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Our Annual Parish Meeting, Part Two, has been moved to Sunday, January 20, 2013 following the 10:30 AM service. Please come to this very important meeting and vote for your vestry, delegates, alternates, and trust fund nominations. After the meeting, a pot-luck lunch will be served.


Happy Epiphany and Welcome 2013, The Feast of the Epiphany was the Eastern celebration of the birth and baptism of Jesus. When the Eastern Church adopted the feast of Christmas to celebrate the incarnation, Epiphany continued to celebrate the Lord's baptism. In the Western church, Epiphany became the commemoration of the three Magi's visit to the Christ child and Christ's manifestation to the Gentiles. Another term for Epiphany is Twelfth Night, which is the 12th day of the Christmas Season and is celebrated on January 6th . The Season of Epiphany concludes on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, known as Shrove Tuesday, and this year is on February 12th. In the American Heritage Dictionary other definitions of Epiphany are: A revelatory manifestation of a divine being; A revelatory manifestation of the essence or meaning of something; A comprehension or perception of reality by means of a sudden intuitive realization. One of our names/characteristics for Jesus Christ is Light of the World. During our Advent Adult Sunday Study, we used Dr. Corinne Ware's book, Discover Your Spiritual Type: A Guide to Individual and Congregational Growth. In it, she has developed a spirituality type selector test called The Spirituality Wheel.. We are asking all members of St. Mary's to take this basic test which is created in 2 parts: Congregational Style and Personal Style. The basic test is included in this January Newsletter and it consists of 12 categories with 4 questions in each. The directions are included but here is a hint in taking both styles test - take them separately, it does not matter which you take first. Next, you can choose more than one within each category. Example: The Order of Worship - Personally if you agree with all 4 questions mark each one; Congregationally, if you agree with only one, mark it. Mark those questions that speak to you about St. Mary's and about yourself. Also, because making lines in the wheel may become hard to count at the end of your tests, I suggest placing a C or a P next to the question as you answer it. Example, Category 1. Question_____________ 2. Question____________ 3. Question____________ 4. Question____________

(C)Congregational Style C

(P) Personal Style P

C P

Remember there are no right or wrong answers. These are about your own perception of how you see St. Mary's congregational style in the 12 categories, as well as how you see your own personal style. In Dr. Ware's preface, she states that the purpose of her book is to enlarge the reader's consciousness of God, of others who worship God and oneself. Specifically, it asks why some people worship one particular way, while others choose a very different way of expressing religious devotion. Why do we feel as we do about worship and our God-connection, often yearning for something we cannot describe? The book is intended to explore the individual's spiritual journey and to assist in the spiritual growth experiences within the spiritual life of the worshiping congregation. This is not to “change� the congregation or individuals, but so that together, we may assist and support one another in our faith walk and discipleship. The Vestry and I would appreciate your taking these 2 Spirituality Style Tests and returning them to the church office by Friday, January 11, 2013 at 1:00pm. Then, we will compile our findings and be able to present the findings at our Annual Meeting & Potluck on Sunday, January 20th in the parish hall immediately following the 10:30am service of Holy Eucharist. Thank you in advance for your participation and support of St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church. Peace, Rev. Barbara


The Bain and Garcia families would like to thank our St. Mary’s family for the very beautiful christening service for Gabby on November 25. Thanks to John Marshall for the inspiring sermon; Linda Hill, Rocky Harris and St. Mary’s choir for the beautiful music; Tootsie Grantham for the beautiful pictures; Q. T. Coats, Jr. for the video, and Rev. Barbara for the christening service. Jean Money sewed the beautiful christening gown and cape for Gabby to wear. She appeared to be royalty in her gown. Thank you, Jean, for your labor of love. Our family will always carry the memories of that day in our hearts and will show Gabby pictures and tell her how special everyone at St. Mary’s made us feel. With Love.

Birthdays and Anniversaries ✰ 1st Mike Chung, 13th Mary Miller, 15th Bob Miller, Dorothy Murray, 17th Cynthia Marshall, 20th Charla Lewis, Michelle Worthy, 23rd Bettye Nabors Brooke, 28th Ashley Pike, Owen Johnson, 29th Shannon Nabors, 30th Jeb Worthy, Lyndel Moody.

Don’t forget to give ALTAR FLOWERS in 2013! This is a very special blessing to everyone who comes to St. Mary’s. If you have never contributed Altar flowers, please contact Jann Dickens in the Office. The price is $20 a vase for flowers from Faye’s Florist or $25 a vase for flowers from Inspirations. You must have an account with either or both florists or pre-pay for the whole year with a check to St. Mary’s.

To: Connie Fowler in the loss of her friend, Chuck Reifsnider. To: Janice Byrd in the loss of her brother-in-law, Clifford Short. And to: Shannon and Evan Nabors in the loss of Tom Mullen, father and grandfather. [Rest Eternal grant to them, O Lord, and may Light Perpetual shine upon them.]

January 2013 Event Calendar January 1st – Happy New Year January 2nd – No 10am Beginning the Daily Grind with God / No 6pm Healing & Holy Eucharist January 6th – Feast of Epiphany & take down Christmas decorations after service; Liturgical color changes to Green. January11th – The Spirituality Wheel type selector test due in church office by l:00pm. January 14th – 6pm Vestry meeting - all 2012 members January 20th – Annual Meeting & Potluck

February 1, 2 & 3 (Friday - Sunday) 2013 Vestry Retreat with the Rev. Canon Mike Ehmer

Isaiah 58 is most grateful for the support that St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church angels have given to us in 2012. We wish you all a blessed and prosperous 2013. Yours in Christ, Paul and the Crew at Isaiah 58


The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin P.O. Box 2949–1001 S. Goliad Big Spring, TX 79721--Voice: (432) 267-8201 E-mail: revbarbara@suddenlinkmail.com [published monthly]

Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage Paid Big Spring, Texas Permit No. 137 Vol. XVI–Issue No. 1, 2013

Change Service Requested:

Bishop of NW Texas: Rector: Deacons: Senior Warden: Junior Wardens:

The Rt. Rev. J. Scott Mayer The Rev. Barbara Kirk-Norris Janice Byrd, Connie Fowler, Dr. John Marshall Patti Nabors John Moody & Q. T. Coats, Jr.

Mission: Our Mission is to reach out in Christ’s love to our community and all God’s creation through faith, worship, and service. Vision: We see St. Mary’s as a BEACON of Christ’s love; Believers, Ecumenical, Accepting, Community, Optimistic, Nurturing. Purpose: Our purpose is to inspire the spiritual growth of our parish community.


January 2013 Newsletter