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  • Copyright 1998 by St. Paul's Episcopal Church, St. Joseph, Michigan.

      St. Paul's

    E p i s c o p a l     C h u r c h

    914 Lane Dr.           St. Joseph, MI              (616) 983 - 4761         Fax:  (616) 983-5682

    OPPORTUNITIES to meet other parish members and/or help out:

    Bring some nonperishable food or paper products for John and Henrietta Crowder to the church on March 3.

    For children: Join the Junior Choir rehearsals on Feb. 28, March 7, 14, 21 at 6:30 PM.

    Purchase your advance ticket for the Mystery Dinner scheduled for March 9 at 6 PM.

    Attend the Inquirers’ Class on Thursday, March 7, at 7:00 PM to find out more about the Episcopal Church.

    Bring the children to the Faith Full Families activity and dinner on Sunday, March 10 from 4-6 PM.

    Join the Christian House Group on Tuesday, March 12 from 6:30-8:30 PM, at Joe and Sandy O’Dell’s.

    Come to the Lenten Soup Supper and study each Monday from 6:15-8 PM until Holy Week.

    Join in the Parish Education on Sunday, at 9:15 AM for all ages.

    Join the Study Group weekly on Fridays at 10 AM.

    Help serve at the Soup Kitchen or donate food for our monthly commitment on Friday, March 22, at 9 AM.

    For children: join the Junior Flower Guild on Saturday, March 23 at 10 AM on the lower level.

    Join in the Palm Sunday Celebration on March 24. The Junior Choir will be singing at the 10:30 service.

    Pray the Stations of the Cross any evening from Palm Sunday through Good Friday at 6:30 PM.

    Attend the Maundy Thursday service with the stripping of the altar on March 28 at 7:30 PM.

    Participate in the All Night Vigil in the chapel beginning after the Maundy Thursday service on March 28. One hour is asked.

    Attend Good Friday Liturgy and Mass of the Pre-sanctified at 12:15 or 7:30 PM on March 29.

    Join in the Great Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter on March 30 at 7:30 PM.

    Celebrate Easter with the Festival Eucharist with choir at both the 8 and 10:30 AM services on March 31.

    What is Spiritual Direction?

    Holy listening... Prayerful companioning... Contemplative silence... These are all elements of Spiritual Direction. Spiritual Direction is an ancient tradition of the church. We see it even before in the relationships with Jesus and his disciples but also in the Apostles relationships with those they were mentoring. The Desert Mothers and Fathers were some of the first to minister in the tradition as we know it today. Spiritual Direction is grounded in Mystery and in relationship: our relationship with God and with one another. It is a relationship which comes alongside as is spoken of the Spirit and is dependent upon the Spirit of God to guide and direct.

    Group Spiritual Direction is also grounded in Mystery, in the Holy. We use a very simple process which honors and supports this grounding: silence; the sharing of a participant; silence; response from the group; silence. There is also a time to reflect on our time together at the end. In the group spiritual direction setting the group becomes the spiritual director for each individual in the group. This helps us to see from more than one perspective.

    If you would be interested in being involved in group Spiritual Direction please contact Dorethy Speakes at 849-0186 or at 471-2897 and a seminar on the subject will be arranged


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    The Rev. N. DeLiza Spangler, Rector

    The Rev. Jason A. Fout, Curate

    Susan Russell, Senior Warden

    Phil Coffin, Junior Warden