ALL ANGELS BY THE SEA
WEEKLY TIDINGS
March 4, 2021
SUNDAY SERVICES
Holy Communion will be offered at both the 8:00 am and 10:00 service.
Seating is available on a first come first serve basis.
Masks are required indoors - please wear the mask over your mouth and nose.
The service will be about 45 minutes.
Communion bread will be offered outdoors.

Drive-in Church - drive up, tune your radio to 107.5 FM
Walk-up Church - bring a chair/bike/beach blanket, stay six feet from your neighbor in our garden and grassy area, and listen to the service live.
Live-stream - go to AllAngelsLBK.org,  click on the "All Angels Enter Here" picture and you will be routed to our YouTube channel.
Zoom - go to https://zoom.us/j/5955701807 and watch and listen live. Be sure to stick around after the service for our coffee hour chat-with-your-neighbor time. 

The 10 am service will begin with the lighting of the altar candles. If you are participating at home, you are invited to light a candle with us to create a sacred space of worship at home. 

The bulletin can be found on the All Angels Website: AllAngelsLBK.org
or at the following link: Bulletin for Sunday, March 7
Scripture Readings, March 7

Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Last Sunday's Service
Book Study: Proof of Heaven
Organ Concert
All Angels in the Observer
OUTREACH
The Big Yellow Bin for Manatee Food Bank

For a most unusual year, you gave 809 pounds of food supplies. Thank you!

In case you would like a reminder of what is needed,
in the Narthex is a handout that you can take with you to the grocery store.

Hunger is still with us.
PRAYERS
Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer invites you to pray with them, every day,
at 8 am, wherever you are. When you enter into prayer at 8 am (Eastern), you will know that others are praying at the same time. 
Prayers for our People
We pray for those who are sick, those who suffer; we pray for all who protect us both here and abroad, and for those on our prayer list; especially, Downs IV, Holden, and Brian. Grant healing and recovery for all who have gone through surgery. Give peace and strength for those going through cancer treatments, especially Ginny, Victoria, Andres, Alex, Colleen, Jack, Connie, John, Douglas and Tom. Visit and comfort all who are under the care of skilled nursing, especially Bob, Timothy, Don, Barbara and Mike. Be near to all who are in hospice care. 
PARISH ACTIVITIES
Easter Flowers
Easter plans are underway and we hope that you will help with flowers and music contributions.

1. For online giving choose the Easter Donation button on the All Angels website or Tidings.  You may enter a dedication on the memo line.

2.  Send a check to the office made out to All Angels by the Sea with Easter Contribution on the memo line. You may enclose a dedication for the Easter bulletin.

3.  Drop off a contribution at church. Forms will be available for your message.

Thank you in advance for helping to make Easter Sunday beautiful.
Lenten Book Study
Fr. Dave will be offering two different studies — a weekly meditation on the stations of the cross based on the book Walking the Way of Sorrows by Katerina Whitley and a weekly Zoom book study of Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D.

Organ Concerts

Join us every Thursday at 11:00 am for our Organ Concert in the Park
Art Gallery
Our artist for the month of March will be Rene Fletcher.
Discussion Groups
I think you are familiar with the story; Jesus has to carry his cross and falls three times, the third time, Simon of Cyrene steps in to carry the cross for Jesus. 
The author of our discussion group reading for this week asks the question - When are we Simon? Did Simon wonder what's the point? Have you pondered if the cross you bear will make a difference at all in the world? 
Taking a break from the news of the day, let's talk this week about the futility and the beauty and blessing and obedience of bearing crosses. 
- Dave

 
The zoom link is as follows: https://zoom.us/j/5955701807
Online Giving
If you would like to give to the offering plate electronically, you can find the online giving link on our All Angels website by clicking the link below:
Organ Update
The old speakers were removed. In a couple of weeks the new organ speakers will be installed. In the meantime, we will have to live with this unfinished look.
Here's how the new organ will look and sound!
REFLECTION
DNA

Ethan, my 18-year old, has a new job – applying for college scholarships. He found an interesting one that applies to those of Scottish lineage. Both Christi and I believe that we have Scottish heritage but how much lineage is unknown.

On a whim, five years ago, I sent some saliva to Ancestry.com. They had a sale going on and I was sort of interested learning more about my ancestry. Growing up, we didn’t talk much about heritage or lineage. If asked, I would say that I am part German, Irish, Scott and English. There are a number of Scottish comedians who I enjoy and find some sort of identity with so, if pressured, I would say I’m Scottish. The pressure to identify with heritage came up when I served at Saint John’s Episcopal School. With a school population of 300 students, only 7 students identified as not being of Mexican/Spanish descent; 2 of those 7 students have Marshall as their last name. My middle school students wouldn’t let me sit with simply stating that I was western European. I was one of the few so-called white people that they knew well enough to ask deeper questions to.

So, as mentioned, on a whim, I sent in my DNA. Here is my ancestry percentage: I am 4% German, 5% Welsh, 7% Norwegian, 8% Irish, 11% Scottish, and 65% English. Ancestry.com has continued to work my DNA over the past five years. They have concluded that there are two lines of my “people” – one group settled in early Connecticut and New York and the other is a part of the early New England Settlers. If this is correct, my lineage has been in North America since the early 1700s. It underscores the family story of being loyalists who moved to Canada.

What about my spiritual DNA? If I were to look at my faith, who are my spiritual ancestors? There is a good chance that I am a part of an unbroken line of Anglicans through the Church of Canada back to the Church of England. But what about before then? St. Paul wrote about the Tree of Abraham in this way: people of the Jewish faith are descendants related to Abraham through the family tree; Christians are grafted onto the tree through faith in Christ; as such we are all of one family.

I may never have a clear picture of my ancestral history but I can trace my belief through the faith tradition my parents taught me back to Christ and, as such, back to Abraham. As far as how Ethan is going to answer the scholarship question of heritage, I’d suggest he go through his mother’s line because with only 11% I can’t call myself a full Scott, but perhaps upon reflection, I am a little Scott-ish. 

-Fr. Dave