WELCOME VISITORS! We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our visitors today. Whether you live in our area and decided to worship with us today or if you are visiting from out of town, we offer you a warm Georgian welcome! There are visitor cards in most of the pews and we ask that you fill one out and give it to the Greeters at the door or simply drop it in the offering plate. We’d love to see you again. Our Sunday Mass is at 10am. Details are on our website, www.stgeorgesschenectady.org. Details are on our website, www.stgeorgesschenectady.org.
Coffee Hour Don’t forget Coffee hour after the Mass, alas without pancakes this week. Wasn’t that fun last Sunday? Come to the Great Hall for chat time with your friends and church family.
Lenten Series Starting TODAY, we are again offering our popular Sunday evening Lenten series. It all starts with a potluck supper at 6pm in the Great Hall, followed by Stations of the Cross in the Church. This devotion, much loved by Christians of many denominations recreates Jesus’ last hours, from his sentencing by Pilate to his scourging and death upon the cross and burial in the tomb. It is a moving service that will deepen your faith. Not to be missed! We are all called to take on a Lenten discipline and this is a perfect fit.
The Annunciation This Friday, March 24th, we will observe the Feast of The Annunciation with a Mass at 7pm. The Annunciation celebrates the visit of the angel Gabriel to Mary, telling her that she will bear a son, Jesus. The actual date of the Annunciation is March 25th (9 months prior to Christmas) but this feast can be transferred and we are moving it to Friday so more people can participate. This is a Principal Feast Day of the Church and a day of obligation. Please plan to attend.
Holy Week & Easter – Save the Dates!Get your calendars out. Here is this year’s Holy Week schedule of services:
2 April, 10am Palm Sunday Liturgy of the Palms (in the Great Hall) with Mass in the Church
2 April, 6pm Palm Sunday Potluck Supper & Stations of the Cross (in the Church)
6 April, 7pm Maundy Thursday Mass with washing of feet
6 April, 9pm-12am Maundy Thursday The Watch at the Altar of Repose (in the Lady Chapel)
7 April, 12 noon Good Friday Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified & Veneration of the Cross
8 April, 9:30am Holy Saturday ProAnaphora (in the Chapel of the Holy Family)
8 April, 7pm Holy Saturday The Great Vigil and the First Mass of Easter
9 April, 10am Easter Day The Mass of The Resurrection
Weekday Services. Our normal Wednesday weekday liturgy will be held this week 9am. Our normal Friday noon liturgy will not be held this week as there is a Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation at 7pm.
Easter Flower Memorials There are only 2 weeks left until Easter Day. It’s time to plan for your Easter flower donation in memory of a family member or loved one. There are envelopes for this in your pledge envelope box and at the back of the church. Be sure to clearly write the names of those remembered as they will be listed in the Easter bulletins. Please also send the memorial names to David at firstname.lastname@example.org. to ensure they are included
in the Easter Vigil and Easter Day bulletins’ print deadlines
Little Red Wagon Sunday/ SiCM collection At last week’s ingathering of food and personal hygiene products for the SiCM food pantry, you donated 222lbs, making our our 2023 total-to-date 567lbs, which is a great start towards our 2023 goal to exceed last year’s total of 2,073lbs. It is especially important during the winter season to remember the hungry and needy in our community. Thank you to all who have contributed so generously. Next month’s collection will be April 16th.
Pillow Talk Thank you also for last Sunday’s generous donations for the YWCA emergency shelter. This continuing ministry supports women and children who have escaped from an unsafe environment and arrive with nothing. The need is great and is ongoing. The need is for Pillows, Twin Size Blankets and Comforters. Blankets and comforters may be gently used, but pillows must be new, unopened and in their original packaging. Place donated items at the back of the church. The next quarterly ingathering will be June 11th.
Visiting Jamie Taft We are looking for volunteers to take Jamie’s mother to Albany Medical Center for brief visits. She has been unable to see him recently and this is a way our parish can help. Contact Suzy Unger at 407-718-2058 if you want to help out”. Thank you!!
Care & Emergencies During the interregnum, here are the options for pastoral care needs: (1) Jim Wingate & Anne Duff are always available for pastoral care, home and hospital visitations and communion. Call Jim at 518-381- 9271. (2) Brian Taylor is trained in hospital chaplaincy and will respond for pastoral care and emergencies. Contact Brian (text or voice) at 912-656-0779 or email email@example.com. (3) If the ministrations of a priest are needed, Senior Warden David Kennison will arrange for a priest of the diocese to respond. Call David (text or voice) at 518-320-5619 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Dean Marshall Vang has also offered his pastoral assistance during this time.
Shape Note Singing All are welcome to experience the joy of singing together the beautiful a cappella harmonies and stirring songs of the Sacred Harp, a tunebook and hymnal published in Georgia in 1844 and used in community singing throughout the world. We sing in the Great Hall on Saturday afternoons from 1-3:30pm. For schedule updates or more information, please contact Tarik Wareh or visit www.albanysacredharp.org
All on the Same Page Book Club Meeting The Book Club will meet after the service on March 19th to discuss the mystery novels of Anthony Horowitz. At the suggestion of Alice Polumbo, we will share our thoughts about The Word is Murder, The Sentence is Death, A Line to Kill, or The Twist of a Knife. If you didn’t draw straws at the January book club meeting, pick one or more to read! In addition to these four adult mystery novels, Horowitz is the author of many books for young people in addition, to working on such shows as Magpie Murders, Midsomer Murders, and Foyle’s War.