The First Sunday in Lent
March 1, 2020
Services are at 9am & 10am
- A NOTE FROM THE RECTOR -
Dear siblings in Christ,
In the past several days, I've heard many of you expressing concerns about the coronoavirus and COVID-19, the disease the coronavirus causes. I, too, share your concerns and want our church to take some precautions during this uncertain time.
As the knowledge of the virus is still developing, our practices may need to change, but as of this writing and going forward into Lent 2, Sunday, March 8, these will be the practices we adopt here at St. Nick's for Sunday worship. These are suggestions and good practices I've gleaned from multiple letters from bishops and news articles, to include missives from our bishops in the Diocese of New York and the Diocese of Los Angeles.
1. If you are sick, do not come to church. Call your doctor. Discourage others who are sick from coming to church and encourage them to call their doctor.
2. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Do it a lot. Several times a day. Prior to the administration of Holy Communion, the entire altar party and I will go downstairs to wash our hands right after you say, "And also with you" at the Peace. As an extra measure, the entire altar party and I will use alcohol-based liquid hand sanitizer before we distribute communion bread and wine. Hand sanitizer is available on the first pew on the left and the right. Please avail yourself it as you come up to the communion rail.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, intinct (dip) your wafer into the chalice with your own hands. For the time being, intinction will be suspended completely during Communion. You can also choose not to receive the wine at all. Remember a core principle of our Eucharistic theology, which is that the sacrament is complete when administered in just one kind. This means that Communion is still valid if you receive consecrated bread only.
4. There are many ways to pass the Peace. Please observe the right to consent and recognize that some people will understandably want to avoid shaking hands, hugging, or kissing on the cheek at this time. Please opt to fistbump, elbow bump, put up a peace sign, bow to one another, or wave in lieu of shaking hands, hugging, or kissing your neighbor on the cheek during the passing of the Peace.
5. At all times, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth – the places germs enter the body.
6. When you cough, cough into your bent elbow, not into your hand. If you have to blow your nose, dispose of the tissue as soon as possible in a waste container with a lid that closes (outside the church) and either wash your hands immediately or use an alcohol-based liquid to sanitize your hands.
7. Keep your distance. We don’t have to be in each other’s faces to talk. This is particularly important if someone is coughing or sneezing.
8. I will be checking in with our elderly and homebound parishioners and you should feel free to do the same by calling, emailing, or texting.
The common sense things also apply here: be sure to get plenty of sleep, hydrate, and eat healthily.
Up-to-date information is a good antidote for anxiety. Visit the website of the World Health Organization for frequent updates. Go to the page below and click “Protect Yourself” to find downloadable materials in Chinese, English, Spanish, and other languages as well as information about how to deal with anxiety over the disease: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
And don't forget to pray, for those who are suffering from the disease, for all those who are fearful and anxious over it, and for the health care workers who are developing vaccines and caring for those who are ill.
Holy and gracious God, give us the strength to meet the health crisis looming around us. Enlighten researchers that they may discover the right vaccine against this disease. Guide the doctors, nurses and all medical technicians working with those who are infected to take correct actions for their care. Protect all medical staff and family or friends caring for those who are ill. Bring together the governments and governmental agencies around the world to work together to eradicate this health threat. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Material liberally borrowed from The Rt. Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce, Bishop Suffragan, Diocese of Los Angeles.
NEXT FOYER DINNER GROUP The French meaning of the word "foyer" can be home or "hearth" or "hearthside." These dinner groups exist to bring parishioners and friends together in a casual environment outside of Sunday mornings. The next foyer group will be meeting Friday, March 20th at 6:30pm at the home of Dorothy & Fred Jackson, they are looking forward to having you in their home. All are welcome to come and bring a friend. Please call/text or email Dorothy at 203-521-4747 or email@example.com.
LENT MADNESS - Who will win the golden halo? Lent Madness is a fun way to learn about the saints, who are placed into a tournament-like style elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period and people vote online for their favorite saint. Look for our bracket downstairs & check out lentmadness.org for more information.
WEDNESDAYS IN LENT Join Mtr. Leigh for Wendell Berry Wednesdays, an adult formation opportunity focusing on sabbath. Berry’s This Day: Collected and New Sabbath Poems. Each session will be offered twice on Wednesdays: once during the day (with Holy Eucharist at noon followed by soup and discussion at 12:30p) and once in the evening (with spoken Evening Prayer at 6p followed by soup and discussion at 6:30p).
EGGS FOR ERD IS BACK!
CHILDREN’S LENTEN PROJECT TO SUPPORT EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT – AND HOW YOU CAN HELP! Throughout Lent, the Sunday school kids will be raising money to buy a goat, pig, chicken, or all the above for a family in a developing country through Episcopal Relief and Development. If you want to help them reach their goal, just pick up a plastic egg in the back of the church, put some coins in it, then place the egg in the offering plate next Sunday 😊
LENT AND HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
* All services take place at St. Nick’s, 37 Point St., New Hamburg, NY
Sunday March 15
Lenten Evensong Service at 4pm
Sunday April 5
Palm Sunday Services at 9 & 10 am
A reading of the Passion of Christ, followed by Communion.
