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Kerygma Fellowship: Reading the Bible in Communion

(Kerygma - A Greek word translated “the proclamation of the Word of God” revealed in Jesus Christ)

Our winter-spring Kerygma course, That You May Believe: A Reading of the Gospel According to St. John, continues on Monday, February 12th. Kerygma fellowship meets weekly at 10 am in the Wye Parish library.

“For many Christian people the Gospel according to St. John is the most precious book in the New Testament. It is the book on which above all they feed their minds and nourish their hearts, and in which they rest their souls. Many people find themselves closer to God and to Jesus Christ in John than in any other book in the world.” (William Barclay, Barclay Daily Bible Study Series: John)

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

On Tuesday, February 13th, you are invited to the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at St. Luke’s Chapel Parish Hall. Don’t miss chef Henri Water’s famous pancakes and sausages, along with coffee and juice. All you can eat! The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 6–12, and free for children under 6. Volunteers, please arrive by 4 pm.

Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins. It gets its name from the ritual of shriving that Christians used to undergo in the past. In shriving, a person confesses their sins and receives absolution for them. When a person receives absolution, their sins are forgiven and they are released from the guilt and pain caused by that sin. This tradition is over 1000 years old. The French call Shrove Tuesday Mardi Gras, translated fat Tuesday. It marks the giving up of fats as a sign of abstinence. This gave rise to the practice of serving pancakes, which use up the eggs, fats and milk in the household, items which will be avoided during Lent.

Books Café Help Needed!

Wednesday, Feb 14th: at 11:00 Dear parishioners, help is needed with set up for the Books CafĂ© beginning next Wednesday (after the Ash Wednesday 10 a.m. service) at St. Luke’s. Help is needed to unpack, display and alphabetize soft cover fiction. Work for an hour or two, or spend the day (til 4 pm). No experience necessary! Come join the fun!!

Also on Wednesday, help is needed in the afternoon to haul the remaining books from the depository to St. Luke’s chapel. Contact Mike Bilek at 410–463–0285 for details… moderately strong backs, SUV’s and pick up trucks preferred for the moving effort.

Thursday, Feb 15th and Friday Feb 16th from 10:00 am til 4 pm: Help is needed to continue displaying and alphabetizing paperbacks, as well as the gardening, home arts, fine arts, science fiction, and cook books.

The Books Cafe core group expect to need assistance over the weekend of Feb 17th and 18th. Also, help is needed on Monday thru Wednesday, Feb 19th thru 21st. Look for more detailed information in next week’s Word to the Wyes.

The 16th Annual Books Café Grand Opening for 2018 is at 10:00 a.m. on February 22nd!

The Books CafĂ© needs cashiers!!! Please check your calendars to see if you can volunteer for a two hour stint as cashier for the Books CafĂ© … all time slots for all eight days of the sale have an opportunity for YOU to assist! Call Frankie at 410–827–8364, if you can help out.

Books Café Basics

Thursday through Sunday, February 22 to 25 and from Thursday through Sunday, March 1 to 4 at St. Luke’s Chapel in Queenstown. Sale hours are from 10 am to 6 pm each day. Come for lunch - The homemade soups, chili, and goodies that put the “café” in Books Café will be available at bargain prices throughout each day. Bring your friends!

Attention Wye Parish Bakers

Thursday, February 22 through Sunday, February 25 and Thursday, March 1 through Sunday, March 4 we will be offering luncheon plates and snacks for our Book Sale customers. We would like to have an assortment of individually wrapped cookies, brownies and other types of “goodies” available for purchase as a snack or dessert. Depending on their size, two or three cookies can be wrapped together. Please label what the baked goods are and if they contain “nuts”. Baked goods may be delivered to St. Luke’s between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. any day during the last week in February or first week in March. If you need to have your baked items picked up or you have questions please contact Barbara Perry at 410–725–4314 or barbaraperry36@gmail.com. Thanks!


ECW Ladies please join us for a fun filled 3 days and 2 nights. Nature walks, Bird Watching, Historic tour of Olde Trinity Church, Line Dancing, Cooking, Jammie night with movie time, craft making and much more. Suzanne Sheahan and Mary Julie are planing this get away…Just Us Girls. April 19 - 21. We will be staying at the ROOST ( Suzanne’s Family Retreat ) located in Cambridge, just 50 minutes from Queenstown. Waterfront retreat with room to accommodate 15 for overnight stay, unlimited for those who come for the day. If you are excited about this gathering as we are, call (410.310.3577) or email MaryJulie@ChampionRealty.com to reserve your spot. Much more information to come…

Diocese of Easton


The 150th convention of the Diocese of Easton will take place this year on February 23 and 24 at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge. Musicians from across the diocese are invited to sing in the service of Holy Eucharist on the morning of Friday, February 23 at 9 am. All are welcome to participate, active choir members or not, in this occasion that is so meaningful to the Diocese.

Rehearsals will take place at Trinity Cathedral, 315 Goldsborough Street, Easton this Saturday, February 10 and next Saturday, February 17 at 9 am.

I also ask that you please let me know if you will be participating, as music and folders will need to be prepared. Please contact me, amy@trinitycathedraleaston.com, to sign up.

Thank you! Amy Morgan Director of Music, Trinity Cathedral 410–603–8361

Camp Wright

The registration for Camp Wright’s summer 2018, opened on December 1st. More information available in our January printed issue of Word to the Wyes. Full information on dates and session rates is available on their web site.

Haven Ministries

Many thanks to all who helped serve guest at the shelter on Sunday, January 28th: Connie Cole, Rick Culotta , Debbie Dean, MaryJo Dematteis, Susie Kirchner, Jean Peterson and Judy Webber. Rev. Charlie was present to offer grace and a blessing for the night.

Best Girlfriend Weekend (packed full of fun) – February 23–25, 2018 – Two nights at Aspen Institute, Wye River Conference Center – to benefit Haven Ministries - see poster below for details.

We have two more evenings this winter at Our Haven Shelter, at KIUMC last Sunday.

Note: Night watch team must include one man and one woman per shift; 6:00 pm- midnight. Note: Two or three person team is sufficient for dinner service with one person serving as the leader.

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 – Dinner servers; night watch, breakfast/lunch providers Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 - Dinner servers; night watch, breakfast/lunch providers

Please see me any Sunday, or email to let me know when you would like to help (OK to serve on more than one occasion)

Rev. Charles Osberger


Ellen Smith

Parish Administrator

Bonnie Forgacs

Director of Choral Scholars Program

Wye Parish is a congregation within the Diocese of Easton. For more information on the Episcopal Church and for additional information visit dioceseofeaston.org or episcopalchurch.org.