Eastern Shore Chapel 2021 Lenten Programming
While our current guidelines prohibit in-person gathering, Eastern Shore Chapel invites you “to the observance of a holy Lent” (BCP 265) by offering many resources for reflection and spiritual formation both in community and in your individual faith journey. This year, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021, forty-plus days before Easter Sunday on April 4, 2021.
Below is a schedule of our Lenten activities:
Fat Tuesday Drive-thru Festival!
Tuesday, February 16, 4-6 PM
Missing the annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper? Join us for the Fat Tuesday Drive-thru Festival at ESC! We will not have pancakes, but there will be CUPCAKES from the Mobile Unit of Twisted Sisters Cupcakes & Sugar Shack Café, courtesy of the ESC peanut group.

In addition to complimentary cupcakes, Communion Kits and Ashes for Ash Wednesday will be distributed in sealed packaging. You will also receive a Household Lenten Kit which includes the daily devotional “Living Well Through Lent,” an Alleluia Coloring Page, and a “Bless this Mess” Lenten Calendar. Supplies and Instructions for all materials will be included in the kit.

Simply pull up to the front steps of the sanctuary between 4-6 PM on Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) February 16.
Ash Wednesday
February 17
Our Ash Wednesday Service will be available to watch on our YouTube Channel. You can pick up Ashes during the Fat Tuesday Drive-Thru Festival on Tuesday the 16th from 4-6pm. Directions for Imposition of Ashes at home will be given during the YouTube service.
Communion Distribution Dates During Lent

During our Lenten Season, we will be offering opportunities to pick up Communion kits to receive during our Holy Eucharist Rite II service on our YouTube Channel. Beginning on Tuesday, February 16 from 4-6pm, Communion kits for two Sunday services will be available for pick-up at the church. Simply drive by the main office entrance and remain in your car. Please mark your calendars for the next distribution dates, if you would like to receive Communion kits:
  • Saturday March 6, 9-11am
  • Saturday March 20, 9-11am
  • Saturday, March 27, 9-11am (will include resources for Palm Sunday and Holy Week)
Virtual Group Gatherings During Lent
Lenten Bible Study
Online zoom meeting
Begins Thursday, February 18, 10:00am-11:00am
Epistles of John six-week Bible Study with Rev. Cameron Randle
Written in response to a conflict over the divinity and humanity of Jesus, the Epistles of John offer some of the most poignant and compelling gems of scripture in the entire New Testament. We will study the five brief chapters in I John and take a combined look at the single chapters in II & III John.
A Zoom link will be emailed each week, providing entry to the online session.
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.” (I John 4:7-8)
Book Study
Online zoom meeting
Begins Sunday, February 21, 6:00pm-7:00pm
The Great Belonging six-week Book Study with Rev. Cameron Randle
Author Charlotte Donlon has written a book uniquely relevant to our times. In The Great Belonging: How Loneliness Leads Us to Each Other, Donlon acknowledges that loneliness is thought to have reached epidemic proportions. This is especially true in the midst of a world pandemic. Yet Donlon argues that we can, and should, accept loneliness as a normal companion on our life journeys. Her experience as a spiritual director and writer has convinced her that loneliness is an inherent part of the human condition. We ought to encounter it with an attitude of curiosity, she posits.
In this year’s Lenten book study, we will explore five areas of belonging: to ourselves, to others, to art, to places and to God. Within each category, we’ll examine how loneliness can actually point us to a stronger understanding of what it means to belong. In her Foreward to The Great Belonging, author and Episcopal priest Lauren Winner says, “ …loneliness is a right response—an insightful response—to the ways intimacy and distance are insistently threaded together in all our lives.”
Please contact the Parish Book Store at 757-425-0114 to reserve your copy of The Great Belonging. A Zoom link will be emailed each week, providing entry to the online session.
Essential Practices
Online zoom meeting
Begins Wednesday, Feb 24, 7-8pm for six weeks
Essential Practices of the Faith with Rev. Melody Perdue.

Essential. It’s a word we’ve heard quite frequently in the past year, as we’ve struggled to determine what services and roles were absolutely necessary and critical to our survival while maintaining our physical health and safety. Essential workers, essential services, essential supplies… our state and national leaders could not always agree entirely who and what fit into those categories, but the discussion and designation was important.
Essential. Are there faith practices designated as critical and absolutely necessary to our spiritual survival? At the very least, can certain practices help maintain our spiritual health and well-being, regardless of the circumstances that surround us?

Praise, Hearing God’s voice, Relinquishment, Forgiveness, Listening Prayer, and Lament, are six practices we will discuss and implement during this devotional study. You can register for the study by sending an email to Rev. Melody at mperdue@easternshorechapel.org. Email registration is required as there is a short, 5-minute devotional reading which will be sent via email before each group meeting. Please contact Rev. Melody with any questions. A notebook or journal is recommended for the study.
First Friday Men's Breakfast meets virtually this Friday

This Friday (February 5) is the First Friday of the Month. First Friday Men's Breakfast will meet, as has become our custom, on ZOOM. Just click here to join the meeting (Meeting ID: 821 8176 1088; Passcode: ESC#1). Please note, I have set this as a recurring meeting so this link will be good for future breakfasts as long as we have to ZOOM. I will open the ZOOM at 7:00, our formal (?) meeting will begin at 7:30 and end no later than 8:30. We will discuss all of the goings on at church and the readings for next Sunday, which can be found here. Please try to join us. I know it is early for some, but sometimes it's good to get up a little earlier than usual once in a while. We will all be made richer by your presence.
Community of the Gospel offers Lectio in Lent

The Community of the Gospel (CG), an ecumenical non-residential monastic community with standing in The Episcopal Church announces Lectio in Lent. Using the ancient monastic method of praying the Scriptures, participants will deepen their paschal journeys by focusing on several texts traditionally associated with Lent.

