Good News, 02.19.09 and a Crabby Correction

Please Note: The Crab Feed is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 and not Saturday, March 5 as previously announced. If you arrive on March 5 (Thursday) you will have an insufferable wait for your bowl of cracked crab! Now, on to the Good News!

Friends:

Blessed are you Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to the little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.  (Matthew 11: 25)

Join us for worship this Sunday as we celebrate the Eucharist with the 11 children of our Early Communion Class.  They will have baked the bread for communion.

Please join Maili Malvre for the Class on the Psalms beginning tomorrow night, Thursday from 7 – 8:30 pm.  You will learn about their background, literary design, poetry and hear musical interpretations.  The 3 sessions are on Feb. 26, March 5th and 12th.

The NATS Recital was marvelous.  A fine array of singers.  Great encouragement for the young singers involved and we heard some profound, mature voices as well.  Thanks to Sue Field for incorporating this Recital within the life of Peace.

Congratulations to the newly elected members of our Church Council:  Judy Warner, Secretary; Gil Jardine, Education Deacon; Denise Dawson and Heather Macloed, Co-Deacons for Justice Advocacy.

The Crab Feast occurs March 7 at 5:00 PM at the church.  $40 / adult; $20 for children 12 and under.
Includes salad, spaghetti and meatballs, bread, soft drinks and a small dessert.  Bring a bottle of your favorite wine if you wish.  The Crab is served pre-cracked, but bring ‘crab crackers’ if you have them  People can email Raddi at raddi1@yahoo.com to sign up and to let him know about items they have for The Silent Auction.  He will also be available after each service to collect money and sign people up.  An accurate head count will greatly help ensure we spend our money wisely.  This is our biggest fund raiser of the year, so anything we can do to encourage people to sign up their friends, families and neighbors would be greatly appreciated!

Ash Wednesday begins Lent next week on February 25th.  Please join us for worship at 7:30 pm.

A few tiles remain in the Gathering Hall.  Help us distribute their beauty to all of your friends.  All the proceeds will benefit Peace.

GNOSTICISM IN THE EARLY CHURCH AND BEYOND
A Lenten study course for adults led by Rev. Elizabeth Felts and Joan Michel-Lehman
Sundays after worship in the youth room, beginning March 1

As children, we were taught that there are 27 books in the New Testament, but in fact there were hundreds of Christians writings in circulation during the church’s early centuries.  Some of the more controversial were the “gnostic” texts, many discovered only very recently, which claimed to convey secret wisdom that Jesus did not reveal in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  Gnosticism was the root of some interesting practices in the early church, including cross-dressing and communal living, and some theological beliefs that modern Christians would find shocking.  In our class, we will learn about the gnosticism of the early church and see how gnosticism has endured to our time in religion, art, literature and film.

I hope you will participate!  Blessings, Pr. Steve