March NL - St. Mary`s Episcopal Church



March NL - St. Mary`s Episcopal Church
March 2014
March 20th
St. Mary’s Fleeton Episcopal Church is a community of faith and fellowship; an open and
welcoming congregation that is nurturing and supporting of one another. We respect and
embrace the various backgrounds and spiritual paths of our congregants and neighbors. We
share our gifts and talents to minister to the needs of our surrounding community as a
reflection of God’s grace and unconditional love.
St. Mary’s Episcopal
3020 Fleeton Road
PO Box 278
Phone: 804-453-6712
[email protected]
St. Mary’s: where the road begins...
Casting our Nets for Christ
MARCH 2014
The season of Lent begins with one word: Remember. “Remember,” says priest or minister as a cross of ash
and dust is traced on our brows, “that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” It is a sober beginning to
the serious business of Lenten prayer and penitence. As we reflect on those things that have defined our lives
for good or evil and made us who we are, we also remember that we share a common fate and end. “In the
midst of life we are in death,” is the way the burial liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer puts it. “Earth to
earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”
Our time together is short, and our journey has an end. The ashes of this day bear an uncanny resemblance to
what will be left of us all a thousand years from now. They bring us together as nothing else can. A NASA
scientist participating earlier this year in the recovery of the Stardust space probe describes it this way, “All
the atoms on earth and in our bodies were in stardust before the solar system formed.” And, he might have
added, to stardust they shall return.
On Ash Wednesday, we are brought back down to earth that we might become heirs of the promised
kingdom of heaven. Our Lenten season of repentance originates in the dust and fragments of what we have
done and of those things we have left undone. The withered remnants of once green palm branches, burned
on Shrove Tuesday and reduced to the ash of today’s solemn Ash Wednesday ritual, bring to mind the
setbacks and regrets of the year gone by; those things we might wish to forget but somehow cannot because
they have been seared into our memory. The dust of our failings and sin reminds us of our common heritage.
Across nave and chancel our shared human fate is on display for all to see.
Remembering what has come before is not a bad way to start anything important. We recall the milestones of
our lives – the births, baptisms, weddings, and graduations. They provide stability and strength in a world
grown ephemeral and uncertain. But most of us also remember our own vulnerability and deficiencies and
our shame at how we have wounded others. We recollect these things not because we can alter what has been
but because in the act of remembering and repenting we are transformed and made new. Like sparrows
bathing in dry sand, we are paradoxically cleansed and renewed in the dust of our Ash Wednesday
All that we do as the people of God is in some measure a recollection of what God has done for us. The
Jews, our spiritual ancestors, still celebrate Passover. They commemorate events thousands of years ago
when God led Moses and the people of Israel from burning bush and through scorching desert sands into the
freedom of the Promised Land. To this day, the Jews begin the feast of Passover with a recitation of the great
events of their history and redemption. They dare not forget who they are nor where they came from.
As Christians, remembering takes us back to our roots in the cross. That is where we come from. At our
baptism, priest or minister anointed us with oil in the sign of the cross, and we were “marked as Christ’s own
for ever.” In our daily prayers we cross ourselves in the name of the Trinity. And as we approach the altar
table on Sunday morning to receive the communion elements, the celebrant reminds us to “take them in
remembrance that Christ died for you.”
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St. Mary’s Leadership:
Betty Mountjoy, Sr. Warden
Paul Sparks, Jr. Warden
Jan Boyd
Sarah Jones
Jeff Harrison
Rose Rockson
Marguerite Slaughter
Susan Tipton
Assistant Treasurers:
Judith DeGroot
Betty Mountjoy
Marguerite Slaughter
Parish Administrator:
Christine Nagle
Minister of Music:
Carina Harrison
Prayers for the People
Supply Priest Update
News of the Congregation
Meals on Wheels Dates
Lunch Bunch
Vestry Meeting Highlights
St. Patrick
Bishop Johnston Visits
CPC Collection
Miles of Pennies
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Lenten Learning Series Begins
ECW News
Blessing of the Fleet
St. Joseph
Movie Lineup
Upcoming Events
Council Delegate:
Dennis Dalpino
Carol Cole (alternate)
ECW President:
Marcia Adams
Thrift Shop Coordinator:
Joy Bolger
Newsletter Editor:
Joy Bolger
[email protected]
Christine Nagle
[email protected]
Ashes to Ashes (continued)
The cross of ash on our forehead today conforms us to the image of the crucified One, the Word Made Flesh, through
whom in the expression of the Creed, “all things were made.” We come from the Father, the Creator of the dust and
sinew of which we are formed. And through Christ we return to the Father, giving back our mortal and fallen nature
sanctified and renewed in the death of him “who knew no sin,” as Paul explains today in our second reading. In Christ,
we ourselves “become the righteousness of God.”
