Announcements May 22, 2016

Mystery Hunt:  This year’s VBS is June 6-10 and will be a Mystery Hunt seeking out clues for who is Jesus?!  Children 3 years old through 5th grade are invited to register as Detective; older youth are invited to sign on as Inspectors!  Details are on our Church website.

Congratulations!  To Moses Vani (Eastern Florida State College), Libby LaFave (Bayside High School), and Tim Fox (Melbourne High School) on your graduations!  We will recognize all three graduates at the 5:00pm Service this evening.

Special Projects 2016: We are excited about this year’s biggest “Pay As You Go” special project…to replace the carpet in the Parish Hall and Welcome Center with a safer, and more welcoming wood-looking laminate tile. We have budgeted a cost of $2.50 per square foot (an estimated total of $6,250.00).  Our goal is to finish in time for Bishop Greg’s visit on October 2.  Donations can be made using the Special Projects envelopes in the Pew—and/or by clicking on the Donate Button on the Church website.  Thank you!

Invitation from the Dong Team: You are invited to enjoy this month’s Coffee Hours spotlighting the Dong Team.  Come join us and learn more about this Unreached People Group.  Did you know?  The Dong, as an ethnic minority, is largely poor and uneducated. Their language has only recently been transcribed and most Dong do not know how to read it.

Community News: Did you know that three (3) black freedmen established Melbourne’s first house of worship? It was built on the northern end of what is now Lipscomb Street. Greater Allen Chapel (AME) Church is hosting the 1st Annual Crane Creek Founders Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 28, from 10am to 6pm to promote our local history, cultural heritage and community involvement.

Smiling Faces Needed: The Greeters at the 10:30am Service are in need of smiling faces to assist us on the 3rd & 4th Sundays of each month. If interested, please call the church office at (321) 723-8032. Thank you! Millicent L.

A BIG Heartfelt Thank You!: Thank you for making the Pentecost International Potluck Luncheon a great success! I really appreciate all of the time, energy, hard work and generosity of those who brought food, helped set up, serve, clean up, and more. This church really has a gift for incredible hospitality–thank you all so much!  Linda Fox

It’s Time to Clean Out Your Closets & Garage: Now accepting gently used items for the Youth Rummage Sale to be held at the church on Saturday, June 25. The Youth Group is trying to raise $2,000.  So why not go ahead and clean out your closets, garage and storage areas and bring any excess to the church to benefit the youth! If you need to schedule a pick-up, please call the church office. Thank You!

Sanctuary Flowers: The flowers for today are dedicated by Ruby Mae Bell in celebration of her 80th Birthday (May 28, 2016).

Choir Practice:  We are beginning Summer Schedules this week, and there will be no choir practice on Wednesdays until the end of summer.  Instead, we will have choir practice on Sundays at 9:45 a.m.

LEM/Reader Schedules: The new schedules (June – August) are available for pickup in the Welcome Center.

Announcements May 15, 2016

Invitation from the Dong Team: You are invited to enjoy this month’s Coffee Hours spotlighting the Dong Team. Come join us and learn more about this Unreached People Group. Did you know? The Dong are highly superstitious and worship many gods and demons. They regard certain mountains, trees, stones, and other non-human objects as sacred. They make annual offerings to the spirits of their village, homes, and crops. Ancestral altars are found in the main room of most homes.

Special Projects 2016: We are excited about this year’s biggest Pay As You Go special project, in addition to the other smaller projects. This year, our special project will be to replace the carpet in the Parish Hall and Welcome Center with a safer and more welcoming wood-looking laminate tile. We have budgeted a cost of $2.50 per square foot (an estimated total of $6,250.00). Members and friends are invited to contribute as they are able. Our goal is to raise the full amount by July so that the work can be scheduled and completed in time for Bishop Greg’s visit on October 2. Donations can be made using the Special Projects envelopes in the Pew—and/or mark your check for Special Projects. Thank you.

Community News: Did you know that three (3) black freedmen established Melbourne’s first house of worship? It was built on the northern end of what is now Lipscomb Street. To pay tribute to these founders, the Greater Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church is hosting the 1st Annual Crane Creek Founders Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 28, from 10am to 6pm. The primary focus of the festival is to promote local history, cultural heritage and community involvement. Further, the festival will showcase dance, arts and crafts, music of all types, informational booths, and vendors displaying their wares, including specialty foods. Children’s entertainment activities will also be provided.

Do You Like People? Do You Love Our Church?: The Greeters at the 10:30am Service are in need of smiling faces to assist us on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of each month. Due to health concerns, a few of our Greeters are unable to continue volunteering. We currently have openings for one (1) person on each of the aforementioned Sundays. But if more than one person wants to volunteer on the same Sunday, be assured you won’t be turned away! Won’t you consider giving our Lord the gift of Greeting His people (especially newcomers and guests) before the service? You’ll get a special name tag and are asked to arrive by 10:15am on your given day of service. If interested, please call the church office at (321) 723-8032. Thank you! And I pray God’s love blesses you richly! Millicent L.

Announcements May 8, 2016

Pentecost Weekend:  (May 14-15)

> Liberia Presentation, Saturday at 11:00am:  Deacon Tom will show slides and discuss what he saw in Lofa County, Liberia. This will be an opportunity to learn, to give thanks to God, and to pray if and how we might do something next.

> One Sunday service at 9:30am:  If you come at 8, you’ll get a great seat; if you come at 5:00pm, you’ll have missed everything!

> International Potluck Luncheon at about 11:30am:  Bring one of your favorite dishes to share.  Linda Fox is organizing events and needs your help! There’s a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall, and we’re hoping for a variety of dishes and desserts which represent our multi-cultural congregation! If you’re interested in helping, call Linda at 321-724-5810.

> Flag Procession:  We hope to have all countries in our congregation represented in the Procession of National Flags.  Flag bearers please arrive at 9:00am. Thank you!

Invitation from the Dong Team: You are invited to enjoy this month’s Coffee Hours spotlighting the Dong Team. Come join us and learn more about this Unreached People Group.  Did you know?  Dong are famed for their carpentry skills and unique architecture, in particular, a form of covered bridge known as the “wind and rain bridge.” Towers on the bridges are used as a place where the villagers gather.

Special Projects 2016:

> We are excited about this year’s biggest Pay As You Go special project, in addition to the other smaller projects.  This year, our special project will be to replace the carpet in the Parish Hall and Welcome Center with a safer and more welcoming wood-looking laminate tile.

> We have budgeted a cost of $2.50 per square foot (an estimated total of $6,250.00).  Members and friends are invited to contribute as they are able.  Our goal is to raise the full amount by July so that the work can be scheduled and completed in time for Bishop Greg’s visit on October 2.  Donations can be made using the Special Projects envelopes in the Pew—and/or mark your check for Special Projects.  Thank you.

VBS Team Meeting:  The next team will be on Wednesday, May 11 at Noon.  If you are interested in helping, but cannot make the meeting, please touch base with Hyacinth Clunie at 729-9422, or one of the team members whom you might know.  Thank you.

Sanctuary Candle: Today’s Sanctuary Candle is given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Cora Lochner, Jean Kaufmann & Joan DeMaris from The Kaufmann Family.

 

Announcements May 1, 2016

Invitation from the Dong Team: You are invited to enjoy this month’s Coffee Hours spotlighting the Dong Team.  Did you know? The Dong form one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by the People’s Republic of China. Living in the mountains of southwest China with lush and beautiful scenery, the Dong are isolated from receiving the Gospel. Please come join us and learn more about this Unreached People Group.

Church Periodical Club (CPC): Today, CPC envelopes have been distributed within the bulletin. We ask that you prayerfully consider a donation. For more details regarding CPC, be sure to read the article in the May issue of the GOOD NEWS.

Special Events: On Thursday, May 5, we’ll pay tribute to two special events – the National Day of Prayer and Ascension Day. An hour of prayer is being planned inside the Palm Bay City Council Chambers at Noon. The Ascension will be celebrated in Eucharist at Church of Our Savior at 7:00pm. We’ve invited other churches to join us at the Ascension Service and hope to see you there!

Pentecost International Pot Luck Luncheon: On Sunday, May 15, there will be an International Pot Luck luncheon following the combined Pentecost service at 9:30 am. Linda Fox is organizing events and needs your help! There’s a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall, and we’re hoping for a variety of dishes and desserts which represent our multi-cultural congregation! If you’re interested in helping, call Linda at 321-724-5810. Thank you!

VBS Team Meeting:  The next team will be on Wednesday, May 11 at Noon.  If you are interested in helping, but cannot make the meeting, please touch base with Hyacinth Clunie at 729-9422, or one of the team members whom you might know.  Thank you.

Family Promise Volunteers: Please contact Christine G. TODAY – Sunday, May 1, if you can help Suntree United Methodist Church host this week. I know it is a long way from Palm Bay, but we are a Support Congregation now! Contact info: christine.g.FPB@gmail.com, or via phone: (321) 759-2523. Thank you! Christine G.

A Big Thank You:  I just want to say “THANK YOU” to the congregation for all of your prayers; the operation was a success! From the heart, Neville (& Ida) Parkinson.

Welcome Organist:  We welcome Sharon Rhode as our guest Organist, and we thank her for playing for us today.

Choir Practice: Choir practice this week will be held on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. followed by Ascension Service at 7:00 p.m.

Announcements April 24, 2016

“Living Out a Rule of Life” Retreat: The St. Theresa Chapter of the DOK invites all women, men and youth to a day of teaching by Fr. Loren on Saturday, April 30. Registration begins at 9:00am with a complimentary continental breakfast. Lunch will be provided for $5 and is payable at the door. It will be helpful to know how many are coming, so there is a sign-up sheet on the desk in the Welcome Center. We look forward to seeing you at this faith-building teaching!

Looking Ahead: On Thursday, May 5, we’ll pay tribute to two special events – the National Day of Prayer and Ascension Day. An hour of prayer is being planned inside the City Council Chambers at Noon—and Eucharist at Church of Our Savior at 7:00pm. We’ve invited other churches to join us at the Ascension Service and hope to see you there!

Church Periodical Club (CPC): Next Sunday, May 1, CPC envelopes will be distributed within the bulletin. We ask that you prayerfully consider a donation. For more details regarding CPC, be sure to read the article in the May issue of the GOOD NEWS.

Palm Bay Elementary (PBE) Career Day: PBE will host a Career Day on Thursday, May 12. They are looking for community members to come and briefly speak with the children about your career (past or present). Every child needs to be inspired to succeed, and YOU could be a child’s inspiration! If interested, more information (and forms) are posted on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall.

Pentecost International Pot Luck Luncheon:  On Sunday, May 15, there will be an International Pot Luck luncheon following the combined Pentecost service at 9:30 am. Linda Fox is organizing events and needs your help! Please bring your favorite international dish to share with others. So all of you fabulous COOS cooks and chefs, this will be a perfect opportunity to “show off” your culinary skills by preparing ethnic dishes from your homeland. There’s a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall, and we’re hoping for a variety of dishes and desserts which represent our multi-cultural congregation! If you’re interested in helping, call Linda at 321-724-5810. Thank you!

VBS Team Meeting:  The team is meeting again on Wednesday at Noon.  If you are interested in helping, but cannot make the meeting, please touch base with Hyacinth Clunie or one of the team members whom you might know.  Thank you.

Sanctuary Flowers: The Sanctuary Flowers for today are dedicated in loving memory of my wife, Joyce Clunie, by Ashord and Family.

Navigating Your Finances God’s Way:   Fri.,  April 29   1:00pm

 

Announcements April 10, 2016

Today:  We welcome Fr. Wally Schilling, who is preparing to return to the Middle East for another short assignment, at 8 and 10:30am—and Fr Deke Miller at 5:00pm.  Fr. Deke is the director of Camp Wingmann—children, parents, or grandparents that want to meet the man that makes things happen at Camp, should come to a special 5pm Service!

Small Groups:  It’s time to Celebrate and thank God for what he did during our Lenten Small Groups!  If you were in a small group or would like to hear about the small groups, come to the Small Groups Celebration on Friday, April 15 at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.  Yummy-for-your-Tummy Desserts will be served!

