People Helping People is now associated with the Boston Food Bank which will help to provide some of the food needed. The Burlington Food bank has 187 registered clients and 143-150 active clients. Remember to bring donations on the first Sunday of the month or anytime you remember.
A reception is planned for January 15 at St. Mark’s Church to honor Roberta Damelin for her ten years of service to the food bank. A collection is being taken for a gift.
The winter weather and other factors have caused a number of health problems within the congregation. Thanks to everyone who provided meals and other assistance for those in need of help.
The Deacons’ Class of 2013 will be welcomed at the February 3 meeting. Thanks to retiring Deacon Beth Denier. The third member of the Class of 2010 was the late Whitey Graham. Dayse Doliver will be returning to the board for a second term. The newly elected Deacons are Anne Denier and Vida Owusu-Afriyie.
Ash Wednesday Service
February 17, 7:30 p.m.
Join the church family, and help us welcome others, to this traditional service marking the start of Lent. There will be ashes and an opportunity for placing them on our foreheads as the sign of our humility and dependence upon God’s grace (use of ashes will be voluntary). We will gather around the table for communion. The choir will sing.
This can be an important start, in the right spirit, to the journey of Lent toward Holy Week. Please plan to make it part of your life.
A Lent Workshop for Everyone
features “Health Kits for Haiti”
Sunday, February 28 after worship
This church family event on the second Sunday in Lent will combine several things: a light lunch, a little learning about Lent, a hands-on project for children and adults, and the handing out of One Great Hour of Sharing resources (including fish banks!) for this year’s offering.
The project will be putting together health kits for Church World Service – a simple activity for kids and grownups, and one way we can respond to the need in Haiti (and/or future assistance somewhere in the world). Between now and February 28, we will be collecting these items for use in the kits:
*hand towel (approximately 16″ x 28″, no fingertip or bath towels)
*nail clipper (no metal files or emery boards)
*bar of soap (bath size in wrapper)
*toothbrush (in original packaging)
*Band-Aids® or other adhesive bandage strips
*One-gallon plastic bag with zipper closure
You may bring any of these – we’ll update the congregation on Sundays about what more is/isn’t needed.
The lunch and program will start promptly after worship, and end no later than 1:15. See you there!
Rod and David (Family Ministry Coordinator)