Church of the Holy Spirit

Announcements March 14 – 20

Holy Conversations:  Sundays in Lent & Easter – March 15, 29, April 19, 26 from 11:30 am to 2 pm in the Parish Hall. Sharing and learning from the stories of CHS’s history in preparation for the new rector. Celebrate Life-giving stories; heal Life-sapping stories while making Japanese Kintsugi art. We move through this process knowing that Jesus will heal our Lenten brokenness, in confidence that God never abandons us, and Easter reconciliation is just ahead. Since the Holy Conversations are for adults only, all children and young adults are welcome in the Gathering Room for fun and games!

CHOIR APPRECIATION: SUNDAY, MARCH 15 – We deeply appreciate our wonderful choir every Sunday, but on Sunday, March 15, we will give them special recognition and celebrate with a festive coffee hour following the service. Please plan to attend and then join in the first of our Holy Conversations.

POTLUCK COFFEE HOURS:  March 15, 29, April 19, 26 are the Sundays designated for “Holy Conversations” and participants will need a little extra sustenance! We will use a potluck approach to coffee hour on March 29April 19 and 26 so no one person bears the burden of feeding us all. Look for the sign up board in the Parish Hall to indicate that you will bring something to share on those Sundays

Wednesday Soup Suppers this Lent:  Wednesdays during Lent, March 18, 25, April 1, at 5 pm in the Parish Hall to share in a simple meal of soup and bread and watch the Oscar nominated film ‘Chocolat’. We will examine the story and characters to explore what it means to be truly and completely human as God intended. Please contact Dianne Fromm at heartwood1492@msn.com or 508-255-3481 or sign up in the parish hall to make soup or bake bread for the evening.

MAUNDY THURSDAY:  The sign up sheet for our Maundy Thursday Vigil is available in the reception room. Please come and sign up for this meaningful devotion.

CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS:  Church School news: CHANGE in filling the Eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt! Please bring wrapped candy to the basket in the Reception/Art Gallery Room. The Church School Team and any volunteers will fill the 300 eggs on Palm Sunday in the Gathering Room after the Youth Brunch. Please no peanut related candy. Speak to any member of the Church School team if you would like to help. There are sign up sheets in the Gathering Room of the Church School for children to be Acolytes on the 4th Sunday of each month and for Readers on the 1st Sunday of each month. Please encourage your children to participate.

Youth Group SPONSORED FUN PARISH Event:  FRIDAY MARCH 20 from 5 to 9 pm in the Parish Hall. Spaghetti Supper & Pie Eating Contest plus a paper airplane building night! Come join in the fun! This event is open to all ages, bring a friend and your fun party attitude. We will supply the materials for the airplane building. There is no cost for this event but donations are greatly appreciated. There’s a first time for everything…bet this is one for most of us! Matt Thompson

Lenten Array Booklets:  Want to know more about the Lenten Array in church history or the symbolism used in the design for the hangings and vestments? There are laminated sheets available at all entrances to the church and on the small altar table.

CHS FEATURED ARTIST:  The artist for March is Gail Smith+ “Soul Work Gatherings”:  Baskets, Paintings, Appliqué Quilt work, Poetry, Soul collage by Gail Smith. “My art work, quilting, poetry writing, basket weaving all serve as ways for me to spend time and be present with God.” Please stop by the Gallery/Reception Room and enjoy Gail’s+ show!

F4Ks: Food 4 Kids has begun preparing for their 8th summer on the Lower and Outer Cape. We are thrilled that our fabulous Operations Team will be back with us this summer. However, we do foresee the hiring of two Site Supervisors who will deliver the meals to a site (Chatham Community Center or Wellfleet Recreation) and serve the lunches to the children there each day. The site supervisors may also work additional hours at the church before lunch. If you know an enthusiastic, capable individual who works well with kids and desires part-time employment this summer, please ask them to contact Brenda Ridgeway or Anne Koehler at info@food4kidscapecod.org.

ANNUAL NAUSET INTERFAITH GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE:  St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church on Main Street, Chatham at 12 Noon on Good Friday. The service will include seven brief reflections on the death of Jesus with short periods for quiet reflection, hymns, brief prayers and music. For more information please contact Fr. Ken Campbell at 413-478-5719 or ksbcampbell5050@gmail.com

Adult study group – Sunday, March 15 in the Fireplace Room at 9 am. “Glimpse of the Gospel” – using themes for the Lenten season, we are exploring the gospel lessons for each Sunday. Join us in the Fireplace Room. Gail Smith+

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Because of “Holy Conversations” and the visit by Canon O’Connell  on March 22, the book discussion group will not be meeting until Palm Sunday, April 5, in the Fireplace Room after the 10 am service. We will continue reading Chilton’s Rabbi Paul Chapter 9. Brian and Brooke Skea

FREE SHOP: Your SPRING clothing donations are most welcomed. We are open Monday: 12 Noon to 3 pm and Wednesday: 10 am to 1 pm. Donations can be dropped off during shop hours or placed in the box outside the shop door any time the parish hall is open. Questions? Contact Sharyn Laughton at 508-255-7277/artoff@comcast.net or Suzy Gray at 774-772-1210/ suzyhannah3@gmail.com.

HEALTH MINISTRY:  March’s topic of the month is Brain Health. Did you know, more than 3.5 million children and adults sustain an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) each year? For more information, go to Food & Drug Administration Medicines and You: A Guide for Older Adults – http://www/fda.gov/drugs/resourcesforyou/ucm163959.htm

LADIES LUNCHEON:  We had a record turnout for our March 5 Ladies Luncheon.  The day was lovely and it was easy to forget that things could go wrong in our world.  However, due to the threats of flu and the corona virus, we will suspend meetings until June, and then assess the situation.  In the meantime, stay well, stay safe, and God Bless. Fay Cole