January & February Calendars (with rota)
The Episcopal Church of St. Anne
A Special Note: On Thursday January 16th - Our own Fr. Andy Bro passed from this earthly life into the hands of God at 4:04am. May he rest in peace eternal. His funeral will be held on Thursday January 30th at 11:00am at Grace Episcopal Church, 10 South Cherry Ave., Freeport, IL. The Right Reverend Jeffrey D. Lee, Bishop of Chicago will officiate. Fr. James and Fr. Gary Lawler will read at the service. In lieu of flowers, Fr. Andy requested that donations be made to Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Rd., Mt. Carroll, IL 61053. Please indicate "Andy Bro Memorial" on your donation.
Sunday January 12th - Rehearsal for Morrison's biannual Messiah performance begin today from 2:00 to 4:00pm at St. Peter's Lutheran Church and directed by Kathy Janicek. Rehearsals will be held every Sunday (except as noted) from now until the day of performance on Palm Sunday April 5th at St. Peter's at 7:00pm. All singers are invited to participate. See Fr. James or Nancy for more details.
Wednesday January 15th - We will celebrate the Confession of Saint Peter (transferred from the 18th) with our usual midweek services including Mass at 5:30pm followed by our monthly Vestry meeting which will convene at 6:30pm in the Undercroft. This will be the final meeting of our current vestry before our annual meeting. All members are welcome to watch church governance in action.
Wednesday January 22nd - We will celebrate the Conversion of Saint Paul (transferred from the 25th) with our usual midweek services including Mass at 5:30pm, and followed by a dine-out.
Sunday January 26th - Our Annual Parish Meeting is scheduled to convene today at 10:30am after Mass. The Annual Meeting is ordinarily our only congregational meeting held during the course of the year, so it is well to attend. Various ministries of the church will present reports and a budget for the year will be on the agenda along with nominations and voting for our Vestry and Foundation Fund. A brunch will precede the official Call to Order and good fellowship is part of the traditional Annual Meeting at St. Anne's.
Wednesday January 29th - We will honor Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Friar (transferred from the 28th) with our usual midweek services inculding Mass at 5:30pm, followed by a dine-out.
Sunday February 2nd - We will celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary or Candlemas with our usual Sunday service and coffee & fellowship after Mass. This is a Dominical Fest that takes precedence over a normal Sunday celebration. This is a great and often overlooked feast of the incarnation and the last in the cycle for this year. No Messiah practice today.
Wednesday February 5th - We will honor the Martyrs of Japan with our usual midweek services followed by a dine-out.
Thursday February 6th - Saint Barnabas Guild will be called into service today at Pleasant View at 2:00pm. Saint Barnabas Guild is a voluntary fellowship of service that seeks to bring joy and encouragement to those who may be in need of some. All members and friends are welcome to participate.
Sunday February 9th - Saint Barnabas Guild is again called into service at Resthave at 4:00pm and again at Windsor Manor at 5:00pm. All are welcome! We will also hold a LEAP meeting after Mass and Fellowship today for those interested in our worship/service schedule.
Wednesday February 12th - We will honor Absalom Jones, Priest with our usual midweek services including Mass at 5:30pm followed by a dine-out.
Wednesday February 19th - We will celebrate the Feast of St. Mathias the Apostle (transferred from February 24th) with our usual midweek services including Mass at 5:30pm followed by our monthly Vestry meeting with our new Vestry. Church members are welcome to observe your Vestry in action.
Tuesday February 25th - Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) will be work day to prepare for Lent following Evening Prayer at 5:30pm. Pancakes or a dine-out will follow the prep work.
Wednesday February 26th - Ash Wednesday - Imposition of Ashes will be included at Morning Prayer at 8:00am, Noon Office at 12:00pm, and with Mass at 5:30pm. A Lenten Study program will be introduced after Mass.
Friday February 28th - The Devotions of the Station of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament are offered each Friday in Lent, except Good Friday.