Lent 2018
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

SPRING UP!!!  Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

CYCLE OF PRAYER:  St. Barnabas’, Greenwich; Christ Church, Guilford; St. John’s, Guilford; The Connecticut Episcopal Clergy Association (ConnECA), clergy peer groups, and the Clergy Family Assistance Program

FLOWERS:  In loving memory of Brian James West from his family.  He lives on in our hearts forever.

VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week in thanksgiving for the renewal of our spirit during this Lenten season.

REFRESHMENTS:  There is a new sign-up sheet in the Guild Room for coffee hour refreshments.  Please consider contributing to the after-church gathering.  Nothing fancy or elaborate is needed–just  something like cookies or cheese and crackers.

VESTRY NOTES:  The Vestry meets every month to discuss issues and events in the Parish.  The next meeting will be March 12, at 7:00 PM.  Please contact a Vestry member with your comments and ideas.  They are always welcome.  The senior wardens are George Helwig, 203-354-0724, geohelwig@gmail.com and Liz Conti, 203-515-7778, lizconti@rocketmail.com.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL:  A group from Christ Church is planning to go to the 2 PM performance of Norwalk High School’s production of The Addams Family on April 28.  Cost is $15.00.  Checks should be made payable to Christ Church and given to Bunny Zamm.  Deadline to reserve a seat is March 22, as we want to buy a block of tickets.  We will meet at the church at 1:30 and carpool.

WOMEN’S GROUP:  The next Women’s Group will be April 8, to plan for the May Fair and other Spring events discussed at the March 4, meeting.  

SECURITY COMMITTEE:  The Security Committee held a meeting on March 4.  The group toured the church, identifying electrical panels, building access, fire pull stations etc.  The next meeting of the Security Committee will be March 25, at 11:30, to discuss our findings.

WELCOMING COMMITTEE:  There will be a meeting of the welcoming committee, Lisa Helwig, Director, on March 15, at 7:30 PM.  The committee is updating our parish directory. The committee is also planning to reach out to newcomers and our former parishioners.

ALTAR GUILD MEETING:  There will be an Altar Guild meeting March 11, at 11 AM to plan for Holy Week and Easter services.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY:  A Bible study group began February 18, for six sessions.  The class will start at 8:45 AM each Sunday.  It is a DVD based study.  Each unit is complete within itself so you can come to any or all meetings.  The topic is The Last Days of Jesus. 

BOOK BUNCH:  The next book club meeting will be March 20.  The book selection is The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.  The following meeting is scheduled for April 17.  The book selection is The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn.  Please contact Debbie Ross at DRoss56@aol.com for more details.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT:  Friday March 23, in the small parish hall.  More details will follow.

AUTUMN LAKE:  The monthly service with the Eucharist and hymns will be March 28, @10:30 AM.  We will bring palm crosses for the residents.  Please meet in the lobby at 10:20.  See you there!

FLOWER MEMORIALS FOR EASTER 2017:  The Altar Guild is now taking memorial donations for Easter Flowers.  Please complete
the form which can be found in the Gathering Place at church.  Or  send an email by March 28  (see email address below) with your name and the memorial message as you would like it printed in the Easter bulletin.  Help us make the Church even more beautiful than last Easter.  If you have any questions, please email Sarah French at sqifella@gmail.com Thank you.

MAUNDY THURSDAY:  The Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar Service will be March 29, at 7 PM.  Mother Laura Queen will be our celebrant.

GOOD FRIDAY:   March 30,  there will be two services with the Stations of the Cross–one at 12 PM and one at 7:30 PM.  Mother Laura Queen will lead us for the Stations of the Cross service at Noon.  There will be music at the 7:30 PM service.  The leader for that service will be Fr. Joe Parrish.

MAY FAIR:  The May Fair will be May 5, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and May 6, from Noon to 3:00 PM.  Please start gathering your contributions for the tag sale and clean clothing sale. There is storage space available at the church on the stage.  Contact Alan Singewald (203-984-3457) for pick up service.  Please no heavy furniture!  Please no books!!

WISH LIST FOR MAY FAIR:  
1.  Help setting up May 1, 2, 3, 4 from 9 til 1 (additional evening hours on Thursday night for those of you who work during the day)
2.  Workers at the Fair, May 5 and 6. Part-time or full-time
3.  An angel to supply lunch for the workers on May 5.
4.  An angel to donate a new smart T.V. (small) for the raffle.
5.  Help on May 6, after 3 PM–to break down the Fair and clean up both rooms.
Please contact Bunny Zamm at 203-853-3004 or edzamm@gmail.com if you can help.

YOGA FUSION CLASS:  a blend of Yoga and Pilates is offered in the large parish hall on Wed. evenings from 7:00-8:00 PM.  The class is $10 suggested donation.  Bring a yoga mat, a small pillow and a water bottle.  All levels are welcome. Call or email  Joyce Generoso, the instructor, with any questions or concerns.
Cell 203-984-3050: Email:  Jageneroso@aol.com.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES:

PENNIES FOR HEAVEN:  The Altar Guild collects pocket change year round to help feed the needy in our community. There is a container for change on the display case in the Gathering Place at all times. Thank you.  Sarah French

BACKPACK CLUBS:   You too may join the CT Food Bank in its regular support of Backpack Clubs in the Norwalk Public Schools. Barbara Felter as the point person. Items may be left in the basket near the pulpit or presented in the same at the offertory.

Items needed:
Juice Boxes
Milk Boxes (same style, like Parmalat, etc.)
Single Serve Cereals
Fruit Snacks
Fruit Cups
Instant Oatmeal Packets (not cardboard cans)
Granola Bars
Chef Boyardee Ravioli Cups w/pull tops
Macaroni and Cheese Cups w/pull tops
Single Serve Chips/Popcorn

THIS WEEK AT WORSHIP:
Organist: Betty Belcher
Ushers:  Ginny Deering and Paul Mordoff
Reader: Eric Mordoff
Intercessor:  Jennifer Gormley
Altar Guild:  Sarah French
Presider: The Rev. Joe Parrish

Old Testament Reading
Numbers 21:4-9

From Mount Hor the Israelites set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.” Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Confitemini Domino

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, *
and his mercy endures for ever.

2 Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim *
that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.

3 He gathered them out of the lands; *
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.

17 Some were fools and took to rebellious ways; *
they were afflicted because of their sins.

18 They abhorred all manner of food *
and drew near to death’s door.

19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, *
and he delivered them from their distress.

20 He sent forth his word and healed them *
and saved them from the grave.

21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.

22 Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.

The Epistle
Ephesians 2:1-10

You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ– by grace you have been saved– and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God– not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

The Gospel
John 3:14-21

Jesus said, “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

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