Ash Wednesday (March 5th this year) begins the 40 day season of Lent. This is a time to look inward and grow in our relationship with God and one another. Traditionally, the Church has suggested to us practices of praying, fasting and giving alms as paths to increase our awareness of our dependence on God and our relatedness to one another. Always, the goal of looking inward at our own spirituality is to look outward to serve the world God so loves.
Hope House, our day shelter on Austin Street, is going well and smoothly under the new management of Donna Earnest and Tim Davis. The first two months of their ministry have witnessed steady use of the showers, telephone, mail services and laundry; a calm, quiet and upbeat atmosphere as Donna and Tim talk with and pray with our friends who come there. As things level out, they will be providing more services to increase hope in the lives of our neighbors. Stay tuned!
The Seeds to Success Garden on our lot behind the church building continues to grow. March 15th four new beds will be built and planted with vegetables for our neighbors! A new Occupational Therapy class at LSU Medical School will offer their ideas and energy, along with our continuing partners: Project-ING, the LSU Agricultural Center and Shreveport Green. Classes on healthy eating and cooking are being offered to our neighbors by the Ag. Center, and plans are being laid for new possibilities as the garden in expanded. All for the glory of God and the health of our neighbors!
Holy Cross’ Lenten Calendar:
Ash Wednesday, March 5th: Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes
12:15 pm and 5:00 pm
Wednesdays, March 12, 19 and 26; April 2 and 9:
Soup Days in the Undercroft, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lenten Reflections, led by the Rev. Sally Fox
In the Undercroft at 6:00: Holy Eucharist, Supper, reflections on how our Baptismal Covenant forms our ministry at Holy Cross and in our community (reservations, please: 222-3325). A donations is suggested, not required, to help with the cost of supper.
5:00 pm in the Chapel: Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:45 am Communion, conversation, prayer in front of the church (not a service but a sharing of fellowship with our neighbors) All are welcome!
11:00 am in the Church: Holy Eucharist, Rite II with hymns and sermon
9:45-12:30 Nursery in the Education Building
The Continuing Feast in the Undercroft: On the first Sunday each month we continue the Eucharistic Feast with a pot luck lunch after the 11:00 service — the best in town! It’s a good time to meet and get to know one another. Please come!
12:15 pm in the Chapel: Holy Eucharist using Enriching Our Worship liturgy