This Week's Announcements

Our Schedule of Services:

Here is our schedule;

more information may be found by downloading the bulletin.

Sunday, February 11

8:30 AM Service of Holy Eucharist

Sunday 8:30 Bulletin

10:30 AM Service of Holy Eucharist

Sunday 10:30 Bulletin

Link For Facebook

Wednesday, February 14

12:00 PM & 6:30 PM Services of Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

Bulletins for the 12:00 PM & 6:30 PM Ash Wednesday Services May be Found at This Link by Tuesday, February 13

COPE Immediate Need

Christian Outreach Program of Elkhorn has an immediate need for:

  • Beans with protein(pinto, kidney, black, garbanzo, great northern, refried, chili, etc.)
  • Canned Chicken
  • Canned Fruit

If you are able to bring any of these items, we will be collecting them on the table to your left as you walk in the red doors. Thank you!

Registration is full for this event via Zoom, but we will be allowing seats for a "watch party" here at church. If you are interested in joining us here, please let Fr. Ben know you'll be joining us.


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Feed Tuesday, February 13, 5-7 PM

Youth Group will be running their Annual Pancake Feed on Shrove Tuesday, February 13. Last year, we had a great turnout on Tuesday, so we thought we’d try that again! Take the day off from cooking dinner and head here instead. Youth will be taking goodwill donations that go toward the youth reserve funds. 

There will be NO Church Family Dinner or Youth Group on Ash Wednesday, February 14. Thanks for your Support!  

Ash Wednesday Services

Wednesday, February 14 12:00 PM & 6:30 PM

Lent begins Wednesday February 14, we will have two Eucharistic services with Imposition of Ashes that day. The Noon service will also be streamed via Facebook.

The Special Offering for February is the Youth Pancake Dinner

Our February special collection benefits our many youth programs and opportunities, including Camp Canterbury.

In January, we raised $312.00 to benefit our Seminarian Fund. Thank you everyone for your generosity! 

Our January Blood Drive was a great success! Together we donated 31 units of blood.

The Triennial Meeting of Episcopal Church Women Honors Dn. Rebecca Smith

In conjunction with The General Convention of the Episcopal Church held every three years, Episcopal Church Women from around the world meet to share ideas, attend informative workshops, worship, sing, laugh, listen to wonderful speakers, and become filled with hope and ideas for their own parishes and dioceses. Women’s Ministries sends 4 delegates from the Diocese of Nebraska.

At each Triennial Meeting, each diocese honors one woman for the Distinguished Woman Award. The diocese is encouraged to select one woman whose Christian principles are lived out in both her secular and sacred communities. This year, that woman is our very own Deacon Rebecca Smith! She will be traveling this summer to Louisville, Kentucky to accept her award. Please pray for her safe travels, as well as for her continued ministries of Read Me a Story & her book Pushing the Jesus Button, Prayers from a Deacon’s Heart. When you see her, be sure to offer your congratulations.  

Our Monuments and Roads Podcast Launched!

Fr Ben has been working with our DioNeb group who attended the Monuments and Roads Pilgrimage this past June. One dream of this group was to create a podcast as a space to share stories from the trip and other insights from the DioNeb Racial Reconciliation Ministry as one more way to help us learn and talk about God's healing love and a vision of a reunited humanity. That podcast has been launched, with Fr Ben hosting the interviews! We had about a half-dozen St A's members attend the Pilgrimage, and about three dozen who have participated in the Sacred Ground curriculum that has been the foundation of this work in DioNeb, so expect to hear some familiar voices down the road! The episodes are brief, interview-style episodes, and the podcast is currently up on Spotify, with plans to expand to other major platforms such as Apple Podcasts. For now, you can start listening here

Breast Cancer Support Group

Second Sunday's at 9:45 AM

The Breast cancer support group will meet on the second Sunday each month at 9:45 in the care room. 

If you have any questions contact Barb or Lynette. 

Church Family Dinners Continue into the New Year!

We have enjoyed spending dinner time with you all, and are excited to continue our new Wednesday Dinner tradition in 2024!

There is NO Dinner Wednesday, February 14th, but please join us for the Youth Pancake Feed Tuesday!

We are always looking for more dinner planners, cookers, helpers. If this is something you think you would enjoy for one Wednesday, a year, month, or week please let us know!

If you would enjoy helping with the entire or partial meal on a Wednesday, please let Kate know. We do also have a sign up genius to pick any date to help with dinner. CLICK HERE to access that. This is a community gathering, any and all help is welcome!

Children's Storytime at Wednesday Night Dinner

Beginning in Lent, children 5th grade and younger are invited to participate in songs, stories and God’s love! We will meet from about 6:20-6:40 PM after the Wednesday Night Dinner in one of the Sunday School rooms. If you enjoy songs and stories and are interested in working with our children during this time, please email Mtr. Lisa.

Elaine Randall Book Club

Tuesday, February 27, 11:30 AM

The Elaine Randal Book Club meets once a month on Tuesday's at 11:30 AM. All are welcome! The books to read for the February meeting are Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox and Killers of the Flower Moon by David Gann. There are Book Bags in the Parish Hall. Please Contact Rhonda or Nancy for questions.

Tuesday Bible Study

Join us for a brown bag lunch survey on the Psalms, our last week is February 13th, 12-1 PM. We will discover types of Psalms, including Hymns, Psalms of Complaint, Royal Psalms, Wisdom Psalms, the Human Condition, the Character of God and the Psalms of Poetry. You are welcome to join, even if you missed the first 2 sessions. If you are unable to make it and would like to join via Zoom, please Click Here

Join the Altar Guild!!

