Observing Holy Week
Maundy Thursday â€“ bilingual Maundy Thursday service at 6:00 PM
Good Friday â€“ Opportunity for prayer and reflection at the church from Noon to 3:00 PM. Our Book Study groups will host a 3-hour open window during which all are invited to pray the Stations of the Cross, and do individual prayer and meditation.
Easter Sunday â€“ Services at our regular times. Bring a special snack to share after the 9:30 AM service! Fun things like cucumber sandwiches and deviled eggs.
Hand knotted Anglican Prayer Beads for sale:
A limited number of hand-knotted Anglican Prayer Beads will be available for sale at the church. These beautiful rosaries are made using beads of natural materials (primarily stone and wood,) selected for a smooth finish, comfortable weight and ease of use. They are hand knotted using waxed cotton string, and finished with the cross of St. Damiano.
Learn To Make Palm Crosses
Wondering how to make crosses out of palms? Or already know how? Join us at 10 on Saturday March 19 to prepare them for Palm Sunday on March 20.
Congregational Care Team
Our next Congregational Care meeting will be this Saturday, March 19th, at 9 AM. You are welcome to join this ministry that cares for members of the congregation. Prayer ministry, meals, home communion, visits are all a part of our work. Come find out more on Saturday.
Classical Guitar Concert March 20 at 4 PM
In a new and exciting collaboration, guitarists Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic team up for a fresh and spontaneous duo, with their program â€œLa Buena Vidaâ€, taking you on a journey through Latin American and Spanish landscapes. Brand new arrangements of Guastavino, Granados, Albeniz, traditional Argentinian Tangos and original flamenco compositions by Adam del Monte, cast a renewed spirit into the world of the guitar duo expressed through two dynamic artists, each with their own voice. More on the artists here. Tickets $20 at the door.
Honor or Remember Loved Ones
With Easter Flowers
Sign up to sponsor Easter flowers. The Flower Guild is planning for Easter. Donations for altar flowers and Easter lilies can be made in remembrance or honor of your family and friends. $20 suggested donation.
After Easter Mary Rogness will lead a workshop on flower arranging. Learn more about using flowers in your home and in church.
Want to Learn Spanish or Become More Fluent?
When the bishop visited he mentioned going to the language immersion program in Cuernavaca and how it helps a poor diocese as well as being beneficial to any who want to learn more Spanish. Here is an invitation to attend the program this coming summer. Direct your questions to Deacon Marla - phone and email below.
"I am organizing the diocesan Spanish language immersion program in Cuernavaca this year. The dates are July 23 to Aug. 6. If you have English speakers in your congregations who are interested in learning Spanish, this is a wonderful opportunity. We need to have a minimum of 10 persons enrolled and the deadline is May 31. Please encourage folks to consider participating in this program. Here is the link "
I would be happy to talk to anyone who is interested in attending!
Deacon Marla McGarry-Lawrence
Sts. Peter & Paul Episcopal Church
247 SE 82nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97216
A Word to the Church from our Bishops
The House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church, meeting in retreat, unanimously approved the following Word To The Church.
A Word to the Church
Holy Week 2016
â€œWe reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others.â€
On Good Friday the ruling political forces of the day tortured and executed an innocent man. They sacrificed the weak and the blameless to protect their own status and power. On the third day Jesus was raised from the dead, revealing not only their injustice but also unmasking the lie that might makes right.
In a country still living under the shadow of the lynching tree, we are troubled by the violent forces being released by this seasonâ€™s political rhetoric. Americans are turning against their neighbors, particularly those on the margins of society. They seek to secure their own safety and security at the expense of others. There is legitimate reason to fear where this rhetoric and the actions arising from it might take us.
In this moment, we resemble Godâ€™s children wandering in the wilderness. We, like they, are struggling to find our way. They turned from following God and worshiped a golden calf constructed from their own wealth. The current rhetoric is leading us to construct a modern false idol out of power and privilege. We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others. No matter where we fall on the political spectrum, we must respect the dignity of every human being and we must seek the common good above all else.
We call for prayer for our country that a spirit of reconciliation will prevail and we will not betray our true selves.
The Episcopal Church House of Bishops met in retreat March 11 â€“ 15 at Camp Allen Conference Center in Navasota, TX.