4th Sunday in Lent

SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010
Eucharist Rite I, 8am, Chapel of St. Bede
Eucharist Rite II with music, 10:30 am, Nave
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, 3-6 year-olds, Atrium
Sunday School, 6-12 year-olds, Old Rectory classroom
Refreshments after the 10:30 service, Lower Level (Please join us!)
AA, 7:30 pm, Old Rectory

Schedule of Events, March 15-20

TUESDAY, March 16
Prayer Group, 11 am, Old Rectory
Bible Group, noon, Old Rectory
Finance Committee, 7 pm, Old Rectory
AA, 7:30 pm, Undercroft

Habitat for Humanity Mtg, 7:30 pm, Undercroft

THURSDAY, March 18
ILR Classes, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, Undercroft
Choir Rehearsal, 7:30 pm

FRIDAY, March 19 (Office Closed)

PRAYER CIRCLE this week: Jordan & Rachel Secrest, Adrian; Walter Secrest; Judy Shaw; Dick & Ginger Smith; Jack & Sally Southard; Mike & Lynn Stahr, Cindy, Nina, Morgan, Michael; Anny Stevens-Gleason

THE EASTER OFFERING: This year the first $2000 of the Easter offering will go to Orphans International, to aid specifically their work in Haiti. As you know, this parish has supported the work of this agency over the past several years. Our own Jim Luce, raised in this parish (ask Barbara McKinstry for stories of Jim’s Sunday School career!), is the head and founder of this now-international aide agency. Once we have reached the $2000 level, any amount over that will be divided equally between the Family Resource Center as part of our on-going support of that local agency, and Orphans International. So, for example, if the total Easter offering were to reach $4000 (as the Christmas offering actually did!), Orphans would receive $3000 and the FRC would receive $1000.

We know this is not any easy time for many of us, but let’s remember those who have so much less than we do, and reach out to them at this time of awakening

ADULT FORUM: We continue our series on Aging and Dying with Grace. Today Patricia Gaines, Community Outreach Coordinator for Hospice of Cincinnati and Hamilton talks with us about Hospice. Karen Burnard will lead a conversation about planning for your “celebration of life” service. Next Sunday, Cynthia Kelley will be our speaker on the topic of Grieving.

Adult Forum meets at 9:15 am. Coffee and snacks are available at 9 am.

FILM: In Whose Honor an award wining documentary film on the usage of Native American Mascots will be shown at 7 pm in the undercroft, Sunday March 21. Childcare will be provided along with snacks. The Social Justice Commission is showing this film as this is presently a local and national issue. Locally an effort is underway to change the Talawanda High School mascot from The Braves to one with out reference to persons, their ethnicity or gender. Nationally the State of Wisconsin has recently outlawed the usage of Native American Mascots for High School sports teams and imposed a fine for those schools not changing their mascot. Following the film a brief discussion will follow featuring Graduate Student in Kinesiology and Health Jessica Toglia and Rev. Fred Shaw Pastor of the Oxford United Methodist Church and Native American Indian.

CHOCOLATE FEST: Love Your Neighbor: Bake Chocolate! ECSF’s beloved Chocolate Fest is set April 17 at St. Thomas, Terrace Park. This is an Eastertide fundraiser with all proceeds going into grants to churches aiding people in need throughout the Diocese. You can easily enter, contribute to or visit the auction, or order tickets through ECSF’s website www.ECSFsouthernohio.org. Just click on the banner with the gorgeous cake. Or call ECSF’s Ariel Miller at 513-221-0547.

TAX ASSISTANCE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Family Resource Center is an Ohio Benefit Bank tax assistance site, offering free income tax preparation for low and moderate-income individuals and families. We are trying to expand our outreach so that more of our neighbors can take advantage of this service, and to do so we need your help. Can you volunteer some time? Previous experience in tax preparation is not required; training in using the OBB tax program will be provided. If you shop online, you have the necessary computer skills! For more information about volunteering, please call Debbie Wright at the Family Resource Center, 523-5859.

OXFORD’S COMMUNITY GARDENS: Starting our second year of growing produce for the Oxford Community Choice Pantry and families in Oxford. The garden is located behind the Family Resource Center on College Corner Pike. This summer we will bring together individuals of all ages in order to create our best garden ever. An organizational meeting for all volunteers or anyone who is interested in the project will be held on Monday, March 22 at 7 pm at the Family Resource Center.

For more information please contact Marilyn Elzey (melzey1013(at)netscape.net or 765-732-4819) or Diane Ruther-Vierling, Executive Director, Family Resource Center (drvierling(at)frcoxford.org or 513-523-5859).

HOLY TRINITY PANTRY: As always, we appreciate your ongoing support of the pantry. Right now we especially need laundry detergent, dish detergent, paper towels, and shampoo. Thanks for all your past and continuing support! No time to shop? Give us some money and we’ll do it for you. (Wooden boxes for contributions are in the Narthex) ~ Thanks, Geoff, Stephanie, and Judith

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS and TRIAD SUBMISSIONS: If you would like to include an announcement in the bulletin please have it in the office by Tuesday morning for the following Sunday. Submissions for the Triad are due by the 20th of the month for the next month’s Triad ~ Thank you!

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