Greeting from our Rector:
During March beloved, we move into the heart of the season of Lent. I encourage you to make productive use of this time. It is easy to think of Lent as negative time the "give up things" non-party time. It should be seen as constructive time to fix some broken things, straighten some crooked path, heal a challenged relationship. Lent is also a time to remember that we so easily ignore the enormous help God offers us freely and always.
The Holy Spirit is standing at the ready if we ever get around to asking for anything. Lent can be a time to rediscover just how exciting the Christian life is if we embrace and live with the gifts of Jesus.
Our English classes continue to be going very well. We have so many coming that it is becom-ing a burden on those who are serving as Host or Hostess. One person each night is really not enough. If anyone would like to come on either Monday or Thursday to help set out the food and clean up after snacks please let me know. Thanks. A big thanks to those of you who are bringing in food for our students. Many of them come straight from work and do not have a chance to eat supper before the classes, so it is important for them.
On the Cuba front, Fieles A Jesus is continuing the construction of the hallway and the second floor. They are still waiting for the man who works in wrought iron to come do the windows. We need to pray that either he will come or that they can find another to do the work. We are considering another trip to Cuba this summer. If anyone wants to go, please let me know asap, so we can begin the process. The trip will probably be the end of July or the first of August. If anyone has a musical instrument in good condition we could take, please bring it to the office sometime in July.
Each year at Easter we adorn the church with lilies. If you would like to give one in memory of a loved one or to cele-brate a new member of the family, for just because... please notify the church office before April 4. The cost this year will be $14.00.
Special thanks to outgoing vestry members Senior Warden Mike Cameron, and Tony and Tammy Williams for their three years of service. New members are Janet Airth, Lee Harvard, and Wyman Harvard. Hal Airth was appointed Senior Warden by the Rector and Wyman Harvard, in a moment of enthusiastic disorientation volunteered to be Junior Warden and was immediately elected.
We need someone to join the #2 altar team which covers the second week of the month. This means changing and refreshing the altar for services the second week of the month. For more information, please contact the church office.
From Feb. 25 through March 25th, Fr. Don will teach a class on Wednesdays. The 6pm services will be fol-lowed by soup and sandwiches and the class will begin at 6:45. The first class is called "Creation, Sin and Talking Snakes." A sign up sheet for volunteers to provide the food is on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall.
Sign Up Sheets
New Altar Flower and Coffee Hours sheets are posted.
Please sign up as soon as possible!
Who Do You Follow? Walk/Ride April 4, 2015 - 10am
The second annual walk for Christian unity will be held on April 4th. Walk or ride beginning at Paul Langford Stadium at 10:00 A.M. Golf carts are welcome! See Father George with questions.
There will be a drop in Baby Shower for Courtney Roberts (Patty Sullivan’s oldest daughter) on Saturday, March 21st from 2-4pm. Please try to stop by for a short visit. Oh, and it’s a girl – you just know how much fun they are to shop for. You know – pink and frilly. She is registered at Target, Walmart and Pottery Barn.
Summer Camp Registration
Camp Weed – Summer Camp – Register Now!
1. Camp St. Matthew 2015 (Rising 11th---12th)
(Sunday, June 14 to Friday, June 19, 2015)
2. Camp St. John 2015 (Rising 9th---10th)
(Sunday, June 21 to Friday, June 26, 2015)
3. Camp St. Mark 2015 (Rising 5th---6th)
(Sunday, June 28 to Friday, July 3, 2015)
4. Camp St. Patrick 2015 (Rising 6th---7th)
(Sunday, July 12 to Friday, July 17, 2015)
Mission Camp 2015
Sunday, July 19 to Friday, July 24, 2015
(Mission Camp is an opportunity to come to camp and give back. Middle School and High School students are invited for this special session of camp to reach out to the people of Suwannee and Columbia counties, and to help making a lasting difference at our diocesan camp! Mission campers will spend 4 days working on service projects and on the final day at Wild Adventures theme park in Valdosta, GA.)
Deadline for Early Registration pricing is April 15, 2015
Deadline for Scholarship Application: April 15, 2015 or Until Funds are Depleted
Please read or download the "Parent Information" document prior to registering. It contains very important Summer Camp information for both parents and campers. Session dates, fees and fee due dates, Majors, Minors, camper email address, packing list and registration help are included in the packet.
Please use the information to talk with your camper about camp in general and about the activities in which they wish to participate. Parent Handbook and Registration Instructions can be found on the Diocese of Florida Web-site: http://www.diocesefl.org/mission-ministry/youth-young-adult-ministry/summer-camp/information-and-registration.aspx
To register you will need the list of your camper's activities, names and phone numbers of persons who may pick up your child on departure day, and either a credit card or check routing and bank numbers.
Bishop John Howard announced the retirement of Joe Chamber-lain, Executive Director of Camp Weed and the Cerveny Conference Center. A beloved figure who has served the members and friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida at Camp Weed for 33 years, Joe states, “After several months of conversation and preparations, we are excited to begin a new chapter for the Chamberlains, and we are grateful to Bishop Howard and the entire Diocesan community for this opportunity to enjoy a rich and full retirement.”