Early this year, we're recruiting helpers for our Altar Guild. These guilds are a traditional part of Episcopal churches, and the members are men and women who take care of the worship preparations in our sanctuary -- a tradition that goes back to early Biblical instructions, where particular people were given the care of the Temple and the duty to care for it. Our Altar Guild sets up for weekly worship, and leads the parish in some of our special preparations such as putting up holiday greenery each year at Advent time. Altar Guild volunteers can be individuals or families, and the duties involve setting up either midweek or on Sunday mornings, depending on the service. If you'd like to know more, please call or e-mail Fr Ben.

Lenten Devotions with Daughters of the King: February 26, March 11 & March 25 at 10:00 AM

Living-Compass Lenten 2024 Devotionals are now available in several formats for those of you seeking a deeper experience of Lent. Living Well Through Lent: Practicing Forgiveness with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind is written by 9 Episcopalians. Their six weeks of daily reflections on scripture, prayers, and contemplative practices are available for your free personal use as:

1) a printed booklet in our narthex; 

2) a daily email for 40 days;

3) a down-loadable 94 page pdf file from : or on Kindle for 99 cents.

In addition, all are invited to Zoom group discussions of the readings led by members of St A’s Chapter of the Order of the Daughters of the King on 3 Mondays 10-11 a.m. Feb 26, March 11, and March 25. (call or text Carol Ott 402-469-9264 for the Zoom link, questions, and/or if trouble in accessing the pdf file.

Lent Madness

During Lent, we will celebrate saints of the Episcopal Church through the 2024 Lent Madness, as we wait to discover who will win the Golden Halo this year. All are invited to fill out your own bracket, watch for updates on our Lent Madness poster, and vote! It will be a fun opportunity to learn about the saints as we hear about saints from a variety of places, cultures and eras.

Culture Club Event

Mark your calendar for Hello Dolly! Which will be at The Omaha Playhouse the afternoon of Sunday, June 9. Group rate for these tickets will be $32, collected in early May. Please let Sandra know if you would like to join!

Vestry Notes

Vestry Notes – January

Our Vestry met on January 21st for its usual board meeting for our church. We reviewed the end of year financial documents and heard from our treasurer, Maggie Wellman, about some added pledging over the end of the year and some potential financial tools we might use in the coming year after orienting new vestry members and Legacy Society Directors. The Vestry also passed a set of formal resolutions designating portions of payments to Fr Ben and Mtr Ruth Tomlinson as "Housing Allowance," which is an IRS option for their personal taxes to offset the self-employed tax status of clergy who do not live in parish-provided housing (there is no risk or financial impact to the parish for this designation). The Vestry heard some initial comments about a potential sabbatical leave for Fr Ben. Sabbatical leaves for clergy are a part of their official employment, and this planned leave would likely take place in 2025; we are particularly mindful of the unique opportunity for Mother Lisa to provide coverage for us. The Vestry reviewed the agenda and nominations for our Annual Meeting. Finally, the Vestry thanked our departing members for their faithful contributions over several years.


Annual Meeting Notes

Our Parish Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, January 29th. Special thanks to our Parish Life team and volunteers for coordinating with the Vestry to provide a great brunch, and thanks again to all those who have completed a term serving in a parish office or who have been elected this year. In particular, we have elected:

- Pam Wright to serve as Senior Warden for a second year

- Mike Ehinger to serve as Junior Warden for a first year (this term)

- Jean Lahti to fill a 2-year Vestry seat vacancy

- Barb DiGiovanni to fill a 3-year Vestry seat

- Hannah Early to fill a 3-year Vestry seat

- Hannah Early-Gerjol to fill a 1-year Legacy Society Director seat

- Dave Wright to fill a 3-year Legacy Society Director seat

- Erin Vest to serve as one of our Annual Council delegates this coming October

Our meeting also took the opportunity to thank many specific people, although the life and ministries of our parish truly are created by every one of us of every age. This particular Annual Meeting also took some time reviewing our operating budget, as well as a number of our standing financial goals for the coming year; we expect that our Finance Committee, Vestry, and Legacy Society will be active in updating our plans with some new options, and that we'll be reporting out to the broader parish this coming Spring. Thank you again to all who attended and helped with the meeting! 

Sunday, February 11

  • 8:30 AM -Service of Holy Eucharist
  • 10:20 AM -Sunday School
  • 10:30 AM -Service of Holy Eucharist

Monday, February 12

  • 10:00 AM -The Order of the Daughters of The King Prayer & Bible Study

Tuesday, February 13

  • 12:00 AM -Brown Bag Bible Study
  • 5:30 PM -Pancake Dinner

Wednesday, February 14

  • 12:00 PM -Ash Wednesday Eucharist
  • 6:00 PM -Ash Wednesday Eucharist

  • February 18 Visit from Bishop Barker
  • February 26 Lenten Devotions with Daughters of the King
  • February 27 Elaine Randall Book Club
  • March 5 Brown Bag Book Club
  • March 10 Breast Cancer Support Group
  • March 11 Lenten Devotions with Daughters of the King
  • March 24 Palm Sunday
  • March 25 Lenten Devotions with Daughters of the King


Rector's Reflection

St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church
285 S 208th Street
Elkhorn, NE 68022
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