Thursday April 9
Maundy Thursday Service 7:30 pm
A service commemorating Christ’s institution of the Eucharist, with foot washing and the stripping of the altar.
Friday April 10
Good Friday Children’s Service 10 am - An interactive children’s service walking through the last days of Jesus’ life, including the entry into Jerusalem, Last Supper, foot washing, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection.
Stations of the Cross Service 3 pm - This service follows the path of Jesus to the cross, with stations for prayer and the reading of scripture along the way.
Good Friday Service 7:30 pm – This somber evening service is a short, quiet liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer.
Saturday April 11
Easter Vigil 8 pm returns to St. Nick’s this year!
The first service of Easter! An ancient service with candles, a liturgical enactment of the passage from dark to light, and lots of singing.
Sunday April 12
Easter Services 9 am & 10 am Festive Holy Eucharist Services
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt in the Church Yard!
THE ROTA THROUGH JUNE 2020 is available now.
You can CLICK HERE to check it out, find it on our website at stnicholasnewhamburg.org or on the downstairs bulletin board. If there is anyone that would like to be added to our Sunday Participant rotation, please contact Dana in the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARCH 22nd: Polly Myhrum Pottery Fellowship Event
APRIL 19th: Outback Luncheon Fundraiser
GROUNDHOG OFFICE HOURS ARE ON HIATUS for the season of Lent. Mtr. Leigh is available for the rite of Reconciliation of a Penitent this season, by appointment only. Please email the office or see pg. 446-452 of the prayer book for more information.
Want to lend a helping hand around the church?
Check out our Property to do list.
Greg Freeman, our Jr. Warden, has created a property to-do list for things to do around the parish, such as spring weeding, and the like. Each item has a contact person and a space for a volunteer's name. Please take a look and consider how you might help with these tasks around the parish. We appreciate you everything you do! Click HERE to view the list.
SUNDAY SCHOOL AT ST. NICK'S is for kids ages 4-12 and takes place in the undercroft from 10- 10:30. All are welcome! Professional nursery care is available during the 10am service.
SAVE THE DATES: Vacation Bible School 2020 will on June 29th - July 3rd. Our theme this year is " Big Fish Bay: Jonah and the Whale" Get hooked on God's mercy!
AA GROUP MEETINGS Are held in St. Nick's undercroft every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 7:30pm.
ONLINE DIRECTORY Click here for the online version of the directory.
INTRA OFFICE DEADLINES Want to put an announcement in the bulletin or weekly e-news? Here are our deadlines:
Sunday Bulletin - Tuesdays, 12 noon
Weekly e-news - Thursdays, 12 noon
PASTORAL MINISTRY If you have concern for yourself, a family member or friend, please contact Mtr. Leigh Hall, at 845-432-HOLY, or email email@example.com. The Rector observes Friday as her Sabbath. Please emergency calls/texts/emails on Fridays.
COFFEE HOUR is a great time for fellowship! The sign-up sheet is HERE, there are always slots available so please consider signing up. We like to keep it simple so Munchkins, cheese and crackers, or even some veggies will do.
AGING NEWS: SENIOR RESOURCES Click on this link for the recent enews from Dutchess County Department For The Aging: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Aging/OFA-Golden-Living-News-for-Senior-Citizens.htm
SUNDAY PARTICIPANTS / ROTA The ROTA schedule through June can be found HERE, on the downstairs bulletin board, or on our website. Anyone who would like to be added to our list of Sunday Participants contact Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHO'S ON THIS SUNDAY March 8th
First Reader - Vicki Kolb
Server - Polly Myhrum
First reading – Paul Curran
Second reading – Jack Devine
Server – Maria Wainwright
Acolyte - Jackson Wainwright
Altar Guild – Polly Myhrum
Counters – Jack P. & Joe H. II
Sunday School – TBA
Coffee Hour - The Mazzutos
ALTAR FLOWERS POSTER: There are no flowers during Lent, March 1st - April 5th.
2020 Annual Report HERE
In Our Prayers
For those for whom prayers have been asked:
The Rev. Jim Stinson + Jeremiah + Amanda + Joey + Michael + Elizabeth + Kristina & Pete + Henry & Sue + Peggy & Tom + Ray John + Kelly + Will + Felice + Violet + Russell + Josephine + Tommy + Joanne + Jenna + James + Teresa + Norma + Jackie + Robin + Doug + Dan + John + Maureen + Paul + Mike + Bonnie + Emily + Karen's grandson + Diane + Larry + Ginny + Cynthia + Blanche + Leonie + Jack + Serena + Donna + Craig + Wendy + Joe + John Everett + Lindsay + Lorraine + Donna + Danny + Jack + Robert + John Alksnis + Danny + Dawn + Danny + Dana + Jack + Alice + Tex + John + Tom + Bea + Erika
In Thanksgiving for:
- For good health
- For the birthday of Prudy Barton
- For Elizabeth
For those who have died, or whose anniversary of death falls this week:
Steve Beitzell + Frann & Peter Hogg