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From the Priest`s Study From the Priest`s Study
Volume 51, Issue 3&4
March/April 2011
The Phoenix
C h u r c h
o f
t h e
R e s u r r e c t i o n
From the Priest’s Study
Lent is meant to be a productive time. Rather than eliminating something for Lent, God calls
us to work on our lives. Please consider committing to memory a few of the following wise
phrases that “hit” your life circumstances.
Repeat them now and then. Copy one or two to note cards. Make more than one. Apply them
to your life each day. And - pass them on, share them.
1] Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble;
it is a "steering wheel" that directs us in the right path throughout life.
2] Do you know why a car's windshield is so large & the rear view mirror is so small?
Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE.
So, be aware of the past, but look ahead and move on.
3] Often when we lose hope and think this is the end,
GOD smiles from above and says,
"Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!
4] When you believe GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities;
when GOD doesn't solve your problems, God has faith in YOUR abilities.
5] A blind person asked St. Anthony:
"Can there be anything worse than losing eyesight?"
He replied: "Yes, losing your vision."
6] When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them;
When you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
Pray always. Give God adoration and thanks.
7] WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES;
it takes away today’s PEACE.
(cont’d. on page 2)
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From the Priest’s Study
(cont’d. from page 1 )
During Lent we use clear glass to hold the bread and wine of Holy Communion. Simple wax pillar
candles shine on the meal we offer to God’s glory and praise. Lent calls us to continue the feast, but
perhaps in changed ways. Arthur Lichtenberger, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church from
1958 to 1964, is the author of Feast and Fasting for Lent.
Fast from self-pity
Fast from criticism
Fast from ill temper
Fast from resentment
Fast from pride
Fast from selfishness
Fast from fear
and feast on joy;
and feast on praise;
and feast on peace;
and feast on love.
and feast on humility;
and feast on service;
and feast on faith.
Read, pray, fast and feast. Plan to take part in the faith journey and worship of Holy Week.
In Christ’s love and service, Cynthia+
Over the years, Church of the Resurrection has
participated in the Good Friday Offering. This offering
goes to the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle
East. Once again this year we ask the congregation to
generously support this offering. The many missions and
ministries of the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the
Middle East will truly appreciate your gifts.
Volume 51, Issue 3&4
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Lenten Worship Schedule
Ash Wednesday, March 9
Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes
12:00 Noon, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesdays in Lent, March 23, 30 & April 6, 13, 20
Embracing an Adult Faith
10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. - Conference Room
Holy Week Worship Schedule
Palm Sunday, April 17
One Service Sunday: Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m.
Beginning outside, weather permitting
Maundy Thursday, April 21
6:00 p.m. Agape Meal
7:00 p.m. Foot Washing & Holy Eucharist
8:00 p.m. Stripping of the Church
Sign up in Stewart Hall
To sit an hour or more the “In the Garden with Christ” Night Watch
9:00 p.m. Thursday to 11:00 a.m. Friday
Good Friday, April 22
12:00 p.m. Noon Passion Scripture & Solemn Collects
7:00 p.m. The Way of The Cross
Holy Saturday, April 23
Parish Candidates for Confirmation and Affirmation
Cathedral Church of St Paul, Detroit Evening Time: 8:00 p.m.
Parishioners urged to attend and support our friends in Christ.
Easter Sunday, April 24
One service Sunday: Festal Eucharist 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School Events During and After Worship
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Continuing Adult Formation at the CORe….
God’s not finished with us yet!
Five Wednesdays in Lent you are invited to engage what it means to
be ……
Embracing an Adult Faith
March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20
Offered at 10am and 7pm in the Conference Room
The presentation is the same for morning and evening sessions.
Author and Biblical scholar Marcus Borg will lead us (via DVD)
to revisit Christianity’s most fundamental questions:
Who is God?
What does salvation mean?
What place does Jesus hold in contemporary Christian faith?
We will view a dialogue with a small, diverse group of adults
as they honestly — and sometimes painfully — confront the big questions
and work together toward authentic answers.
Each session includes a 10-minute teaching presentation by Marcus Borg
followed by interaction within our group, using Dr. Borg’s suggested questions.
Our conversations will address fundamental questions
that adults struggle with as our faith matures.
Please RSVP Mother Cynthia to receive Dr. Borg’s questions to consider
before attending each session that will aid in our discussions.
CORe: Spiritually Growing Within
Living the faith Out
Volume 51, Issue 3&4
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Maundy Thursday, April 21
6pm The Agape Meal & 7 pm Worship
Scholars differ on whether the Last Supper was a Passover Meal or not.
But one thing for sure, it must have been a meal of love and community.
The early Christians had two meals on Sunday: the Eucharist and a full feast of community, an agape meal.
Later in history the Moravians dubbed this a “love feast.”
