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This week at Church of the Holy Spirit

 

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT AT WORK AMONG US

 

Please welcome The Rev. Mary Chisarik for today’s Reflections.

Reverend Mary Chisarik is a 2018 Graduate of OneSpirit Interfaith Seminary in NYC which is a two-year program dedicated to the deep truths found in all authentic spiritual traditions. She believes whole heartedly that there are many paths to Spirituality as there are people.

 

Mary’s motto is “Love is the evidence that life has meaning” and her goal in ministry is to support and value everyone’s path to spirituality including the nontraditional, atheist and agnostic.

 

Mary is a Veteran of the United States Air Force where her service began.  She holds both a bachelor and associates degree in environmental science along with an MBA from the University of New Haven. She worked for many years in the field of Environment Health and Safety to reduce our impact on the planet in industry where she believed she could do the most good.  Much of her work focused on water pollution reductions, ozone depleting chemical eliminations and included managing superfund site investigations and clean up.

 

Mary’s spirituality is rooted in a deep reverence for earth, science, technology and our relationships with each other. She believes all earths’ creatures and our planet are sacred.

 

Mary has been a member of several 12 Step communities for more than 30 years and currently serves as the CT Pride Ambassador for Lockheed Martin’s LGBTQ employee resource group.  She lives in Milford CT with her wife and a 13 year old Wheaten Terrier.

 

Ash Wednesday-March 6th Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

Noon - Celebrant:  The Rev. Andrew Osmun

7:00pm – Celebrant:  The Rev. Angela Rowley

 

Worship Commission

Church of The Holy Spirit will be forming a group to study and evaluate how we worship.  If you are interested in being part of this commission, please contact Diana Rose or Kati Guthrie.

 

We give thanks for the financial commitments made

2018 statements are now available on the back pew.

 

Please note Vestry is looking into reducing all utility expenses. We are in the midst of partnering with a coop group to purchase energy ( Gas & Electric). Updates to follow.

 

If you have not done so already,
Please turn in your 2019 pledge.

Blank forms are in the Narthex and the table at the front of the church.

If you have not pledged, Please, consider doing so.

 

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner March 5th 6pm

Back by popular request! This year our Hospitality Ministry is once again offering a Pancake and Sausage Dinner.  Gluten-free pancakes and turkey sausages will be available for those with dietary restrictions

 Cost for dinner: a few hours of your time, and a willingness to get to know your pew-mates just a little better.

Please bring in your old palms so that they may be made into ashes

 

Abraham’s Tent – a parish-wide ministry       February 25-March 2

This year, we partner again with our friends from Beth El Keser Israel to offer overflow shelter (overnight lodging) (at BEKI) for 12 male clients of Columbus House. How can you participate:

ü  Begin collecting travel-size toiletries for gift bags (no mouthwash or hand sanitizer, as they are alcohol-based)

ü  Speak with Jacqueline or Lesly Joseph about purchasing one or more Subway or Dunkin Donuts cards through SCRIP – these will be offered to the men for their lunch needs, as they have to leave the shelter during the day

ü  Speak with Kati about helping to fix and/or serve dinner on Wednesday, February 27

ü  Consider helping with overnight supervision

 

Time to be thinking about Women’s Retreat 2019!
Mark your calendars for Nov. 1-3 – Cost $190

For those of you who just know you are attending no matter what (because the joy of this tradition fills your heart), please register ASAP. And because we need to send in a deposit to secure our weekend date, please make a $50 deposit of your own (or pay in full if you can), so that we can cover our commitment by April 1st. And for all of you wonderful women who have been blessed and been a blessing through this weekend gathering, start saving up for the full cost now!  Sign-up sheet is on the Cloister table.

 

Please note:

We always have Large-Print copies of the hymns available.

Ask a Greeter.

 

CRAFTERS GATHER

every Friday Morning.

Bring a project or just come and visit.

Yes…we are in Transition. 

 

                                 In this time of transition, we pray for the good of the parish and its people.

 O God,You know us better than we know ourselves. Guide us throughout our time of transition. Empower each one of us to use our unique gifts to create a beautiful life, to share openly and honestly our thoughts, to respect the opinions of others, and to encourage humility, patience and joy. Instill in us a vision of the life you intended for us to lead. Guided by your Holy Spirit, we will be united in love and joyfully accomplish this mission, through Jesus Christ our Lord.                            Amen.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact a member of your Vestry or Administrative Officers. 

