February 7, 2019
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A Note from our Rector
Greetings beloved St. Georgians,

Next Wednesday, February 13, the Episcopal church commemorates The Rev. Absolom Jones on the date of his death in 1818. He was the first African American to be ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church. We will lift up his powerful witness at our noon Eucharist next Wednesday. It is a happy coincidence that Jones’ commemoration and that of Frederick Douglass on February 20 fall during Black History Month. Learn more about Jones here.

St. George’s is partnering with Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield and some other downtown churches to present an African American history dramatic presentation, “Untold Stories,” on February 22. See the announcement below and purchase tickets soon, as this tends to be a very popular event. I want to thank St. Georgians, Malanna and Steward Henderson, for their work putting this together.

This past Sunday, we revealed our new St. George’s logo and format for the bulletins. We welcome your feedback. So far, I hear a lot of people pleased with the changes and some helpful, constructive comments as well. We will be updating all our visual materials online and in print over the next few months to reflect our new look.

During Advent, we moved the verbal announcements at 11:15 to the beginning of the service so as to have less of an interruption in the flow of worship. We continued this for several Sundays after Advent but are now restoring them to after the Peace. During the quieter seasons of Advent and Lent, we will move them to the beginning of morning services.

We also shared some highlights of 2018 at the adult forum last Sunday. Our 2018 annual report is now available on our website. We are glad to provide printed copies upon request. It is a huge challenge to succinctly review all the ministries of St. George’s, and this was the first annual report in several years. This time, we asked commissions and committees to share highlights. In years to come, we hope to have more opportunities for more groups to share their work as well. 

I will not comment here on the multiple political dramas unfolding in our commonwealth and nation. I will ask your prayers, again, for all our leaders as they reckon with their pasts and with the present and urgent needs before us. God, have mercy.

Your rector and brother in Christ,
Pic of the Week: Our New Logo
On Sunday, we revealed our new logo which was designed by Nicky Seay. Nicky Seay is an internationally recognized brand consultant who has developed our new brand and helped guide our re-branding process. Thank you to Nicky and our Branding Committee for all of their work! We will gradually be transitioning our existing materials over to use this new brand identity.
Save the Date - 2019 Lenten Weekend March 8 - 10
Join us March 8 - 10, 2019
Rooted in Wholeness: Contemplative Prayer and Mindfulness
How do we remove barriers to nurture our inner selves? This year’s Lenten Weekend invites participants to let go of their thinking and to surrender to God’s wholeness through practices of meditation and contemplative prayer. Our keynote speaker is The Rev. Ōshin Jennings. Rev. Ōshin is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest, a trained psychotherapist, and multi-media artist. He is the first known Deaf Buddhist monk and leads No Barriers Zen, a meditation community based in Washington, DC. You can attend part or all of the weekend. This weekend is accessible to all Deaf, hearing, and ASL communities. All faiths are welcome. 
Registration available online: bit.ly/lentenweekend
Adult Christian Education
Adult Christian Education Offerings Sunday at 10 a.m.:

Elsie Lewis: Ray Crafton continues leading us in an investigation into what makes the Gospel of John different. In some ways it has a modern vibe. Why? Join us to dig deeply into this Gospel.

Faulkner Hall: Hap Connors and Brian Vaughan will be leading a conversation about what it means to be a Christian during these polarizing times. Join in this discussion about being followers of Christ during these tumultuous days.

Sydnor Hall: In our forum today, we ask, “What is Yoga? Is there a unique Christian approach?” Come learn about the history of yoga, key terms, sacred texts, a few postures and breathing exercises, and the various forms of yoga that exist today. 
This Week at St. George's
Beginning February 10 - February 24, parishioner Norris Dickard will lead a series of discussions about yoga at 10 am on Sundays. You can attend one or all of the sessions in the series. The series will culminate in a pilgrimage to Yogaville - Ashram Satchidananda, Friday March 1 - Sunday March 3. Those interested in attending the pilgrimage should sign up for the March 1-3 Welcome Weekend package (for the agenda, lodging options, more information, and to reserve click here). There will be special group activities for St. Georgians so please email norris111@msn.com, or call 540 372-3059, with questions and to let Norris know you will be attending.  

We are gathering Words of Wisdom to share with our Rite 13 participants. We will have a special liturgy in their honor on February 24 during the 9 am service. Please submit a sentence or two of things you wish you had known at 13 or blessings for our youth who are turning / have turned 13 this year. Submit to Emily Hoell or fill out a card in the pew on Sunday and drop it in the offering plate. Submissions are due by this Sunday ( February 10).
Youth News and Events
This summer, a group of youth and adults will seek and serve Christ through home repair projects with neighbors experiencing economic poverty in the rural mountains of NC. Upcoming 8th graders through graduating seniors are invited to join us June 30-July 6 as we team up with St. Francis Episcopal Church in Greensboro NC. Cost is $200 with $100 deposit due Feb. 17. You can pay online or via check ("Glory Ridge" in memo line). Also, plan to attend a Glory Ridge meeting Feb 10 at 3:30 p.m. in Faulkner Hall. RSVP to Hecti Musa by Feb 10. 

