“A Place of Grace, sharing the Love of God with each other and the Community”

 

January 23, 2022

LENTEN STUDY SERIES: This year, our Saturday morning Lenten Study series will feature the study of G.K. Chesterton’s book The Everlasting Man. The book had a major impact on the conversion of C.S. Lewis. Lewis credited the book for baptizing his intellect.  He said about it, “the best apologetic I know.”  In 1947 he wrote to a friend saying “the [very] best popular defense of the full Christian position I know is G. K. Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man.” The book talks about Christian apologetics against evolution and ancient mythology.  We will only study Part 1 of the book.  The cost of the class will be $15.00.  The registration fee will provide you a study guide and a book that will correspond to it. If you pre-ordered the book, it will be only $10.00 for the study guide. It is important that everyone who attends this class uses the same book. The class will be presented both in-person and on zoom.  We will start on February 26th at 11:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall and go for about 90 minutes. It will be an eight-week series. A sign-up sheet for the class is on the bulletin board.

VISION CONGREGATIONAL MEETING:  The congregation is invited to attend a Vision Meeting hosted by a representative from our synod.  He will share with us the resources available from the synod for creating a local vision for our parish and the resources available from the synod to help with a capital fund-raising campaign.  The meeting is scheduled for February 15th at 7:00 p.m.

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY:  Though we may not be breaking ground to build, we will be breaking ground to clean up our newly acquired property. That ceremony will take place on February 19th.  We will start the day with a congregational breakfast at 8:00 a.m.  The official ceremony will be held at 9:00 a.m. on the property. After that, members of our church will begin the clean up and removal of selected trees and brush from the property. After assessing the house, it was decided by the Building Committee, a repurposing of the house is not a possibility.  It will be given to anyone for free who wishes to remove it. If that doesn’t happen, parts will then be salvaged, and the fire department will be contacted to see if they would like to use it for a house fire training session.

FINANCIAL CHANGES: The monthly mortgage on our loan to purchase the property next door will add $4,908.86 to our monthly general operating expenses.  Our first payment is due, this week, January 28th.  The church council, to facilitate the paying of this loan is encouraging all members to prayerfully consider an increase in their weekly giving. A suggested weekly increase amount is not being given for two reasons.  One is that not every giving unit will follow the suggestion and second, a suggested amount may limit the amount the Holy Spirit is desiring for you to give to the cause. Second, the church council has set up a debt reduction account.  All gifts given to this account will go to pay down extra principal. If you wish to give to this, please mark your donation accordingly. The Building Fund account remains, and it will be reserved for expenditures of future development.  If giving increases enough to meet our financial obligation to the loan, we will be able to honor all accounts to be used as designated. If giving does not, we may have to allocate paying the loan from the Building Fund and Debt Reduction accounts. May God bless this congregation that this will not have to take place.

COVID-19 WATCH: On January 19th, it was reported that there were 60 hospitalized in Ellis County, with twelve more being in ICU for a total of 72 an increase of thirty from last week. Waxahachie Schools, on the same day, reported 422 active cases.  We are officially experiencing a surge in our county.  Hopefully, it will be a short-lived one, and not many will be severely affected.  We are aware of four to five Covid positives in our church with mild or no symptoms. Please do what you can to prevent serious illness to yourself and others. The good news that during this recent surge, none of our members have been hospitalized.  Our last hospitalization due to Covid was Scott Osier, last September.
 

Sunday, January 23         
8:00 a.m.             Communion- Traditional Service
9:30 a.m.             Sunday School

10:45 a.m.           Anglican Bible Class
10:45 a.m.           Communion – Contemporary Service
12:00 p.m.           Anglican Services
4:00 p.m.             YOUTH- Jr. High
5:00 p.m.             Confirmation 

 

Monday, January 24
10:30 a.m.             Board of Christian Ed

 

Tuesday, January 25
9:30 a.m.             Women’s Bible Study

Saturday, January 29        
             YOUTH- Service Project
 
Sunday, January 30         
8:00 a.m.             Communion- Traditional Service
9:30 a.m.             Sunday School

10:45 a.m.           Anglican Bible Class
10:45 a.m.           Communion – Contemporary Service
12:00 p.m.           Anglican Services
5:00 p.m.             Confirmation