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March 2017 ~ St. Sebastian's by-the-Sea Newsletter

Sr. Warden’s Report
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As we close the month of February and begin that penitential and preparatory season of Lent we continued to be blessed with relatively smooth sailing and without any major issues in the administration of the parish.

We had an extremely successful Lobster Dinner due in no small part thanks to the hard work of our church family. We have had uninterrupted celebrations at both services of the Holy Eucharist on every Sunday and at the Wednesday Healing Services. We have had the pastoral needs of the parishioners addressed. We have been exposed to a variety of preaching styles. Our Search for a new Rector is progressing. By my estimation, God has richly provided for us and we continue to serve his ministry at St. Sebastian’s. We will continue to call Supply Priest to celebrate for us and work with Canon Nunez to obtain an Interim Priest for a “semi-permanent” placement until we are able to call that Rector.

Moving into March I have asked Fr. Wally Schilling (retired), Rev Jon Davis (Canterbury Retreat Center) and Rev. Bob Bruckart (HF Chaplain). I have reached out again to Canon Nunez for his assistance.
Lent and Holy Week tends to be a great time full of enriching activities for the church.
My goal is to continue to provide where possible all programs. That being said, our clergy resources may be limited and we may need to compromise in some areas until the day when we can do all and more.

I thank you all for your commitment and your ministry to God and his church. I ask for your continued prayers. Know that I am praying for you.

In God’s love,
Mike Edwards
ECW Schedule
  • Monday, Mar. 6: ECW Business Meeting, 6:00 pm, Smodell Hall. Final preparation for Annual Card and Game Party.

  • Saturday, Mar. 25: ECW’s Annual Card and Game Party. Save the date and please tell your friends to mark their calendars. Tickets will go on sale in February 2016.

All women of St. Sebastian’s by-the-Sea are members of ECW. You do not have to attend the meetings to participate in any or all of the events. But please join us for any of the activities that are of interest to you. Guests are always welcome.

ECW Card and Game Party - March 25th
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Ladies, please join us on Saturday, March 25, for the ECW Card and Game Party. Bring your friends and play the cards or games of your choice.  We will have breakfast pastries, beverages, appetizers, wine, a served lunch and a dessert buffet. Also, there will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes.  Tickets are $20 each and are for sale after Sunday services or at the church office during normal business hours. Volunteer opportunities are also available, see sign-up sheets in Smodell hall.
XYZ Luncheon
Our next luncheon is Tuesday, March 14th, at 11:30am. All are invited to join us at River Rocks, 6485 US Highway 1 (just north of Pineda Cswy). The sign-up sheet is in Smodell Hall. See you there!!
Lenton Program and Soup Supper
Over the 5 weeks of Lent we will gather at 6PM for delicious soups and salads followed by this year’s program “The Fruits of the Holy Spirit”. The sign-up sheet for the first supper, on March 8th, is in Smodell Hall.

Lobster Dinner Recap
Thanks to everyone who participated.  We sold 126 tickets, raffled 62 items and gave out 5 door prizes.  Our profit from the night was $3,254.50. A special thanks to head chef David Azar and grill master Andy Mindel. Mary and Rich Kral came all the way from Austin, TX to be with us and spend the night working in the kitchen. Many of you donated items for the raffle, thank you. A special shout out to Bob Amos and Dave Scott for their many donations which added a lot of interest to our selections.  Also, many thanks to Doreen (raffle management), Kay (ticket sales) and Valerie (set-up). And a special thank you to the many parishioners who helped with anything and everything. It would not have happened without you.
Retirement Dinner Photos and Book
Photos from the Retirement Party have been added to the Photo Albums link at the right.

