We welcomed the Holmes family and the Marsh family
to St. Augustine's family last Sunday.


Greetings!

What a day!

On Sunday, January 27, 2019, we received two families into the parish of St. Augustine’s: The Holmes family and the Marshes. All are lovely souls who love the Lord and the good folks at St. Auggie’s! We have received a blessing directly from heaven, and we rejoice.

After the service, we gathered for our annual church meeting and potluck. We feasted on scrumptious food from all over the world, reviewed our parish’s Kingdom Work in 2018, and mapped out our plans for the new year.

We are changed by God to make a difference for God. Thanks be to God for equipping us with soldiers of the Cross who follow Jesus and want to make a difference in His earthly Kingdom.

Click here to see photos of the day.
This coming Sunday we will celebrate the feast of the Presentation of Christ at the Temple in Jerusalem. This is the day when Mary and Joseph came to the Temple to complete Mary’s purification process and to perform the redemption of the firstborn, where they offered Jesus as holy (set apart for service) to the Lord. Both were prescribed by the Law of Moses and neither ritual was unique to Jesus. This feast day also came to be known as Candlemas, or the Festival Day of Candles, in which the priest would bless candles for use in the local church for the coming year and would occasionally send some of them home with his parishioners for them to use. It is one of the earliest known feasts to be celebrated by the Church.

Candlemas falls 40 days from the birth of Jesus because that is the day Mary would have completed her purification process as prescribed by the Law, which means that Candlemas always falls on February 2. It is also the midpoint between the winter solstice and spring equinox and before there ever was a Groundhog Day (also observed on February 2), tradition held that when Candlemas fell on a sunny day, there was more winter to come. But when it fell on a cloudy, wet, or stormy day, it meant that the worst of winter was over. Tradition also holds that any Christmas decorations not taken down by Twelfth Night (January 5) should be left up until Candlemas and then taken down. Candlemas also officially marks the end of the Epiphany season, a season in which the Church celebrates Christ as being the light to the world. 

It is within the feast that we will share the joy of the Holmes family this coming Sunday as the three children are baptized. This joyous occasion in the life of St. Augustine's reminds us of our own baptism and the love that we know in Jesus.
BIG Sunday has been moved to the second Sunday this month, February 10th. Thank you for bringing supplies and monetary donations for Citizens for Humane Action (CHA). Also, the contributions you make to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund help folks tangible ways, just as Christ does through His servants (us!).
AND, we will celebrate February birthdays and anniversaries!
Don't forget to sign up for worship service responsibilities for February. Click here to go to the Survey Monkey site.
Quarterly Healing Service Feb. 10th
Each quarter, St. Augustine’s holds a healing service, which provides an opportunity for the congregants to receive an anointing with holy oil and a prayer.  On Sunday, February 10th, priests and prayer intercessors will place oil on those desiring it and pray with them.
In the name of God and trusting in his might alone, receive Christ’s healing touch to make you whole. May Christ bring you wholeness of body, mind, and spirit, deliver you from every evil, and give you his peace. Amen.
Dr. Bob's C.S. Lewis Fireside Chats Continue
The next Fireside chat is Tuesday, February 5th. If you are not on the mailing list and are interested in attending, let Dr. Bob know on Sunday. From all reports, Miss Beth has snacks - and it's a cozy intergenerational group all set on learning something new about C.S. Lewis and his writings.
Dr. SAC Collins gathering groceries during a Lenten food drive in 2014.
St. Ann is planning a St. Auggie's food drive for WARM (Westerville Area Resource Ministry) in conjunction with St. Nicholas Anglican (Fr. Terry's church) to support those who are suffering because of the government shutdown. She will provide bags on Sunday, February 10th and will collect them on Sunday, February 17th. Thank you for your support in this worthy cause to help those in pain.
It's Fellowship Night at the Polaris California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) on
Wednesday, February 27. Reunite with your St. Auggie's pals midweek and fatten up before Lent begins! CPK will donate 20% of sales back to the church for our capital campaign. We all have to eat...why not for a cause? Flash the attached flyer to get credit. You can go anytime of day. Please bring your family and friends to join in the fun, too.

Best,
Mary Megan
Fr. Philip and Philarice are the proud owners of a most glorious home in Canal-Winchester. Hopefully, St. Augustine's will figure out a way to celebrate this monumental step in the lives of these new US citizens and beloved members of our church family!
Do you see what *I* see?
It's a new house for the Sang family!!
Fr. Kevin exorcised each room before the family moved in on January 28, 2019
Some fine, strong Kenyan friends (and members of St. Auggie's), led by track star Victor, moved the family, truckload by truckload.
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Birthday Cake
Birthdays
Feb. 19 
Dorthia W. 
Feb. 23 
Sharon M. 
Feb. 28 
David A. 

Anniversaries 
Feb. 11 
Ben and Wendy W.

If we do not have your birthday/anniversary listed, please let Kathy Darling or Fr. Kevin know!
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