Chamberlain’s departure marks the end of an era. Originally recruited from the Florida Game & Fish Commission in Lake City, Chamberlain brought his love of nature and involvement with youth on diocesan and parish levels to his duties at Camp Weed. Coming from a large family himself, he accepted the challenge of deepening and enriching relationships among all the people of the diocese by developing a place they could each call their own, the camp and conference center and an environment which was welcoming, sacred and set apart.
From the original construction of buildings to the “New Water, New Life” project to presiding over a period of unprecedented growth in recent years, Chamberlain has left his mark on the cam-pus and activities of Camp Weed. He has hosted thousands of visitors, helped generations of campers develop relationships across the diocese expanding their understanding of the “church”. Guiding campers and visitors on an exploration of the Hernando de Soto Trail, uncovering Native American artifacts on the property, and teaching fly-fishing on White Lake are among Chamberlain’s recent favorite interests. In 2010, The Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce honored Joe with a Trailblazer Award, recognizing the devotion, energy, innovation and perseverance he poured into the development of Camp Weed and the Cerveny Conference Center.
“Joe Chamberlain has had an impact on every person welcomed to Camp Weed,” said Bishop Howard. “With the unceasing assistance of his wife, Sharon, Joe has made the camp and conference center what it is today: one of the very best facilities of our Church, and a place in which every member of the Diocese takes great pride.”
Chamberlain’s faithful leadership and many accomplishments on behalf of the Diocese of Florida will be celebrated as part of the 172nd diocesan convention in Gainesville, which will take place January 30-31, 2015.
Commenting on his thirty-three years as Director and his upcoming retirement, Joe said, “I have enjoyed serving the people of the Diocese of Florida and the joy I received is what motivated me each day. I cherish the friendships developed here but I am most proud of the friendships developed among the people, one to an-other, from all across the diocese. Yes there are beautiful grounds, a shimmering lake and structures we enjoy at our camp but they are there to serve a purpose, to bring us together with our Lord and one another as a family we call the Diocese of Florida.
This diocese has a unique and envied culture. Our love and sup-port of the camp dating back to its origins is envied by many of my fellow directors around the country. This culture has been supported and expanded by our bishops over the years and every one of them has had a positive impact on the health and vitality of our wonderful ‘Place Apart’. We have been blessed.
“I look forward to the next chapter in our lives as Sharon and I move into our recently remodeled home in Live Oak next door to our grandchildren. This is going to be fun. Having more time to enjoy family and the outdoors are among my priorities but I will not lose my connection with Camp Weed & Cerveny Conference Center. Bishop Howard has generously asked me to serve as a consultant and a resource to the camp while enabling the transition to new leadership.
“Finally, my thankfulness and gratitude is offered to all those who now serve at the camp and staff members serving over the past 33 years. It is due to their hard and sacrificial work and the work of the camp boards and its Chairs that have enabled the vision of each Bishop and the growth and development or our camp and conference center.”
Commenting on the ministry of Joe Chamberlain, Bishop Howard said, “Joe Chamberlain was - literally – the very first person to welcome me to the Diocese of Florida nearly 12 years ago, and we have been fast friends and colleagues ever since. I am grateful for Joe’s strong and competent leadership of Camp Weed and the Cerveny Conference Center and for his leadership of Cursillo, Kairos and many other ministries in the life of our Church. Along with their love of Jesus Christ Joe and Sharon Chamberlain have brought the gift of hospitality to Camp Weed in a way that has made their leadership full, rich and rewarding for all of us. I am delighted that they have found a home close to Camp Weed and look forward to their continued ministry among all of us within our Diocesan family.”
The Diocese of Florida Foundation has established a fund in honor of Joe and Sharon in which gifts donated in their honor will be used to sustain the White Lake Project at Camp Weed. Any gifts can be made out to “The Joe and Sharon Chamberlain Fund” and sent to the attention of Doug Walker, Bishop’s Deputy for Advancement & Stewardship and Executive Director of the Diocesan Foundation, The Episcopal Diocese of Florida, 325 N. Market Street, Jacksonville, Florida, 32202.
The Choir will rehearse each Thursday, from 6-7pm and the Chimers will follow from 7-7:45pm. The Choir is seeking donations to replace a few old robes (as well as new members). Please mark any donations "choir" and leave in the alms basin or give to the church office. Also, Is there a baritone and bass out there?? We need you. The Choir thanks you.
If you can help our youth group by providing a Wednesday night dinner, please sign up on the Dinner Angel sheet on the bulletin board or Hal & Janet Airth at: airth_h@yahoo.
Daughters of the King
DOK is sponsoring a Lenten Quiet Day led by Father George on Saturday March 14th, from 9:30 to 2:30. The book we are reading is "Praying Our Days" by Bishop Frank Griswold. Contact Marion Harvard if you need a copy. We will provide lunch so please sign up in the Parish Hall. Questions? Call Andy Miller.
Men’s Night Out
At this time, meetings will be held only once a week. Meetings will be each Thurs. from 5-6:30 pm.
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