Beginning in Lent and continuing into Eastertide, St. Ann & the Holy Trinity will feature Spirituality and Sustainability, a program that deals with issues at the nexus of our relationship to food and our commitment to creation. We are hopeful that this programming will be nourishing for our community and help us in our efforts to nourish others.
Spirituality and Sustainability will be explored in the following ways:
Sunday, February 17. A Bible Study following Coffee Hour (after the 11:00 am Holy Eucharist) will consider stories in Genesis that explore humanity’s roles and responsibilities in the created order and the enduring legacy of biblical visions of creation. (Also note Sandwich Sundays, below.)
Sunday, February 24. The Rev. Franklin “Skip” Vilas will preach and lead a Coffee Hour conversation following the 11:00 am Holy Eucharist. A former Rector of our parish, Fr. Vilas is a proponent of the Creation Season faith formation program and helped to found GreenFaith. GreenFaith’s mission is to inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership.
Thursday, February 28. Cooking Class: “Healthy, Local and Quick!” at 6:45 pm in the Parish Hall. Join parishioners Colleen Heemeyer and Syd Farley as they demonstrate how to whip up easy meals using local produce. All are welcome to the 6:00 pm Eucharist.
Sunday, March 3. Museum Outing: “Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture” at the Museum of Natural History, leaving after the 11:00 am Holy Eucharist. This new exhibit explores the complex and intricate food system that brings what we eat from farm to fork.
Sunday, March 10. Claire West will be the guest preacher at the 11:00 am Holy Eucharist. Ms. West works with Edible Church-yard at Union Theological Seminary. She will also lead a Coffee Hour discussion after the service about this work.
Thursday, March 14, 6:45 pm. The St. Ann’s Book Club will meet after the 6:00 pm Holy Eucharist to discuss Take This Bread by Sara Miles. The author discovered a faith centered on hunger, food, and bodies that resulted in giving away groceries collected at the altar and establishing food pantries in poor communities of her city.
Sandwich Sundays starting February 17. In the spirit of Spirituality and Sustainability, beginning February 17, the Sundays in Lent at St. Ann’s will be known as Sandwich Sundays! We will bring sandwiches for distribution to the hungry and homeless at The Gathering Place, a drop-in center of our partners at CAMBA in Brownsville/East New York. The sandwiches, for adults, should be delivered in plastic bags to the Parish Hall before the 11:00 am Holy Eucharist. We welcome all who can to join us in this Lenten discipline, which we hope is food for the soul and a means to mission for our parish.