One-on-One Conversations, Lunch with the Rector, “C’mon! Let’s Dance!” Event, Children’s Chapel, Quiet Mornings, Carnival Sunday, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Ash Wednesday, Adult Confirmation and Newcomer Classes, A Women’s Forum, Faith Formation for Youth, Lenten Program, Easter Day, Code Purple Ministry, Dinner Groups, and Food Donations
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Continuing Tuesday Afternoon, February 18 — One-on-one conversations with Fr. David — Afternoons of February 11 and 18, and March 3 by appointment only.
Continuing Wednesday, February 19, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. — Lunch with the Rector. Bring your lunch and spend time with other members of SsAM and Fr. David for a time of fellowship.
Friday, February 21, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. — ArtSlam@SsAM Dance Event. “C’mon! Let’s Dance!” is the title of this event which features a Motown Revue, D.J., dancing, and a musical performance by Rev. Aaron Moore. Admission is only $5 per person.
Sunday, 2/23/2020 – Children’s Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Service. Every Sunday, after the Gospel reading at the 10:30 a.m. service, the children are led to the Children’s Chapel by a crucifer. After signing in, there is a devotion and prayer, singing, snacks, a special activity, and communion (eucharist). Once a month or so, the special activity is going back into church to sing the song we have been practicing. Registration materials are on this website and available from the Church Office.
February 22, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. — Epiphany/Pre-Lent Quiet Morning on Saturday — This and future quiet mornings will focus on the season that we are currently observing on Sunday morning. The first quiet morning is scheduled for February 22 and the focus will be on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany and the First Sunday in Lent. Each of the quiet mornings will follow this pattern: 9:00: We will gather for morning prayer; 9:30: The first meditation offered by Fr. David; 9:45-10:15: a time for personal reflection and prayer on your own (bring a journal to write your thoughts and prayers); 10:20: The second meditation offered by Fr. David; 10:35-11:05: a time for personal reflection and prayer; 11:05-11:15: 10 minute break; 11:15-11:45: Group sharing and feedback; 11:45-12:00: Noonday prayer and departure. If you are in the habit of journaling, please bring your journal. No requirements except to bring and open heart and mind to receive God’s word to you in the silence of the morning. The scriptures that he will be basing his meditations on are Matthew 17:1-9 (first meditation) and Matthew 4:1-11 (second meditation). Please contact the church if you are interested in attending
Sunday, February 23, 10:30 a.m. — At our festive Carnival Sunday celebration at 10:30 a.m., you are encouraged to wear costumes, masks, hats, boas, and beads in the Mardi Gras and Caribbean Carnival traditions. In this joy-filled and yet solemn celebration of song, word, prayer and Eucharist, we give thanks for the transforming power of God’s love in Christ. Click here to learn more and see photos from last year’s festivities.
Tuesday, February 25 — Shrove Tuesday is celebrated every year with a Pancake & Chicken Supper but is also a time of preparation for Lent, when the ashes used for Ash Wednesday are prepared. The SsAM Vestry hosts our traditional Shrove Tuesday dinner this year. Take out is available at 5:00 p.m.; seated dinner is from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Pancakes, chicken, and string beans! $15/person. All are welcome.
Wednesday, February 26 — Three Ash Wednesday services — 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. — are offered as the Season of Lent begins. This is a major holy day in the Christian faith with the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion.
February 26 through April 10 — The Season of Lent. Whether you fast or not during the Season of Lent, it is a time to reflect on a new beginning with God. It is a time to pause and take stock of how we are doing on our journey as Christians. It is a penitential period of forty days (excluding Sundays, which remain feast days) stretching from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, a time of preparation for the events of Holy Week, when we observe Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), his betrayal (Maundy Thursday), his crucifixion (Good Friday), and his glorious resurrection (Easter Sunday). The term “Lent” comes from an old English word meaning “spring”. In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus spends forty days fasting in the desert before beginning his public ministry. Lent is a time for his followers to reflect and renew.
