From the Wardens - Stewardship Thank You Brunch, an Ordination, CCC Collection, and Lenten Programs

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Collect for the Second Sunday in Lent)
Dear Members and Friends of the Congregation of Saint Saviour,
A Stewardship THANK YOU Brunch, this coming Sunday, March 4
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM in Cathedral House

Pledges continue to come in.  We can report that so far this year our pledges have risen nearly 20% over the whole of 2017.  In a spirit of appreciation to those who are making this happen we are inviting people who pledged and people who haven’t yet pledged to a lovely brunch “between the services.”  We’ve heard rumors that mimosas will be available!   So if you have made a formal pledge, come and enjoy.  If you haven’t, come, share a bite and consider filling out a pledge card for 2018 over bagels, pastry and coffee.
Cathedral Community Cares (CCC) March Collection
You brought in toys, you brought in gloves, hats and clothes.  For March you are asked to bring in coffee, tea and sugar for the CCC pantry.  Please continue to leave your donations on the table next to the coffee set-up and volunteers will bring the items to CCC.  
Steven Lee to be ordained deacon March 10

We are pleased to announce that Steven Lee, Seminarian and Special Assistant for Outreach and Formation, will be ordained to the transitional deaconate on Saturday, March 10 at 10:30 AM in the Cathedral.  (Transitional deacons are on their way to the priesthood.)  All are welcome to attend this wonderful Diocesan service.  

Lenten Opportunities

During Lent we have some great opportunities to deepen our understanding of the faith of the church and consider our own spiritual state and growth.

Lenten Adult Formation classes, St Saviour Chapel 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
On Sundays through March 18 Canon Patrick Malloy is offering Lenten Adult Formation classes.  Open to all, and especially appropriate for those who will be baptized or confirmed at the Easter Vigil this year, this 5-session class covers the basics of the Christian faith as received through the Anglican tradition.   A light lunch is available.

Manhattan North IPC Lenten Services
Wednesday evenings in Lent, all are invited to join our neighboring parishes for a service at 7:00 PM followed by dinner.  Here are the dates, locations and addresses:                                                       

February 28, 2018:    Holyrood Church  (715 West 179 Street)
March 7, 2018:           St. Martin’s Church (230 Lenox Avenue)
March 14, 2018:         Church of the Crucifixion (459 West 149th Street)    
March 21, 2018:         All Souls’ Church (88 St. Nicholas Avenue)                                         
Made in God’s Image: Female Imagery of God in Christian Worship, sponsored by the Congregation of Saint Saviour
On Thursday evening, March 15 in Cathedral House, come enjoy an intimate roundtable presentation and discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Ursic, author of the book Women, Ritual, and Power: Placing Female Imagery of God in Christian Worship (SUNY Press, 2014). Dr. Ursic will share insights and themes from her research with Christian communities that highlight female imagery of God in their worship, and comment on the importance of the statue Christa permanently installed here at the Cathedral.  She will also discuss the function of creativity and imagination in spiritual development.  A light snack will be available from 6:30 PM and the presentation will begin at 7:00 PM.

Elizabeth Ursic, PhD is a professor of Religious Studies with a specialty in gender, art, and theology. She is Co-chair of the Women’s Caucus at the American Academy of Religion. She also chairs the Women’s Task force for the Parliament of World Religions where she serves on the board. She is a spiritual director and accomplished composer, and her music has been performed internationally, including Britain and China. Her MDiv is from Yale Divinity School with a specialty in Religion and Art.

Bible Study led by Dr. Jon Aceto, continues through Lent.  During the inspection work in the nave this lively discussion group will meet in St. Martin’s Chapel at 10:10 AM.  All are welcome to come and share their thinking on the lectionary of the day.

All the best,

Tim Dwyer and Marsha Ra