Calvary Episcopal Church
Children & Youth Ministries Newsletter
February 2021
Reflection of the Month
by Patty Rooss

As I reflect on the theme of love and caring for this February newsletter, I am reminded of the following passage from the Bible (NIV):

Matthew 22:36-40
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

God commands that we love God and our fellow man with all our heart and soul. Not an easy assignment. Even if we apply our best efforts, we are sure to fail in some way. The amazing thing to me is that God continues to love us despite our human flaws. God will never withdraw His love; it is unconditional and unearned. Sometimes we need to be reminded that God loves us, even when we don’t deserve it.

If you can’t feel God’s love, invite the Holy Spirit into your life to guide your path through prayer. Trust that this unbreakable bond is always there for you.
In This Issue

Upcoming Events in February
Zoom Sunday School
CYM General Meeting
More Bible Passages on Love
Valentine Treats
Homemade Pretzels
CYM Bottle & Can Drive
Upcoming Events in February

  • February 4, CYM General Meeting
  • February 14, Valentine's Day
  • February 16, Shrove Tuesday
  • February 17, Ash Wednesday
  • February 28, 10 a.m. Zoom Sunday School
Zoom Sunday School

In December, we had fun with our Zoom Christmas skit! Be sure to look at the photos on our Facebook page. We had fun singing Christmas carols and holiday songs, too! Thank you to all participants.

Thanks also to everyone who participated in our January Zoom Sunday School, especially our readers, prayer leaders, candle lighters, musicians/singers, and commenters. Here’s a link to the meeting’s slideshow. Fr. Harvey’s Children’s Sermon wondered about how it was like for Jesus growing up as the son of a carpenter, how he studied and learned so much, so that even as a boy he astounded others with his knowledge. In Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus as a grown man applied what he learned to teach and heal people. Fr. Robert asked the Sunday School children to consider what they wanted to do when they grew up and encouraged them to listen and learn from their teachers in school. Afterwards, the children discussed some of their New Year's Resolutions and said what they wanted to be when they grew up. If you wish to hear Fr. Harvey's Children's Sermon, it begins at around 20:30 minutes into the 4 Epiphany Service 1/31/21, available here.

Our next Zoom Sunday School will be Sunday, February 28.
CYM General Meeting

CYM’s next General Meeting will be on Thursday, 2/4/21 at 7 pm. Here is the Zoom link.

The meeting will go over feedback on our Zoom Sunday School and past events, brainstorm some ideas on how to observe Lent and Easter, and discuss possible ways to have the kids and/or families interact more socially.
Ash Wednesday at Home
 
Wednesday, February 17 is Ash Wednesday and a service will be streamed on the website.

Last year, over 500 people received Ashes to Go. With the pandemic, it is not safe to impose ashes on so many people! Instead, Calvary will offer Ashes to Go kits. Those who drive up between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. will receive a small bag of ashes with written instructions and prayers, which can be shared with the whole family.

If you wish, you may bring a canned good or other nonperishable food item with you when you pick up your bag of ashes. The food collected will be brought to FeedMore of Western New York.
More Bible Passages on Love

“Yes, Jesus loves me; the Bible tells me so.” As part of this month’s theme of loving and caring, here are more passages from the New Testament that tell us about love.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8)

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. (John 3:16)

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:7-8)
Valentine Treats

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with some treats to try at home:

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Mini Pretzel Sticks with Sprinkles
Homemade Pretzels

Do you miss Pretzel Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Zebrowski? In previous years, Calvary Sunday School would make pretzels, known as “prayer bread,” around Ash Wednesday (which we will observe on 2/17 this year). The shape of a pretzel is meant to look like two arms crossed in prayer, reminding people to pray during Lent. It’s also a Lenten tradition in parts of Europe to give pretzels to the poor. Here is a recipe for homemade pretzels that you may want to try at home. I hope they’re as delicious as the ones made by the Zebrowskis!
CYM Bottle & Can Drive

Thanks to everyone who brought their redeemable beverage bottles and cans to The Millersport Recycling Bottle & Can Redemption Center at 803 Millersport Highway and crediting returns to "Calvary Episcopal Church."  Despite the pandemic, our drive raised over $340 in 2020. CYM donated $200 to Episcopal Relief and Develop’s Covid-19 Pandemic Relief and $140 to the SPCA Serving Erie County. Please continue to support our drive. It’s been suggested that we make our next donation to the Buffalo City Mission, probably near Easter.
Dear God,
Thank You that You provide for all our needs.
Thank You that we can trust You to turn the small things we give You into something big that can make a huge difference.
Help us to be generous with everything we have, just as You are so generous in giving us these things.
Amen.
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