Announcements – March 13, 2016

Welcome to St. George’s We are glad you have chosen to worship with us today! Please sign our guest book and join us for refreshments and fellowship after each service.

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SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES

Children and youth gather in the Chapel at 9:00 am to sing and share good news before moving to classes. Ages 3 thru 5th grade use Godly Play. Our teens’ lessons are prepared by Brian Maves.

The Rector’s Forum meets in the parish hall at 9:10, where Father Dale is teaching verse by verse through the Gospel of Mark. Bring your bibles!

The Lambeth Bible Study, a second option for adults, meets in the conference room. This study uses the Gospel reading for the day.

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The Body of Christ at Prayer – The last of our Lenten Soup Suppers is this Thursday, March 17. Our final study, led by Father Ralph McMichael, is The Body of Christ at Prayer The Eucharistic Body. We begin with supper at 6:00 pm in the parish hall, followed by the program at 6:45. We are finished by 8:00 pm. Please come!

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Easter Flowers – Envelopes are available in the pews for anyone who wishes to make a donation (of any amount) toward flowers for Easter. If your donation is in honor or memory of someone, please indicate the information clearly.

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Spring Clean Up – This Saturday, March 19, we plan to clean up the church grounds for Easter. Bring your rakes and gloves and join us at 9:00 am to pick up leaves and tidy up. If you can give an hour or two of your time on either day, we would be very grateful.

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Stations of the Cross – St. Mark Lutheran, St. Luke’s Roman Catholic, and St. George’s pray the Stations of the Cross together each Friday in Lent during the noon hour, beginning at 12:10 pm. This year they take place at St. Luke’s (301 North Church Street).

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Palm Sunday is next week –

Below is St. George’s Holy Week and Easter Schedule:

Palm Sunday, March 20 – Both services include the Liturgy of the Palms, Passion Narrative, and Holy Eucharist. The 8:00 am service begins in the narthex, and 10:30 begins in the breezeway.

Maundy Thurs, March 24 – Liturgy with Celebration of the Institution of the Eucharist, Foot Washing, and Stripping of the Altar at 7:00 pm.

Good Friday, March 25 – Way of the Cross procession from St. George’s to St. Luke’s begins at 12:10 pm, followed by a light soup lunch at St. Luke’s. Good Friday Liturgy at 7:00 pm with St. Mark includes the Solemn Collects, Devotions before the Cross, and the Passion according to St. John.

Easter Vigil, March 26 – At 7:00 pm at St. Michael’s Episcopal in O’Fallon, this traditional service includes the Lighting of the New Fire, the Exsultet, Litany of the Saints, and first Eucharist of Easter.

Easter Day, March 27 – Celebrations at both services with hymns at 8:00 and a Solemn High Eucharist at 10:30 (incense). Bring bells!

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Easter Egg Hunt – There is no Sunday School on Easter Day, but children should plan on taking part in the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Children gather is the parish hall between 9:00 and 9:30 am, and then follow Sunday School Coordinator Mae Scott, parents, and teachers for the hunt- bring your cameras!

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Food Pantry – Please remember our pantry when you do your shopping. Donations of canned meat, fish, fruit, and vegetables, and dry goods such as cereal, pasta, rice, and beans are always needed, as are items such as shampoo, dish soap, and toothpaste. Bring donations to church on Sunday, or to the office during the week. Thank you for helping to feed the needy in our community!

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If you would like unction (anointing and healing prayer by the priest), please indicate this at the altar rail. Members of the Order of St. Luke are at the back of the church for additional prayer if you wish.

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New Parish Directories will be ready for you next Sunday morning.

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All baptized persons are welcome to receive Communion. We believe this is Christ’s Body and Blood, according to Christ’s very promise. One appropriately receives the consecrated wafer on your hands (right over left) and raises it to your mouth, or receives it directly on your tongue. Then assist the chalice bearer in guiding the chalice to your lips. If you wish to receive by “intinction”, leave the host on your palm and the chalice bearer will pick it up, intinct, and place it on your tongue. Do not intinct yourself – this prevents fingers touching the wine. If you do not wish to receive the chalice, please indicate this by crossing your arms over your chest.

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General Information

  • Restrooms are on the lower level. The stairway is just off the entrance and an accessibility lift is located in the narthex.
  • Child Care is available for infants to age six from 9:00 – 11:45 am. The Nursery is at top of the stairs in the Sunday School Building.
  • Assistive Listening Devices and large print copies of the Book of Common Prayer are available. Please ask an usher for assistance.

THIS WEEK

Mon, Mar 14 6:30 pm – Scouts, Parish Hall & Classrooms
Tues, Mar 15 Election Day in Illinois

6:30 pm – Bible Study, Youth Room

Wed, Mar 16 9:30 am – Holy Eucharist, Chapel

5:30 pm – Choristers Rehearsal

7:30 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Thurs, Mar 17 6:00 pm – Lenten Supper & Program, Parish Hall
Fri, Mar 18 12:10 pm – Stations of the Cross, St. Luke’s
Sat, Mar 19 9:00 am – Spring Yard Clean-up

11:00 am – Diocesan Chrism Mass, Springfield

Palm Sunday,

March 20

8:00 am – Holy Eucharist

9:00 am – Christian Education Classes

10:30 am – Holy Eucharist

 

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