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The Messenger

 

The Weekly E-newsletter of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church

Message from the Priest-in-Charge


Dear friends,

This week is the one-year anniversary of the  beginning of the pandemic lock-down. We celebrated our last full Eucharist service on March 15 before we went virtual to prevent the spread of the virus and to try to protect everyone in our community.

It's no secret that the past year has been incredibly difficult and painful. I've found some comfort in the Psalms, where faithful writers express their despair, frustrations, fears, and even anger to God. Many of the Psalms speak to our lives as they have been changed over the past year.

And, as you know, life will not return to the "normal" we knew anytime soon (if ever). The leadership of our diocese - including Bishop Kevin, the Standing Committee, and Diocesan Council - released a letter last week asking churches to keep their COVID-19 safeguards in place for the foreseeable future. As I shared last week, a part of me is disappointed to hear this news, while I also find it reasonable and expected.

On a brighter note, your Worship Committee and I have been talking about the possibility of holding in-person worship outside as soon as weather permits, since we can gather in relative safety outdoors. The Vestry will discuss this possibility, and I hope to share more with you in the coming weeks. As before, any in-person worship service would also be streamed online.


Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this time. As always, stay safe!

In Christ's lov
e,


Andrew+



Links for worship:


Announcements and Events

Daylight Savings Time Begins Saturday
Don't forget to set your clocks one hour ahead before you go to sleep on Saturday night. You don't want to be late for church!

 

Last Calls for the Following:

Inquirers' Class at St. Gabriel's - Tuesday Nights
Join our Inquirers' Class to learn about the Christian faith and specifically about the Episcopal denomination. This class, open to all adults, will meet over Zoom on Tuesday nights from 7:00 to 8:00, starting March 16. To sign up or to learn more, email Andrew by this Friday, March 12.

Community Dinner - March 17

St. Gabriel's is hosting a meal in Pottstown on Wed, March 17, where we will serve 80 meals. You can donate drinks or money to support the meal (check memo: Pottstown Community Meal). Email Danielle Troncelliti if you're interested or have questions.


Sweet Streets Fundraiser for Youth
Order your Sweet Streets dessert to support out youth. Look at the menu and order form, then email your order to Michelle Miller at jmhbrmiller@gmail.com by March 14. Payment is due when you pick up your desserts on Sunday, March 28, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.


The Newells are moving!

Harold and Diane Newell are moving out of the area on April 5 to be closer to their family. Normally, when a parishioner moves away, we have a chance to pray over them and say goodbye at a worship service. Since we might not have that opportunity before the Newells leave, please hold them in your personal prayers and feel free to send them a card to wish them well. Their address is:

209 West Morlatton Road
Douglassville, PA 19518


Resources

Preaching and Teaching Videos about Lent
Various denominations collaborate to bring you videos of sermons and Bible studies to help you honor this sacred season of Lent. 

Identifying False News Articles
The national Episcopal Church has created this helpful article and collection of tips and resources to help you spot false or misleading news stories.


Prayer List

Please remember in your prayers those on our 30-day prayer list:
Kathryn; Sherry Moultrey; the family of Kenneth Pienta;
Robin Reed; Robert; Gloria Schwager; Linda Volpe and her family.

Heavenly God, watch over these loved ones of ours, and grant that they may be restored to perfect strength and health, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In our parish cycle of prayer this week, we pray for:

Jeff and Daniel Davis; Justin, Stephanie, Isabella, and Gabriella DeLong;
Dan and Liz DeMarco; James and Betty Dilliplaine.


The complete prayer list is in our Sunday bulletin
(which can be viewed on the St. Gabriel's website).
If you'd like to add or remove someone from the Prayer List,
please email Barbara.


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