WHEN: MARCH 4, 2014
COMPLINE AT 6:00PM FOLLOWED BY A CELEBRATION IN THE PARISH HALL. JESSIE BLEVENS, EVENT COORDINATOR , WILL BE LETTING YOU KNOW WHAT TO BRING.
IMPOSITION OF ASHES WILL BE AT ST. MARK’S CHURCH IN JONESBORO ON MARCH 5. SERVICES WILL OCCUR AT 7:00AM, 12:00NOON, AND 7:00PM. IF YOU NEED A RIDE CONTACT CAROLYN HAYNES OR PAULETTA HOLLIS.
WHY ASH WEDNESDAY?
In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count).
Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. During some Ash Wednesday services, the minister will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers.
Not all Christian churches observe Ash Wednesday or Lent. They are mostly observed by the Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and Anglican denominations, and also by Roman Catholics. Eastern Orthodox churches observe Lent or Great Lent, during the 6 weeks or 40 days preceding Palm Sunday with fasting continuing during the Holy Week of Orthodox Easter. Lent for Eastern Orthodox churches begins on Monday (called Clean Monday) and Ash Wednesday is not observed.
The Bible does not mention Ash Wednesday or the custom of Lent, however, the practice of repentance and mourning in ashes is found in 2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1; Job 2:8; Daniel 9:3; and Matthew 11:21
NO HOSPITALITY ASSIGNMENTS
SINCE WE ARE ENTERING THE LENTEN SEASON, THERE WILL BE NO HOSPITALITY ASSIGNMENTS UNTIL AFTER EASTER.
WHO ARE CURATES??
def: A curate can be any ordained person on staff who is not the rector.
One of the fundamental aspects about Christianity is that Christians are connected to one another. In our tradition, it often happens in the local congregation when the parishioner feels an authentic connection with a member of the clergy. “This is the person who will officiate at my child’s wedding and be with me when I have surgery,” is how one parishioner stated it.
As congregations grow, it becomes increasingly hard for one priest to have a close personal relationship with a larger number of parishioners. Curates help us overcome this dilemma. Assisting priests can be excellent providers of pastoral care, and they bring new ideas and energy into the congregation that they serve. This means that when visitors arrive, there is a member of the clergy present who will have the time to make the newcomers feel welcome.
Having a curate on staff costs money. Many of our congregations in Arkansas are of the size that having a curate would be helpful for development, but the money to make it happen is not available. Financial assistance to the local congregation, especially during the first two years after the curate has graduated from seminary, makes solid and healthy development possible. At the same time, the new priest is learning valuable skills that will prove beneficial no matter where he or she might serve in the future.
Borrowed from New Generations brochure and written by Reverend Lisa Fry, Curate, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Little Rock, Arkansas.
The reason for the above information is that St. Mark’s Jonesboro is in the process of obtaining a curate this summer. It is our mutual hope that she and the Reverend Jessie Perkins will be able to help us out with our pastoral care.
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