Carmella Fawver took a large number of photos at the Retirement Party with the goal of creating a scrapbook for Fr. Norman and Barbara. Combining pictures taken by Thanh Edwards and by Barbara and others over the years we assembled a photobook which Carmella presented to Fr. Norman and Barbara. You can view the book in the church office. If anyone would like a copy contact Connie Blyseth at The book will be available only until the end of March as Walgreens is updating their website.
For those who purchase items through Amazon please consider enrolling in AmazonSmile and designating St. Sebastian’s as your charity of choice. AmazonSmile is a charitable 501(c) (3) set up by On all eligible purchases you make they will donate 0.5% of that amount to registered charities without any administration fees. To learn more about the program visit Happy shopping!!
The Book Club had a wonderful time at its February meeting.  Dr. Terry Cronin came and talked about his book that they had read and how he became to be a writer.  It was very informative.  The book for March is George Washington Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade.  We will meet at the 905 Café in downtown Melbourne on March 18th at noon.  Please RSVP to Kay Ives so she can make the reservations
Willing to Worship
Lamentation is a powerful, and meaningful, form of worship because it places our love for God above even the worst of circumstances in our life. … God does not ask us to deny the existence of our suffering. He does want us to collect it, stand in those things and make him an offering. The Holy Spirit, our Comforter, helps us to do this: He aligns himself with our will and says, “I will help you to will to worship God.” The glory of the majesty of God is that he helps us will and do. —Graham Cooke
God’s Hands
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Our life is like the dial of a clock. The hands are God’s hands, passing over and over again — the short hand of discipline and the long hand of mercy. Slowly and surely, the hand of discipline must pass, and God speaks at each strike. But over and over passes the hand of mercy, showering down sixty¬fold of blessing for each stroke of discipline or trial. And both hands are fastened to one secure point: the great, unchanging heart of a God of love. —Virginia Brandt Berg
Bible Quiz
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In John 4, Jesus talks with a woman about living water. Where does that conversation take place?

A. Sychar
B. Samaria
C. Galilee
D. Jacob’s well

Answer located at end of page.
From Great to Good
Jim Collins’ 2001 book Good to Great featured companies that had “made the leap” to greatness. Years later, many of them are no longer great; some aren’t even around. Should Christians seek greatness? After all, our attempts to be great — wealthy, powerful, successful, famous — often become the “enemies” of our doing the good God commands. God’s Word flips on its head the saying “good is the enemy of great.” The meek, Jesus teaches, will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5). “Whoever would be great among you,” he says, “must be your servant” (Mark 10:43, ESV). One of Jesus’ most famous parables is called the Good Samaritan, not the Great Samaritan. And goodness, not greatness, is a fruit of the Spirit. Christians and churches are called not to greatness but to doing good for the sake of the world. Let’s shift our focus “from great to good.” —Based on “From Great to Good,” Homiletics, January-February 2017

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†Feeding the Hungry - Support the Sharing Center
To allow the hungry to remain hungry would be blasphemy against God and one’s neighbor, for what is nearest to God is precisely the need of one’s neighbor. It is for the love of Christ, which belongs as much to the hungry as to myself, that I share my bread with them and that I share my dwelling with the homeless. If the hungry do not attain to faith, then the guilt falls on those who refused them bread. To provide the hungry with bread is to prepare the way for the coming of grace. —Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Mr. Can Do Ministry In an ongoing effort to help the less fortunate in our community, please consider purchasing a few extra nonperishable foods and toiletries when buying for your own family. Items placed on the “shopping cart” in Smodell Hall are taken weekly to the Sharing Center.
Suggested Earlier
US inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin first proposed the concept of Daylight Savings Time in 1784, but modern DST was first suggested in 1895. At that time, George Vernon Hudson, an entomologist from New Zealand, presented a proposal for a 2-hour daylight saving shift. Today clocks are almost always set 1 hour back or ahead.

“Spring forward, fall back” is one of the little sayings used to remember which way to set your watch. You set your clock forward 1 hour in the spring when DST starts (= lose 1 hour), and back 1 hour when DST ends in the fall (= regain 1 hour).

This year Daylight Saving Time begins on
Sunday, March 12th, so remember to set your clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday night.
New Policy - Effective January 1, 2017
In order to track our church expenses in a timely manner, the Vestry has approved a new policy regarding expense reimbursement. In order to be reimbursed for approved church expenses, please submit your original receipts to Alison Mindel no later than 60 days after the receipt date. We appreciate your cooperation.
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The church office is open Tuesday through Friday from 8 AM – 1 PM.
Phone number - (321) 723-3015, Fax - (321) 723-0009
Email -
Office -
Web site:
In case of emergency, you may call:
Deacon George – 723-0069 (home); 890-6712 (cell)

Bible Quiz Answer: A, B and D (See John 4:4-7ff.)