Our Lenten journey begun today will draw to a close on Good Friday in the full meaning of the cross. Our
contemporary world, like that of Jesus’ day, is distinguished by violence at home and war and terror abroad. How can
one find hope at the crossroads of such suffering and anguish? Perhaps it comes only in knowing that the contradiction
of the cross is in reality the paradox of life. In the cross, the order of the universe is transformed, and evil and pain are
overcome. We remember that life and its meaning are not found in length of days, but in how we live our lives.
“Put oil on your head,” Jesus tells us in today’s gospel account from Matthew, “and wash your face.” Put away your
gloom. His words bring to mind the water and chrism of baptism and the life won for us through his death. It is almost
as if he, along with our neighbors and co-workers, has seen us leaving church today with our smudge of ash. He
counsels us not to “look dismal” or smug, as some might who practice their piety before others and seek only praise
and a reward for their efforts. Penitence is neither a sign of despair nor a badge of merit. It is an evocation of hope and
regeneration and a way of life.
Our Lenten renunciation is in reality a celebration of the kingdom so close at hand. Our spiritual sacrifices and acts of
penitence are not ends in themselves but an assurance of God’s love at work within us. To give ourselves away as
Christ gave himself for us is to embrace redemption and life. “Now is the acceptable time,” Paul tells us. Our Lenten
journey has begun. It takes us to Calvary but it does not end in death. From the ashes of our sin and shame, God will
raise us up to new life in the resurrection of his Son.
~ The Rev. Dr. Frank Hegedus is priest-in-charge of Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church, El Cajon, California, in the
Diocese of
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Please ask God to grant comfort and strength to: Zachary Tucker, Vernon Brann, Vicky Smith, Arthur and Ellie
Roberts, Ann Pierce, Jean Hudnall, George Baudier, Fred Gilman, Ada Williams, Winifred Delano, George Freund,
Alene Robinson, Ruth Levien, Tris Hyde, Fred Biddlecomb, Fran Chanon and Judith DeGroot.
Also, please remember in your prayers the following, whose conditions are not currently acute, but who are still in need
of our continued prayers: Ron Andrews, Sue Clark, Madelyn Davis, Al & Lee Dean, Rachel Elliot, Robert Hamilton,
Martha Henry, Patricia Hoppe, William B. Hudnall, Joan Oliver, Morty & Jeff Paulis, Grace Rice, and Carol Wiley.
Our supply priests for the first half of March are:
March 2: The Rev. Catherine Swann
March 5 (Ash Wednesday): The Rev. Catherine Swann
March 9: The Rev. Catherine Swann
March 16: The Rev. Robert Davenport
Supply priests for March 23 and 30th will be announced in the Sunday bulletins.
Steve Weddle Coming to “Books Alive”
On March 25th, at 7:00 pm, Rose Rockson’s son-in-law Steve Weddle will be the guest author at the
Northumberland Library’s monthly “Books Alive” program. He will speak on and read from his recently
published first novel Country Hardball, which is receiving rave reviews, such as the following by author
Nigel Bird on the website
“Steve Weddle’s Country Hardball is a tremendous collection of stories that intersect and overlap to
form a major modern work. He really has put together something rather special here and I’d urge you
to read it.
