We will have Bible Study Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm, at Peet’s in the Hamilton Marketplace, Novato. There will be a discussion about evil in the world, in light of the Manifestation of Jesus in the world in order to destroy the works of the devil. Come and join us for the hour.
Fr. and Mrs. Prudhomme will be away from the parish on February 20. Susan is attending a Writer’s Conference in Gold Beach, Oregon. There will not be Morning Prayer on February 17, nor Bible Study on February 22. There will be Morning Prayer on February 24, the Feast of St. Matthias. Susan’s first two novels were recently published and can be obtained from her, please ask.
Fr. David Webb will be saying Mass on February 20, Septuagesima Sunday. Please welcome him to St. Mark’s. It is an opportunity to visit with another priest from the Diocese. Fr. Webb is a dear friend and the parish will enjoy his being here.
On February 27, we will hold our Annual Meeting. Please plan to attend. We will look at our budget and plans for the year. We will also elect our delegate for Synod and have thanksgivings for all that which we have been blessed.
Synod dates are Thursday, May 19, thru Saturday, May 21. Our very own Mrs. Marion Blau has graciously offered her latest Stained glass piece, a wonderfully colorful and artistic gem, for the Silent Auction at the Synod. She will also be featured on the Scrap Book pages for St. Mark’s in the Diocesan Book. We thank God for Marion for all she is and all she does at St Mark’s.
We are entering Pre-Lent next Sunday. The three weeks before Lent officially begins are the perfect time to consider taking on a Lenten discipline. Some ideas of discipline include coming to Bible Study on Tuesday evenings, Morning Prayer on Thursday mornings or perhaps reading Sacred Scripture each day. You may consider extra prayer time, like daily Morning and Evening Prayer, or reading a devotional. Other ideas include the giving up of certain foods or drinks during Lent. You may want to go to Confession. If you do, please contact Fr. Prudhomme. Fasting and Abstaining are also part of traditional Lenten discipline.
Instead of a Lenten Quiet Day this year, Fr. Prudhomme will be presenting Lenten Meditations each Tuesday at the Bible Study at 6:30 pm. The plan is that we will do these at the Church as sometimes Peet’s gets to noisy for absorbing the material. (More to follow at the annual meeting) The meditations come from Fr. Andrew’s The Seven Words from the Cross. They were originally written for the three hour devotion of Good Friday.
Ash Wednesday services will begin Lent and start at 10 am on March 9, with Mass and the Imposition of Ashes, from the Book of Common Prayer.