Saint Paul's Episcopal Church

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Thomas and A Street - Altus, Oklahoma

News & Information February 2016

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ECW February meeting
No meeting in February

Shrove Tuesday Congregation Mardi Gras Supper
February 9, 6:00 pm

Shrove Tuesday officially ends the season of Epiphany and is the vigil for the starting of Lent.

The Origins of Shrove Tuesday
Shrove Tuesday originated during the Middle Ages. As in contemporary times, food items like meats, fats, eggs, milk, and fish were regarded as restricted during Lent. To keep such food from being wasted, many families would have big feasts on Shrove Tuesday in order to consume those items that would inevitably become spoiled during the next forty days. The English tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday came about as a way to use as much milk, fats, and eggs as possible before Ash Wednesday began. In France, the consumption of all fats and fatty foods on this day coined the name "Fat Tuesday" or Mardi Gras.

Shrove Tuesday Traditions
England began the tradition of serving pancakes, and for this reason the day is known as "Pancake Day". In addition, there are the annual Pancake Day Races, where contestants dress in aprons and scarves and race down a course flipping a pancake in a frying pan or skillet.

Shrove Tuesday is the beginning of Lent (a time of penance and renewal prior to Easter) in the liturgical calendar of many Christian traditions. Shrove Tuesday ushers in the Quinquagesima, the fifty-day period before Easter, which begins the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Shrove Tuesday is the final day of “Shrovetide,” a three-day period leading into Lent. Shrove Tuesday occurs precisely 47 days before Easter and is a moveable feast determined by the lunar calendar.

Coffee Hour
Following worship service, we have a wonderful time of fellowship with our friends and a great opportunity to greet visitors.
A special thanks to all who make this happen by volunteering to serve as coffee hostess. There is a sign-up sheet in the parish hall every month giving you the opportunity to serve. Coffee is always served. The snack can be a slice of cake, cookies, sandwiches, chip and dip, crackers and cheese, etc—and recently root beer floats were a big hit. This was never intended to be an entire meal, just a snack; some wish to serve more and that is fine. That is their gift to you, so just say “thanks.” If you are not able to serve, you might consider buying coffee, creamer, sugar, small plates, cups, napkins etc.
Please join us each Sunday for this fellowship. If you have questions, feel free to ask one of the ECW officers: Paula, Bobbie, Joyce or Carol.

MONTHLY VESTRY MEETINGS
The vestry meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings are open to all members of St. Paul’s.

 

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2014 Wardens, Vestry and Officers
Senior Warden: David Braddock-2017 ---- Junior Warden: John Womack-2016

Vestry Members:
Ken Aungst-2018 ---- Iva Nell Templer-2016
Joyce Kenner-2016 ---- Rick Hammock -2018 ---- Carol McElroy-2017
Vestry Clerk: Nancy Davidson
Treasurer: Philip Brandon
Pledge Clerk: Iva Nell Templer

INSTRUCTED EUCHARIST (Link to pdf file) from September 9, 2012.





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