Ascension News for February 27, 2019


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On March 1, 2019, Christians of many cultures, traditions, and races, in over 170 countries around the world will again unite in prayer. The continuing motto for this very special day is 'Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action.'  This year, the writing country is Slovenia: "Come - Everything is Ready." (Each year, a different participating country writes the service.)  Our service this year will take place at St. Peter's Church on Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m.

*  Next Wednesday, March 6, is Ash Wednesday.  We will start our Lenten Bible Study, 'The Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life' following the 9:30 a.m. service.  The other dates will be March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10 and 17. The study will explore different themes based on this Way of Love concept, building trusting relationships with God and one another.  These sessions are open for all to attend, from 10:15 a.m. to noon, including a 15 minute social time with tea and refreshments.

*  Of course, our annual Pancake Supper will take place on Shrove Tuesday, March 5.  The Men's Service Club will be serving a meal of beans, bologna, bread rolls, and and pancakes.  One sitting at 6 o'clock, with the cost being $10 for adults and free for children under 12.  If you plan to enjoy this lovely meal, you must book or purchase your tickets by Sunday, March 3.  There will be no extra tickets at the door.  You can get your ticket booked by contacting Tasker or by calling 368-5676, or any MSC member.  

*  Following the Pancake Supper, there will be a card game starting at 7:30 so bring your own cards and baskets and for just $6 (payable at the game) you can have a fun evening with your friends.

*  Please inform your children or grandchildren of the GPS (God's Positioning System) Youth Conference taking place at the Lavrock Camp & Conference Centre on Salmonier Line from April 5 to April 7.  You will learn of registration time, things needed, the GPS outreach project, etc. in the next few weeks.

*  Please remember those who have difficulty making ends meet when you pick up your groceries this week.  The foodbank is hoping to find tinned milk, tinned tomatoes, and toilet tissue in the foodbank boxes situated in our foyers.

*Captains, please remind your teams:  Sidespersons' Team # 6 and Counting Team # 6.

*  For our Parish Outreach Lenten Project, we have partnered with the Single Parents' Association of Newfoundland.  From March 10 to April 7 we are hoping to receive the following items:  diapers, wipes, recess items such as juice boxes, granola bars, packages of cheese and crackers, puddings and fruit cups, sugar and flour.  There will be shelving units in the side foyer on which you can place your donations. On April 7, during our 11 a.m. service, Elaine Balsom, Project Coordinator with SPAN, will share their story and receive the donations.

*  Our Youth Group has decided to help our four-legged pets for their Lenten outreach.  They are collecting blankets and towels to donate to the animal shelters.  You can help by dropping them off at the parish from March 10 to March 24 (weekdays from 9 to noon). Thank you for your anticipated support of this project.

*  Are you familiar with the Men's Service Club (MSC)?  A lot of men do not know other men in the parish which makes them feel disconnected.  We are inviting you to attend one of our meetings (we meet at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays in each month).  We want you to join us for a cup of tea and treats; we want you to enjoy a game of cards or darts with the men of your parish family; we want to chat and find out what things you would enjoy doing.  Of course, we do assist the Parish with fundraising events when the need arises, but fellowship is our main focus.  An added bonus - we have potlucks to which our partners/spouses are invited so more connections are formed.  Come and see; and hopefully, you will decide to stay.

*  I presume you have already marked your calendars for the PWRDF Luncheon that is being held on March 10 following the 11 a.m. service.  The menu - macaroni and cheese, caesar salad, rolls, and ice cream - $10 adults and $5 for children.  You can sign-up at the church entrances or you can call the church office to book tickets. (Gluten-free option).  If you have any questions, or if you would like to help in any way,  please call Fronie at 368-7424.

*  Income tax time is drawing near and I am sure you will need the receipts from your church givings.  They are included in a Lenten package which contains the Rector's Lenten letter, an outline of Lent and Easter services, and your Lenten folder.  Your package is waiting to be picked up, either on Sunday, or during the weekdays from 9 until noon.  

*  Much to the disappointment of many I am sure, there will be no Ascension Cafe on Sunday, March 3, as the Anglican Church Women and he Men's Service Club will be having their corporate communion followed by breakfast.  It will resume the following Sunday.

*  You will be pleased to hear that last Sunday Mr. Eg Walters was present at our 11 o'clock service to receive our food and monetary donations for theCommunity Food Sharing Association. Through your generosity and that of Automotive Supplies, he was most grateful to receive the sum of $1971.25
Thanks again for your support in this wonderful ministry.  

That's it folks,
God Bless you on your Lenten journey,
Jean (On behalf of Ascension)


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