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The Monthly Newsletter of St. John's Episcopal Church
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Did you know that Lent is derived from an Old
English word, "lencten," which originally meant spring? Over time, lencten developed a new meaning as a translation for the Latin term quadragesima, literally "fortieth." By the Late Middle Ages, as the vernacular replaced Latin in English sermons, Lenten was abbreviated to Lent and widely used to denote the forty days of repentance preceding Easter. For Episcopalians, this period marks an important faith journey, a time of reflection and repentance. Enrich your journey using the following guide to Lenten services, programs, and resources at St. John's.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner
Ash Wednesday Services
Lenten Resources at the Gift Shop
ECW Lenten Luncheons
Before taking the imposition of ashes, come celebrate Fat Tuesday with St. John's at our Annual Pancake Supper on Tuesday, March 4! The dinner is hosted by St. John's youth. Plenty of pancakes and fresh fruit!
Receive the imposition of ashes and sacrament of Holy Communion at either of the following services: 12 p.m. Ash Wednesday liturgy and Holy Eucharist; 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday liturgy and Holy Eucharist with music
St. John’s Gift Shop has a trove of resources for Lenten studies, featuring God for Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Get Over Yourself; God’s Here! Visit the shop during store hours or at their online store: stjohnsgiftshop.com.
The Episcopal Church Women will begin their Lenten Luncheon series on March 10. Each luncheon is preceded by a Bible study led by Fr. Alves. Join them every Monday at 10:30 a.m. during Lent (through April 7). All women are invited.
6 p.m. Mar 4
Noon & 7 p.m. Mar 5
10:30 a.m. Mondays
Lean into Lent with DoK
Wednesday Lenten Studies
Join the Daughters of the King for a Lenten Quiet Day. Lisa Richey, ObJN, will lead you through the psalms of the day, providing time and space for prayerful reflection. Light lunch served. Contact Jean Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org, to register.
This year, the Wednesday Lenten Studies series will dovetail with the Exploring Worship at St. John's series, the latter of which began in Advent this past December. Here's a look at the first few installments of the See Wednesday Lenten, page 4
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mar 8
6:45 p.m. Wednesdays
THE EPISTLE March 2014
ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 302 Green St • Fayetteville, NC 28301
Founded in 1817 in Fayetteville, NC and today a worshipping community of more than 700 parishioners.
CLERGY, STAFF, & OFFICERS Rector The Rev. Robert M. Alves Sr. Warden John Holmes Jr. Warden Drew Young
Clerk of Vestry Lenora Chandler Treasurer Dohn Broadwell Jr
Choirmaster Patrick M. O'Briant Administrator Brant Brock
Communications Anthony Ramos Bookkeeper Sue Strickland
Preschool Director Donnie Winston Parish Cook Bob Jenkins
Sexton Donnell Simmons Sexton Lonnie Pipkin
Sexton James Henderson
THE VESTRY Jeff Baker • John Holmes • Judy Klinck • Patsy Politowicz • Glenn Chandler •
Ricky Evans • Jean Moore • Drew Young • Dick Kells • Deborah Greene • Christel
Exploring the Easter Triduum 6:45 p.m. Mar 12
The Easter Triduum—a three-day liturgy encompassing the celebrations of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter—expresses in Word and Sacrament the central mysteries of our Christian Faith. Join us for an evening of exploration of the history, traditions, and rubrics of these most profound celebrations which mark the apex of our liturgical calendar. Maj. Daniel Toven will lead the discussion.
Fourth Friday at St. John's: Fayetteville Cantate 6:20 & 7:20 p.m. Mar 28
Exciting news! St. John's has just joined the Downtown Alliance! As a downtown parish that has remained a pillar of the Fayetteville community for nearly 200 years, we are supportive of the Alliance's efforts to strengthen the vitality of downtown Fayetteville. As a new member, St. John's will open its doors on March 28 for Fourth Friday as host to a performance by the Fayetteville Cantate! Cantate's Fourth Friday concert will be a smorgasbord of styles. They will sing a little sacred music, a few standards, show tunes, and folks tunes. Tours of St. John's will precede each concert on the hour. Plus, they will give you a preview of their "Celtic Cantate" Concert at 4 p.m. June 1 at St. John's. Don't miss it: there's something for everyone!
Exploring the Holy Eucharist 6:45 p.m. Apr 2
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It goes by several names: Holy Communion, the Eucharist (which literally means "thanksgiving"), mass. But whatever it’s called, this is the family meal for Christians and a foretaste of the heavenly banquet. As such, all persons who have been baptized, and are therefore part of the extended family that is the Church, are welcome to receive the bread and wine, and be in communion with God and each other.1 Join Fr. Alves after the parish dinner and examine the liturgy of the Eucharist in the tradition of the Episcopal Church.
