Announcements for the week beginning March 25, 2018
Nursery – A Nursery for children 4 years and younger is available in Conkey House on Sundays from 8:15 am through the 11:00 am service, and on Tuesdays from 5:45 pm during the Taizé Eucharist. For more information, please call Ann MacVicar at 982-4447, ext. 119.
Children’s Chapel – All children 3½ through 11 years old are invited to Children’s Chapel in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd each Sunday at 8:30 a.m. for Bible stories, prayers, singing, and art projects. Children will process into the Nave at the Peace to join their parents for the Eucharist. If you are a family with children you are encouraged to be seated in the first four rows reserved especially for you.
Hospital Notification – Holy Faith Parishioners admitted to the hospital are encouraged to contact one of the Holy Faith Clergy. Due to HIPAA restrictions, hospitals are not authorized to release patient information, and therefore our Clergy are often unaware when a parishioner has been admitted to the hospital. We take our pastoral responsibilities seriously and want to bring the ministry of prayer and healing to our parishioners.
Good Friday Offering – On Good Friday, offerings are invited from across The Episcopal Church to support the four dioceses in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Funds are used to promote peace and mutual understanding through pastoral care, health care, and educational programs throughout the region. To learn more, please visit www.episcopalchurch.org/goodfridayoffering.
Parish Office Closure – The parish office closes at noon on Friday, March 31, and is closed all day on Monday, April 2.
Holy Faith Free Spirits – In April the Free Spirits will have two activities. The first on April 4 is our annual service at Feeding Santa Fe. We will meet at the back left entrance (as you face the building from the parking lot) of Kitchen Angels on Siler Road between 6 and 6:30 a.m. to help load grocery bags of food to distribute to needy families. We usually work until about 9:30 a.m. and then gather for breakfast at the Plaza Restaurant Southside. If the weather is cold, dress appropriately because we will be working in an open loading dock. Please RSVP if you plan to participate. Our second activity is brunch at Chez Mamou following the 11 a.m. service on April 8. We will meet at the restaurant. If you plan to attend please RSVP to Rebecca Tobey at firstname.lastname@example.org or text to 603-5767.
Prayer Shawl Ministry – The KnitWits will be “springing” into action April 9 in the Kinsolving room from 5:30 to about 7 p.m. We invite you to join us for a relaxing evening of knitting, crocheting, or whatever you care ro work on with us. Our next meetings will be May 14, June 18 and July 9. Any questions? Call Allyson at 983-0283. Hope to see you there.
United Thank Offering – Blessed to be a Blessing – The UTO spring campaign begins Sunday April 8 and continues through the ingathering on Sunday April 22. The UTO provides a way to transform thankfulness into blessings for others in need, especially women and children. Every cent given goes directly to fund carefully selected grants and programs supporting ministries throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Envelopes and boxes can be found in baskets at the rear of the nave beginning April 8. Please give generously as the need is great. For more information contact Chris Frenk at email@example.com.
Celtic Illuminated Manuscript Workshop – Artist, iconographer and teacher Susan Kelly vonMedicus returns to Holy Faith for a workshop on June 22-June 24. No artistic experience is necessary and all materials are provided. Students will make an illuminated page based on images from the Book of Kells. The fee, including materials is $225. If students wish to use prepared true deerskin vellum there is a surcharge of $40. Other options are a vegetable vellum (non-animal approximation) or Bockingford oatmeal color rag paper. Please indicate preference when registering. Registration with deposit is needed to hold your place. Please send registration including your name, email, phone number and $125.00 deposit to: Susan Kelly vonMedicus, 408 Skippack Pike, Fort Washington, Pa. 19034 or Paypal accepted at email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Email email@example.com with any questions.
