NeverTheLess - March 19, 2017

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NeverTheLess – March 19, 2017


Welcome to All, especially if you are visiting us today.  We are delighted to have you here. We invite everyone to wear a nametag.  If you don’t have one, please see an usher or a greeter for assistance.  

Today is the Third Sunday in Lent   our five-part Lenten series on spiritual practices continues today at 9:00 a.m., and we will repeat the session Tuesday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m.  For this week, session 3 in our series, we will be focusing on ways to use writing as spiritual practice.  We will talk about three different ways the written word can be used to connect with God:  train-of-thought writing, journaling, and using words as art. For those who participated last week, we will be using what we painted/ drew as background for our written exercises.  If you come in new this week, you will have an opportunity to create background art for your writing, if you like. The following week, we will learn how to fold paper in various types of little books, all as spiritual practice.  If you miss one week—no worries.  You can jump in wherever we are at that time.  All are welcome.

Lent and Easter in Sunday School   children learn best through play and experience. Our teachers have some wonderful activities for our children to understand Lent and Easter through hands-on interaction. Today, the children will learn about Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem through a Holy Week Relay.  Coming up, they will learn about Jesus' Last Supper with a Seder, and they will make the communion bread for our Easter services.


Do You Need Help    getting to church on Sunday?  We would like to make Sunday worship services more accessible to those who are unable to drive by offering transportation to SJTL. If you are interested in this offering for yourself, a friend or a neighbor, please contact the church office by email or calling 798-6336.


Can You Offer to Drive?

Ashland Christian Emergency Services (ACES), our long-standing partner in providing a variety of services to Ashland's under-served population, is initiating a Senior Rides program, connecting Riders and volunteer Drivers. ACES would gratefully welcome additional drivers.

   Riders are generally seniors who cannot drive but need a ride to medical appointments and other activities in the Ashland area. Riders log on to a data base to ask for a ride.  Drivers log into the same database to volunteer to fill that need. Drivers are volunteers who use their own vehicle. There are currently seven drivers in the system.

   Drivers must apply and qualify to be a driver for the Seniors Rides program.  ACES reimburses all expenses incurred to qualify.  Once included in the program, Drivers are paid 25 cents per mile and are provided with additional insurance.  Please contact ACES at (804) 798.2784 if you are interested.


Peter Paul Development Center    will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15.  One hundred children in their after-school program will receive Easter baskets to take home.  Last Easter, SJTL sent 17 filled baskets.  If you would like to help fill Easter baskets this year, suggestions for items and sample baskets are in the hallway at Information Central.  Please bring your gift items to us by April 12 so volunteers can get them to PPDC. 

Also, many thanks to all for the donations of food and personal hygiene items which are being delivered this week.  Thanks to everyone for your continued support of the work and mission of PPDC. 



Please Note:  Because Anna will be working during the Vestry Retreat which falls on her regularly scheduled days off, she will be taking her Sabbath tomorrow, Monday, March 20.

News Deadline   if you have committee news to be shared with the parish via our weekly e-newsletter or this NeverTheLess, please get that information to Margaret in the office by noon on Tuesday.

Scheduling Reminder:  Anna is usually off and out of the office on Fridays and Saturdays.  If you have a pastoral emergency on one of those days or during the evening, please call the rectory's landline:  (804) 299.3730.  If she is not there, please leave a message.  You may also contact Yancey Jones, our Senior Warden, at (804) 393.9901, who will be in touch with her directly.  As well, Anna does not have access to her church email off-site, so if you email her after about 5:00 on Thursdays, she will not get that email until Sunday morning at the earliest, and possibly, not until Monday, depending on her Sunday schedule.



PRAYER LIST – March 19, 2017

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Please pray for the clergy and congregations of St. John the Baptist Ivy; and Christ Church Middlesex.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  PRAY for Mbale - (Uganda) The Rt Revd Patrick Gidudu

For the repose of souls:  Mark Smith

For our parishioners requesting our prayers:  GUS Miller, MAUD Brumback, PAT Funk, DICK Harman, HENRY Mayer, ERIN Yagla, STEWART Dishman, TRUMAN Parmele, DON Jones, CHARLIE Thompson, NED Stiles, JOANIE Burgoyne, GAYELLEN Wagner, the RISON family, JOYCE Blunt, GINNY Tweel, TOM Street, PATRICIA Meade; HADEN Hopkins

For those serving in the diplomatic corps, the military, and as missioners:  KEMPER Jones, GREG Ericksen, ANDREW Walton, ROBERT Ham, MATTHEW Thomas, PHILIP Morison, JAMES Ashley, ANDREW Brunson

Relatives & Friends:   (people added this week are in italics) MAC Pace (father of Steve Pace), ANNE MARIE Fisher (friend of the Jones family), TRAVIS Williams (friend of the SJTL Parish), PATRICIA Reppert (aunt of PK Kinser; friend of the Meyer family); WILL Holman (friend of the SJTL Parish), JOHN Murphy (father of Erin Murphy), JANE Markwood (mother of Tim Markwood), NANCY Margie (friend of Aleta Meyer), MARY & JIMMY (family of Tammie & Bob May), ORIANA Hargrove (friend of Bobbie & Tom Street), ALICE Wallace (mother of Beth Markwood), The Rev. NANCY Cox (friend of the Meyer family), LYNN Forehand (cousin of Joyce Blunt), VICKI Snelgrave (cousin of Joyce Blunt), HAMILTON family (friends of the Roberts family), DELORIS Shubert (friend of the SJTL and Fork Church parishes), BETTY FAY Thomas (sister of Mary Lou Brown), CAROL Brown (sister of Bob Brown), BETH Vannais (cousin of Bob Brown), CARLENE Hockett (friend of Ricki Carson), EARL May (brother of Bob May), GINNY Walker (niece of Karl and Ginny Meyer), STEFANI Schatz (friend of Anna Brawley), JOE Duggan (friend of Anna Brawley), KIM Cave (friend of Pat Jordan), JANET Cobb (sister of Jim Cobb), KATHERINE Anderson (friend of Katherine Tinker), KATHY Balducci (friend of Jenny Bruce), BILL May (brother of Bob May), CONNIE Hoar (sister of John Hoar), DAPHNE Haddad (friend of Anna Brawley), BETSY Owen (sister of former organist's wife, Elaine Hooley, friend of the parish), WIL Lawrence (son of Ann & Wilbur Lawrence), DONNA Hoffman (friend of Karl and Ginny Meyer), TOM Ogden (friend of Karl and Ginny Meyer), CONNIE Barney (friend of the Pace family), LELIA Moran (friend of the SJTL parish family), PHILLIP Robertson (friend of Pat Jordan), CHANDRA Flurry Nicholson (family of Doris and Harry Hassell); PAM Whittaker (friend of Beth Markwood), AUDREY JO Weaver (mother of Tammie May), SUSAN Adams (sister of Steve Pace), MOLLY; PATRICIA Meade (mother of Matt Meade); MARK Longaker, EVELYN Beasley (friend of Pat Jordan); the SPIVEY family (friends of Margaret Rush), SHARON Hooper (friend of Dawn Davis), AIDA Barnett (friend of Margaret Rush), BILL Russell (friend of Margaret and Chris Belyea), CONNIE Hoar (sister of John Hoar)


Vestry Members:  Yancey Jones (Senior Warden); Rebecca Cline (Junior Warden); Dawn Davis; Richard Grosse; Beth Markwood; Ricki Carson; John Hoar; George Spagna; Janet Taylor

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