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The Rev. Robert Alves
The Spiritual Journey of Lent
xx The season of Lent calls us into the intentional work of selfexamination and reflection
Several people have asked me about the following prayer that I often use before the sermon: Come Holy Spirit; come. Come as the light and reveal. Come as the wind and cleanse. Come as the fire and burn within us. Make us whole and holy and wholly thine, And then use us as thy wilt And always for thy purpose. Amen I was first introduced to the prayer by a nun from All Saintsâ€™ Convent in Baltimore. She used the prayer at a Lenten quiet retreat held at the parish I served in Roanoke Rapids, NC. I have been unsuccessful in tracing the original source of the prayer. The words of the prayer draw our hearts, minds and sprits deeper into our spiritual journey. The prayer also serves us well as a centering prayer during our Lenten journeys as we invite God to search our hearts and cleanse our hearts that we might be restored and empowered for ministry. This year our Lenten journey will provide the opportunity to focus intentionally on our life as a diocese as we prayerfully consider the ministry to which God is calling us and the gifts offered by the nominees who have opened themselves to be considered for service as the VIII Bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina. I also invite each member of our parish to consider how you might be called to serve Christ through the ministry of our parish. Your vestry will be seeking leaders for various activities in the coming weeks. I hope that you will agree to serve if you are asked. The whole congregation is encouraged to gather for lunch on Sunday, May 4 to help us chart the course for the mission and ministry of our parish in the upcoming year. This luncheon meeting will provide the opportunity to review the draft calendar, offer new ideas for ministry and to discern where God might be calling you the serve. The season of Lent calls us into the intentional work of self-examination and reflection as we open the darkest corners of our life to the light of Christ that we might be cleansed and restored. Holy Week invites us to engage fully the divine mystery that Jesus Christ embodied the boundless love of God as he died on the cross that our sins might be forgiven. Then we experience the complete and cleansing joy of the resurrection on Easter Day. Thus we are made whole and holy and we are empowered for life in the service of our lord. As you read the March Epistle, I hope that you will find plenty of food for the journey and opportunities to engage in the life of our community. The Lenten journey begins on Wednesday, March 5 as we gather for the Ash Wednesday Liturgy and hear the words: I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer. THE EPISTLE
OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES Operation Inasmuch Breakfast 7-9 a.m. Mar 6
Join the St. John's volunteer team and serve breakfast to our homeless neighbors. We serve from 7-9 a.m., but feel free to jump in for any amount of time that you can help.
Salvation Army Love Lunch 11:30 a.m. Mar 17
Holy Week Services Apr 13-20 Palm Sunday
8a Liturgy of the Palms & Holy Eucharist I w/ Passion Narrative 10:30a Liturgy of the Palms & Holy Eucharist II w/ Passion Narrative
Join our Love Lunch team this month and help our local Salvation Army (220 East Russell St.) provide hot meals to over 100 homeless citizens.
5:15p Holy Eucharist and Healing
Blitz Day: Stop Hunger Now
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Apr 5
For 19 years, Operation Inasmuch Blitz Day has been a day of service in the Fayetteville community. This year, however, Blitz Day extends beyond the borders of Fayetteville to help stop hunger world-wide. Operation Inasmuch is organizing a city-wide, mealpacking event for Stop Hunger Now, a North Carolina-based non-profit that provides food in disaster situations and to international development programs such as schools, medical clinics, and nurseries. For more information on how you can volunteer, contact Judy Klinck at email@example.com. More details forthcoming.
Wednesday Lenten, continued from front series, which will run until the week before Palm Sunday. On March 12, Maj. Daniel Toven will lead a forum covering the Easter Triduum (described on page 2). On March 19, Fr. Alves will discuss the discernment process for the bishop search. On March 26, see and discuss the short film Celebrate What's Right with the World. And on April 2, join Fr. Alves for an exploration of the liturgy of the Holy Eucharist (described on page 2). Additional events will be announced soon. 4
7p Holy Eucharist Rite II
Noon Stations of the Cross (At St. Josephâ€™s) 7p Good Friday Liturgy
8p The Great Vigil of Easter
8a Holy Eucharist Rite I w/ music 10:30a Holy Eucharist Rite II
DIOCESE Walkabout Q&A Volunteers BY DICK KELLS On Friday, May 2, we will have the privilege of hosting the Question and Answer session for the candidates to be the next Bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina during their “Walkabout” of the Upper Cape Fear Deanery. The event will be our opportunity to make a positive first impression on the new Bishop and will be attended by members of Episcopal churches throughout our Deanery. We need volunteer support for the evening of the event and in the days leading up to it to showcase our parish facilities and demonstrate our hospitality. Help will be needed for setting up the interview venues and for guiding visitors around our facilities. More details will become available in the coming weeks. If you’d like to help support this event, please contact Dick Kells at 910.860.5628 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re contacted and asked to help in some way, please be prepared to say “yes.”
