Feb 28
March 3, 2020, 2:36 PM
 
February 28, 2020
 
The following article is a bold call to intercessory prayer from the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America. The ACNA is one of 39 totally autonomous Anglican and Episcopal denominations around the world. Our dear neighbors next door at St. Mark's are part of the Episcopal Church in the USA. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a movement of unity and wholeness which means we join hearts and hands with all other churches who proclaim that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Let us hear and receive
this godly call to prayer from the leader of the
Anglican Churches in North America. 
 
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent: by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and alms-giving; and by reading and meditating of God's holy Word - BCP2019, p. 544
 
 
Dearly Beloved in Jesus Christ,
As you and I begin the observance of Lent on this Ash Wednesday, I want to ask you to build into your Lenten observance specific times of prayer (and fasting) asking for God's intervention in the spread of the Coronavirus in North America and all around the world.
Dr. Nancy Messionnier, the director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, said yesterday that it is only a matter of time before the virus now labeled COVID-19 begins to spread across North America. Saying that schools and businesses should begin preparing now, she said: "I understand this whole situation may seem overwhelming and that disruption to everyday life may be severe. But these are things that people need to start thinking about now."
This is where you and I can make a difference in prayer. If you are going to give up something this Lent, give up "time" and use that time in prayer. If you are going to take something on this Lent, take up specific times in intercessory prayer. Ask God to eradicate this virus. Ask him to intervene. Ask him to help public health officials, doctors, and government officials with wisdom and guidance. Ask him to heal the victims and comfort those who have lost loved-ones. Let us pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are facing this virus right now in China, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Iran, Italy, and so many other places.
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and sound judgment (2 Tim.1:7). Let us walk and live in God's wisdom asking for his help, and trusting in His mercy.
In Christ,
 
The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church in North America
 
 
Saturday, March 7~ 9am
All Church Breakfast
sponsored by Male Call
& Painting Party
The Male Call Men will be cooking!!!- come and enjoy
a great breakfast at 9:00 and stay an hour or so to help complete the painting in the Education Wing. All the supplies are on hand, we just need YOUR hand (everyone from 1 to 101) to help finish this project. For more information contact
Leta in the church office!
 
THIS SUNDAY:
We will be celebrating Elizabeth's and Garrett's recent wedding with a "Money Tree" and showering them
with our love and congratulations after worship. Join us in
Fellowship Hall for refreshments and a chance
to greet the Newleyweds!!!~
 
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At our 10:30 Celebration Richard will solo and
Prince will give a talk titled,
"God's Missional Community," which he says
is a boring title but he can't think of a different title.
He hopes the talk isn't boring. 
 
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Mendez Celebration bags:
We are in need of individual packages of Goldfish crackers for the bags. These bags are given out monthly by the school to each child who has a birthday that month. Remember to stop by the table in fellowship hall to assemble a few bags now and then. Thank you. 
 
Parents:
Check your in box for an email from Gael about children’s activities for Lent and summer.
 
Save the Date:
Baby Shower for Traci and Kyle Stapp on March 29
after Sunday Celebration. It’s a girl!
 
Starts Tonight!
Men's Retreat ~ February 28-29
 
Join us at the 2020 BBA/CPA Men’s Retreat
on February 28 – 29 at the Disciple Oaks Conf. Center in Gonzales t
o worship together and participate in a discussion of this important topic.
 
• Speaker: Dr. Michael Passmore – Sr Minister, Central Christian Church, San Antonio
• Music: Joel Pereira – Worship Pastor, First Christian Church, McAllen
• Hospitality Scott Miller and the entire staff of Disciple Oaks Camp and Retreat
817 926 4687 • Call to register today!!
For Registration please check out the flyer