March 2013, page 2

From The Editor

"For behold, darkness covers the land; deep gloom enshrouds the peoples."

Not a very pleasant thought but in ways, it signifies Lent. We are to repent our sinful thoughts and deeds, and they are many. C. S. Lewis stated that if he pledged to give his will over to God when he got up in the morning, he had broken that pledge before he was finished shaving. So it is gloomy to repent of all of our sins and offenses. But there is more.

"But over you the Lord will rise, and His glory will appear upon you."

This is the promise of Easter. The darkness is dissipated and the light bathes us all. It is a sure and certain promise we receive every year, and we will rejoice in it.
See you in church.

Vestry Minutes (February):
Treasurer's report for January:
Income: $7710.37, Expenses: $16,523.66;
Check book balance of $6,245.73 minus pass-though and memorial fund: $1,276.31.

We discussed letter of call for rector which was approved and will be sent to Bishop. We also discussed Vesty Retreat which will be May 18. We made plans for Diocesan Convention: parficipation, outreach exhibit, and silent auction basket. Allen is working on church postcards. Matt will check with Telecomm consultants as we have not heard from them.

Sr. Warden's Report: Signed contract for new copier.

Jr. Warden's Report: Greg met with Burdine Sprinkler Company who said fire alarm is working and hooked up correctly. Working on garden wall as weather improves, seeking help of brick mason to look at columbarium, and making plan for spring painting.

Stewardship/Finance/Publicity: Discussed audit for 2012, and a committee is being formed. Allen has made updates to our page on national Episcopal website.

Worship/Fellowship: Update on plans for Shrove Tuesday pancake supper; Lent: Rite II; Lenten Stone Soup Study on. Book of Common Prayer; and Holy Week schedule.

Christian Formation: Steve McGuire is teaching Rule of Life for Adult Sunday school through Lent.

Outreach: M&M Food pantry needs non-perishable foods as supply is low. Next

Next Meeting: Sun., March 10, 2013 after church.

The Daughters of the King will hold their monthly meeting on 3 March, after church. We will begin the
study for membership, which will continue for the next eight monthly meetings. All Daughters and
anyone interested in finding out more about the order are welcome to attend.

This year, our Lenten study will be on the Book of Common Prayer. We will meet for four weeks on
Wed. nights from Feb. 20 through March 13. We will have Eucharist at 6:00 p.m. followed by soup a:rd
salad with the study starting at 6:30 p.m. Please come and join to learn more about our Prayer Book.


If you are scheduled to assist in one of the worship services or have part in the readings of the Passion of Luke for Palm Sunday and Passion of John for Good Friday, please find a substitute if you are unable to be present.

The Montgomery County Ministerial Association is sponsoring its annual noon-day Holy Week services which will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Church from 12:05 p.m. to 1:05 p.m.
We will have an Easter egg hunt and a brunch after church on Easter Day. The Gateway children will be attending the service and the brunch.

Tentative date for our Christlas bazaar is the 2nd Saturday in November. We would like people to start thinking about making home-made crafts and Christmas crafts, such as wreaths, scarves, kitchen towels which sold well last year. Watch for announcements for organizational meetings in the future.