WARDEN'S NOTES Our Call to Leadership in the Diocese BY JOHN HOLMES, SR. WARDEN
I was delighted to have served as one of your delegates to 131st Annual Convention of the Diocese of East Carolina. It was an exciting time to be together with our brothers and sisters in Christ from across eastern North Carolina. The business of convention this year was fairly routine building up to the big climax on Saturday with the introduction of four outstanding candidates to be the next bishop of the diocese. We give thanksgiving for the work of the Search Committee and our own Jean Moore in this effort. Over the next few months, it is incumbent upon the delegates and other East Carolina Episcopalians to take advantage of the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the candidates and to pass along your thoughts to our delegation. For starters, you can go to the webpage that has been set up for the search www.eastcarolinabishopsearch.com or you can follow the link from the regular diocesan webpage. Here you will find in-depth candidate profiles, and more on the selection process. The search will culminate in a week of five “Walkabouts” across the diocese starting Monday, April 28 in Greenville and continuing nightly with the final Walk About here at St. John’s on Friday, May 2. This will be your opportunity to meet each of the candidates face to face. Melene Hatcher serves on the Walk About committee and Dick Kells has agreed to serve as St. John’s host for that evening. You will be hearing more about this in the weeks to come. The convention then reconvenes on Saturday, May 17 at Christ Church in New Bern where the lay and clergy delegates will elect the 8th Bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina. Delegates to this convention are John Holmes, Senior Warden; Drew Young, Junior Warden; Richard Alligood; and Mary Zahran. Our youth delegate is Robert Britton. I could not help but be proud that St. John’s is represented in so many areas of diocesan leadership today, and frankly that has not been the case in years past. For starters, our rector, Robert Alves, was elected president of the Standing Committee of the Diocese, which is the most important of the many important committees that run the diocese. The president of this committee stands in as head of the diocese in the absence of the bishop. Robert was also re-elected to the Board of Trustees of Sewanee and will serve as an alternate delegate to General Convention in June 2015. Melene Hatcher is serving on the Executive Committee of the diocese as the representative from the Lower Cape Fear Deanery. She is also serving with Bill Orr on the Transition Committee for the election and consecration of the VIII Bishop of East Carolina which will take place on November 8, 2014 in Greenville, NC. Jean Moore continues her diocesan involvement on the Finance Committee, Richard Alligood is serving on the Disciplinary Board, and I am serving on the Personnel Committee. Finally, I ask that you mark your calendar for Sunday, May 4. After the service we will gather together with the Vestry for a time of visioning and input from the congregation as we plan our next program year. These are exciting times to be at St. John’s and in the Diocese of East Carolina as we look to the future. God bless you all. THE EPISTLE
CALENDAR ROUNDUP anniversaries
3 Carolyn & Frank Stout 7 Judy & Fred Klinck 28 Leigh Anne & Jim McLean Jr.
birthdays 1 Melene Hatcher 2 Lenora Chandler • Joshua Walker • Caleb Merton 3 Ron Bryant • Sheldon Reece • Brian Chandler 4 Janet Robinson 5 Linda Lewis • Edwina Kyle 6 Susan Brown 7 Jane Stewart • Sherry Bryson 8 Richard Alligood 9 Henry Holt • Dean Barrett 12 Lynn Breeden 14 Charlie Halsey • Judy Klinck • Jim Haugh • John Britton 15 Margaret Godwin-Caviness • John Anderson • Charles Stewart 16 Su Vick 17 Laurie Byrd • Sunday McHenry • Janet Beyer 18 Allen Gradnigo 19 Robin Kelly • Ken Creasey 21 Dudley Miller 22 Bob Caviness 23 Patricia Schaefer 24 Sherri Broadwell 25 Ramon Yarborough • Dickson Schaefer 26 Dell Holstein • Scott Privette 27 Carol Orr • Chatham Dawson 28 Charles Broadfoot • Meredith Bryson 29 Anita Kyle
ECW Lenten Planning 10:30 a.m. Mar 3
Join ECW for a presentation on an ancient Native American legend by Marty Baldwin. The meeting will also focus on finalizing Lenten luncheons, the first of which is March 10, preceded by a Bible study led by Fr. Alves at 10:30 a.m.
Nancy Owens discussed iconography as an art form established during the Byzantine Empire at ECW's February meeting.
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Fr. Alves (far left) with our Convention delegates — Mary Zahran, John Holmes, Richard Alligood, and Drew Young
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