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Christ Church East Norwalk eNews
The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

FROM FATHER MONTGOMERY
Dear friends and members of Christ Church,
The Bishop has asked us not to create opportunities for the COVID-19 virus to spread in ECCT Church Buildings and through our programs.  Therefore, we will be suspending all Church meetings and in-person liturgies until further notice.  
Above all let us not give in to hysteria or overreaction but in all things give thanks and rejoice in the Lord.
in Christ,

Fr Ian Montgomery


A MESSAGE FROM THE PROPERTY COMMITTEE:
Now that the Property Committee has completed the Vestibule rehabilitation, we would like to thank four of the Christ Church members for their most valued help to make this project a wonderful success. Ruth Lovallo for her keen eye in choosing the color, tile style, and donating accessories. Jennifer and Bud Krouse for their generous donation of the beautiful chandelier, and last but so important, Lou Lavallo who was a pleasure to work with. He is dependable and a stickler for detail. Most of all, he is a real craftsman. Take a moment to look at this work. I must say that without Lou's help, this project would not have come out this well. It seems there is nothing he can't do, and do well. 
God Bless you all,
 The Property Committee
 

ECCT CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for Grace Church, Hartford; St. Martin’s, Hartford; St. Monica’s, Hartford; ECCT Joint Leadership members of the Mission Council; Missionary Society, Standing Committee; Commission on Ministry and Donations & Bequests.

ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER:  Pray for the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui:  The Most Revd Paul Kwong - Archbishop of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui & Bishop of Hong Kong Island.

VIGIL LIGHT:  The vigil light burns this week for the return to health of all afflicted by illness.

WOMEN'S GROUP:  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.  The family brunch on March 22, has been canceled due to health concerns.

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:   The March 19, meeting has been canceled.  Hopefully, we will review One In A Million Boy by Monica Wood on April 16.  The book chosen for the next meeting 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:  Classes are currently suspended.  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          


 

The Old Testament Lesson
Samuel 16:1-13

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

Psalm 23
Dominus regit me

1 The Lord is my shepherd; *
I shall not be in want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures *
and leads me beside still waters.

3 He revives my soul *
and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.

4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil; *
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *
you have anointed my head with oil,
and my cup is running over.

6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, *
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

The Epistle
Ephesians 5:8-14
Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Sleeper, awake!
Rise from the dead,

and Christ will shine on you.”

The Gospel

John 9:1-41
As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided. So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.”
The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out.
Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.” He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped him. Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”

 
 
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