There’s so much to love about the book that it’s difficult to know where to start. I’ll begin with the cover. That’s not
the obvious place, but it does hint at what’s to come. It has the silhouette of a man walking down a lane that passes a
small house and then disappears as if to nowhere. Above his head is a circle of sunlight that’s surrounded by
oppressive and powerful looking dark clouds. It’s a strange balance of the static and the moving. A blend of hope
within hopelessness and hopelessness within hope. And the house, solitary and small, could hold anything from a
warm welcome to a sinister ending. In these ways, it gives a suggestion of what’s inside.
The stories themselves are beautifully balanced. They tend to play out major moments in people’s lives as seen
through what might be everyday happenings or simple interactions. It’s that ability to focus upon the small and
suggest enormity that really highlights the talent of the author.”
I went to the Goodreads website, where I was able to read an excerpt from CountryHardball , which was actually the novel’s
entire first story entitled Champion. After reading it, I can say that I wholeheartedly agree with Bird’s review and I’m looking
forward to reading the whole book. I definitely plan to go to “Books Alive” on Tuesday, March 25 th to hear what Steve
himself has to say about his obviously successful first novel.
~ Joy Bolger
St. Mary’s is responsible for delivering Meals on Wheels on the following dates in March and April:
Monday, March 31:
Wednesday, April 2:
Friday, April 4:
The St. Mary’s Lunch Bunch will meet for lunch at 12 noon on Wednesday, March 12 th at the Lottsburg Café.
Beginning last October, the Lunch Bunch has been meeting every second Wednesday of the month to enjoy good food and
fellowship together. This group is open to all, and anyone who would like to join in the camaraderie is welcome and
encouraged to come.
Please contact Bud Bolger if you would like more information (e.g., directions to the restaurant).
~ Joy Bolger
Treasurer Susan Tipton reported that W2s and 1099 forms have been mailed; and that annual audits for 2011 and 2012, done
by Don Tatro, have been sent to the Diocese. She also pointed out that an audit for 2013 needs to be done, and reported that the
2013 Parochial Report is being prepared.
ECW President Marcia Adams reported that the electrical upgrade work at the thrift shop has been completed, and that she
will look into painting and repairs at the shop.
A motion to increase the People-In-Need (PIN) money allotment per person from $250 to $300 (due, in part, to higher heating
costs this winter) was accepted by the vestry.
Junior Warden Paul Sparks reported that estimates for roof repairs at the church are being obtained; and that a Grant to cover
that cost of the repairs is being applied for.
Senior Warden Betty Mountjoy reported that there will be an Ash Wednesday service at 7 pm on March 5 th, and that efforts are
being made to obtain a supply priest for this service. She also reported that the search committee has two potential candidates
for our Priest-In-Charge position.
It was reported that Prayer will be the subject of our Lenten learning series, which we are presenting jointly with St. Stephen’s
Episcopal Church. The visiting church will be responsible for obtaining a speaker and the home church will provide food (soup
and bread). St. Mary’s will host the sessions on March 12 th and 26th and April 9th. (See article on page 7)
It was reported that the Blessing of the Fleet is scheduled for May 4th, and the St Mary’s 100th anniversary celebration is
scheduled for May 25th.
It was reported that the list of NORMS for working together that the vestry developed will be made into permanent plaque or
Patrick was born about 390, in southwest Britain, somewhere between the Severn and the Clyde rivers, son of a
deacon and grandson of a priest. When about sixteen years old, he was kidnapped by Irish pirates and sold into
slavery in Ireland. Until this time, he had, by his own account, cared nothing for God, but now he turned to God for
help. After six years, he either escaped or was freed, made his way to a port 200 miles away, and there
persuaded some sailors to take him onto their ship. He returned to his family much changed, and began to prepare
for the priesthood, and to study the Bible.
Around 435, Patrick was commissioned, perhaps by bishops in Gaul and perhaps by the Pope, to go to Ireland as a bishop and
missionary. Four years earlier another bishop, Palladius, had gone to Ireland to preach, but he was no longer there (my sources
disagree on whether he had died, or had become discouraged and left Ireland to preach in Scotland). Patrick made his
headquarters at Armagh in the North, where he built a school, and had the protection of the local monarch. From this base he
made extensive missionary journeys, with considerable success. To say that he single-handedly turned Ireland from a pagan to a
Christian country is an exaggeration, but is not far from the truth.
