Weekly Announcements, March 19, 2021

March 19, 2021

Palm Sunday Outdoor Worship: We will have ONE in-person outdoor service on March 26 at 9:15am. There is no limit on the number of attendees, but we will follow the same social distancing and masking guidelines as when we last met in person. There will be tents in the event of rain. We will send a link for registration on Tuesday. This service will also be live streamed to our Facebook and YouTube pages in lieu of a pre-recorded service.

Church Open For Easter: We are happy to announce that we will return to indoor, in-person worship on Easter Sunday! We will have indoor services at 9am and 11am and an outdoor service at 1pm. We will be following all the same guidelines that we were when we last met. Even if you are vaccinated, you are still required to wear a mask. The registration link will be sent out in the beginning of Holy Week.

Easter Flowers: Forms are now available for Easter flower memorials. Click here for a .pdf version that you can print at home and return to the parish hall in person or by mail. Or click here to submit an online version of the form. 

Learn about the Chesapeake Bay Foundation: The St. Anne’s Guild invites you to join us as we host the Hampton Roads Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Christy Everett, as our guest speaker to our next virtual meeting on April 6 at 10:30am. You do not have to be a St. Anne’s Guild member to attend the lecture. Topics will include the great work being done in our area, and the Brock Environmental Center—an innovate example of an environmentally sensitive and smart building. Send Linda McMahon (moc.liamg@nwodhsalps.adnil) an email to let her know you want to join the session, and she will ensure you get the link.

Confederate Memorial Update: The committee did not meet this week. They will meet again on March 24. They have completed the bulk of their work and are in the final phases. They hope to make a recommendation to the vestry by April. If you have questions or comments, contact the chair, Linda Curtis at moc.liamg@anansitrucl. Please remember that the Vestry will make the final decision.

Team Up 2 Clean Up: We need YOU to help us keep St. John’s clean and beautiful! Individuals and families are welcome to “team up 2 clean up” by joining our St. Anne’s Guild members in the Great American Cleanup on Saturday, March 27. This is the nation’s largest community improvement program which takes place each year in approximately 20,000 communities nationwide. The Great American Cleanup is an opportunity to transform our St. John’s community into a beautiful, healthy space. Beautiful places are environmentally healthy, socially connected and economically sound. They’re better to raise a family, start a business or go to church. All volunteers must be masked and remain socially distanced. We are limited to a total of 25 participants to work our designated area. If interested in participating, please connect with Linda McMahon at moc.liamg@nwodhsalps.adnil

Book Club: The Book Club is still meeting on Mondays from 5:30-6:30pm. We will start with The Greatest Beer Run Ever, a Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War by John “Chick” Donohue and J.T. Molloy. It is a light, fast read and we anticipate being done in two weeks. The next book will be Veritas, A Harvard Professor, A Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife by Ariel Sabar. Anyone interested in joining should contact Linda McMahon at moc.liamg@nwodhsalps.adnil for the link.

Lent Madness: is an online Lenten devotion that’s fun and engaging. 32 saints face off in a basketball-style bracket, and people vote for which saint deserves the Golden Halo. It’s a bit silly, but through the season we learn about the way Christ’s love shines in the lives of ordinary people. You can find more information about Lent Madness and how to participate here.

Lenten Book Study: Forgiveness: A Lenten Study by Marjorie J. Thompson: As the author notes, “Forgiving others and humbly asking for forgiveness are central disciplines for all Christian believers.” This brief book and study guide provides a framework for the topic using biblical examples and real-life situations. Lent is an appropriate season to deepen our understanding and practice of forgiveness, and this study provides a solid foundation. We will meet via Zoom on Thursdays at 7pm. Use this link. You can find either paperback or a kindle version on Amazon here. Questions? Please contact the office: 757-722-2567 or gro.notpmahsnhojts@eciffo.