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This week at Saint James
This week’s calendar
Finance Committee 3:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist 9:30 a.m.
Bible study 10:00 a.m.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper/Mardi Gras Celebration 6:00 p.m.
Knitters' group 11:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes 12 Noon
Yoga class 3:30 p.m.
Family Bible study 6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes 7:30 p.m.
Lifeline health screening 9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist I 8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist II 9:30 a.m. with Children's Formation classes
Choir rehearsal 11:15 a.m.
ASHES TO GO: The Bishop has mandated that clergy and lay people go out into the community on Ash Wednesday to offer ashes and prayers to our neighbors. Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence. The reminder that we are dust turns our attention to the creative power of God and God's ability to heal the broken places in our lives when we offer that brokenness to God. We offer ashes because that reminder of need and healing shouldn't be confined to a church building. The Rector is looking for those parishioners who would like to assist her that day. A sign-up sheet listing locations and times is in the back of the church for those who are available to help.
DURING LENT: We will be offering a short course entitled "Being Christian, being Episcopalian" on Sundays from 11 - 11:30 a.m. for those interested in being received into the Episcopal Church when the Bishop visits in April. If you are interested, please speak to Raewynne.
SHROVE TUESDAY MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION: Come and join the fun at the annual Pancake & Potluck Supper. You are welcome to come in costume, or mask. Please bring a dish to share. You may sign up by contacting Stephanie Coleman, firstname.lastname@example.org. Help is also needed to work in the kitchen and to clean up.
LUNCH BUNCH: The March meeting of the Lunch Bunch will take place at Istanbul Café, 412 North Country Road, St. James on Tuesday, March 25, 12:30 p.m. Contact Fjeril Deal at 724-3720 to make your reservation or speak to her today during coffee hour.
EPISCOPAL CHARITIES APPEAL: Today we are conducting the Episcopal Charities annual campaign that asks all parishioners to make a financial commitment to the Diocese of Long Island. Your gifts are deeply appreciated by the parishes, ministries and people served by the Diocese. Please take a few minutes to fill out the pledge envelopes that you received this morning and hand them in today.
FOOD PANTRY: Thank you to all those who volunteered at the Pantry during the month of February. Donations of juice, macaroni & cheese, canned fruit, pork & beans, peanut butter, and jelly are currently needed, and can be left in the cart in the hallway of the Christian Education building. If you see that the cart is getting full, please take a turn delivering the food to the Pantry. The Pantry, located at St. Thomas of Canterbury in Smithtown, is open from 9 a.m. to Noon, weekdays.
CLOTHING DRIVE: A clothing drive to help support veterans and their families is again being sponsored by United Veterans Beacon House from March 9 - April 13. They are looking for donations of clothing (adults and children) shoes, accessories, bed and bath items, draperies and curtains. Trucks are available for pick-up by calling 516-547-6853, or you may drop them off at Beacon House, 301 Main Street, Farmingdale.
HEALTH SCREENING EVENT: Life Line Screening is offering health screenings in Mills Hall on Saturday, March 8. Five screenings for blocked arteries, abdominal aortic aneurysms, hardening of the arteries in the legs, atrial fibrillation and bone density are offered. See the pink flyers at the back of the church for more information. To register for this event please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.