News and Announcements
At the adult forum last Sunday, we took a moment to reflect on a busy 2018 and look ahead to 2019. Our Rector, The Rev. Joe Hensley, presented our new logo, shared highlights from the annual report, and more.  Click here for a complete summary.

Thank you to everyone who pledged financial support to St. George’s in 2019. January was slower than expected in terms of gifts received. If you haven’t already, please begin your offerings according to the schedule you indicated on your pledge card or let us know if it needs to change. If you have not pledged for 2019, it is never too late.  Contact the rector or Ben Hicks, business manager with any questions or concerns. Thanks be to God for all the gifts that are offered. 

Flowers are placed on the altar each week in memory or honor of loved ones by their families. The cost is $60.00 and we have some openings for dedications in February and March. If you are interested in contributing, please contact the church office.  

A seasonal prayer project for the time of Lent. Fill out a form in the Narthex or online by February 27. You will be given a name of another parishioner to pray for, and your name will be given to someone. We’ll reveal the partners at a special event during Easter time, date to be announced.

Meghann Cotter from Micah Ecumenical Ministries will be talking to our Young Adults (20-35+) from Christ Church, Trinity, and S.t George’s about specific ways we may get involved in working with the homeless community in Fredericksburg at 820 College Avenue on Saturday, February 16, at noon. Lunch will be provided. Come and see! Join us in making a difference in our community!   

St. George's in partnership with Trinity Episcopal Church and Christ Lutheran Church are providing meals on Tues. evenings for the Episcopal Campus Lutheran Ministries. Meals need to be delivered by 4:30 p.m. There is one student who can not eat gluten. You can drop off the meal or join the group for fellowship. St. George’s is responsible for: Feb. 19, Mar. 19, Apr. 9. Please contact Jessica Atkinson to help. 

A new Daughters of the King Chapter is forming here at St. George's and will meet on the third Thursday of the month starting February 21 at 11 am in Faulkner Hall. The Order of the Daughters of the King® is an order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the historic episcopate but not in communion with it. The Mission of The Order is to be "the extension of Christ’s Kingdom through prayer, service and evangelism". Join diocesan representatives to investigate how you can join the chapter of women of prayer.

On February 22 (rain date March 1), St. George’s will join other downtown churches and Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield for “Untold Stories of a Search for Freedom.” This living history event features stories of the African-American military service from the Revolutionary War to WWII. Walking tours will proceed from St. George’s to the Presbyterian Church, United Methodist, and Shiloh Baptist (New Site), each with a different vignette. Suggested donation: $10. Sign up for one of the tours at www.fowb.org—space is limited! 

Our Stewardship of the Earth Cooking Class and Potluck will meet Wednesday, February 27, 5:30-7:30. Join us as Christine Carlson shares her experiences of raising two children on a plant-based diet and teaches us healthy, fun meal ideas. A vegan potluck supper follows class. Bring a plant-based item to share or make a money donation to St. George’s Food Pantry (The Table). This event is in partnership with the Fredericksburg Food Co-op.

Our next SNS is March 2 in Sydnor Hall, hosted by the Monday Night Education for Ministry (EfM) group. Please RSVP to Laurel Loch , or 373-4133).

The Micah Ecumenical Ministries partner churches are coordinating a series of Wednesday noon services during Lent. Host parishes will host a lunch following the service. Click here for the full schedule.

The House will be hosting a Forum on Religious tolerance on Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 PM in Monroe 116 at the University of Mary Washington Campus, featuring Religious Studies scholars and local clergy. We will be discussing the state of religious tolerance in the United States, and what could be done to improve religious understanding. “The House” is an Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry coordinated by our young adult chaplain missioner, David Casey.   

We are happy to announce that Daniel Johnson, former St. George’s vestry member and current senior seminarian at Virginia Seminary, will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons on Saturday, March 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd (9350 Braddock Road, Burke, VA 22015). Contact our rector if you are interested in attending, so we can possibly set up a carpool.

The Diocese of Virginia has announced listening sessions with Bishop Goff. Bishop Goff will host five Community Listening Sessions around the Diocese in the season of Epiphany. Each session will include a time for you and your Bishops to share your dreams for our Diocese. Please plan to attend a session in your area:
Saturday, February 9, 1-3 p.m. St. Barnabas, Annandale 
Wednesday, February 13, 5-7 p.m. Emmanuel, Woodstock 
Saturday, February 16, 5-7 p.m. Roslyn Retreat Center, Richmond 
Monday, March 4, 3-5 p.m. St. Margaret’s School, Tappahannock
*We hope to broadcast the Tappahannock listening session via Facebook Live.
From our Environmental Stewardship Commission
Members from St. Georges, the Clean and Green Commission and Friends of the Rappahannock joined forces for a fall clean up to help keep our river and parks clean. We picked up truck loads of trash in a couple of hours. 
We left the park muddy, but happy. 
Thanks to MC Morris for the pictures. 
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