Weekly Announcements, February 8

WE WELCOME Bishop Little today as our Celebrant and Preacher and pray for God’s blessing upon his proclamation of the Word and administering of the Sacraments.  He will also confirm Michael Irvine.  Please join us for a reception following the 10:15 service.

ENVELOPES FOR THE BISHOP’S DISCRETIONARY FUND are found in your bulletins today.  This fund is used to assist with emergency needs in and outside of our diocese.  Please make checks out to St. Alban’s.  If you are using cash, be sure to write your name or number on the envelope so you will receive credit on your contribution statement.

YOUTH GROUP meets tonight at 6:30 p.m.

THIS IS CHURCH CLEANING WEEK.

THE LUNCH BUNCH will dine at Grabill Inn, 13706 Fairview Drive, Grabill, this Tuesday at 12:30.  Please sign the sheet in the narthex if you plan to attend.

LADIES FELLOWSHIP AND STUDY meets at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday at the home of Marilyn McClure.

A VESTRY RETREAT will be held from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. this Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.
ALTAR GUILD members are asked to help with the veiling of the crosses at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 15.

A SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER will be held from 5:00 – 6:30 on February 17.  Pancakes, sausage, fruit, and beverages will be served.  Proceeds from the free will offering will go to the Operating Fund.  Please sign the poster in the narthex so we will know how much food to purchase.  Join us and bring your friends!

ASH WEDNESDAY liturgies, with the imposition of ashes, will be held at Noon and at 7:00 p.m. on February 18.
MEN’S NIGHT OUT will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 19.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS  Beginning February 20 Stations of the Cross will be held at 6:00 p.m. each Friday.  Walk with Jesus down the road to Calvary on The Way of the Cross, a powerful devotional liturgy that follows Jesus through His passion and death.  At each station a meditation, versicle and response, and prayer is read

CAMP NEW HAPPENINGS SUNDAY  On February 22 we will have a special collection for Camp New Happenings, supported by our diocese for children of incarcerated parents.  Many of these children would not have an opportunity to experience what so many of our children have done for years, the fun, love, caring and sharing of Jesus at summer camp.  Please give generously, in the special envelopes provided so we can help more each year to experience the love of Jesus.

A LENTEN STUDY focusing on the four Gospels and what each of them highlights will be held on the Wednesdays of February 25, and March 4, 11, 18 and 25.  Join us for worship at 6:30 p.m., followed by the study.

PALMS Please bring in your palms from last year’s Palm Sunday to be burned for ashes for Ash Wednesday.  There is a basket in the narthex.

WE ARE UP TO THE CHALLENGE!  The Heart to Heart project has challenged us to collect 100 hats, scarves, socks, and pairs of gloves or mittens to be distributed to local groups who need them.  These items may be handmade or purchased.  We can use all sizes—adult to infant.  Place them in the collection box (made by the Sunday school students) in the narthex.  Help us keep Fort Wayne warm!  Donations accepted through next Sunday.  The first week we received 84 items.

FORWARD DAY BY DAY devotional booklets for February through April are available in the narthex.  Please take one for your personal or family devotions and another to give to a friend.

FOOD BANK items needed are beef broth, chicken broth, muffin mix, cake mix, mustard, ketchup, bar soap, dish washing liquid.

ALTAR FLOWER AND SANCTUARY CANDLE CHARTS FOR 2015 are posted in the narthex.  There are many open dates.

ATTENDANCE on January 25 was 69.  Services were cancelled last Sunday because of the snow storm.

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