This week I write to you not about this upcoming Sunday (although it will be great—and I’ll see you there); rather, I want to be in touch with you all about what is upcoming in the life of St. Tim’s and the diocese. First, we will approach the Lenten season together with a Mardi Gras party on Tuesday, March 5th in the Parish Hall. Jambalaya, salad, bread pudding, and great fellowship begins at 5:30pm. All the monies raised that night will go to support the youth mission trip this summer. So, come hungry and be generous. The suggested donation is $5/person or $20/family. Then, on Wednesday, March 6th, we begin Lent on Ash Wednesday with 6am “Ashes to Go” at the Downtown Littleton Light Rail Station, followed by 12pm and 6:30pm liturgies (childcare provided for evening service). During the season of Lent there are many ways you can make this season a time of growth for you and your family. Wednesday evenings of Lent we have our Soup Supper and Book Study from 5:30pm-7:30pm with children’s activities at the same time; Friday mornings we have Morning prayer at 7am in the sanctuary and on Friday evening we have Stations of the Cross at 7pm. During this holy season we have a TIM Talk on Sunday, March 17th at the 10am service. That day we welcome the Rev. Ryan Canaday, a Methodist minister who recently founded FREE. FREE is a church community focused on addiction and recovery. Ryan will be with us to share his story of alcohol addiction and recovery, as well as this journey during a time of ministry and life in community. It promises to be a challenging, honest, and humorous conversation. If you have a question you'd like Ryan to address, there will be a box out in the lobby on Sunday, March 10th, where you can submit it anonymously. Ryan is an incredible pastor and loving soul. I am excited for this time together. All of this helps move our minds and hearts—our very selves—towards the promises of Easter. I pray you join in living our life and faith together. The fullness of our lives, our relationships, and our faith is realized when we match our expectation with our participation. The ways we give ourselves to God and to one another in trust and hope and vulnerability shape the depth with which we live this one, precious life.
I want to also share with you the good news that our bishop-elect, Kym Lucas, shared with us this week: she is cancer-free. She tells us that she is looking forward to arriving in Colorado later in March and is grateful for all the prayers and cards she has received. The consecration of the new bishop will be Saturday, May 18th at St. John’s Cathedral, Denver. We rejoice with Kym and people throughout the diocese in welcoming her and beginning our ministry together.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday.