Ash Wednesday is March 2nd; there will be a said liturgy with no music at 12:15, and a fuller liturgy with choir at 7 p.m. Plan to begin Lent with us.
FASTING, PRAYER, AND ALMSGIVING
Emmanuel's Intergenerational Formation team presents a series of all-ages activities after Sunday 9am Masses devoted to the three practices our parish is focusing on this Lent. We'll spend two weeks on fasting, two weeks on prayer, and roughly two weeks on almsgiving, with gatherings for conversation after the 9AM Mass on March 6 (fasting) and 20 (prayer), and then an almsgiving experience packing lunches for our Sack Lunch ministry April 3. Contact Marisa or any member of the Intergenerational Formation team with questions.
Along with the experiences offered by our Intergenerational Formation team, Emmanuel also offers two complementary books this Lent. For adults, we'll read Fr. Evan Armatas: Toolkit for Spiritual Growth: A Practical Guide to Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.
Highly practical, this brief devotional text supports Emmanuel’s focus on growing in Christian tools, and will also help us examine how individualism and self-directed choices affect our spiritual lives. For those who have kids or who just like
children's literature, we encourage you to get a copy of Make Room: A Child's Guide to Lent and Easter.
The book describes a beautiful approach to Lent that works for people of all ages.
Now complete: painting of safety lines on our chancel steps, a project begun by Ed Rath in response to frequent trips and falls over the past several years. After consultation with a liturgical artist who has done commissioned work for Emmanuel, the Vestry chose simply to add a line of paint on the steps, using a pale color that picks up tones present in our variegated slate floor, but is contrasting enough to catch the eye. We are grateful to Ed for his work, and to Junior Warden John Aquino for seeing this project to completion at last.
YOUNG ADULTS AT EMMANUEL
Lent is around the corner, which means so is Mardi Gras! This Shrove Tuesday, March 1, you're cordially invited to celebrate Maslenitsa (the Russian equivalent of Mardi Gras) with our very own Hugh and Olga at their home in Urbana. The "carnival" starts at 5:30 and will go until 7:30. If you'd like, bring a side dish to share. Bonus points if it's a traditional carnival or mardi gras food! Contact Marisa for more information.
Rejoice greatly: the Reverend Marisa Crofts has been formally approved by the Diocese of Dallas for ordination to the priesthood. We anticipate the liturgy will take place Monday April 25th at Emmanuel with Bishop Paul Lambert presiding. Stay tuned for details.