This year as we prepare to remember the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples, we too are going to have an
Agape Meal. We will gather by candlelight in Stewart Hall to enjoy a simple Mediterranean meal of olives,
dates, bread, cheese, wine (and sparkling water) before we journey quietly into the church for the service to
begin. The stripping of the church will follow the Foot Washing and Holy Eucharist.
As the nave grows quiet, you are urged to stay awhile and pray. The all night vigil begins immediately.
Childcare provided.
Night Watch “in the Garden with Christ” – A Prayer Vigil
9:00 pm Maundy Thursday to 11 am on Good Friday
After the Last Supper, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray to his heavenly
Father as he waited to be arrested, his journey to the cross to soon follow. Please sign up
to prayerfully keep vigil with the living Christ. The Night Watch begins at the end of
Maundy Thursday worship, April 21st.
Come alone or sign up with a friend or family member. Sign up for one of the 14 one-hour slots or sign up for
more. To rise and pray in the night is a moving experience, an act of faith to stay awake with the Christ before
the journey to the cross. In a strife-torn world, there is much to be prayed for in vigil with the Christ. A signup sheet is on the cork board in Stewart Hall. Please see Mother Cynthia with any questions.
The Way of the Cross †
Good Friday, April 22nd 7:00 pm
The devotion known as the Way of the Cross is an adaptation to local usage of a custom
widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem for hundreds of years: the offering of prayer at a
series of places in that city traditionally associated with our Lord’s passion and death.
As the sun sets and dark descends, The Way of the Cross in our parish will be a quiet
contemplative “come as you are” experience of listening, praying, and simple Taize chants. The chants are
only one line long and are easy to repeat. Participants can volunteer to come forward to hold the wooden
cross during one of the “stations” and feel the weight of the burden, alone or shared with a family member or
friend. Like the young people visiting Taize, if so moved, participants are welcome to sit on the floor, at the
altar rail, or against the wall – the special spot of their own choosing to enter the Way of the Cross.
On this Good Friday night, when we recall the great sacrifice that occurred two millennia ago, we do not so
much seek to offer perfect prayers as we desire to be willing to fully enter into the Passion of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ with our hearts, minds, souls, and voices. By our Baptism, Jesus’ journey to the Cross is
the same journey we live today as we seek to do the will of God with the fabric of our entire life. Being
Christians calls us to journey on our own Way of the Cross, where great sacrifice may be necessary to be daily
ministers of justice, mercy, and peace.
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Don’t forget to sign up for
Kroger’s and Meijer’s
Rewards Program. You may
sign up on-line or in the
store.
Remember: your
purchases will bring $$$ to
Church of the Resurrection.
The Phoenix
Acolytes
Children or
Adults
looking to
participate
in a rewarding service as acolytes,
Phoenix articles
are due on
the 15th of each
month.
Don’t be late!!
Annual Diocesan
Ministry Fair
Saturday, May 7, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Cathedral Church
of St. Paul
Detroit, Michigan
$15 Registration
$8 Lunch
please feel free to
contact John Guzdek at:
248.618.9146
or via email
[email protected]
HAMMER & NAILS
MEETINGS
Tuesday,
March 1st
And
April 5th
@ 7:00pm
Vestry Meetings
will be on Tuesday,
March 8th
&
April 12th
@ 7:00pm
Saturday,
April 23, 2011
8:00pm
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil
Confirmation
&
Affirmation
Cathedral Church
of
St. Paul
Detroit
(All are welcomed)
Confirmation Classes
Tuesday, March 29th
and
Tuesday, April 19th
7:00-9:00pm
Two letters of thanks were received this month for the out-reach CORe participated in
during the Christmas Season. One letter was from Lighthouse, thanking ECW for their
generous gift of $569.00. Another thank you came from Lighthouse Path expressing
their gratitude for the household articles that CORe donated. Both gifts were much
appreciated and helped many of our less fortunate Oakland County neighbors.
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Volume 51, Issue 3&4
DIGEST
VESTRY MEETINGS OF February 8, 2011 & March 8, 2011
During the Vestry Meeting held on February 8, 2011, the following
issues were addressed:
Vestry Terms
Mission:
• The Vestry is working on implementing our Worship/Spiritual
Growth/Outreach Plan. If you feel drawn to any of those three
areas of ministry or for more information, please contact a vestry
member.
1/2012
Jerry Davis
John Kayi
Judy Roeser,
(Co-Warden)
Patrick Barry,
(Clerk - non-voting)
Maintenance:
• The Vestry is preparing for the March visit of our Bishop on
Sunday, March 20th.
•
A leak in the roof by the restrooms was found and insurance will
pay for its repair.
•
Also discussed removing the shrubs by the road and replacing
them with smaller shrubs.
