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Christ Church East Norwalk eNews
The Second Sunday of Lent
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A MESSAGE FROM FR. IAN: Dear Members and Friends of Christ Church,
As we enter this Lenten season of “self-examination, and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word” begin to think not only about what you will give up but also what you will take on. For example, you may wish to give up alcohol. You may wish to take on the Monday morning Dial-in Bible Study. You may wish to give up one meal per day. You may wish to put the money aside that you would have spent on that and give it to a local food bank or soup kitchen. Begin to think of things that you can give up that will remind you by their absence of God’s presence in your life and things you can take on that will make that presence manifest in your heart and mind — in word and in deed. 
Ian
(The Rev’d) Fr Ian B. Montgomery
Priest-in-Charge


ECCT CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for St. Barnabas’, Greenwich; Christ Church, Guilford; St. John’s, Guilford; all ministries to, with, and for women and the Girl’s Friendly Society.
 
ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for the Province de L'Eglise Anglicane Du Congo; The Most Revd Zacharie Masimango Katanda - Archbishop of the Congo & Bishop of Kindu

ALTAR FLOWERS:   The flowers near the Altar are offered to the Glory of God, and in loving memory of Brian James West by his family.  He lives on in our hearts forever.

VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week in loving memory of Fred Meola by George Helwig and family.

WOMEN'S GROUP:     The next meeting will be on March 15, at 11:15 am.  This is an important meeting to plan for the Easter Season.  A reminder: on the first Sunday of every month, the coffee hour will be hosted by the women's group. It is pot luck so bring in something small to share: cookies, cheese & crackers, etc. The coffee hour on the other Sundays of the month will be simple refreshments.  There will be a family brunch on March 22, Mothering Sunday, after the 10 am service.

AUTUMN LAKE: The March service of hymns and Eucharist has been canceled due to health concerns.  Information on the April service will be announced at a later date.

BOOK BUNCH:   For the March 19, meeting, we will review One In A Million Boy by Monica Wood.  The book chosen for the meeting on April 16, is Boys In The Trees by Carly Simon.  Please contact Debbie Ross at dross56@aol.com for more details.

WELLNESS FAIR:  message from Joyce Generoso:
 Christ Church will host the Fairfield County Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 18, from 9:30-4:00 pm.   This is our first major event of the year.  What better time than the Spring to gain some insight into weight loss through healthy eating and exercise!  Our Title Sponsor is Access Health CT which will talk about affordable health care.  So far we have Norwalk Hospital on board conducting blood pressure screening and bicycle safety.  Brain Balance will be here along with Crunch Fitness and F45 which is circuit training located in Westport.  The Center for Vein Restoration will be here.  I will be conducting Yoga and Pilates demonstrations.  We are working on lining up dietitians as well, and my daughter will be preparing healthy snacks and meals.  Each vendor will have great raffle prizes as well.  Hope to see you all at the fair!
Please save the date to volunteer and let Joyce and Paul know if you have any ideas for sponsors!

YOGA FUSION: Joyce Generoso teaches Yoga Fusion, a blend of Yoga and Pilates, in the large parish hall on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30.  All levels are welcome. Call or email Joyce with any questions or concerns.  All classes have a $10 suggested donation.   Bring a yoga mat, a small pillow and a bottle of water.  
Joyce:  Cell 203-984-3050: Email:  Jageneroso@aol.com


BACKPACK CLUBS:   Barbara Felter, the point person, (203-847-5237) will collect donations so that the schools can distribute food to kids in need.  Items may be left in the basket near the pulpit or presented at the offertory.
Items needed:
Juice Boxes                       Milk Boxes (same style, like Parmalat)
Single Serve Cereals       Instant Oatmeal Packets (not cardboard)              
Fruit Snacks                     Chef Boyardee Ravioli Cups w/pull tops
Fruit Cups                         Macaroni and Cheese Cups w/pull tops
Granola Bars                     Single Serve Chips/Popcorn          

THIS WEEK AT WORSHIP: 
Organist:  Stephen Rumpf   
Usher:  Lou Lovallo
Reader and Intercessor: Bunny Zamm
Altar Guild:  Barbara Judson and Debbie Ross
Celebrant: Fr. Ian Montgomery

 

The Old Testament Lesson
Genesis 12:1-4a

The Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you, all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him.

Psalm 121
Levavi oculos

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills; *
from where is my help to come?

2 My help comes from the Lord, *
the maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot be moved *
and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.

4 Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel *
shall neither slumber nor sleep;

5 The Lord himself watches over you; *
the Lord is your shade at your right hand,

6 So that the sun shall not strike you by day, *
nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; *
it is he who shall keep you safe.

8 The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in, *
from this time forth for evermore.

The Epistle
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness.

For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.

For this reason, it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”) —in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

The Gospel
John 3:1-17

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

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