Almighty God, who in your providence chose your servant Patrick To be the apostle of the Irish people,
to bring those who were wandering in darkness and error to the true light and knowledge of yourself:
Grant us so to walk in that light, that we may come at last to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever. Amen
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On Sunday, February 16th, we were honored that the Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston, Bishop of Virginia, came to St. Mary’s and led our
worship service.
The Bishop delivered an inspiring sermon that presented a contemporarily relevant interpretation of the Gospel reading from
Matthew 5:21-37, which, as he described, contains some of the harshest wording in the Bible. He explained that some phrases such
as those referring to tearing out eyes and cutting off hands were commonly used figures of speech at the time this Gospel was
written, and are not meant to be taken literally; and he reminded us that the Gospel wording has undergone numerous translations
from the ancient language in which it was originally written, and that much of the meaning of it may have been altered or lost over
thousands of years. He also clarified the true intent of the words Jesus spoke; explaining that He was not imposing stricter religious
rules for outward behavior, but rather was telling us that living in accordance with God’s teachings must come from within us, from
our hearts. For example, it is not enough for us to act like we love our neighbors; we must try to actually feel and think that way.
Many of us will not soon forget this wonderful sermon that helped to reconcile our image of a loving God with the harsh wording
found in this Gospel according to Matthew.
Following the service, there was a luncheon reception for the Bishop in the parish hall, featuring dishes prepared by our parishioners.
We hope that he enjoyed it as much as we did. Many thanks to all who contributed!
~ Joy Bolger
On Sunday, March 16th, the St. Mary’s ECW will be collecting donations for the Church Periodical Club (CPC).
The CPC is an independent, affiliated organization of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, dedicated to the worldwide
Ministry of the Printed Word and to the Promotion of Christian Mission. It is the only organization in the Episcopal Church
dedicated solely to providing free literature and related materials, both religious and secular, to people all over the world who need
and request them and who have no other source for obtaining them. Prayer Books, books for seminarians, educational materials,
medical textbooks, agricultural manuals and books for those in local and global mission are some of the publications The Church
Periodical Club supplies.
CPC Chairwoman Augusta Bunting will hand out collection envelopes on Sunday, March 9th. Please place them in the collection
plate on the 16th. Thank you for your generosity.
The CPC Prayer
Bless 0 Lord, The Church Periodical Club, that it may be an instrument for the spread of your Word throughout the world.
Grant to its officers wisdom and patience, to its members perseverance and the spirit of sharing that asks no return.
Bring more to take part in its mission and ministry. Bless our gifts and those who receive them,
to the enrichment of individual lives, that we all may be servants of the risen Lord. Amen
Some of you may not be aware of the Miles of Pennies program, a subcommittee of the Church Periodical
Club. St. Mary’s has been collecting pennies for this fund for years, by way of the large penny jar located
on the long table under the bulletin board in the parish hall. Next time you have some pennies to spare,
please drop them into the jar and let them go to work for a good cause, as described below:
The Miles of Pennies Fund was established in 1988 on the 100th anniversary of The Church Periodical
Club. The Miles of Pennies Fund Committee awarded its first grants in 1991. The maximum grant given by Miles of Pennies is
$844.80 which represents one mile of pennies. The grants serve the needs of children from kindergarten through high school
wherever there is a need. Any organization, church or individual affiliated with the Anglican Communion may apply. For example:
Christian Education Classes, Camps, VBS, Libraries, and Tutor after school classes. Materials may be religious or secular but
MUST be for children. (Pre-school thru High School Age).
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Augusta Bunting
John Booth
Martha Henry
Lila Brent
Mike Roberts
Jim Wiley
This year St. Mary’s and St. Stephens Episcopal Church are jointly presenting a five week Lenten Learning Series on
the subject of Prayer (What are ways we can draw closer to God in prayer?). Three of the sessions will be hosted by
St. Mary’s and two by St. Stephens. All of the sessions will begin with a light supper at 6 PM, and the 30 to 45
minute program will follow.
