News Update 02-04-2021

News Update February 4, 2021

St. Mary’s is proving parking for the houseless, Black History Month, Prepping for Lent, a jar of blessings, and lots for church leaders to take note of.

2021 Rosters

Church leadership, please obtain the information needed to complete your Vestry or Bishop’s Committee forms by Monday, March 1st.

Lay Licenses Expire March 1

The licenses for Lay Preacher and Lay Catechist are up for renewal in 2021. Current licenses will expire as of March 1st 2021. While parish leaders and the licensees have been notified via email, we wanted to remind everyone as the deadline is coming up.

Black History Month. Remembering Edward Thomas Demby

Five-minute Video. This is the first in a series of four weekly videos remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. A new video will be published each Thursday throughout February. This week, Edward Thomas Demby.

More Lenten resources

One-Minute read. More Lenten options for households and congregations; meaningful ways to mark the days of Lent beginning with Ash Wednesday at Home, a free printable resource.

The [Mis]concept[ion] of Race

Two-Minute read. Learning transforms because it informs. February is Black History Month, celebrate in part by reading about the [Mis]concept[ion] of race, and open the way for conversation.

Creative Ideas for a COVID 19 Ash Wednesday

One-Minute read. Living Church recently published a whole host of liturgical responses to the Imposition of Ashes this year. Creative thinking can make this Ash Wednesday something really meaningful in the midst of COVID 19 restrictions.

A Jar of Blessings

One-Minute read. Is it ever too late (or too soon) to incorporate a good idea?

Deacon Emergency Grant Program Extended

One-minute read. The Deacon Emergency Grant has been extended through April 2021. Deacons in good standing in The Episcopal Church, who have been laid off, furloughed, or otherwise had their employment hours cut back or eliminated due to the pandemic, are eligible to apply.

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