This Week at Holy Family

STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION Saturday, March 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m. We will continue our discussion and brainstorming on opportunities to serve and spread God’s light and love on the south side. Other meeting times are Sunday, April 14, noon-1:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 12, noon-1:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                        

SUNDAY, MARCH 17 BISHOP’S COMMITTEE MEETING after worship until 12:45 p.m.        

THURSDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY Read, reflect and inwardly digest the readings before Sunday! We gather at 5:30, officially start at 6 and end by 7 p.m. at Santa Fe Place Mall Food Court.                                                                           

EPISCOPAL CHURCH 101 Next class Saturday, March 23, 9:30-11 a.m. “History, The Anglican Way and the BCP.” 

PRAYER SQUARES Knitting, crocheting, fellowship and mutual support Wednesday, March 27, 6-8 p.m.     

“WHAT AM I DOING FOR LENT THIS YEAR?” Pick up a copy of this handy booklet and plan your most meaningful Lent yet. You’ll reflect on various aspects of your life and discern where you might want to make some changes. It also gives good explanations of the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Available on the front table at church.                                                                                                                           

UTO MITE BOXES Giving alms is one of the spiritual disciplines of Lent. United Thank Offering was begun in 1889 by the Episcopal Church to encourage men, women and children to give thanks to God for their daily blessings. The coins that we drop in the blue “mite” box for large and small blessings in life, quickly become a major source to brighten the lives of others through UTO grants. This year over two million dollars was given to build churches and schools, make needed renovations, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, provide shelter for the homeless, and provide care and support for those with physical, mental and emotional challenges. Take a mite box home with you (available on the front table in the hallway) and fill it with blessings. Bring it back to church on Easter Sunday or the week following.                                                                             

CONFESSIONS Wednesday, March 27, 6-7:30 p.m. and Good Friday, April 19, 4-5:30 p.m. Is something weighing heavily on you? Private confession (also called Reconciliation of a Penitent) is a sacramental rite that helps believers move into a new place of joy in God’s acceptance and forgiveness. In a safe and private space, one is listened to with love and non-judgment. Everything shared is kept strictly confidential. You will be gently led through the process using Form One or Two (your choice) on pages 447-452 in The Book of Common Prayer. 

AUDIT COMMITTEE Three people are needed to form the audit committee to review Holy Family's finances for 2018. The time commitment is a few hours on a Friday or Saturday to walk through the audit process provided by the Diocese, followed by preparing a brief report on any areas where we could improve our business processes. This is both a diocesan requirement and a good review of how things are going on the financial side. Extensive financial experience is not required. Contact Morag Smith if you are willing.                                                                                                                                                                       

POLICY COMMITTEE People are needed to form a policy committee to address a number of topics such as creating guidelines for bequests or use of the special funds. If you're interested, contact Kay Storr.                                            

STRATEGIC PLAN PRAYER During this time of planning for the future, please pray for our faith community. “We pray for the growth of this baptismal community. Lord, build up our church in spirit, mind and body.  Amen.”                                      

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS AND PRAYERS Send additions by 8 a.m. Thursday to            

PRAYERS Please pray for Nicole, Julie, Jane, Patty, David, Jose, Karen, Paden, Mary Lou, Katharine, Linda, Nate, Don, Terri, Eman, the Elmont, Archuletta, Hunter and Shumaker Families; for the repose of the souls of Tim, Dominic, Daniel, Jeremiah.

THANK YOU to those serving Sunday: Lectors Neel Storr, Kay Storr, Prayers Officiant Blair Cooper, Lay Eucharistic Minister Margo Sanabria and Altar Guild Member Deborah James.