VBS:  Mark your calendars for June 6-10.  Our theme is a Mystery!  We’re going to be doing an investigation, searching for clues, and looking to solve the biggest “who dun it” of all time!!  More details, rather clues, coming soon!!!

Set Your House in Order & Navigating Your Finances God’s Way:  These two workshops are very practical and open to all!  Registration Deadline for both courses is today, April 10. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall.

Daughters of the King (DOK): The next meeting of the St. Theresa Chapter of the DOK will be tomorrow, April 11 at 6:00pm.  We are returning to our second Monday of the month schedule. Our study will be focused on Ruth, the Moabite woman. You are invited to come and enjoy learning about Ruth with us. Hope to see you there!

Light 2 Ignite:  The first ever Light 2 Ignite Conference will be Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 at LifePoint Church, in Palm Bay.  It is a multi-church missions conference focused on mobilizing Churches to reach out to the least evangelized peoples of the world.  Registration and information is available on-line at Light2Ignite.com.

Sanctuary Flowers: The Sanctuary Flowers for today are given by Christine & Michael Gallagher in celebration of their wedding, yesterday here at the church!

Announcements April 3, 2016

Small Groups:  It’s time to Celebrate and thank God for what he did during our Lenten Small Groups!  If you were in a small group or would like to hear about the small groups, come to the Small Groups Celebration for April 15 at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.  Desserts will be served!

Team Liberia:  Deacon Tom returns on Thursday evening!  Please be praying for a safe and smooth journey—departing Monrovia on Wednesday.  Also, Dcn. Tom meets with Archbishop Hart tomorrow:  pray for wisdom to know how to carry forward the relationship with St. Mary’s Church, Fr Vani and Fr. Momo.

VBS:  Mark your calendars for June 6-10.  Our theme is a Mystery!  We’re going to be doing an investigation, searching for clues, and looking to solve the biggest “who dun it” of all time!!  More details, rather clues, coming soon!!!

New Wineskins Missions Conference:  The 2013 conference had almost 1000 people attend—this year’s registrations are on track for 1500 people!! Please pray for the Conference, for Bishop Greg who will be attending, and our team of 8 who will be going together to learn even more about how we can engage the world with Jesus’ Gospel.

Condolences: Gert Gustaffson died peacefully at home on Thursday evening.  Arrangements are being made for a service.  Please keep Gus, her husband of 66 years, in your prayers.

Set Your House in Order & Navigating Your Finances God’s Way:  These two workshops are very practical and open to all!  Registration Deadline for both courses is next Sunday, April 10. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall.

Mike & Christine:  You are invited to join Mike and Christine on Saturday, April 9, at 2:00pm as they “take the plunge” and make their wedding vows!!  Pastor Debbie Vann will be officiating, and the service will be followed with a light reception.  Instead of gifts, Christine and Mike ask that you make a donation to Family Promise or your favorite charity. Thank you!

Episcopal Church Women (ECW): The next meeting of the ECW will be on Monday, April 4 at 9:30am.  All women of the church are invited to attend, and we’ll be meeting in the Parish Hall.

Daughters of the King (DOK): The next meeting of the St. Theresa Chapter of the DOK will be Monday, April 11 at 6:00pm.  We are returning to our second Monday of the month schedule. Our study will be focused on Ruth, the Moabite woman. You are invited to come and enjoy learning about Ruth with us. Hope to see you there!

New Bulletins:  Welcome to our new bulletins!  After some research, we found these color bulletins which we can use at a lower cost than printing our own.  The “Welcome to Worship” tab on the side of the page will replace the Friendship Form. On the reverse side of the tab is a place for “Praise and Prayer” requests. The perforated tabs can be easily separated from the bulletin and placed in the offering plate. We hope you like the new bulletin format!

Light 2 Ignite:  The first ever Light 2 Ignite Conference will be Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 at LifePoint Church, in Palm Bay.  It is a multi-church missions conference focused on mobilizing Churches to reach out to the least evangelized peoples of the world.  Registration and information is available on-line at Light2Ignite.com.

Special Projects 2016:  The Properties Team is working on a number of projects and proposals…the biggest of which is to replace the carpet in the Parish Hall with laminate tile, which looks like wood!  Bishop Greg will be here on October 2 for Visitation and Confirmation—and so, the Properties Team and the Vestry are preparing the calendar for fund-raising and the work to be completed by September (before the Bishop’s Visit).  More details will be provided in the next issue of Good News on the above mentioned project and others.

 

Announcements Mar 27, 2016

Saturday, March 26 
          04:00pm        Easter Egg Hunt (for all children)
Resurrection Sunday (Easter), March 27 
          07:00am        Easter Vigil (a sunrise service outdoors)
          08:00am        Holy Eucharist (the continuation and completion of the Vigil)
          09:15am        Parish Breakfast
          10:30am        Festive Holy Eucharist (full choir and incense; children are invited to
                                participate in the service). We also anticipate a number of baptisms.
          05:00pm        Emmaus Road Dinner & Worship service in Parish Hall

 

VBS:  Mark your calendars for June 6-10.  Our theme is a Mystery!  We’re going to be doing an investigation, searching for clues, and looking to solve the biggest “who dun it” of all time!!  More details, rather clues, coming soon!!!

Small Groups:  Our Lenten Small Groups have finished their studies so now it’s time to celebrate!  We are preparing a Small Groups Celebration for April 15 at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall.

Team Liberia:  Fr. Vani and Deacon Tom safely arrived in Bolahun.  St Mary’s has fifteen preaching stations (i.e., mission congregations)—and Fr. Momo presides over the clergy of the whole county, another six parishes and their preaching stations.  (FYI: Liberia is four hours ahead of Florida—to help you in your prayers.)

New Wineskins Missions Conference:  The 2013 conference had almost 1000 people attend—this year’s registrations are on track for 1500 people!! Please pray for the Conference, for Bishop Greg who will be attending, and our team of 8 who will be going together to learn even more about how we can engage the world with Jesus’ Gospel.

Condolences: Rose Marson died peacefully on Monday morning after celebrating her birthday on Sunday, just one day shy of her 95th birthday. A Memorial is being prepared for Saturday, April 2, at 1:00pm in the Church, with a reception to follow in Parish Hall. Please pray for Rose’s family as they gather this week.

Acolyte FunFest: The Diocese of Central Florida invites you to attend the Acolyte Eucharist on Saturday, May 7, at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando. After Eucharist everyone will leave for the Acolyte Fun Fest ’16 which is held at Wet ‘N Wild from 12:00pm until 9:00pm. The cost for acolytes, their guests, and chaperones will be $48 per person. Absolute deadline for COOS is Friday, April 1, for all forms and payments which can be turned in to the church office.

Set Your House in Order & Navigating Your Finances God’s Way:  These two workshops are very practical and open to all!  Registration Deadline for both courses is April 10. Sign-up sheets are in the Parish Hall.

Family Promise’s Box City:  The Box City returns on Friday April 1 and Saturday April 2 at Church at Viera, 9005 N Wickham Road. Many participants will be staying the night—others will come for the festivities.  You can sponsor Christine Garrigues in the Walk in their Shoes event—donation box is in the Parish Hall.

A Big Thank You!: I want to thank all my church family for your prayers & cards during operation and recovery. May the Lord bless each and every one of you! Thanks again, so so much! Diane Smith

Choir Practice:  There will be no choir practice this coming Wednesday, March 30.  We will resume practice on Wednesday, April 6.  Happy Easter!

Announcements March 20, 2016

You are invited to join us for HOLY WEEK Services as noted below.

Saturday, March 19

          04:00pm         The Journey of the Cross (for children of all ages)

Palm Sunday, March 20 

          8:00am,          All services begin outside to remember Jesus’ peaceful

          10:30am,        and triumphant entry into the city of Jerusalem.

          5:00pm

Wednesday in Holy Week, March 23 

          10:00am          Holy Eucharist service

Maundy Thursday, March 24 

          07:00pm         Holy Eucharist, with foot washing and stripping of the altar.

          WATCH           Individuals are invited to pray for 1 or more hours during the night.

Good Friday, March 25 

          12-3:00pm      Individuals are invited to attend all or any part of the service of

                                 prayer, reflections, music, and devotions. These 3 hours are devoted

                                 to remembering the time during which Jesus hung on the cross.

Saturday, March 26 

          04:00pm        Easter Egg Hunt (for all children)

Resurrection Sunday (Easter), March 27 

          07:00am        Easter Vigil (a sunrise service outdoors)

          08:00am        Holy Eucharist (the continuation and completion of the Vigil)

          09:15am        Parish Breakfast

          10:30am        Festive Holy Eucharist (full choir and incense; children are invited to

                                participate in the service). We also anticipate a number of baptisms.

          05:00pm        Emmaus Road Dinner & Worship service in Parish Hall

 

Palm Sunday in Liberia:  Fr. Vani and Deacon Tom safely arrived in Liberia and have travelled up to Bolahun.  Please pray for a steady pace this week with all the events of Holy Week.  St Mary’s has fifteen preaching stations (i.e., mission congregations)—and Fr. Momo presides over the clergy of the whole county, another six parishes and their preaching stations.  (FYI: Liberia is four hours ahead of Florida—to help you in your prayers.)

Parish Breakfast on Easter Sunday: The Parish will have a continental breakfast (i.e., bagels & cream cheese, pastries, fruit) on Easter Sunday at 9:15am. Beverages will be provided by the church, but parishioners are asked to bring their favorite items to share with everyone.  A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall for your convenience. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Sewing Bee Canceled for March: The regularly scheduled Sewing Bee Meeting on March 21 is canceled to prepare for Holy Week and the celebration of Our Risen Lord! Next month’s meeting will be on Tuesday, April 18 at 10:00am – 11:30am in the Discipleship Building.

Small Groups:  Our Lenten Small Groups have finished their studies so now it’s time to celebrate!  We are in the planning stages of preparing a Small Groups Celebration in April—details will be forthcoming.

Sanctuary Candle: Today’s Sanctuary Candle burns for the Glory of God and in loving memory of our brother, Bertrand de Freitas, from Judith de Freitas-Doyle and Family.

Mike & Christine:  You are invited to join Mike and Christine on Saturday, April 9, at 2:00pm as the make their wedding vows!!  Pastor Debbie Vann will be officiating; and the service will be followed with a light reception.  Instead of gifts, Christine and Mike ask that you make a donation to Family Promise or your favorite charity.

Family Promise’s Box City:  The Box City returns on Friday April 1 and Saturday April 2 at Church at Viera, 9005 N Wickham Road.  Many participants will be staying the night—others will come for the festivities.  You can sponsor Christine Garrigues in the Walk in their Shoes event—donation box is in the Parish Hall.

New Wineskins Missions Conference:  The 2013 conference say just under 1000 people attend—this year’s registrations are on track for 1500 people!!  Please pray for the Conference, for Bishop Greg who will be attending, and our team of 8 who will be going together to learn even more about how we can engage the world with Jesus’ Gospel.

Condolences: Joan Coyer died peacefully on Wednesday evening after a short illness.  A Memorial is being prepared for Thursday morning at 10:00am in the Church.  Please pray for Joan’s family as they gather this week.

Acolyte FunFest: The Diocese of Central Florida invites you to attend the Acolyte Eucharist on Saturday, May 7, at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando. After Eucharist everyone will leave for the Acolyte Fun Fest ’16 which is held at Wet ‘N Wild from 12:00pm until 9:00pm. The cost for acolytes, their guests, and chaperones will be $48 per person. Absolute deadline for COOS is Friday, April 1, for all forms and payments which can be turned in to the church office.

Set Your House in Order: This 5 session course, which focuses on preparing your finances for a big change in your home, such as a death, begins on April 21 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm for orientation and passing out the workbooks, and the accompanying free book, Set Your House in Order, by Howard Dayton.  Materials are: Single – $25; Couples – $35 (2 workbooks). Registration Deadline is April 10.

