LENTEN OUTREACH PROJECT: Since it is difficult to drop off items for the Watertown Humane Society at the moment, we will collect items for three Sundays after we return to worship in the church. This should allow us to support the Watertown Humane Society while following the guidelines from our Bishop.
Sally King took over items donated by the church to the humane society. In addition to the supplies, cash and gift cards totaled $1,275. We had one big cash donation. If people still want to donate, Sally will be happy to deliver more. Please use the following link for more information, office hours and possible office closure dates at: http://www.whsadopt.org/.
LENT MADNESS: Grit, determination, perseverance. These are the traits, along with the obvious one — holiness — that will be needed to win the 2020 Lent Madness Golden Halo. Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament, Lent Madness pits 32 saints against one another in a single-elimination bracket. It is also a wildly popular online devotional designed to help people learn about saints.
Here’s how it works: on the weekdays of Lent information is posted at www.lentmadness.org about two different saints. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours as participants read about and then vote to determine which saint moves on to the next round. Sixteen saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.
St. Mary’s will have the “Saintly Scorecards” with information about each of the initial 32 saints will be available to pick up in the Narthex or Parish Hall. We will also post the bracket in the Parish Hall and fill it out during Lent.
If you’re looking for a Lenten discipline that is fun, educational, occasionally goofy, and always joyful, join the Lent Madness journey. Lent needn’t be all doom and gloom. After all, what could be more joyful than a season specifically set aside to get closer to God?
LENTEN WEDNESDAY MORNINGS SERIES: Our Wednesday morning book study group will be studying the Living Compass “Living Well Through Lent 2020” study. The theme of the study is "Practicing Courage With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind." This daily devotional provides a foundation for seeking a deeper experience of Lent, an experience that will help you prepare for the true meaning of Easter. The Living Compass booklets can be found in the narthex entrance. Booklets are available for all parishioners. Join us on Wednesday mornings at 9:45 a.m. in the Chapel starting on February 26th through April 8th. For more information contact Maggie Mulroy.
3.23.2020 Update: Please use the following onine link to participate in the study via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/530110377
LENTEN SUNDAY MORNINGS BIBLE STUDY: The Sunday morning group will continue studying "Shalom for the Heart" by Rabbi Evan Moffic on Sunday mornings through Lent at 9:10 a.m. in the library. The group is currently in the Joseph cycle. This is a well-liked Bible study. Please consider trying this study just one time as we are sure you will return to learn more. Three will be no class on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Everyone is welcome!! Please contact Carol McConnell if you would like to join the study group and like a book.
3.23.2020 Update: Class is cancelled until further notice.
LENTEN WEDNESDAY EVENING SERIES - SOUP WITH SUBSTANCE (Series Concuded, some speakers may be rescheduled at a later date): Beginning March 4th and going through April 1st, we will offer Soup with Substance on Wednesday evenings. We will start with Evening Prayer at 6:00 p.m, a Soup & Bread fellowship meal at 6:30 p.m, followed by our study at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. A sign-up sheet is in the Parish hall.
This year we will use the “Healing Prejudice” program, designed by Grace Episcopal Church in Madison. This program facilitates people sharing experiences of racism and prejudice, gives them space to talk about racism and prejudice you have seen and experienced, and focuses on brainstorming ways to move forward and heal. The focus will be on racism and prejudice in Wisconsin, but also on how we can respond as Christians.
- March 4 - Prejudice in Literature
- March 11 - Identity
- March 18 - Cantor Debra Martin from Congregation Emmanuel in Waukesha
- March 25 - Signs and Symptoms of Prejudice
- April 1 - Confronting Prejudice
LENT QUIET DAY: (Event Completed) Join us on Saturday, March 7 at 9:00 a.m. for a time of prayer, meditation and silence. We will gather and then pray the Lent Morning Prayer service from "Seasons of the Spirit". We will then have two hours of silence for people to move between stations that include: Mandala Coloring; Books with prayers; Centering Prayer with candle; and books of icons and art. We will close with Eucharist around 11:00 a.m.
GOOD FRIDAY AND EASTER OFFERINGS: At St. Mary’s we give away our Good Friday and Easter offerings. The Good Friday offerings will be given to The Episcopal Church in the Holy Land. The Outreach Committee has determined that this year’s Easter offerings will be divided three ways. Oconowomoc Dental Clinic, the clinic works with uninsured people to provide free or reduced cost dental care. Family Promise, their mission is to help families experiencing homelessness and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. Our next week to volunteer with Family Promise is March 29 - April 4. St. Mary's Discretionary Fund, the Rev. Pippa Lindwright uses the discretionary fund mainly to help local people with emergency situations.
3.23.2020 Update: Whenever we return to Sunday services, we will celebrate an Easter celebration with Easter hymns, readings, etc. The plate offering from that Sunday will be divided up between our three Easter offering designees.
SACRAMENTAL RITE OF RECONCILIATION: During the season of Lent, it is appropriate and a good idea to take stock of one’s relationship with god, neighbor, and oneself. Sharing that personal inventory and celebrating God’s love, mercy and forgiveness can be a very healing experience. Mother Pippa will be available for the Sacramental Rite of Reconciliation also known as confession. Take this opportunity for a fresh start on your faith journey. Send Mother Pippa an e-mail or call the Parish Office at 262-965-3924 to schedule time with her.
3/23/2020 Update: Mother Pippa is happy to offer the Rite of Reconciliation over the phone at 651-341-9629.