Beginning Saturday, February 29 — Adult Confirmation and Newcomer Classes. Fr. David will be offering sessions introducing the Episcopal Church to anyone interested in being confirmed or simple wanting to learn more about the Episcopal Church. These sessions will also be on Saturday mornings beginning February 29 and will meet again on March 21, May 2, May 23 and June 13 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. The text we will use for these sessions is Welcome to the Episcopal Church by the Rev. Christopher Webber. If you wish to join us for these sessions, please email me and we will order a copy of the book for you. Welcome to the Episcopal Church is the perfect book for inquirers and new members, as well as current Church members who may be unfamiliar with some of the Church’s history, beliefs, and practices. This new introduction to the history, polity, spirituality, worship, and outreach of the Episcopal Church is written in an easy-to-read conversational tone, and includes study questions at the end of each chapter, making it an excellent resource for adult parish study and inquirers’ classes. Please contact the church if you are interested in attending these sessions and we will order the book from the office.
Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. to Noon — A Women’s Forum in Celebration of Women’s Month. Judith Lane Gregory, Canon for Finance and Administration for the Episcopal Church in Delaware, will lead a discussion about the influence of women in the church: past, present and future. Click here to RSVP by February 28 or call Peggy Shane at 302 463-6774. And, as a donation, please bring feminine hygiene products for Friendship House.
Continuing Saturday, March 7, 10-11:30 a.m. — Faith Formation for Youth. These sessions occur on Saturday mornings, March 7, April 4, May 16 and June 6 from 10:00 to 11:30 in the morning. The curriculum we will be using is Faith Confirmed by Peter Jackson and Chris Wright. Please contact the church if you or or a youth 7th grade and older want to attend. We will order the book from the office. In our journey through life, we often face big questions: What is the meaning of life? Who is God? Why do people die and what happens after death? Throughout the ages, Christians have turned to the Bible and to the Church for answers. Faith Confirmed is an introduction to Episcopal beliefs and practices and is a perfect primer for those preparing for confirmation in the Episcopal Church and for all those who want to know more about the essentials of the faith.
Beginning Tuesday, March 10, 6–7:30 p.m. Our Lenten program will dig deeply into The Book of Common Prayer. We will use as our text the book Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book As Guide To A Spiritual Life by Derek Olsen. These sessions will begin on Tuesday evening, March 10 and will continue on March 24, March 31 and April 7. These sessions will be a wonderful refresher for life-long Episcopalians as well as an introduction to the worship of the Episcopal Church. Please contact the church to order a book and to let us know you would like to participate. The Book of Common Prayer is a gem and contains all things we need to worship in the rich Episcopal Church tradition that dates back to the English Reformation of the 1500’s. Many Episcopalians are only familiar with the Eucharistic liturgies (Rite I and II) and have not explored many of the other liturgies that may be found in this primary text of our faith.
Sunday, April 11 — Two festive Easter Day celebrations at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. Hallelujah! Christ is risen!
ALL WINTER: Code Purple Ministry. SsAM offers its auditorium space to accommodate the homeless community on nights the city declares a Code Purple Alert. You are invited to serve on the SsAM hospitality team.
THIS SPRING: Dinner Groups will form in the spring of 2020. If you are interested in being a part of a dinner group, please contact us.
ONGOING – Food Donations for local food pantries: SsAM gives your non-perishable food items to Lutheran Community Service’s food pantries. Please donate as often as you can by placing items in one of the mesh bins in the Narthex and near the 2nd floor elevator. We are also collecting plastic bags!
ONGOING – Sunday Coffee Hour Food Donations. Members are encouraged to bring edible goodies to church once a month depending on the first letter of our last names. Please leave food items for coffee hour in the kitchen before the 10:30 a.m. service so the Kitchen Crew can set them out. 1st Sundays — Last names A thru D; 2nd Sundays — E thru K; 3rd Sundays — L thru R; 4th Sundays — S thru Z; 5th Sundays — Vestry Members.