Navigating Your Finances God’s Way: This 10 session course, which focuses on God’s principles for healthy finances, begins on April 22 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm for orientation and passing out the workbooks, and the accompanying free book, Your Money Counts, by Howard Dayton. Materials are: Single – $39; Couples – $49 (2 workbooks). Registration deadline is April 10.

VBS:  Mark your calendars:  June 6-10.  Our theme is a Mystery!  We’re going to be doing an investigation, searching for clues, and looking to solve the biggest “who dun it” of all time!!  More details, rather clues, coming soon!!!

Announcements March 13, 2016

Special Offering and Prayers for Liberia:  Deacon Tom and Father Vani will be departing Orlando on Tuesday, March 15. We are commissioning them both at the 10:30am Eucharist.  This morning’s special offering will go to support the work of Fr. Momoh and the Church of St. Mary in Bolahun. Also, a Prayer Roster is taking shape in the Welcome Center so that we can cover Deacon Tom with prayers each day there and back.

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew: Dr. Victor Tricoche, D.C., M.S. from Tricoche Family Chiropractic will be the guest speaker at this Saturday’s health forum, sponsored by the Brotherhood of St. Andrew.  Dr. Tricoche has been here before and will bring new information about taking care of your health.  Everyone is welcome!

Last Week of the Small Groups:  Our Lenten Small Groups meet one last time this week in preparation for Palm Sunday and Holy Week.  However, we also are preparing a Small Groups Celebration in April—details will be forthcoming.

Stations of the Cross: We are meeting at the church on Fridays at 7:00pm (after the Band practice) and will continue through March 18. All are invited to participate!  If you have any questions, please see Ray Byrd. Thank you!

Lenten Food Drive: During Lent, the ECW has partnered with Peace Lutheran Church’s “GAP” program to offer food on Tuesday and Thursday to low income families and the homeless. Unfortunately, they had to close one day last week because of the lack of food. You all have been so generous, so let’s see if we can double our donations!  The box for donations is located in the Parish Hall, and the last day for donations will be next Sunday. A great big THANK YOU to all who’ve contributed! Nancy O’Hara.

  • March 20 – Any type of “canned” goods, like jelly, peanut butter, etc.

DOK Meeting: The next meeting of the Daughters of the King will be Friday, March 18 at 9:30am in the Parish Hall.

Sanctuary Candle: Today’s Sanctuary Candle burns for the Glory of God and in loving memory of Al Kaufmann, Jr. from the Kaufmann Family.

Mike & Christine:  You are invited to join Mike and Christine on Saturday, April 9, at 2:00pm as the make their wedding vows!!  Pastor Debbie Vann will be officiating; and the service will be followed with a light reception.  Instead of gifts, Christine and Mike ask that you make a donation to Family Promise or your favorite charity.

Acolyte Fun Fest: The Diocese of Central Florida invites you to attend the Acolyte Eucharist on Saturday, May 7, at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando. After Eucharist everyone will leave for the Acolyte Fun Fest ’16 which is held at Wet ‘N Wild from 12:00pm until 9:00pm. The cost for acolytes, their guests, and chaperones will be $48 per person. Absolute deadline for COOS is Friday, April 1, for all forms and payments which can be turned in to the church office.

Set Your House in Order: This course begins on April 21 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm for orientation and passing out the workbooks, and the accompanying free book, Set Your House in Order, by Howard Dayton. The next five meetings will be held bi-weekly commencing on May 5, 2016 to allow time to read the book and the first chapter of the workbook. Materials are: Single – $25; Couples – $35 (2 workbooks). Registration Deadline is April 10.

Navigating Your Finances God’s Way: This course begins on April 22 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm for orientation and passing out the workbooks, and the accompanying free book, Your Money Counts, by Howard Dayton. The next ten meetings will be held weekly commencing on May 6, 2016 to allow time to read the book and the first chapter of the workbook. Materials are: Single – $39; Couples – $49 (2 workbooks). Registration deadline is April 10.

Family Promise’s Box City:  The Box City returns on Friday April 1 and Saturday April 2 at Church at Viera, 9005 N Wickham Road.  Many participants will be staying the night—others will come for the festivities.  You can sponsor Christine Garrigues in the Walk in their Shoes event—donation box is in the Parish Hall.