Women’s Spirituality Group: Lectio Divina with Clare of Assisi – Cha Foxhall, OSB Obl., Benedictine Oblate, Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader, and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, is leading a 3-week lectio group including Clare’s exquisite writings and sublime prayers, silent meditation, contemplative music, journaling, and deep group sharing. St. Clare, founding Abbess of San Damiano, described God’s love as sweetness, kindness, delight, benevolence, and goodness. Our text is the wonderful Praying with Clare of Assisi by Ramona Miller and Ingrid Peterson, available on Amazon. You may register for either one of these sessions: Mondays, April 9-23, from 3-4:15 p.m. OR Wednesdays, April 11-25, from 12-1:15 p.m. Registration is required by April 3; email firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know which class you will be attending, or if you can attend either one. Both groups will meet in the Kinsolving Room.
2018 Camp Stoney Schedule – Registration is now open for 2018 summer camps here: http://www.bishopsridge.org/camp-stoney.html. The schedule includes Family Camp from June 14-17, Adventure Camp from June 17-23, Summer Fun Camp from June 24-30, Harry Potter Camp from July 8-14, Superhero Camp from July 15-21, and Narnia Camp from July 22-28. For further information call (505) 881-0636 or email the Youth & Young Adults Missioner/Director of Summer Programing at email@example.com.
Pilgrimage to Chimayó – Deepen your Holy Week experience by walking the pilgrim’s path to The Sanctuario de Chimayó on Wednesday, March 28. Meet at the Nambé Church parking lot on the High Road at 8:45 a.m. The walk leaves at 9 a.m. and will include pausing each mile to pray the Stations of the Cross. The pilgrimage concludes with an outdoor Eucharist beside the chapel. The walk is about ten miles, ending at approximately 3 p.m. Transportation back to Nambé is provided. Please RSVP to Donna in the parish office or sign up on the sheet at the front desk. Questions? Call Eleanor Ortiz at 670-1089. If you are able to help by “staging” a car at the Sancturio prior to the walk, please contact Cathy Gronquist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-4557.
College Books Scholarship – Members of Holy Faith who are enrolling in college are eligible to apply. The application deadline is May 15; applicants will be notified by June 1 of the committee’s decision. Applicants are eligible to reapply each year (for a total of 4 years of undergraduate study) using the Renewal Application. Applications are available in the parish office.
Recycle for Sight and Hearing Aid Recycling Program – The Capital City Lions Club collects used eyeglasses and hearing aids for distribution to those in need. If you have old or no longer needed eyeglasses, sunglasses or hearing aids, please donate them in the collection box that is near the back entry to Palen Hall or phone Sylvia Stevens at 946-0473 for more information. “Where there is a need, there is a Lion.”
Send Questions to the Bishop Candidates – The new DRG Bishop Transition website provides an easy way for anyone to submit questions to the candidates prior to their Walk Abouts in April. To send a question online, point your browser to the Transition website (http://www.drgbishoptransition.org/submit-a-question-to-the-candidates.html) and complete the online form. (The page also provides the mailing address where questions may be sent via US Mail.) We welcome any and all comments and questions.
Women of the DRG – Creating Women of God is an event centered around using creativity to make faith-based cards and gifts. Hosted by Kim Madrid at the Cathedral of St. John on May 19 from 9-1, this will be a morning of joy, fellowship, friendship, faith-based teaching and creating. Space is limited, so sign up soon! Cost is $30, which includes all the supplies (except adhesive) and a light brunch. For more information and to register, please visit http://kimlovesstamping.blogspot.com/2018/03/creating-women-of-god-event.html.
SHSSH…IT’S A SECRET… Well, not really. But you may not know that the Grief Ministry of Holy Faith works diligently and quietly throughout the year to provide help to those struggling with grief. Usually the grief is the result of a recent event like the death of a loved one or a terminal diagnosis, but sometimes the grief is the result of a years old lingering event in one’s life. Our ministry provides ways to transform pain into a future pointing towards peace and joy. Throughout the year we offer a variety of activities, including weekend retreats and reunions of participants, weekly meetings based on a book the group reads, art projects, writing workshops, and seminars on Final Affairs. Please come to the Adult Forum on April 8 to hear from past participants and trained grief facilitators. This ministry will become more for you than just an announcement in the bulletin; you will learn its value and find ways to become involved. After our time together in Palen Hall, we will move upstairs in Conkey house to dedicate the new Healing Resource Center. It will be a chance for you to see the newly-refurbished space and the excellent resource materials Holy Faith has been given. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN.
