Dollars ($10,000,000). I wish, therefore, to encourage the use of these Special Envelopes on fourth Sundays, as I believe that if we treat this with the same amount of seriousness as we do our Freewill Envelopes, we will see an enormous increase in our monthly income and will therefore ease the end-of-year anxiety in meeting our budgetary commitments.
This weekend eleven of our members are attending the Silent Retreat at the Hillcrest Diocesan Retreat Centre in Brown's Town. The Retreat is being conducted by Fr. Robert McLean. They will return this afternoon. Please remember them in your prayers as we pray too for journeying mercies.
Rev. Garth Minott will be the presenter at our Lenten Devotions on Thursday of this week at 5:30 p.m. He will speak on the topic Reading the Bible from the perspectives of Tradition and Reason. You are reminded to take along your Book of Common Prayer.
We extend a warm welcome to all our visitors and invite you to
join us for our Lenten Devotions on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Through his work man collaborates with God in bringing creation to completion and in so doing he unites himself with the whole human family which is involved in the same task.
The Christian Response by Michael Quoist
Kingston & St. Andrew Sunday School Area Council (KSASSAC)
The Annual Bible Quiz of the KSASSAC took place on February 8 and of the 13 Sunday Schools which entered, our team placed 3rd. Team members were:
The team also shared the trophy for the highest score in the preliminary rounds. The Church of the Holy Spirit took first place. The St. Clement's Mission in Kencot, was awarded the trophy for 'The Most Disciplined Team'.
We are invited to join members of the Fellowship Groups at their Retreat on Saturday, March 5, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This will be held at the United Theological College, Mona. Theme: Our Loving Father. Contribution: $800. Please contact the church office for further details.
Part of our 340th Anniversary Commemoration will be a Choral
and Flower Festival scheduled for the weekend of April 16/17.
Watch for further details.
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