Farnham & St. John's
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@ StJ


Pancake Supper
Wednesday Services
tomorrow ~ March 6 th
noon at St. John's
5 p.m. at Farnham
Set your clocks forward Saturday for Daylight Savings
or you'll be late to church on Sunday
The Weekly Message
wilderness: “Repent, prepare the way of the Lord.” There is a sense the kingdom of God is near, and we need to get ready. We have six weeks to do it in our church calendar. A popular tool to help folks prepare are Lenten reflections. For each of the six weeks of Lent this year Farnham and St. John’s parishioners will share a reflection shaped around one of the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes (The Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew or the Sermon on the Plain in the Gospel of Luke) are uneasy reminders that the Gospel Good News is so often counter-cultural, counter-intuitive and quite provocative. The Beatitude “Blessings” mess with our minds and challenge our hearts to consider just how we Christians are trying to “walk the walk” not just “talk the talk.” May you be blessed this Lenten season by the Beatitude shaped reflections of those who sit in the pews with you and who offer food for Lenten thought for all of us. This Lent “taste and see” that the Lord is active among and within us, stirring up reflection and action about what it looks like to savor His teachings, then follow Him on the Way. Torrence
Lenten Reflection I
Blessed are the Hungry by Michael Sisson (Farnham)

"Hungry. . . although well fed!!"
In our society today we rarely see people who are on a street corner begging for food or clumsily combing through a dumpster, but despite that fact, people we see every day, right under our noses, are starving for something that cannot be put on a plate. We all have ways to feed our own individual cravings and forms of hunger, but as Christians, I’m sure we each see much of society as being hungry for unsatisfying “food.” Unfortunately, it is a hunger that can never be completely fulfilling. I see this on a daily basis with adults and our fragile youth. A yearning to fulfill a shallow desire, not being able to see the forest for the trees and missing the “food” that is right in front of them. Jealousy and envy of what is on someone else’s plate. 
Our stomachs are full and content, with no concern of where the next meal is going to come from, but in our world today, there are many hearts and minds that are starving. Hungry and trying to fend off the hunger pangs with all of the wrong stuff.
I personally love to eat, those that know me realize this. But I am always hungry for and craving: evening story time with my daughter; a sunrise that is beyond the beauty of what anyone could put on a canvas; the first songs of the migrating Canada geese on a cool, north west breeze in mid-October; candles in the windows of North Farnham Church at twilight on Christmas eve; the gentle rocking of the boat and the lapping of the waves on the hull of our boat on a hot summer afternoon in the River.
I’ve been fed with events in my life such as holiday gatherings with my grandparents during my childhood, memories of those that have passed on who I’d see every Sunday morning at Menokin Baptist Church, precious time with my Dad in the big woods during spring gobbler season, cool October evenings on Nomini Creek casting homemade top water plugs for stripers, freezing cold mornings in the still, deafening silent marsh waiting for ducks to appear over the decoys.
Everyone has their own personal forms of “nourishment” both for their stomachs and their souls. Let us all reflect on those things that feed us on a daily basis and try and assist and direct those around us that are hungry and looking for that sustaining and everlasting happiness.
                                                                                           Michael A. Sisson       

St. John’s and Farnham Episcopal Churches

announce a Friday evening series titled “The Creative Journey” for three evenings during Lent on March 15, March 22 and April 5. Each evening event is free to the community, will take place at St. John’s, 5987 Richmond Road in Warsaw and will include a Community Supper at 6:00 p.m. followed by a presentation and speaker at 7:00 p.m.
On March 15 , Temple Cone, Ph.D., Professor of English at the U. S. Naval Academy, author of several books and the recently announced inaugural Poet Laurette of Annapolis, Maryland will present readings and reflections. The idea of a poet as professor to Naval Academy midshipmen is as provocative as his poetry. An award-winning poet his published writings include reference works on 20 th Century American Poetry, on Walt Whitman, and several “chapbooks” and volumes of poetry, including “Guzzle” in 2016. His poetry, primarily secular, surprises with touches expansively but pointedly referencing sacred concepts with such poems as one titled “Some Questions about the Soul.” At a recent event featuring Dr. Cone in Richmond, he posed intriguing questions that caused his audience to consider whether words have lost their meaning in our contemporary culture and public climate. This event is free to the community and a special evening for those who value words and how they are used both to provide meaning for living our personal lives and yet shape and reflect the mindset of a culture.
The series continues on March 22 with the Rev. Torrence Harman presenting on the topic “Landscapes of the Soul in the Celtic Tradition.” The series will conclude on April 5 with the topic “The Carpenter’s Creative Role” with Northern Neck woodworkers Ed Misted and Michael Sisson.     
Richmond County Ministerial Association (RCMA) Lenten Season

The theme for this year's RCMA Lenten Season is
the Voices of Holy Week
The services are Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Each sermon/ monologue will be from the perspective of a character in the narrative of Holy Week. The offering each Sunday night will go to RCMA Benevolence fund.
Mar 10 - Warsaw United Methodist Church
Rev. Donald Bowen
“The thief that had a change of heart”
Mar 17 - Cobham Park Baptist
Revs. Kenny and Leslie Park
“Judas Iscariot and his mother”

Mar 24 – New Zion Baptist Ch
Rev. Daniel Burch
“Pontius Pilate”
Mar 31 Rappahannock Baptist Ch
Rev. Gernard Reed “Barabbas”
Apr 7 – North Farnham Episcopal Church
Rev. David Johnson
“Joseph of Arimathea”
Apr 14 – Warsaw Baptist Chrch
Rev. Torrence Harman
“Mary Magdalene”

Upcoming Event
Our March 31 st Combined Service features the St. Margaret's Treble Choir and will be at St. John's at 10:00 a.m.
In the Church
Wednesday March 5 th
Ash Wednesday

the Imposition of Ashes

12:00 noon at St. John's

5:00 p.m. at Farnham

Sunday March 10 th
1st Sunday of Lent

9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer at Farnham

11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist at St. John's

Sunday March 17 th
2 nd Sunday of Lent

Holy Eucharist

9:00 a.m. at Farnham

11:00 a.m. at St. John's
Sunday March 24 th
3rd Sunday of Lent

Morning Prayer

9:00 a.m. at Farnham
followed by special coffee hour

11:00 a.m. at St. John's

In the Parish Hall

Come Worship With Us

Sunday Service this week

9:00 a.m. Farnham Church Farnham

11:00 a.m. St. John's Church