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February 2018 ~ St. Sebastian's by-the-Sea Newsletter

†Greetings from Rev. Garry Edwards
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XYZ Luncheon
A change from previous months! February’s XYZ will be on the Third Tuesday (20 Feb). Location will be at Bonefish Willy’s Riverfront Grille on Pineapple Ave (Eau Gallie District). Sign up in Smodell Hall. Hope to see you there.

†ECW Calendar
ECW Business Meeting, Monday, Feb. 5, Smodell Hall, 6:00 pm. Calendar planning and preparation for the annual card party.

ECW’s Annual Card and Game Party, Saturday, March 17. Save the date, tell your friends and mark your calendars. Tickets will go on sale February 18.

Ladies Spring Renewal: Monday, April 9, Smodell Hall, 6:00 pm. Additional information will be provided at a later date.

All ladies of Saint Sebastian’s are automatically members or the Episcopal Church Women (ECW), so please ladies, join us for any of the activities that interest you. You do not need to attend the business meetings, but you are always welcome, and we certainly would like to hear from you. Contact Valerie Lewis Coles with any questions or recommendations you might have.

†Ash Wednesday Prayer
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†Heroic St. Valentine
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†Meeting Needs
“My neighbor’s material needs are my spiritual needs,” said 19th-century theologian Israel Salanter. In other words, when someone else suffers hunger and poverty, when people endure a natural disaster and lack shelter, when another human being is sick or injured — in all such cases, God calls us to action. And God knows that whatever we do to meet those material needs will meet our spiritual needs at the same time.

It might be our spiritual need to expand our horizons into neighborhoods, cultures or situations where we’re uncomfortable. We might need to grow in love for people different from us. By serving others, we might find our own sagging spirits nurtured with a sense of well-being or even joy. And as we reach out to help, surely we’ll notice others doing the same thing, and our spiritual need for renewed faith will be met.

—Heidi Mann

†10 Biblical Ways to Love
1. Listen without interrupting. “To answer before listening — that is folly and shame” (Proverbs 18:13).
2. Speak without accusing. “Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1:19).
3. Give without selfishness. “The righteous give without sparing” (Proverbs 21:26).
4. Pray without ceasing. “We have not stopped praying for you” (Colossians 1:9).
5. Answer without arguing. “Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife” (Proverbs 17:1).
6. Share without pretending. “Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of … Christ” (Ephesians 4:15).
7. Enjoy without complaining. “Do everything without grumbling or arguing” (Philippians 2:14).
8. Trust without wavering. “[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13:7).
9. Forgive without punishing. “Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13).
10. Promise without forgetting. “A longing fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12).

—From various websites; all Scriptures NIV

†Because of You
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†The Significance of Lent
Lent is the fourth season of the Christian year. Its length is the 40 days preceding Easter Day, not counting Sundays. This means Lent always begins on a Wednesday, known as Ash Wednesday.
Lent commemorates Jesus’ fast and temptation in the wilderness of Judea Province, which, according to the Gospel, lasted 40 days. Just as Jesus confronted his temptations during these 40 days, Lent helps Christians focus on our most basic need as sinners: forgiveness.
The only way our Lord’s forgiving power can become effective in our lives is by our taking the initiative to confront our sins, confess them and repent of them. In short, Lent is a season of penitence.
Some Christians fast during Lent. This denial of bodily comforts can help encourage self-reflection about the need for Jesus’ forgiveness.

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†Anniversaries, Birthdays and New Members

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Fr. Garry Edwards at 1-646-232-6916