Announcements for February 2-8

The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple

Adult Education – Sundays at 9:00 am. Remembering the Ladies: The Strong Women of the Hebrew Scriptures, led by Sharon Inger. Come and join us for a closer look at the wives and mothers, judges, and Jezebels of the Hebrew Scriptures. There’s no need to sign up; just show up if you are interested. Questions? Ask Sharon Inger or Father Adam.

Morning Prayer returns to CHS –  Morning Prayer is offered every Thursday morning at 8:30 am in the side chapel.

Luncheon for All the Women of the Parish – The next luncheon for women in our parish is Thursday February 7 at 12:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Volunteers for the day are Marty Williams, Bev Dreher, Betty Yearing, Dot Cross, and Bobbi Nickerson. Bring a sandwich to share and call Peter Blank at 508-760-1516 if you need a ride. Come join us and bring a friend!

Pre-Lent High Tea – The members of the Sharing the Blessing/Believe Out Loud Committee want to share with you information about our ministry at a beautiful High Tea on Saturday, February 9 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. You will enjoy food and entertainment with a great group of dedicated people. Come to the Parish Hall and join us. All are welcome.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – February 12 at 5:30 pm. Good food, good fun, good sing- ing for the whole parish. This is a traditional CHS event sponsored by the Church School with great help from the Youth Group. Please bring your Palms from last year!

Ash Wednesday Services – February 13 – Our Ash Wednesday services will be held at 7:00 am, 10:00 am and 7:00 pm.

Fridays in Lent – The Church of the Holy Spirit will offer opportunities for devotion, food, fellowship, and reflection. Beginning on Friday, February 15, the first Friday of Lent, the Stations of the Cross devotion will be offered in church at 5:30 pm, led by a number of clergy and lay worship leaders. After Stations, a simple soup and bread supper will be offered in the parish hall at 6 pm. Signup sheets for hosting this supper will be posted in the reception room. As before on Lenten Fridays, people may participate in whatever portion of these that they desire.

Healing Prayers – Healing prayers will be offered on the fourth Sunday following the 10:00 am service. For February this will be the 24th. Fathers Herb Skelly and Bill Heuss will officiate with assistance from the Health Ministry.

Men’s Study Group Invites New Members – The Men’s Study Group meets each Tuesday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the Sunday School Craft Room. We are currently watching a series of lectures on the Old Testament by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine. We also function as a mutual support group. For more information, call Bruce Lederhouse, 508-240-2853, or just drop in and check us out.

2013 Offertory Envelope Boxes – The 2013 Offertory Envelopes for people who pay weekly or monthly are in the Reception Room. Your 2013 number is likely different than 2012 but we will still track your donations correctly. If you want envelopes please contact the parish office and we will issue them.

2012 Giving Statements – Your Giving Statements are in the Church reception room. Please pick them up and save the church postage. Thank you.

CHS Artist – The featured CHS artists for the month of February are Robin & Sharyn, Sharyn & Robin: HANDS FOR WORK – HEARTS FOR GOD. Robin McLaughlin is a costume designer and creator of Journey Bags by Robin Elizabeth Creations. Sharyn Laughton is a liturgical graphic artist and designer. Calling CHS artists to sign up to sell/exhibit your art for one month in 2013. MARCH IS OPEN! The sign-up sheet is by the exit door in the Gallery Reception Room.

Free Shop – We are now accepting clean winter clothing. If the Free Shop is closed, donations can be left in the container outside the Free Shop door. We are open Mondays from 12 noon to 3:00 pm and on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Galley West – We are now open on Sundays from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon and on Mondays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Guilds have started up for the new year as well! Thank you for your support.

Gentle Yoga at CHS – Please join our morning Yoga class. The class is lead by Marilyn Greenberg and is suitable for all levels. We will be meeting from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in a church school classroom, downstairs in the Parish Hall. The class is offered at $10/class. Please bring a blanket, yoga mat, block and strap (we do have some extras). Next class – Tuesday, February 5.

Fair Trade: Justice for All God’s Children – We have just received three kinds of healthy chocolate and organic olive oil made by a worker’s owned cooperative in Palestine. Please see our Fair Trade display in the MAIN ENTRANCE to the Parish Hall! Questions? See Fr. Ken.

The World Day of Prayer – Friday, March 1 – is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. The organizing committee from France chose the theme “I was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me.” Please join us (men and women welcome) at the Federated Church in Orleans at 1:00 pm.

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