CELEBRATORY PENTECOST VIDEO
Opportunites to submit a reading and/or share a photo/video
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Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church, is May 23. It celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit filling God’s people, and the whole world, with the new life of the Risen Christ, and empowering the followers of Jesus to share the Good News of God’s abundant love with everyone. The featured Scripture lesson on Pentecost is the story from Acts about the descent of the Spirit in fire and wind, and the empowerment of the disciples to preach the Good News in many languages.
Several years ago, members of the parish who speak or read a variety of languages collaborated to read the opening verses of this story in church in those various languages, creating a “babble” of different sounds from around the congregation as an introduction to its being read in full in English.
Last year, Rev. Bob invited church members to share images or music expressing how the Spirit has moved in our lives despite the challenges of the pandemic, and he edited these into a short video that was posted online.
This year, we’d like to combine these two approaches. As with the video Christmas pageant and Easter Vigil, this is being coordinated by Gretchen Pritchard:
1) If you speak a language other than English, or can read a short selection out loud in another language even if you are far from fluent, please come forward!! We will ask you to record yourself reading (or proclaiming!) one or two verses from the lesson, and/or a proclamation of faith ("Christ is risen from the dead and he is Lord!”) in that language. This recording can be audio only, or you can include video as well as your voice.
2) Please look through your photos or video or social media posts from the last year (or create something new!) to share a few images or very brief clips that express, for you, a sense of God’s spirit moving in your life or in the world. (Please do not, however, submit anything to which others hold the copyright.)
In addition, Allison will be working with the Sunday school to create a project that will also be featured in the video.
To get involved, please contact Gretchen (203-624-2520, firstname.lastname@example.org). Gretchen will also be reaching out via personal emails or phone calls to members of the church in order to bring as many people on board with this as possible. Stay tuned!
Dinner For A Dollar
10th Anniversary Celebration!
Provide us with a memory
We are partnering with the United Way to plan a celebration for the 10th anniversary of Dinner for a Dollar. Part of this celebration will be a collage of photos and memories from folks, so we are asking you to send pictures or write of a memory or two of your participation in Dinner for a Dollar. You can send your submission to Allison at email@example.com 203-435-3569
And speaking of Dinner for a Dollar- last week Sue O'Connell served a meal of baked ziti, with broccoli, and Italian bread. Ice cream was served for dessert.
19th Annual Chocolate to the Rescue
Columbus House is happy to announce that the Chocolate to the Rescue event to benefit our Middlesex Family Shelter will still take place, but in a different and safe way. This year, we are offering delicious chocolate confections from a variety of local chocolate artisans and an online presentation to benefit families experiencing homelessness throughout Middlesex County. The first 100 “attendees” can indulge in decadent creations from several regional chocolatiers and join us online to hear from some of the chefs who prepared the treats. Chocolates will be available for pick up at the New Haven Shelter or at our Sanseer office in Middletown between 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM on May 16. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Middlesex Family Shelter, a program of Columbus House.
Order information may be found HERE
Attached you will find QVHD’s job postings for the following part-time positions:
Vaccine Equity Coordinator- Job Description HERE
Community Health Worker- Job Description HERE
March Vestry Minutes
to read minutes recently approved by the Vestry.
FAITH STUDY GROUP
Starting in May, the Faith Study Group is returning to its accustomed meeting schedule, i.e. the SECOND and FOURTH TUESDAY of every month. So its next two meetings are Tuesdays May 11 and May 25. As of now it continues to meet via Zoom, beginning with casual conversation at around 6:30, and moving to focused discussion at 7:00 pm.
In its leisurely journey through the book Manna and Mercy by Daniel Erlander, the group is now exploring the story of the Early Church as represented in the Bible by the Acts of the Apostles and the letters of Paul. The tension in these writings, between the vision of God’s holy people sharing the unbounded grace of God’s abundant love through the resurrection of Jesus, and the tendency of humans to fall into distrust, jealousy and greed, strikes very close to our own world and our own lives! This conversation has also begun meshing in exciting ways with the conversations going on in our other online adult series, on “Jesus’s Kingship of Kinship.”
The Faith Study Group is open to all. There is no “homework” or advance reading for the meetings, and no question is too basic or too complicated. Regular or occasional participation are both welcome.
If you would like to find out more, or if you’re interested in joining in the Faith Study Group and would like a copy of the book, please contact Gretchen Pritchard at 203-624-2520 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also let Gretchen know if you’d like to be on the Faith Study Group e-mailing list to receive reminders of the meetings and the Zoom log-in invitation.
We pray for our ministries at Arden House and Whitney Manor. We pray for our Friday night dinner ministry. We pray for the ministry of Christian Community Action in New Haven, and the families they serve. We pray for our own parish of Grace and St. Peter's.
We pray for those in need of healing:
Andy, Frank, Sharon, Dan, Glenn, Peter, Mary, Mac, Alice, Bernadette, Marge, Sandi, Micki, Matthew, Peter, Nancy, Judy, John, Chukky, Elsie, Joan, Charles, Fiona, Marion, Dan, Debbie, Ellen, Nicole, Cassie, Phillip, Anthony, Mary-Anne, Margaret, Gwennie, Christy, James, Pat L., Ed, Alicia, Sean, Diane, Debbie, Esther, Candice, and Verna. We hold in our hearts all those who mourn.
Joining the Episcopal Church of Connecticut in the cycle of prayer, we pray for: We pray for St. Mark’s, New Britain; St. Mark’s, New Canaan; and Christ Church, New Haven. We also pray for Parish prayer groups; intercessory prayer chains; healing prayer groups, and parish and community bible studies.