The series begins March 12th with the Rev. Lucia Lloyd’s presentation on Evening Prayer at St. Mary’s. The
schedule for the remaining sessions is as follows:
March 19th — The Lord’s Prayer, led by the Rev. Jim Godwin, at St. Stephens
March 26th — Aids to Prayer through Music, Art and Movement, led by Gayl Fowler and guest musicians, at St.
April 2nd — Celtic Prayer, led by the Rev. Hal White, at St. Stephens
April 9th — Stations of the Cross led by Bill Kirby, at St. Mary’s
The church who is hosting the session will be responsible for providing a light supper of soup and bread prior to the
session, so St. Mary’s soup chefs are needed for the sessions on March 12th, 26th and April 9th. There are sign up
sheets in the Parish Hall for chefs to serve on those dates, as well as sign up sheets for attendance at each session. It
is important for parishioners to sign up for attendance as soon as possible, so the chefs at St. Mary’s as well as
St. Stephens will know in advance how many people they will need to serve. Jan Boyd and Betty Mountjoy are
coordinating the series and will ensure that this information is communicated in a timely manner. The soup chefs need
to keep in mind that they will be feeding people from both churches so attendance will be higher and more food will
need to be prepared.
It would be helpful if those who are attending the sessions could arrive a little early to help set up tables, since there
will be more people attending than there have been at past Lenten programs.
Daylight Savings Time Begins March 9, 2014
On February 13th, the Episcopal Church Women of St. Mary’s met for the first time in the recently
de-cluttered former Sunday School room, which had become a storage area over time. Thanks to a space heater provided by
Marcia Adams, the members enjoyed a warm, cozy atmosphere for the meeting.
At the meeting, it was decided that money would be collected on March 16 th for the Church Periodical Club. (See article on
page 6.)
The required electrical re-wiring of the Thrift Shop was completed in only two days, which necessitated closing the shop for
only one business day. (Thank you to Paul Sparks for making arrangements with Pritchard & Fallin for this work.) One benefit
of the re-wiring is that we now have a number of new electrical outlets located in more convenient places.
At the Shop, we are now putting clothing for warm weather (which will arrive soon) out on the sales racks. Please come in
and shop for our low cost, high quality spring fashions.
The Thrift Shop is in need of donations, especially furniture and household items. Please think of us if you have un-needed
items in your home. Remember, sales proceeds from the shop provide vital financial support to your church.
~ Joy Bolger
Plans are moving ahead for this year’s Blessing of the Fleet event. Janet Lewis and Bud Bolger are once again heading up
preparations for the event, to be held at 4 pm on Sunday, Mary 4 th.
The Rev. Hal White has agreed to be this year’s worship leader. Also, an invitation has been extended and accepted by
Virginia State Senator Ryan McDougle to serve as the principal speaker at the event.
Contacts are being made with our local clergy to participate in the program; and arrangements for the choir and music
selections are being developed. Please contact me if you would like to help with planning and preparations.
~ Bud Bolger
Second only to Mary, Saint Joseph is the person that spent the most earthly hours and days with Jesus.
The names of his mother and father have been lost to history – unknown. Genealogy research shows he
was of the house of David, lineage through Solomon. Also lost to history are the date and place of St.
Joseph's birth and the date of his death, so his chronological age is always based upon guesswork.
The Christmas story tells us he and Mary had to return to Bethlehem for the census, so we know there is
some sort of direct connection to that community, whether at birth or later years. Little else is known
about him. Despite the paucity of information about him, we honor St. Joseph on March 19 th, as the
step-father of Jesus and the faithful husband of St. Mary.
Admission Free; Doors Open at 7:00 PM on Fridays; Movie Starts at 7:30; Popcorn and Soft Drinks at a
Nominal Charge.
March 7 — Renoir - 2001 (R)
Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter,
Pierre-Auguste -- returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. At his side is Andree, a
young woman who rejuvenates, enchants, and inspires both father and son. RENOIR locates a fascinating
moment of change, with one century's way of thinking giving way to the next. ~Amazon
March 14 — Armistad - 1997 (R)
This film is based on the historical incident in 1839 of a group of 45 slaves who took over their ship, the Amistad, and wound up in
Connecticut. This is a story of slavery as only Steven Spielberg could tell it. And it is also the story of the United States of America headed
toward civil war, the story of petty politics, and a serious debate in front of the Supreme Court with Anthony Hopkins as John Quincy Adams.