The Library is Not Accepting Book Donations – Spring cleaning your books shelves? Please do not bring your discards to the Holy Faith Library or place them on the book shelves in Palen Hall. Those shelves are reserved for books removed from the library and offered for sale at a very nominal price.. Many books that come our way are not suitable for a church library. Our task is to acquire, catalogue and keep available those books that pertain to Religion, its study and philosophy. For the time being the Library Committee has its hands full.
Family and Friends Prayer List to be Updated – In order to maintain more accurate and helpful prayer lists, the Clergy periodically update the lists. Please contact the parish office or an individual Clergy person to place people on the Family and Friends list. The list will be cleared the week of April 1.
Help For Those Who Grieve – We will have a retreat for those who grieve the loss of a loved one on April 13-14 in the Kinsolving Room. The Friday session is from 5-8:30 p.m. and the Saturday session is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This retreat honors both tasks of grieving: Holding the Memory and Beginning Anew. The retreat is led by a team of facilitators who are experts in loss and who will guide participants in developing resources for living a new full life. The healing journey challenges us as we both cherish the gifts and memories, feel the dark emotions that can wash over us, and have to relearn our lives to begin anew. Grief is a time of pain – but can also be a time of transformation and spiritual growth. The charge for the retreat is $30 and scholarships are available. For more information or to register, contact Molly Lott at 983-6424 or email@example.com. Note to all in the congregation: We have learned that most people come to these retreats because someone they know invited them. If you know someone who might benefit from the retreat, please invite them. It is open to all, whether they are church members or not. These retreats have been an effective part of our outreach program to the community.
Remember to use Amazon Smile for your Shopping –Holy Faith is part of the Amazon Smile program, through which recognized charitable organizations receive 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases. From March 12-31, Amazon will triple the donation rate to 1.5% on your first eligible purchase at Amazon Smile. To sign up, visit http://smile.amazon.com. Once there, you will be asked to identify your favorite charity. In the search box enter “Church of the Holy Faith.” You will see a list of possible matches. Select the one that says “Church of the Holy Faith” with the information at right that says “Santa Fe” and “Incorporation Year 1863.”) You will now see the Amazon Smile logo in the upper left corner. The rest is easy. Just start shopping. Once you’ve selected your charity everything in Amazon behaves the same way you have been used to. Remember to use smile.amazon.com each time you shop. You have to think about it the first few times you return to Amazon, then it will come naturally. If you don’t hit smile.amazon.com, and you don’t see the Amazon Smile logo, then we will not get credit for your purchases. Remember to SMILE rather than WWW. If you already use smile.amazon.com and want to change your designated charity to Holy Faith, log on to smile.amazon.com, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Under “Pick Your Own Charitable Organization,” type in Church of the Holy Faith and click on the Search button. More than one option will appear, so make sure to select the one that says “Church of the Holy Faith” with the information at right that says “Santa Fe” and “Incorporation Year 1863.”)
Support for Seminarian Ryan Jordan – We are so grateful to have such a supportive and generous parish family. Thanks to all of your ongoing prayers and support for Seminarian Ryan’s financial needs at Nashotah House. As you read this, please pray and consider contributing to what God is doing in His Church by raising up new leadership formed in prayer. You can donate either by contacting Donna at the parish office or by visiting nashotah.edu/support and selecting Ryan Christopher Jordan.
Additional Parking on Sundays – First Citizens Bank, a 2-minute walk from Holy Faith, is graciously allowing parishioners to use its parking lot Sundays. The bank is at 700 Paseo de Peralta. Its lot is at Marcy and Cienega streets. Parishioners should enter the lot off Cienega Street, opening an unlocked gate. The bank asks that parishioners always close the gate after them. Parishioners also can use the Peyton Wright Gallery parking lot, which is accessed off Paseo de Peralta.