February 26, 2017 – The Last Sunday after the Epiphany – Transfiguration Sunday
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Today is the day on which we prepare to honor the end of the time following the Epiphany and the coming penitential season of Lent. The transfiguration was the time when God revealed the glory of God’s Son Jesus on the mountaintop before his closest disciples. On this occasion, let us remember that we are called to go forth from the mountaintop and proclaim the greatness of God as we bear our cross.
First, I wanted to thank those that participated in the parish annual meetings on Sunday, January 29. For more information about the meetings and the state of our churches please go to our website (www.easternmtepiscopal.org) and select “News and Events” to find links to documents from the meetings. Thanks also to those who have completed and submitted membership cards that were mailed out last month. For those who haven’t, the membership cards can be returned by placing them in an envelope in the offering plate or by mailing them to the church (PO Box 1526 in Miles City and PO Box 105 in Forsyth).
As we prepare for Lent there are numerous events coming up that I wanted to inform everyone about. We will be celebrating Shrove Tuesday with a pancake supper at Church of the Ascension on Tuesday, February 28 starting at 6 pm. Ash Wednesday will be commemorated Wednesday, March 1 with service in Miles City at 5 pm and in Forsyth at 7 pm.
This Lent we will have a special series of evening events on Wednesday evenings at Church of the Ascension in Forsyth. For four weeks, beginning on March 15, we will gather at 5:30 pm for a simple meal and then spend an hour or so looking at some basic questions that are central to our identities as members of the Jesus Movement. This Lenten series is based on the book Transforming Questions by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe and is published by Forward Movement.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.