May 22 - May 29
Trinity Sunday
Reflection     

Brandon Ashcraft's final sermon as an intern is well worth the read. . .

My maternal grandparents did not like the word "good-bye" - in fact, they adamantly refused to say it; not at the end of a phone call nor at the end of a visit, you would never hear them utter this word. They were insistent that the word "good-bye" was simply too final, so instead, they said "toodaloo." I admit, this is a ridiculous sounding word if you're not accustomed to it, but it has come to occupy a central place in my family's lexicon. And if you think about it, there's something eminently Christian about this resistance to thinking of farewells as final...for as Christians, the promise and hope of eternal life beyond this earthly life is fundamental to our faith. So if even death is not the end for us, our good-byes are never really final.   To read more, click here. . .  

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Link/Pic of the Week 
Cool moving sculpture of Franz Kafka (thank you Karen Warren) . . .


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Perceptum 
The chair of the board of trustees at Wooster, Jim Mustich, is stepping down after 8 years at the helm.  He offered some comments at the recent  school gala.  The first 2 1/2 pages are probably not so engaging, unless you know Wooster.  What follows after that is stellar and universal.  He begins:

Some time ago I came across a sentence by the literary critic Hugh Kenner that has become something of a watchword for me, because it offers useful guidance on so many aspects of life, and it provides a through-line on which to hang the thanks I'd like to give tonight:
 

      "What you're taking for granted is always more important than whatever you have your mind fixed on."


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Calendar

Sunday, May 22--Trinity Sunday  & LOAD A TRUCK SUNDAY (Bring Canned Goods to Church)

8:00 AM      Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                     Celebrant: Debra Slade
                     Preacher: Brandon Ashcraft
                     Vicar:  Debra Slade
                     Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                     
10:00 AM    Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
                     Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                     Preacher: Brandon Ashcraft
                     Vicar:  Debra Slade
                     Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                     
11:15 AM    Book Club:   The Road to Character (Church)

11:15 AM    Web Committee Meeting (Church)

11:15 AM    Music Committee(Church)

     This Week at a Glance 

       Wednesday, May 27 - Tuesday, May 31-- Pastor Mark away on vacation

        Saturday (28)   
        5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Worship  (Church)
   
         Sunday (29)  Second Sunday after Pentecost
  8:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church) 
  10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)  
  11:00 AM  Special Coffee Hour and presentation by Edrice Viechweg regarding her work in St. Kitts

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Upcoming

Friday, May 27 - Tuesday, May 31
Pastor Mark away for vacation

Wednesday, June 1 @ 7:00 AM (Stamford Marriott)
Neighbors Link Stamford Spring Breakfast Benefit

Saturday, June 4 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping Morning

Saturday, June 4@ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Service

Sunday, June 5 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Parish Picnic

Wednesday, June 8 @ 6:30 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Wednesday, June 15 @ 7:30 PM (Church)
Vestry

Thursday, June 16 @ 11:00 AM 
Edgehill Eucharist

Sunday, June 19 - Friday, June 24
Pastor Mark away for vacation

Saturday, June 25 @ 
First 70--Hoe Down at Lillian Kraemer's Home

Sunday, July 3 @ 2:30 PM
Southbury Lutheran Home Service

Saturday, July 9 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping Morning

Saturday, July 9
First 70--Dinner Sail on the Sound

Wednesday, July 13 @ 6:30 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Sunday, July 17 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

Tuesday, July 19 @ 4:30 PM
Neighbors Link Board Meeting

Thursday, July 28 @ 11:00 AM
Edgehill Eucharist

Saturday, August 13
First 70--Extraordinary Dinner with Asian Flair

Saturday, August 20
First 70--Powerboat Cruising on the Sound

Sunday, September 11 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Rally Sunday, Beginning of Christian Education, Choir Returns

Saturday, September 17
First 70--Margie's Pig Roast

Sunday, September 25 @ 8:00 AM (Historic Church)
Joint Eucharistic Service

Sunday, September 25 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
4th Annual Miles for a Mission Road Race

Saturday, November 12
First 70--John Dugdale Exhibition

Sunday, November 13
First 70--Happy 70th Anniversary St. Francis!!!

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St. Francis
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there
is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is d
oubt, faith;
where there i
s despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

 

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Rev. Mark Lingle
493 Old Long Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06903
203.570.6226
marklingle.pastor@gmail.com