Respectfully Submitted
Patrick Barry, Clerk
1/2013
Michele Peters,
(Treasurer)
Bob Senseney,
(Warden of Building & Grounds)
Bill Davies
1/2014
Barbara Bolden,
(Co-Warden)
Charles Dean
During the Vestry Meeting held on March 8th, 2011, the following issues were addressed:
Mission:
• The Vestry is reaching out to people in the congregation for our Worship/Spiritual
Growth/Outreach Plan. We have many exciting things in process for the year ahead. If
you feel drawn to one of these ministries, please contact a Vestry Member.
Maintenance:
• The Vestry went over the schedule for the March visit of our Bishop on Sunday,
March 20th.
• The invoices for water damage have been submitted to the insurance company. A leak was
also repaired in the handicapped restroom.
• Mother Cynthia will be out next week for surgery. A supply priest has been scheduled.
We hope she feels better soon!
Respectfully Submitted
Patrick Barry, Clerk
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Judy’s Garden Corner
recent years, it has become a
Hellebores are reputed to be
popular plant in garden cen-
a deer-resistant plant. One
ters because of its early
variety of Hellebore is the
blooming quality. Hellebores
Lenten Rose. The bud, which
grow best in partial to full
resembles a rose bud, begins
shade. They are evergreen
purple and fades to a light
March is here and so is
and will spread as they ma-
mauve as it flowers. The
Lent. Spring is just around
ture. Caution should be used
Lenten Rose is a beautiful
the corner. This is the time of
when planting the Helle-
plant, as well as a symbol of the
year gardeners look for any-
bore. The entire plant is
season of Lent in all its purple
thing green popping out of a
toxic and garden gloves
splendor.
snowy garden blanket. One
should be worn when handling
perennial that appears in early
the plant. However, if deer
spring is the Hellebore. In
are a pest to your garden,
Submitted by Judy Roeser
Altar Flowers on February 13, 2011 were
In memory of Christopher M. Kingsepp, Son
December 31, 1969 – February 16, 1990
From: Sue Kingsepp Ring and his siblings, Jont and Molly
Master Gardener
Volume 51, Issue 3&4
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MESSAGE FROM CORe CO-WARDENS
In the bleak mid-winter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a
stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow in the bleak mid-winter long ago.
-Christina Georgina Rossetti 1872
Ironically, this has been our current weather pattern during December thru February
and will probably be through March. During this bleak period, Vestry has used this
time to set the course for CORe mission and ministry imperatives which resulted from
the study “Becoming a Blessed Church” Forming a Church of Spiritual Purpose,
Presence , and Power.
1. Worship (Judy Roeser, Michele Peters, Gerry Davis)
-Program areas include: Liturgy Planning, Music Support & Development,
Usher/Greeters, Acolytes, Altar Guild, Communication, and New Member
Incorporation.
2. Spiritual Growth (Barbara Bolden, Bob Senseney, Dorothy Dowlan)
-Program areas include: Adult & Youth Education Formation, Pastoral Care
Development, Special Events (retreats, quiet days), Prayer Groups and
Communication.
3. Outreach (Charlie Dean, Bill Davies, John Kayi).
-Program areas include: Local Community Assessment “niche unmet”, Project
Development, New Member Attraction, and Communication.
The next step is to identify parish members that would have an interest in developing
program activities in these areas. Some of you may have already been approached. If
not, we encourage you to contact one of the vestry persons in your area of interest.
CORe cannot be alive to God’s Presence without the member participation so that
people can encounter and experience Christ in every facet of their lives.
God is constantly calling us to serve. True ministry and mission are a response to Christ,
who is embodied in us and who seeks to reach out to others through us. Are you
listening and will you answer His call?
May the Peace of the Lord be with you.
Barbara Bolden and Judy Roeser
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March 4 - Harry Fahrner
March 8 - Vic Peters
March 21 - Nancy Minton
March 31 - Patricia Guzdek
April 4 - Nita Dorman
April 4 - Angela Kayi
April 5 - Carol Leonard
April 7 - Drew Dorman
April 8 - Lynn Davies
April 10 - John Guzdek
April 12 - William Davies
April 15 - Steve Wyckoff
April 19 - Laura Logan
April 20 - Gary & Patricia Lessel
April 21 - Bob & Judy Senseney
April 23 - Bob & Dianne Simpson
April 19 - Doug Roeser
April 20 - Oliver Kayi
April 24 - Hilda Cairo
April 27 - Robert Howse
April 27 - Mike Spillum
REMEMBER TO SIGN UP FOR EASTER FLOWERS!
DEADLINE IS APRIL 10TH
You will find envelopes on the Ministry Table in
Stewart Hall and on the table in the Narthex.
