–On February 19, we bid farewell to “Alleluia” and won’t be using that acclamation until Easter.
–For specific ideas about how you might engage in some new spiritual activities during Lent, look at the parish website home page, where there are several links for Lenten activities, including the ecumenical “carbon fast.” (stmartinsvt.wordpress.com)
—Todd McKee will be inviting parishioners to an evening program that will focus on some simple suggestions about improving one’s spiritual life. It will be a one-time event, probably involving a simple soup and sandwich meal. Contact Todd if you would like to know more about this offering.
–Parish “Quiet Day” on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. until Noon. John Morris will be offering several talks on the theme of “Lift up your hearts: Journeying form Despair to Joy.” The talks will be interspersed with times of silence during which participants can read, meditate, walk around outside, etc.
—House Churches—the Fosters and the Secords have agreed to host two house churches (a small group of parishioners gathers for conversation, informal communion, and a simple meal. If anyone else would like to host a house church during Lent, contact John.
Besides looking at the suggestions for Lenten activities on the website, check out the site for photos from the January 22 Breakfast/Worship event, the texts of recent sermons preached by Todd McKee and John Morris, photos from Christmas Eve, and photos from the December 18 celebration of Bill Atkinson’s ordination anniversary. Also, on the Outreach page, there is a link to a photo of the El Salvador family whose home was built by volunteers from our area, including Bill Secord.
On Sunday, people can bring donations for the local food shelves, especially the food shelf in Bradford. Canned food is needed. Monetary donations are also welcome.
The Vermont Division of Children and Families office in White River Junction is looking for people interested in being foster parents. There is a need for emergency, short term and long term families. Training, support, and a monthly stipend for care of the children is given. If you have an interest in becoming a foster parent or know of someone who would be interested, or if you simply want to find out more about foster parenting, contact Deanna Rounds, Resource Coordinator at 802-295-8840. (Note: Deanna is also the contact person for the PINS program, which is part of St. Martin’s Outreach program.)
PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
An ecumenical pilgrimage to the Holy Land, sponsored by Grace Methodist Church in Bradford and the Congregational Church in East Corinth will occur in February of 2013. The trip is organized by Educational Opportunities Tours (www.eot.travel). An informational meeting about this pilgrimage will be held as part of a pot-luck supper at Grace Church in Bradford on Sunday, March 18 at 5 p.m.
LITHOGRAPH and PHOTO
On display in the hallway and in the stairwell are a lithograph of King Solomon done by Marc Chagall as part of his Biblical series in the 1950s and a photograph of the gallery at Old Bennington Church done by Tim Imrie as part of the book “New England Churches and Meetinghouses” (the text for the book is by Peter Mallary). These two items are on long term loan to St. Martin’s, courtesy of Peter Mallary.