Upcoming at Faith This Week
As I write this, it is a glorious morning. It is cold, cold, cold, outside, it is blessedly dry, and the sun is shining. These sorts of mornings are my favorite: clear, cold, and crisp. It may all change this afternoon, of course, but I am determined to stay in the beauty of the moment. This is a discipline I’m attempting to cultivate this Lent—staying in the moment. My tendency is for my brain to live in a separate timeframe from my body—worrying about what needs to be done, or what might happen, worst case scenarios, regret around things that happened in the past, etc.; you get the idea. I’m guessing I’m not alone in this habit and many of you can identify, to one degree or another, with this propensity.
The problem with allowing our brains to wander too far into the future or the past, is that doing so means we’re not engaged with the “now”. We’re not living this moment, not giving it the attention it deserves. This habit has been heightened during COVID. Our anxiety around the virus—how to prevent it, how to protect one another, when will we be vaccinated, who might be infected, when might I have last been exposed, all of it contribute to minds that are not in the present moment. Lent affords us the spaciousness to experience each moment, live each moment, fully. How might this season unfold for you if you practiced intentional presence each hour of it? I will be working toward this end and invite you to join me.
PRAYERS FOR LENT
Diane Walker, who donated our washer and dryer, is not only an incredibly generous soul, she is also a contemplative photographer, artist and writer. She has graciously shared these visual Lenten prayers she created in 2012. Click Here for her Lenten prayers.
Consolidating our Sunday Prayers
Connie Aurand has been consolidating our Sunday Prayers and sending them out to the prayer chain. If you have a prayer request, please do remember to let Connie know. Also, if you join Vicar Laura for Facebook Morning Prayer, there is an opportunity to share your prayer requests in that space. Prayer remains one of the surest ways we commune with God. Please share your concerns, offer up prayer for others, and rest in God.
Thank you for your prayers. I know everyone for whom we offer prayer benefit from your steadfast intercessions. Perhaps more folks have prayed this year than in recent history, and somehow, I know God receives them all. Please don’t stop praying. Pray for those working in health care, those infected, those suffering from all the run-of-the-mill illnesses, those who mourn, those who never had a chance to say goodbye, those who are working to get us all vaccinated. Pray that we all continue to be wise, and careful; that, having loved our neighbors so well last year, we will continue to do the same this year. Pray for those whose pains and losses are not known to you but are assuredly there. Pray for our church family, for Poulsbo and all the surrounding communities. Pray and keep on praying. Pray without ceasing, your prayers are heard, every time.
Happenings At Faith
GODLY PLAY RESUMES!
GODLY PLAY is BACK!
Paul Steinke and Jeffrey Batstone would love to see all young and young at heart on Sundays at 9:00. Godly Play offers a creative, participatory way to journey the season of Lent. Click on the Zoom link below and see what happens.
Paul Steinke is inviting you to weekly Godly Play Zoom meetings.
For: On each Sunday beginning Feb 21, 2021 until Mar. 30, 2021. Each meeting will start at 09:00 AM.
Click Here for the weekly Godly Play Zoom Meetings
Meeting ID: 977 0007 8227
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THE VICAR’S BIBLE STUDY
Please consider joining us as we take a look at the scriptural readings for the upcoming Sunday.
Bible Study Zoom Meeting:
On each Tuesday beginning Feb 23, 2021 until Mar 23, 2021. Each meeting will start at 09:00 AM.
Meeting ID: 819 6314 1580
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Dial by your location: +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
Bits & Pieces
BISHOP CURRY’S VACCINATION MESSAGE
A message on vaccinations from Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry:
BISHOP RICKEL’S LENTEN MESSAGE IS HERE:
BISHOP RICKEL’S BOOK SELECTION(S) FOR LENT
If you’d like to add a little levity to your Lent, considering participating in Lent Madness. It’s a fun way to learn something about the church’s sainted, vote on your favorites, and help to determine who will win the Golden Halo. Here’s the link where you can learn all about it and view this year’s bracket:
HAVE YOU PLEDGED YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF FAITH IN 2021?
If you haven’t yet, and you intend to, please do.
Below is a link to the 2021 Pledge Card (pdf fill-in version). To use it please download it, complete it and mail it to the address below.
P.O. Box 1362
Poulsbo, WA 98370, or
Thank you to everyone who has continued to honor their financial commitments!
Thank you to everyone who has continued to honor their financial commitments! Please make sure they are up to date. Our treasurer, Louise Kernaghan, is happy to check for you. If your economic situation has changed as a result of the virus, please let me know. I may be able to help with a bill. On that note, the Diocese has set up an online payment option for each church in the diocese. No one is required to use it, but I offer it as another way to make a donation. Here’s the link: https://resources.ecww.org/give-parish/faith-poulsbo If you prefer, you can always mail in your checks to: Faith Episcopal Church at PO Box 1362; Poulsbo, 98370
Church Photo Directory
The church photo directory is available and can be downloaded from the website. Click here to access the downloadable directory.
Note: accessing the directory will require a login with a password.
Faith Episcopal Church (Faith) desires to be responsible in gathering, holding and disseminating member information and resources. That is why member information and resources are "password protected" so that only members and trusted friends of the congregation can access this information. Each eligible person has an online account which includes their contact information and a log in "User name" and "Password" to access member resources.
Second Sunday in Lent
“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?”
Download the Sunday Readings as a Word Document
Sunday's Zoom meeting:
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