The scenes of the Africans on the slave ship are the most moving that I have ever seen filmed. The chains are heavy and real, the terror and
despair excruciating, the entire ordeal brought to the screen in horrifying detail. Contrasted to this are the Americans in Connecticut, doing
their best to create this new country. There are abolitionists spouting moral values, lawyers debating whether the Africans are slaves or free
people because of details of law, and an international treaty with Spain that is rife with politics.
Spielberg brings to our attention yet another important piece of history that was cruel and inhuman, one of American history that we were
hardly aware of. It is an epic film that will wash over you with several different emotions, and you will want to watch it again and again.
~ Amazon
March 21 — Kontiki - 2013 (PG-13)
The dangers of the high seas have rarely been rendered as vivid and thrilling as in Kon-Tiki, the 2012 movie version of Thor Heyerdahl's
famous and acclaimed autobiographical tale. Heyerdahl (Pål Hagen), an ethnographer and explorer convinced that the Polynesian islands were
colonized by natives from South America, sets out to prove his thesis by sailing on a raft from Peru to the South Pacific. With five friends,
some he's known for years and some he's recently met, he constructs his raft as it might have been made by Neolithic peoples, and sets off into
the ocean. Kon-Tiki depicts the most dramatic moments of the expedition with lush and vivid cinematography, evocative sound, and
compelling performances. Encounters with sharks and rough weather will stir up primal responses in viewers--the movie does a superb job of
putting the audience on the boat (and in the water) with the sailors, nicely balancing narrative with gorgeous spectacle. Kon-Tiki is a satisfying
reminder that, in this age of overblown intergalactic battles and crime stories, the basic conflicts of humans and nature can still seize the
imagination. ~ Bret Fetzer
March 28 — Big Miracle - 2012 (PG)
The oil business, politics, Inuit customs, and animal preservation normally don't mix, especially when the press gets involved. But a funny
thing happens when Alaska television reporter Adam Carlson (John Krasinski) discovers a trio of gray whales trapped in the ice near the small
town of Point Barrow. Adam's report gets national exposure, and his ex-girlfriend and Greenpeace worker Rachel (Drew Barrymore) hears the
story, begins lobbying politicians to save the whales, and hops a plane for Alaska. The story reaches the local Inupiat people and millions of
Americans, including oil tycoon J.W. McGraw (Ted Danson), presidential aide Kelly Meyers (Vinessa Shaw), Marine colonel Scott Boyer
(Dermot Mulroney), and Los Angeles reporter Jill Jerard (Kristen Bell). Each gets involved in the fight for their own distinct reason. The
group forms an unlikely alliance and pools their resources in an effort to save the three gray whales, but the experience leaves each of them
unexpectedly changed. Based on a true story from 1988, the film is a masterful blend of pure entertainment and a sometimes almost
documentary style that manages to be quite appealing. The references to '80s culture and politics are spot-on and will inspire more than a few
smirks and snickers from adult audience members, and the environmental message of the film is heartening to all ages. But perhaps the most
powerful thing about the film is its honest look at what motivates people and how, in America, even the most diametrically opposed factions
can occasionally join forces to achieve a common good. ~ Tami Horiuchi
Shrove Tuesday
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Adults - $6.00 Children - $4.00
Lenten Series on Prayer
What are ways we can draw closer to God in prayer?
Wednesdays in Lent
6:00 Simple Soup Supper
6:45 Program
Jointly with St. Stephens, Heathsville
March 12
Evening Prayer
led by Lucia Lloyd at St. Mary's, Fleeton
March 19
The Lord's Prayer
led by Jim Godwin at St. Stephen's
March 26
Aids to Prayer through Music, Art, and Movement
led by Gayl Fowler and guest musicians at St. Mary's, Fleeton
April 2
Celtic Prayer
led by Hal White at St. Stephen's
April 9
Stations of the Cross
led by Bill Kirby at St. Mary's, Fleeton

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