Announcements for the week beginning February 9, 2020

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.

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.

Kids Sunday Adventures – Children meet each week in the Library right after the 8:30 service. We begin with healthy snacks and then tell stories, sing songs and do activities to learn more about the story of God, God’s people, His Church, and His love for us. Please join us.

Announcements for the bulletin and eblast are due by noon on Wednesday of each week. You can email them to donna@holyfaithchurchsf.org or call the parish office at 982-4447. Announcements may be subject to editing due to limited space.

Free Spirits – On February 9 at 5:30, Clarice Coffey will host a potluck for the group for the Academy Awards. Pizza and colas will be provided. Be greeted by Elvis, Marilyn, James Dean, Johnny Depp, Patrick Swayze and Bryan Cranston. We’ll watch the ceremony with our own ballots together. Wear a costume from one of your favorite movies! Directions upon request. Please RSVP to rutobey@yahoo.com or text at 505-603-5767 if you plan to attend and with what you will bring for the pot luck.

Prayer Shawl Ministry – The KnitWits are meeting Monday, February 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Kinsolving Room for an evening together knitting and crocheting. We invite you to join us! Call Allyson at 983-0283 with questions. The next meeting is Mach 9.

Children’s Valentine Adventures – Children’s Valentine Adventures will be held on Tuesday, February 11th, in Palen Hall from 3:30 to 5 p.m. We will be making and decorating valentine cookies and then creating cards for the seniors at El Castillo and the homebound of our parish. Children of all ages are invited to come to learn more about sharing the love of Jesus. Any adults interested in being part of the afternoon, please let Mother Pam know.

Ashes for Ash Wednesday – If you have palms from last year’s Palm Sunday, please bring them into the parish office by Tuesday, February 25, so they may be burned to make ashes for our Ash Wednesday services.

Invitation to all of the Women of the Church – The Order of the Daughters of the King invites you to our Valentine’s Tea Tuesday, February 18th, at 3 p.m. in the Kinsolving Room. Come check us out! See if you would be interested in joining our group of prayer and evangelism, monthly book study and service to others! Please come and please RSVP to jackiwalker@me.com!

Ash Wednesday ServicesFebruary 26:  Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes at 7 a.m. – Church Chancel; 12 p.m. – Church; 6 p.m. – Church (A nursery is available at 6 p.m.)

Lenten Soup Supper and Study – Beginning March 4, and continuing each Wednesday during Lent before Holy Week, we will gather at 5:45 for a simple Soup Supper followed at 6:30 by an exploration of the “Signs of Life: Why Church Matters.” Through a video presentation by monks of the Society of St. John the Evangelist and small group discussion, each week we will engage with a different aspect of liturgy and scripture: light, water, food, shelter, community. Each session will help us connect these rich symbols and necessities of life to our own worship, prayer life, and spiritual practices. We will conclude by 8:00 with worship for the close of the day called Compline. A nursery will be available from 5:15-8:15 p.m.

Lectio Divina with Hildegard of Bingen – The Women’s Spirituality Group will offer two sessions: Mondays, March 9-23, and Wednesdays, March 11-25. Both sessions are in the Kinsolving Room from 3-4:15 p.m., led by Cha Foxhall and include silent meditation, prayer, scripture, contemplative music, readings of Hildegard’s writings and commentary, and journaling. The text used is Praying with Hildegard of Bingen from the Companions for the Journey series. Registration is required by March 3. Please contact the parish office at 982-4447 or donna@holyfaithchurchsf.org.

Body & Soul Yoga for the New Year – Body & Soul Yoga continues on Mondays, February 10, 24, March 2, 16, 23, 30, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in Palen Hall. Join Carl Self, Registered Yoga Teacher 500 hour, to help gain sensory awareness of your body and breath while reducing stress and tension. No experience with yoga required. Please bring a yoga mat. A donation of $5 per class is requested to support the Clergy Discretionary Fund. Contact Carla at 903-744-0160 or cself825@hotmail.com for more information.

Parish Lenten Meditations – In our call to the observance of a holy Lent, provided for in the Liturgy for Ash Wednesday, the people of God are invited, among other things, to “meditate on God’s holy Word.” To assist in our journey together during the Lenten season, it is our hope to provide a booklet of Lenten Meditations, written by members of our parish family. A sign-up sheet containing the appropriate lessons for each of the 40 days of Lent has been posted on the bulletin board in the hallway next to the Palin Hall kitchen. You may also access these lessons by contacting Donna Lukacs, in the Parish Office during the regular work week. A meditation may be based on any one of the lessons provided specific to the day assigned. Meditations should be no more than a paragraph in length or approximately 150 words. You are also welcome to write for more than just one day. Please email your meditation(s) to Mark Childers, at medw.childers@gmail.com no later than February 17th.

Beware of Gift Card Scam – This scam continues to target churches across the country. Scam emails designed to look as though they have been sent by the rector or bishop requesting “a favor” prey upon the loyalty and generosity of church members. Do not be fooled – legitimate emails from Fr. Robin always originate from fr.robin@holyfaithchurchsf.org. Fr. Robin will never email you asking for a gift card. The only email address that Bishop Michael will use for DRG business is bishophunn@dioceserg.org.

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.”

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. 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.”)

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.