NOTE:
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may be viewed on the church’s website at: www.clarkstonepiscopal.org
Don’t forget to blog with us at:
churchoftheresurrectionclarkston.blogspot.com
Volume 51, Issue 3&4
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SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS
Join in Stewart Hall at 9:10 am Sunday March 20th for a very special Sunday School session. Our
group will be blessed with the teaching ministry of Bishop Gibbs. Members of all ages are invited to
attend, observe and learn.
Our group has been blessed with visits each Sunday from a variety of members of our congregation
and we’ve had some fun, idea-sharing sessions including a vist from our diocese Youth & Young Adult
minister Eric Travis & his wife. We look forward to bringing our ideas to life – the Holy Spirit has
blessed us with the energy!
The season of Lent is a prayerful time and as such we suspend saying the word “Alleluia” during Lent.
The Sunday School children will “Bury the Alleluia” at Lent’s start then resurrect it Easter Sunday
in a celebration of joy for our Lord’s resurrection.
Prayerfully yours,
Dorothy Dowlan, Children’s’ Program Coordinator
Have you ever really looked at a pretzel? The pretzel has been used during Lent for over 1500 years
as it resembles arms crossed in prayer. Since basically only flour & water are used, pretzels can
remind us of Lenten fasting as well as prayer.
The Pretzel Prayer
Heavenly Father we ask you to bless these little breads. Each time we eat them, may we be reminded of the
special season of prayer & fasting that we are keeping. May they remind us of those in need. Keep your
loving arms around us, O Father, to protect us always, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
As we progress to Palm Sunday we prepare our hearts for the arrival of Jesus. We celebrate Jesus’
resurrection by resurrecting the “Alleluia!” in a joyous procession & continue our celebration into fun-filled
activities following the Easter service. Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Joyfully yours,
Dorothy Dowlan, Children’s Program Coordinator
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Readings
Lay Ministry Schedule
Lectors
March 6th
Tina Allison
March 6th
Exodus 24:12-18
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9
Psalm 99
March 9th (Ash Wednesday)
12:00 Noon TBD
7:00pm — Debbie Barry
March 13th
Michele Peters
March 20th
Russ Philbrick
Judy Godsell
March 13th
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11
March 20th
Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17
March 27th
Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42
March 27th
Patience Beer
Eucharistic Ministers
March 6th
Russ Philbrick & Michele Peters
March 13th
Russ Larsen & Barbara Bolden
March 20th
Mother Cynthia & Judy Roeser
March 27th
Dan Allison & Laura Verloove
Altar Guild
Diane Clark & Barbara Bolden
February 2011
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Hammer & Nails
Griffith
AA Meeting
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MARCH
2011
April 2011
Counseling
7
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8am & 10am
Holy Eucharist
7:00pm
Vestry Meeting
Noon & 7pm
Service
138am & 10am 14
15
Holy Eucharist
Phoenix
Deadline
20
21
9:10am Sunday
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10am & 7pm
School w/Bishop
Embracing an
Adult Faith
10am
Holy Eucharist
Bishop’s Visit
278am & 10am 28
Holy Eucharist
29
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77-9pm
Confirmation
Class
10am & 7pm
Embracing an
Adult Faith
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Church
Office
Closed on
Fridays
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Readings
The Phoenix
Lay Ministry Schedule
Lectors
April 3rd
Lynne Spillum
April 3rd
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41
April 10th
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45
April 17th
The Liturgy of the
Palms
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Matthew 21:1-11
The Liturgy of the
Word
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:14- 27:66
April 21st
Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Psalm 116:1, 10-17
April 24th
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-18
April 10th
Bob Simpson
April 17th
Michele Peters
April 21st - Maundy Thursday
7:00pm - Debbie Barry
April 22nd - Good Friday
7:00pm - Judy Godsell
April 24th - Easter
Patience Beer
Eucharistic Ministers
April 3rd
Judy Senseney & Michele Peters
April 10th
Russ Larsen & Barbara Bolden
April 17th
Dan Allison & Judy Roeser
April 24th
Russ Philbrick & Laura Verloove
Altar Guild
Diane Clark & Barbara Bolden
APRIL 2011
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Friday - 7pm
AA Meeting
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Closed on
Griffith
Fridays
Counseling
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7:00pm
Holy Eucharist
Hammer & Nails
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Holy Eucharist
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Adult Faith
10am & 7pm
Embracing an
Phoenix
Adult Faith
10am & 7pm
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Embracing an
Confirmation
Adult Faith
Class
Deadline
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Maundy
Thursday
Holy Eucharist
Sunday School
Easter Festival
following Service
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23 8:00pm
Confirmation
@ Cathedral
7pm Foot Washing
8pm Altar Stripping
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6pm Agape Meal
9pm Night Watch
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Embracing an
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Holy Eucharist
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10am & 7pm
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Vestry Meeting
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Office
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Church of
12 Noon &
St. Paul in
7pm Services
Detroit
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