 

Aaron Charney

203-767-6941

aaron.charney@gmail.com

Bob Meagher

203-488-8028

robert.meagher@sbcglobal.net

Furahi Achebe

203-934-3743

f_achebe@yahoo.com

Gene Leitermann

203-526-3727

gene.leitermann@gmail.com

Kati Guthrie

203-530-4669

kati12567@yahoo.com

Keith Bailey

203-933-3257

rodetec@snet.net

Melissa San Souci

203-430-4582

melsansouci@yahoo.com

Nancy Staniewicz

203-430-3042

staniewicz@sbcglobal.net

Ralph Lawson

203-530-3225

rlawson@snet.net

Sarah L. Guterman

203-887-2619

sguterman@comcast.net

Vicki Rothenhausen

203-589-9888

drr416@sbcglobal.net

Vivienne McKay

203-877-8579

vivmckay@att.net


 

 A letter from your Wardens & Vestry


 

 

                  SCRIPT CARDS

 Gift cards for your favorite grocery store, restaurant, movie theater, clothes store (and so much more!!) are available for purchase here at CHS – and you use them like cash! Every time you shop with gift from us, CHS gets a percentage of the funds back! Please speak with Lesly and Jacque Joseph for more information. That simple effort can offer incredible benefits. Cards in stock include Stop ‘n Shop, Shop Rite, Dunkin Donuts and Subway. Others, like Barnes and Noble, Lowes, Walmart, Target, Dominos Pizza and much more, can be ordered.

For on-line shoppers: if you go to our website ( www.holyspiritwh.org ) and scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will notice a link to SCRIP – the company that offers our gift cards. Write down the CHS code, go into the link where you can use the code to get into our shopping site, and browse away! You can purchase printable gift cards and not have to wait for shipment! You can also reload many cards without any wait. Click for the current reload merchant list.

                                           Enter  3B6FFF4821649 at the non-profit line 
                NEWS : Save your used cards - you can now reload over 70 merchant cards on-line

                                   What stores participate?                  There are over 700, but here’s a sampling:

Drugstores

CVS

Rite Aid

Walgreens

Quick food

Bruegger’s Bagels

Chipotle

Dunkin’ Donuts

Panera

Starbucks

Subway

Office supplies

Office Depot

Office Max

Staples

Gas stations

76

ARCO

BP

Chevron

Exxon

Gulf

Mobil

Shell

Sunoco

Texaco

Home

Bed Bath & Beyond

The Home Depot

Grocery stores

A&P

Peapod

Safeway

Sam’s Club

Shaw’s

ShopRite

Stop & Shop

Waldbaum’s

Walmart

Whole Foods

 

More

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Gap

Kmart

Kohls

Marshalls

Old Navy

Payless Shoes

Petco

Sears

Sports Authority

Target

 


 How might you GIVE THANKS to God through the ministries of this parish?

 

Opportunities (and great needs) abound for service through your parish. Please consider one of these options and talk with the person listed:

Adult Formation –     life-long learners seeking to go deeper in their relationship with God

Altar Guild – Nancy Staneiwicz    lovers of being behind-the-scene and  setting up our worship space

Choir – Matt Harrison (or any member of the Choir)    the joyful noise-makers

Christmas Fair – Ann Bartiss, Patty Dymarcyk, Kati Guthrie   creative crafters, detailed organizers, festivity lovers

Communications Committee –  Keith Bailey or Katie Guthrie   technologically-savvy purveyors of information

Finance Committee – Gene Leitermann    checkbook balancers, entrepreneurs, money producing motivators

Interfaith dialogue and relationships –    seekers of a broader truth

Hospitality – Bonnie Mahmood, Kati Guthrie, Jacquie Mari    lovers of fellowship and fun

Greeters – Nancy Staneiwicz   folks with ready smiles and a willingness to make others feel at home

Outreach – Katie Guthrie,     carer of justice and mercy for others

Pastoral Caregivers –  Evelyn Bezruczyk   empathizers with those who are homebound and needing connection

Property Committee – Keith Bailey    anyone handy with a screwdriver, paintbrush, broom or pruning sheers

Sunday School – Mark Homburg    those who enjoy a child’s delight                             

Ushers, readers, chalice bearers, acolytes – Nancy Staneiwicz     worshippers seeking a deeper place within worship



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