St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, March 17: A dinner to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day will be hosted by
the Men of Messiah on Saturday, March 17th beginning at 5 p.m. BYOB. Bring
Appetizers to share, and Desserts. Appetizers will be available beginning at 5
p.m. Our Irish Dance demo this year will be performed by students at Club Rince
(“Rinka”) Irish Dance Club from Chester. Depending on their schedule, they
would love to even teachccus a step or two! A dinner of corned beef, cabbage,
potatoes, and Irish soda bread will follow the dancing. If you and your guests
are interested in attending, please complete the sign-up list located in the
Holy Week: Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, March 25, as
we celebrate and re-enact Jesus entrance into Jerusalem and culminates on
Easter Day. We have a
full schedule of services and observances throughout the week including our
very special Tennebrae service on March 28; Maundy Thursday, March 29, which
includes a Seder Meal, foot washing, Holy Eucharist, and the Stripping of the
Altar; Good Friday Service and Long Valley Cross walk, March 30; the Great
Vigil of Easter, Saturday, March 31; and our festive Easter Sunday services, April 1, when we celebrate the joy of the risen Christ! Please see the Messenger, available by
link on our Calendar page, for a full schedule and details of Holy Week events
and services. All are welcome to join us in celebration and fellowship!
Lenten Concert - Once Upon a Tree March 25: Experience Holy Week through the eyes of St. Luke the physician.
Composer Pepper Choplin recreates the power, majesty, love, sorrow and hope of
Jesus Christ’s last week on earth, from the triumphal entry into Jerusalem to
the Last Supper and the final hours on the cross. 3 p.m. at Church of the
Annual Easter Egg Hunt, April 1: There will be a special program
for young children at 9 a.m. and a special Sunday School program at the 10 a.m.
service with our annual Easter Egg Hunt after both the 9 and 10 a.m. services!
SAVE THE DATE!
5th Annual Meet Your Local Artisans Show, April 7: Church of the Messiah will offer an
opportunity to meet local artisans and several artists have agreed to present
and sell their creations. The show will feature a woodworker, jeweler, potter,
soap maker, candle maker, knitter, stationary designer and more. Also, this
year, we are very excited to have author, Cynthia Dreeman Meyer, celebrated
author of Gregory the Spider and Merry Stirring Mice joining the show.
Her books will be available for purchase and signing. Don’t miss this
opportunity to meet the artisans and learn more about their crafts. There is no
charge for admission, but donations will be gladly accepted. Complimentary
coffee, tea, and snacks will be available. All proceeds help to support the
Church’s ministry and community outreach programs. 6-9 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
Be sure to
click on the links for our Calendar and wonderful newsletter, The Messiah Messenger, to
get all the news and events for the month.
Our Shrove Tuesday Pancake & Chili Dinner is a whole lot of "Flippin' Fun!"
Lenten Meditations: This year we again are offering a book of Messiah Lenten meditations. Thank you to Julie for compiling and preparing it. A hard copy is available for you to pick up. They are all posted at this web site: https://sites.google.com/site/churchofmessiahlentmeditations
MESSIAH IN THE NEWS!
Click on the links below and check out the “Flippin Fun” coverage of our Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake
Party in the Daily Record...
A big thank you to both of these local newspapers for covering our events at Messiah!
Calling All Hoopsters! We have a new basketball hoop in the back parking lot! A ball is available in the closet downstairs at the end of the hall near the bathrooms. Take a break and work off some of those coffee hour calories!
New time for Pray and Play - The moms and
toddlers who come to Pray and Play service have agreed that Monday at
10:15 a.m. is a good time to meet. This service is especially tailored
for children ages 6 and under and their families. We meet in the church.
We will also offer Pray and Play on the first Sunday of every month at 9
a.m. (meeting in the lower parish hall).
Members of the Men of Messiah (MOM) at work polishing the brass.
Men of Messiah (MOM) – The next meeting of MOM is March 17 at noon.
Women of Messiah Encouraging & Nurturing (W.O.M.E.N.) - Our
next meeting will be March 27 at 7 p.m..
Inquirer's Class - Interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church? Please join us for a 5-session class that will enable those who are interested to discuss and learn more about the Church, Christianity, and the Bible. This is a great opportunity for discovery and to ask questions about who we are. Classes held several times a year at convenient times for those interested are interested.
Education For Ministry - This is not a program for those seeking ordination as
they go to seminary. But this is a wonderful college level program for any one
interested in learning more by reading and discussion. The program continues
for four years, each year a separate unit. Currently there is a class on their
third year of study on Mondays evenings. A new class is being formed on
Tuesdays from 3:45 - 5:45 starting in September. if you are interested please
speak with Margaret who is the facilitator for the program.
Bible Study at Messiah - We will be discussing The Old Testament on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and The New Testament on Thursdays at 11 a.m.
Lunch Book Group - Tuesdays at Messiah on the lower level, Noonto 1 p.m. Each week's reading and destination is listed in the Sunday announcements. We will be bringing our own lunches so pack or tote your meal; coffee and/or water will be served while we discuss.
Contemplative/Centering Prayer - It meets every Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the church. You are welcome to join our group for 30 minutes of quiet prayer. Other times are possible too, contact the rector if you are interested
Tuesday Book and Movie Night - A Book discussion and bag supper usually held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. followed by a movie (TBD) at around 7:30 p.m. Click on our current Monthly Messenger for book descriptions and details.
Armchair Theologians - A summer program that meets on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. ending with Compline at 8:30 p.m.
Coffee Hour is available after each Sunday Service in our Parish Hall. It's a wonderful time to enjoy friends and fellowship with members of the Congregation. Want to help out? Sign up to host coffee hour! An updated calendar will be posted soon! Sign up for an empty date by sending an email to email@example.com with "Coffee Hour" in the subject heading.