March 5, 2014 - Ash Wednesday 12noon &7pm March 9, 2014 Building Update after 8 & 9:30 services March 12 and for 5 Wednesdays Lenten Series - 6pm at the Farm House March 12 - Dr. GeneVeith on Justification March 19 - Bishop Julian Dobbs on the Sacraments March 26 - Bishop Dennis Campbell - Predestination April 2 - The Rev'd Dr. Charles Flinn - The Church April 9 - Review of Articles
One day I remember Bishop Fitz Allison lamenting, “No one cares about doctrine anymore.” That was in 1973! We all were using the 1928 Prayer Book and only had male bishops and presbyters. Yet Fitz could say this because interest in doctrine was fading. The reality we see all around us today in the Episcopal Church began many years ago. In 1801 the Episcopal Church adopted the 39 Articles of Religion as a guiding doctrinal statement for the whole church. It had a salutary effect on our church for a century.
Today, while the American Episcopal Church no longer pays attention to the Articles, newly formed groups of Anglicans - like CANA and ACNA, to name two, have again made the Articles one of the 3 formularies of the Anglican Church (1662 BCP and the Ordinal being the other 2 – all under the authority of scripture.) For that we rejoice – but do we know what they say?
Our goal over the 5 Wednesday evenings beginning on March 12 at 6 pm will be to familiarize ourselves with the Articles by listening to presentations followed by discussion on some of the main themes of the Articles of Religion. A light meal will be served at 6 p.m.
Study guides will be available. Volunteers will bring soup and bread. If you would like to assist in that, please let me know. - JAB
Update the Finding List
Please pick up paper copy of this newsletter as enclosed is a family information form. Please fill it out and send it to the office. Our goal is to put together a new directory by the summer including family pictures. We’ll be taking pictures after Sunday Services sometime in May.
Trip to Bach Concert
Confirmation classes for youth and adult begin the weekend of April 5. We’ll have two classes, one on Saturdays at 10 am and Sundays after the 9.30 service. Classes will be held at the Farm House. Let me know if you plan to come. At this time, we don’t know when confirmation will take place, however, we do want to prepare a class ready for confirmation.
From Patrick Henry College
Patrick Henry College is proud to announce that registration is now open for the Pensmore Dialogue on Science and Faith: The Return of the God Hypothesis, to be held April 4-5 at PHC. The College extends a warm invitation to the local and surrounding communities, area churches, friends, supporters, as well as those who have never visited the College. Please join us April 4-5 to explore crucial questions on the origins of life and the universe and gain knowledge to engage these profound topics from a Christian worldview. – Speakers include Dr. John Lennox, Oxford University mathematics professor, Dr. Vern Poythress, Professor of New Testament at Westminster Seminary, Father Robert Spitzer, Ph.D., former president of Gonzaga University, philosopher of science, and founder/president of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith; and Dr. Jay Richards, Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute.
This is quite an august lineup. We are fortunate to be neighbors of Patrick Henry College.
Looking Ahead Palm Sunday - April 13 Maundy Thursday - April 17 @ 7pm Good Friday - April 18 - Noon Easter Sunday - April 20 - 8 & 9:30am