The facilitator will be Br. John Charles Westaway, CG, Deputy Guardian of the CG and long-time member of St. Paul in the Desert Episcopal Church, Palm Springs, CA. Br. John Charles is the Chaplain of the Daughters of the King, active in hunger ministries, and involved in diocesan activities.

The Community of the Gospel invites all to join in Lectio in Lent. The event is free of charge. Zoom invites will be issued to those who sign up ahead of time at this Doodle poll. Additional information may be obtained from Br. Daniel-Chad Hoffman, CG Guardian at danhoffma@gmail.com. See more in Episcopal News Service.
Daily Morning Prayer

Our “new normal” requires us to go to church “virtually”. It is surely better than not going to church at all, but it is certainly different.

The final prayer in the Morning Daily Office is the Prayer Attributed to St. Chrysostom. It’s a beautiful and uplifting prayer; the rhythm and the message are comforting and familiar. In it Jesus’ promise in Matthew 18:20 is repeated “you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them…”

It is not hard to imagine Jesus’ presence when you are standing with friends, maybe holding hands, in a circle praying; or in a pew with family and friends singing to rousing organ music. There is a warmth felt deeply that assures you that indeed the Holy Spirit is there, that the Creator hears your prayers and that, at least for the moment, all is right with the world.

So, what happens in a ZOOM service, or when you watch church on YouTube? Can Jesus be present on ZOOM?

Join us for the Daily Morning Office each morning (except Sunday) and see for yourself. Try it for a couple of days and see if you don’t feel His presence right there in front of your computer. We begin at 7:30 AM sharp and are done by 8:00 AM. It is a great way to start your day. Join us won’t you? All are invited, all are welcome! Just click here to join.
Chapel Pantry Update
By Kay O'Reilly, Chapel Pantry Coordinator

The Pantry served 412 families Saturday, as our numbers creep back up following the last federal stimulus checks in late December. Pantry guests continue to tell us how much the help with food means to them and what a difference it makes in their daily lives.

Yesterday’s mail brought good news! We received a $3,000 grant from the Phase Foundation, a grant for which we applied last year. This grant will go a long way to help us serve our community.

Did you know that many of our Saturday volunteers are teens choosing to do their required school community service hours at the Pantry? If you are a high school or middle school student needing service hours we can help. Contact Kay O’Reilly at koreilly@easternshorechapel.org to sign up.
Organ recital blue-ray discs available for purchase

Blue-ray video disc recordings are now available of the organ recital played by Dr. Martin Sunderland on Nov. 22, 2020 at Eastern Shore Chapel. Purchases of the recital disc are $20. Please contact Dr. Sunderland, msunderland@easternshorechapel.net, should you wish to purchase a copy.
Parish Book Store: Shop online and by appointment

Thanks to all who have ordered from bookshop.org/shop/parishbookstore. The Parish Book Store made $300 from those sales (30% from each book’s purchase price). But that is not all! Because we are affiliated with bookshop.org, we earned a 10% share of its overall profits (over $10 million from books purchased through its web site) which came to $1,895! The Parish Book Store has ended this pandemic-stricken year IN THE BLACK! Please continue to order books from bookshop.org/shop/parishbookstore, and remember, we are open by appointment. Call us (757-425-0114) or email us (books@easternshorechapel.org) and we will set up a time to meet at your convenience.
Parish Day School: Registration now open for current families and ESC parishioners

Parish Day School is preparing for our 2021-2022 School year registration. This process opened on Feb. 1, 2021 online for our current families and church parishioners. Please contact pds@easternshorechapel.org or call 757-491-6130 if you are interested in registering a student for preschool. 
Our youngest learners have been working hard developing their fine motor skills through play. Our students spend their day painting, coloring, exploring sensory bins and reading stories with their teachers. It is so much fun to be in preschool!
Ongoing at ESC
Daily Prayer Opportunities
Each morning (except Sunday) a group gathers on ZOOM to practice Daily Morning Prayer. It is lay led, each day with a different leader. Since March 25 we have had 221 services with over 800 attendees. Average attendance is 3.6 souls. Attendance has improved in December, average is 4.5 souls! Join us for a Holy Spirit filled thirty minutes – a glorious way to start your day. The service starts promptly at 7:30 am and is completed by 8:00. Click here or go to ZOOM.US and enter meeting number 562 715 368; passcode John1513. If you are more inclined, Evening Prayer is available also. ZOOM meeting number 869 9363 5805 password Ex1414. The service starts at 7:00 pm.
Zoom with your Sunday School class!
Join friends and teachers, by Zoom, as they meet and discuss lessons from this year’s curriculum – Feasting on the Word. Confirmation classes for students in the Senior High Class meet on the first and third Sundays of the month during the regular Sunday School hour at 9:10 a.m. Classes on the second and fourth Sundays include Lectionary based topics. To discuss formation needs or other questions, please contact Patti Glowatsky (pglowatsky@easternshorechapel.org), Director of Family Formation:
Prayer Cards for Deployed Service Members
If you would like a prayer card sent to your deployed service member please contact Bill Hunter at whunter9@cox.net or 757-402-6384. Please let Bill know if deployed military members have returned so that he can welcome them back and remove them from the deployed military prayer list. Sponsors should contact Bill with contact info for formerly deployed members.
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