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The Messenger


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

Message from the Priest-in-Charge

Dear friends,

We are now in the season of Lent. The word "Lent" comes from the Old English word lencten, which simply meant spring (the season when the days lengthen). So I keep telling myself that the season of spring is already here... as I sit and look out at the snow and ice on the ground.

And just as we wait for spring and for Easter in this time of Lent, we also wait expectantly to gather again.

This past week, I reached out to the bishop's staff to ask about St. Gabriel's reopening for in-person services. As it turns out, our bishop has been in conversation with the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and other national bodies, and the consensus is to hold off on in-person gatherings for a little while longer. Though individual bishops can make decisions for their dioceses at their discretion, most dioceses are continuing to ask churches to remain virtual for the time being.

Though I know that this is the safest course of action, I have to admit that I still feel a bit disappointed not to be able to gather in-person yet, and I can certainly understand if you feel disappointed or frustrated as well. It's hard to not be able to physically gather at St. Gabriel's.

With that said, I'm grateful for the connections we still have. It's a gift to see your engagement with the worship services on Facebook - the "likes," the comments with well wishes, and the virtual "passing of the Peace." At our socially distanced "Ashes to Go" last week, around 25 folks came in to receive ashes, and it was wonderful to talk with many of you, even for just a few minutes.

I hope you'll continue worshiping with us virtually each weekend. Don't forget that during Lent, we will also pray the service of Compline from the New Zealand Prayer Book on Wednesday nights at 9:00.
 You can watch all these worship services on our church Facebook Live page.

Be well, and stay safe!

In Christ's lov


Links for worship:

Announcements and Events

Community Dinner - March 17
St. Gabriel's is hosting a meal in Pottstown on Wed, March 17, when we will serve 80 meals. You can donate drinks or a dessert, or help with handing out dinners at 6:00 pm. Monetary donations are also appreciated - checks can be made out to St. Gabriel’s Church, memo: Pottstown Community Meal. Interested or have questions? Email Danielle Troncelliti or call her at (610) 960-8844.

Gift Cards for your Everyday Shopping
Buy gift cards for the places you already shop, and earn money for St. Gabriel's! Each card purchased earns a percentage rebate for the church. Check the Brands List for all the retailers available. Bring or send a completed order form and payment to church by February 28. If you have questions, email Carol Heist.

Easter Dinner Gift Cards for Local Families
St. Gabriel's is collecting money for $75 Redner's gift cards, so that local families can buy food for Easter dinner. You can mail a check to St. Gabriel's with memo "Easter dinners" by March 14. Thank you for your support!

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 by March 14. Payment is due when you pick up your desserts on Sunday, March 28, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

Lenten Quiet Day Retreat: Seeing Beauty
Saturday, March 13th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon
Join us for this Zoom retreat facilitated by Janeen Adil.
The retreat is sponsored by our St. Gabriel's "Angelus" Chapter of the Daughters of the King and is open to everyone. More information can be found on this flyer. Register before March 7 by emailing Sally Heist, or calling the church office at 610-385-3144. 


The Meaning of "Lent" and More
Interested in learning a bit more about the season of Lent and its origins? Read this information page from Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Hillsdale, New Jersey

Prayers from Kids

Enjoy this humorous collection of prayers from children (though honestly, the question about leftovers is a good one).

Prayer List

Please remember in your prayers those on our 30-day prayer list:
Miss Joann, Robin Reed, 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:

Barbara and Richard Chirieleison; Darlene Cooper; 
Patrick, Tara, Tyler, and Jenna Crawford.

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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