Father Manny: Annual Meeting, #ShroveTuesday, #AshWednesday… Big Week #Episcopal

Believe me when I say I understand and appreciate how, at times, it is difficult if not impossible to be able to attend services at church. Our schedules get so full and heavy, we scarcely have the time to comprehend “down time” let alone enjoy such.

With that being said, I am making an appeal to one and all: we have much coming up in the next few days. No one event is more important or more pressing than the other. Sure, our gatherings are social in nature but these times together are also business; very important business that will help form and guide our St. Nicholas Church.

We start with our Annual Chili Supper this coming Saturday, Feb. 6th. Consider coming for our 4:30 Service and staying for some mighty good chili, great company and some sweet prizes. We have a ton of good stuff to raffle. Good food, good friends and good stuff to win. It’s all here and it’s all yours. Bring the whole family, friends and anyone who savors a good, hot bowl of chili and some cool prizes, to boot.

Sunday, Feb. 7th, after our 10am Liturgy, we shall move right into Holy Innocents Hall for our Annual Church Meeting and Pot Luck Luncheon. This is an extremely important meeting. This time together affords all of us the opportunity to talk, share and express our thoughts about our church, vote for the new members of the Bishop’s Committee, discuss our fiscal condition, talk about our future and where we want to take our community of faith. And, we do this with plenty of tasty dishes we share. All are welcome and encouraged to be part of this open conversation. We can put a movie on for the little ones to keep them occupied in the Noah’s Ark Space. Rest assured, we will all be home in plenty of time for the Super Bowl.

Tuesday night, Feb. 9th is Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. We gather to celebrate an ancient tradition started in England around the year 1000 where pancakes were served the night before Ash Wednesday. At St. Nicholas, we too will gather and enjoy the simple pleasures of pancakes, pleasant conversation and the company of some wonderful people. All are invited and gentlemen, we do the cooking and serving. This is purely a time for rejoicing and celebrating and we at St. Nicholas choose to do so as a community of faith, family, friends and fun. (Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the ritual of “shriving” that Christians used to undergo. In shriving, a person confesses their sins and receives absolution/forgiveness from their priest.)

And, to cap off a rather busy stretch, we come together, midweek, to celebrate in song and prayer the start of the holy season of Lent. 7pm Wednesday night, February 10th, we shall come to church and begin our Lenten observation as ashes are placed upon our forehead to remind us from where we come and to what we shall return. Again, all are welcome to come and celebrate.

Alright; let’s all take a deep breath…hold it, now let it go and relax. Now, that wasn’t too bad, was it?

Let’s come together and worship, rejoice, eat well and celebrate all with which we have been blessed. The church will be a busy place…and that’s exactly as it should be.

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