For Western churches, Lent begins today, Wednesday February 14th. Lent always begins on a Wednesday --- Ash Wednesday --- but the date changes from year to year because it's based on the date of Easter Sunday, which likewise changes from year to year because it's determined by the phase of the moon: "Easter Day is always the first Sunday after the full moon that falls on or after March 21." (BCP) This year, the first full moon after March 21 is Saturday March 31... which means that Sunday April 1 is Easter Sunday. In contrast, Easter Sunday in 2017 was April 16, and in 2019 it will be April 21. Thus, Easter Sunday is a "movable" feast, unlike Christmas Day, which is a "fixed" feast day that always falls on December 25.
Ash Wednesday services with imposition of ashes, February 14 12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m.
FIRST LENTEN SIMPLE SUPPER Children & youth welcome!
Friday February 16 Stations of the Cross 6:30 p.m.
Soup supper 7:00 p.m. followed by presentation & discussion
Our first Lenten Simple Supper will take place this Friday, February 16, at 7:00 p.m. following the Stations of the Cross that begin at 6:30 p.m. Traditionally, this supper consists of bread and meatless soups.
The simple supper is followed by the first in a series called "LOVE 101", taught by Father Tim with group discusion. The program will end by 8:30 p.m. Activities for children and youth will also be available. See "Children's Lenten Program" announcement elsewhere in this newsletter.
If you plan to attend on February 16, 2018, please email email@example.com to RSVP so we have an idea of how much soup is needed. If you are able to bring a soup, please indicate that also. For this first night, we already have bread. If you won't be able to bring a soup, no problem. Come anyway! Everyone is welcome.
Please look for a sign-up sheet in the Narthex to volunteer to bring soup and / or bread for the other Friday nights in Lent.
See you on Friday!
Children’s Lenten Program
The Exodus: A Journey to the Promise Land
All children are welcomed and encouraged to participate in this year’s Children’s Lenten Program!!! We will meet each Friday during Lent for fun, fellowship and a journey of God’s people out of bondage and into freedom as we explore the life and ministry of Moses and the Hebrew people.
While the adults are participating in their own study, a program will be offered for children K-6th grade from 7:30-8:30 pm following the Stations of the Cross and the soup supper. Youth (6-12 grade) will participate in the adult forum at their own table. There will also be nursery care for the younger children each week! This is a great way to deepen our faith and grow as a body of Christ.
For questions, please contact Jenny Alcazar (951) 834-8091
A huge "thank you" goes out to Aaron Hill and his committee and to all of the volunteers for making our 6th Annual Sweetheart Car Show another big success!
The weather cooperated this year, and 74 cars/owners participated while many other people came to see the cool cars and enjoy our St. Thomas hospitality.
St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Preschool is having a Mixed Bag Designs fundraiser and your support is requested. They are selling fabulous tote bags, accessories, kitchenware and more to help with new classroom and playground equipment.
The sale is going on now at the school and you can go over there, see samples and order, or you will be able to see samples and place orders in the Narthex after Sunday morning services on February 25th. Products will be delivered to the church towards the end of March.
Questions? Call Darlene Preschool Director at 951-302-8498. Or you may contact MBD at 1-877-520-2247 and mention customer #776267.
Thank you so much for your support!
Bible study starting February 18... informal discussion of the Gospel of Luke between Sunday services (starting 9:20 a.m. or so) in Julian Hall. We’ll begin with chapters 3-6, and continue on succeeding Sundays during Lent with bite-sized blocks of Luke. ALL ARE INVITED!
A new small group, “Spiritual Journey for Women,” will meet on February 17, 9am-10:30am.We’ll gather at the home of Anne DiPardo, 43075 Beamer Ct. here in Temecula (319/331-1515; firstname.lastname@example.org).All are welcome, including friends from outside the St. Thomas community.No preparation necessary—just come as you are!
Women of Worth Breakfast
Saint Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church Julian Hall
Saturday February 24th, 8:30 AM
Questions Contact Andrea Liesman (951) 473-7992
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