Announcements February 3 – 9

NEXT SUNDAY, February 11th – Parish Annual Meeting, 

after the 10 am service, in the Parish Hall.

Sunday, February 4:  Adult Education – 9 am in the Fireplace Room. Come join an ongoing study group which meets Sundays at 9 am in the Fireplace Room. All are welcome.

Sunday, February 4:  CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS TODAY: Youth Sunday: Children’s Instructed Eucharist. After the peace, Church School children gather at the main altar for instruction. Please join us for the Youth Group Brunch in the Parish Hall after the 10 am service. Sunday, February 11:  CHS Annual Meeting – there will be a Valentine making table in the Parish Hall during the Annual Meeting for all children whose families are attending the meeting. Tuesday, February 13: SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER – 5:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Come one – come all – come & see this annual event sponsored by the Church School with the help and support of the Youth Group! Arrive at 5:30 for hat making, beads, good food, games and magic tricks!  Bring a dessert if you can. Home by 7:30 – full & happy!

Sunday, February 4: Book Discussion Group – After the 10 am service in the Fireplace Room. We will continue reading Nadia Bolz-Weber’s “Pastrix”, reading chapters 13,14,15.  We will not meet Sunday, February 11 because of the Annual Parish Meeting. Brian and Brooke Skea

Friday, February 9:  Labyrinth Walk – 10 a.m. Parish Hall – Light is the theme for our guided walk this month.  Darlene T. Hagon will focus on awakening hope and deepening faith as symbolized by the quiet, increasing light of this time of year. The Rev. Anne Koehler will open and close the walk with prayers selected to augment the theme. Dr. Margaret Rappaport will pace our entrance into the labyrinth and hold the sacred space as we walk. All are welcome to join us for the walk or to pray and meditate while seated in our softly lit Parish Hall.

Wednesday, February 14:  ASH WEDNESDAY Services at 7:30 am, 10 am, and 7 pm.

Sunday, February 18:  SHEPHERD GROUPS – The Brewster/Dennis Group will meet on February 18 at the home of Jack and Karen Gentile, 98 Moss Lane, Brewster, MA at 5 pm. Questions? Call Elizabeth Merritt at 508-240-6998. The Orleans Shepherd Group will meet at the home of Sally Drew,  347 Tonset Road. Call 508-255-0481.

Altar Flowers:  In the gallery/reception room you will find a NEW SIGN UP SHEET where you can choose which Sunday(s) in 2018 you would like to donate flowers for the altars of Church of the Holy Spirit.  Please fill out an Altar Flowers request card, available at all the church entrance and by the chart. You may choose to do this to remember someone or perhaps to celebrate a special anniversary or birthday.  For a donation of fifty dollars the Flower Guild will purchase and arrange flowers and the name(s) of the loved ones being honored will be noted in the service bulletins of the weekend services of the chosen date.

CHS Artist:  This month Helen Richardson and Sharyn Laughton are sharing/filling the gallery with LOVE! Helen is director of the Prayer Shawl Ministry.  The work of Helen and many other knitters will be on display. Take a shawl off of the display board and give to a friend who is at home, a hospital, or a nursing home and who needs our love.  Please remember to sign out your chosen prayer shawl with the office. Sharyn Laughton will also be displaying and selling felt hearts and cards from her lovely Art Offerings…more love to share! Enjoy the show. Questions? Contact Sharyn Laughton – – 508 255 7277.

FREE SHOP:  The shop is gladly and gratefully accepting winter clothing and paper shopping bags. We are open Monday: 12 Noon to 3 pm and Wednesday: 10 am to 1 pm. Donations can be dropped off during shop hours or placed in the box outside the shop door any time the parish hall is open. Questions? Call Sharyn Laughton or email:

GALLEY WEST GIFT SHOP:  The shop is open to the public on Sundays from 11:15 am to 12 Noon and on Mondays from 10 am to 1 pm, except on Holidays. Please stop by, browse, and shop for yourself, family, and friends. Susan Owens

HEALTH MINISTRIES COMMITTEE:  February is Heart Health Month. Stop by the Health Ministries tables this month to pick up material that answer questions and includes information  on heart healthy living, warning signs, support groups and even a heart healthy recipe or two!  Handouts will be available during coffee hour following the 10 am service and on the Reception Desk. Ann Pike-Paris

Men’s Lunch:  We will NOT meet in February and March.  Our next meeting will be April 18 at 12 Noon, in the Fireplace Room. Questions? Call Bruce Lederhouse at 508-240-2853.

PASTORAL CARE:  Please help us to provide pastoral care by sending an email to: about anyone in the parish who has gone to a hospital or nursing home, or who has suffered any major loss or life changing circumstance. If YOU are taken to the hospital please inform the staff there, that you want your home parish to be informed. The chaplain will call our office to let us know. Volunteers needed to visit people once a month. Please let me know, by this email or my personal one below. If you are already visiting someone; please let me know who they are and how they’re doing. Celia Calhoun, Coordinator (

Prayer Shawls:  Welcomed, needed at so many stressful times.  And such good projects during these wintery, often shut-in days. Knit or crocheted; all happily accepted, blessed, distributed where needed.  Thanks to all who help in this ministry. Questions or instructions needed? Please let me know. Helen Richardson

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: Friday, March 2 at 1 pm at the CHURCH OF THE TRANSFIGURATION,  ROCK  HARBOR, ORLEANS. This is a prayer service for all to attend, but the focus is on women’s leadership. It will incorporate music, prayers, stories from the Woman of Suriname and a talk on the what is happening in Haiti. Questions? Call Jean Collins 508-345-7356.


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