We are now in the season of Pentecost. Pentecost means “fiftieth day” and is celebrated fifty days after Easter Sunday. The Day of Pentecost is one of the seven principal feasts of the church year in the Episcopal Church. According to The Book of Acts, chapter 2: Before he ascends, Jesus promises that he will not leave us “comfortless”, but will send the Holy Spirit to strengthen and to guide us, to guide the church. Ten days later, on the Day of Pentecost, Holy Spirit descended on the people gathered. The clergy wearRED vestments to signify the work of the Spirit. It is also a custom in many churches for the people in the congregation to wearRED on the Day of Pentecost as well. God's Word does not fall to the ground without bearing fruit. How does the church, how do we, react to the saving grace of God we have observed in the drama of the seasons from Advent through Easter? The disciples wondered about this as well. They huddled together, wondering, in the upper room until the Day of Pentecost (literally, 50 days). That was the day the Holy Spirit of God came upon them and they became great warriors of the faith! Pentecost is the great day of realization that God has given us life and power to be different.
Community Lunch-In every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Everyone in the community is invited for a free lunch prepared by a collaboration of churches in Niles.
Birthday Coffee Hour is the first Sunday of the month for those celebrating birthdays that month. We serve cake, ice cream and coffee or juice.
Bev Ackles is collecting items for the Blue Star Mothers to send to our troops. The collection box is in the Parish Hall. Any packs of goodies are welcome. i.e. jerky, drink mixes for bottled water, pop tarts, small cans of fruit or soup with pop top cans, personal items like nail clippers, hand sanitizer, tissues razors etc. Blue Star Mothers are also collecting new or gently used stuffed animals to award as prizes for Veterans. They like to give them to their children and grandchildren.
Shirley Miller is making and collecting items for layettes for the local hospital. She makes receiving blankets, baby blankets, adds onesies, diapers etc. for new mothers to take home. Any donations are welcome.