Wye Parish: Word to the Wyes

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Calendar Highlights

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 16

One All-Parish Service of Morning Prayer
10:00AM St. Luke’s — Morning Prayer
Children’s Church Program

Collect for the the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Deuteronomy 30:15–20
Psalm 119:1–8
1 Corinthians 3:1–9
Matthew 5:21–37

Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, February 23

8:00AM St. Luke’s — Holy Communion 10:00AM
Old Wye — Holy Communion Children’s Church Program

Lent begins Ash Wednesday, February 26th

Two parish services
10 am at Old Wye Church 5 pm at St. Luke’s Chapel

Shrove Tuesday

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.

Pancake Supper

On Tuesday, February 25th, you are invited to the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at St. Luke’s Chapel Parish Hall. The menu is pancakes – plain and blueberry - sausages and cinnamon applesauce, along with Columbian coffee and juice. All you can eat! The cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children 6–12, and free for children 5 and under.

Engage Through Lent

Engage with us through the entire Lent Season: Rev. Dr. Frieda Malcolm will lead a small group study using the Living Compass 2020 Lent devotional Practicing Courage with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind. Mark your calendar for a simple soup supper after the 5:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday service on February 26th to introduce the devotional and decide when to meet during the rest of Lent.

Upcoming class

Rev. Barton will be offering a class on Thursday evenings in February at Christ Church Easton. The class has two parts – Baptism (Thursday 2/20), and Communion (Thursday 2/27). All are welcome to join. For more information or to register for the free classes, please use the link below or control + click on the picture at left. Class sizes are limited so please register early.

Prayer for Annual Parish Stewardship

Accept, O Lord, these gifts which we bring to you, inspire and increase our gratitude for the presence of your Holy Spirit in our lives. We commit our church to your praise and honor, that the name of our Lord Jesus may be worshipped, and his ministry of compassion, healing and new life bring hope to all people. Amen.

Stewardship Update

The Vestry is very thankful for your continued response to this year’s stewardship campaign. At the Annual Meeting, we reported achieving about 75% of goal; as of today that has increased to 90.3%. If you have not yet responded, there is still time to help achieve our 2020 goals. Pledge cards are available at the church office.

Books Café

This event will have, as always, thousands of books available in many categories – cookbooks, crafts, fiction, non-fiction, biography, history, nature, travel, nautical, gardening, children’s books, old & rare, and more.

Bargain-priced lunches and snacks will be available each day to put the café in The Books Café.

Volunteers are welcome – Call: Mike Bilek (410–463–0285), Jim Campbell (410–739–3403), or Don Regenhardt (240–381–4349)

Haven Ministries

Homeless Shelter

Hello fellow Homeless Shelter Volunteers! The Haven Ministries Homeless Shelter opened on October 1st, again at Kent Island United Methodist Church and they are seeking volunteers to prepare dinners (Entré, side, salad or desert) or attend the night shift from 6:30–12:00 pm.

The dates that have been assigned for Wye Parish are:
Friday, January 31
Friday, March 13

However, we have a full signup of volunteers for January 31st dinner but we still need two people for the Evening Fellowship Time and one must be a female. Please contact me if you are interested.

We had a great response last year and looking to another this year. It is easy and fun to help others while going out - “To do the work Christ has given us to do!” For any questions or volunteering please sign up with me, Rick Culotta at: tel:410–829–3129 or wyeheaven@aol.com. or Rev. Charlie. Thank you very much.

Hope Warehouse

Hope Warehouse is open for business. Come out and shop for awesome, previously-owned furniture, appliances, building supplies at deeply discounted prices! Store hours are Thursday-Saturday 10 – 4. They are open for sales and donations during these days and times. Go and check them out!!

Hope Warehouse is a ministry of Haven Ministries. The address is 6527 Friels Road, Queenstown, MD 21658 (dome-shaped building off Rte 301 near the Queenstown Outlets). A Customer Service Job Training Program is also part of this ministry. If you know of anyone interested in this training program, please contact them at 410‑490‑8498.

Pretty in Pink

Save the Date! March 13, 2020!! ‘Pretty in Pink’ Best Girlfriends Night! Hosted by Prospect Bay Country Club Tickets will be on Sale Soon!

Rev. Charles Osberger


Ellen Smith

Parish Administrator

Carmen Renée

Director of Music

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.