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SSSJ NEWSLETTER - Lenten News 2020
   Shrove Tuesday Pancakes

Pancakes and fun will be served at SSSJ on Tuesday, February 25, in the Field Building beginning at 6pm. Tickets are available at the door.  $6 for adults, $5 for 9-17, younger children eat free. Come, bring a friend, and celebrate Fat Tuesday in style!
Ash Wednesday -February 26 
Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Imposition of Ashes will be at noon and 7pm.
   Muse on This  by Fr Stan Woolley
 

“Accepting your cross”

doesn’t mean taking responsibility for what we are - that’s arrogance - 

God made us what we are - He gave us our circumstances - 

it means taking responsibility for what we are doing with what we are.

                                                                     Borrowed , Stan+

 
Reminder - GEMS Friday, Feb 28 at 7pm. Contact Judith Head (803 917-2629) or Michelle (803 261-0911) to RSVP. 
Tuesday Morning Opportunity

   The Tuesday morning group is starting a Lenten study on March 3. The book is “A Spring in the Desert”. Please join us at 10 am for lively discussions, laughter and prayer. 
Please contact Judy Gallagher or Cindie Gillis if you would like a book.

Presiding Bishop encourages support for One Thousand Days of Love
by observing Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on March 1

Episcopal Relief & Development Posted Feb 4, 2020

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, encourages congregations and supporters to support the ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE campaign through observance of Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on March 1, 2020.

    “Lent is a time of reflection and of following Jesus, demonstrating his love for the world,” said Presiding Bishop Curry. “I invite all congregations to devote a Sunday in Lent to reflect on the transformational work of Episcopal Relief & Development, particularly their work with children, and to tangibly demonstrate God’s love by giving generously to support ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE.”

    At the 2009 General Convention, Lent was officially designated as a time for dioceses, congregations and individuals to remember and support the work of Episcopal Relief & Development. Although the first Sunday in Lent is the official day of observance, churches may hold a special service on any Sunday.

    Globally, 155 million children under the age of six are not reaching their full potential due to inadequate nutrition and healthcare. ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE is a three year, $3 million grassroots Church-wide fundraising campaign dedicated to expanding Episcopal Relief & Development’s programs for children up to age six. The campaign launched in September 2019 and will run for 1,000 days until May 31, 2022.

    “In Matthew 18, Jesus calls children the greatest among us,” said Chad Brinkman, Director, Campaign for Episcopal Relief & Development. “Your support of the ONE THOUSAND DAYS OF LOVE campaign will enable Episcopal Relief & Development to expand initiatives that benefit these greatest among us — children — around the world.”

    Developed in collaboration with Grow Christians, the 2020 Lenten Meditations focus on the spiritual lives of children and how they can inform the prayers and meditations of all Christians. These booklets and other resources including hope chests, pew envelopes, bulletin inserts and special prayers are available at www.episcopalrelief.org/Lent. Supporters are encouraged to sign up for daily email meditations in English and Spanish and, new this year, to subscribe to the meditations as podcasts on Apple Podcasts, Sound Cloud and Google Play.

 Bishop Waldo to Visit SSSJ
     The Bishop of our Diocese will be at SSSJ for his annual visit on Sunday, March 8. He will lead an adult forum at 9am. The Bishop will celebrate at 10:30. The service will include a Confirmation and several Receptions into the Episcopal Church. Please join us for this special occasion in the life of our Church and Diocese.
Note - This will be Spring Forward 1 hour so be sure to set your clock so as not to be late for the Bishop!
A Thought
As we enter the Season of Lent with intention to meditate and are distracted by our busy lives, this thought from Bishop Steven Charleston may help.
     "Not long ago someone said they wished they could spend time with me in quiet contemplation. I smiled and said that would be nice, but I was thinking: yeah, me too. I wish I could spend time thinking great thoughts, but much of my life is taken up doing laundry, cleaning bathrooms, and making dinner. But there is a silver lining: these are all great times to meditate and pray. Being mindful of everything I do, being thoughtful of those for whom I care, praying as I mop the floor: I may not live on a mountaintop, but I have lots of time for spiritual reflection. The Spirit finds us where we are, not where we want to be."
If you have an interest in music, we invite you to sing in church choir.  Contact Beth Johnson for more information.
803-429-8568
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News or thoughts to share? Contact Pat Woolley at Newsletter@ecsssj.org or
803 662-0504.

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