Third Sunday After Easter 2011

Dear Parishioners,

As you well know, the Diocesan Synod is fast approaching, and as the host parish for this conference, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend the many functions taking place. All open meetings are free of charge.

All activities for the Synod will occur at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino, except for the Synod Mass on Thursday at St. George’s Church. The Church School and ACW will also have their conferences and welcome your attendance.

The Diocese also extends to you the opportunity to dine with the attendees of the Synod at the buffet banquet to be held on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 in the Sunrise Room at the Suncoast beginning with cocktails at 6:30 pm. The cost for the buffet dinner is $40 per person and children ages 10 and under are free; $15 for children over the age of 10 (reservations required). To view the schedule of events and to obtain a registration form for the Synod and Wednesday’s banquet, please go to our church web site at stgeorgeanglican.org.

To conclude the Synod, we will all gather with the Bishop at St. George’s for the Synod Mass followed by a festive brunch put on by our ACW, St. Anne’s Guild. You are encouraged to take part in any activities that may be of interest to you. This gathering is meant to unite the Diocese and enable us to come together as a community of faith, exchanging ideas and information. A great turnout for this service will ensure a successful conclusion to the Synod and everyone will benefit in taking part.

PATRONAL FEAST OF ST. GEORGE, MARTYR,
THIS SUNDAY, MAY 15TH (TRANSFERRED)

Role models are greatly needed today, and St. George, patron saint of England, provides an inspiring example. He was a devout Christian who gave his life for the Faith. Few specifics are known about his life beyond the fact that he was martyred for his faith around the year 303 A.D. He is purported to have been a Roman soldier who, following his conversion to Christianity, tried to bring his fellow soldiers to Christ. He was such an inspiring figure that armies of several countries chose him as their patron saint. He remains one of the few saints both popular in the Eastern and Western Churches.

His mystique has been enhanced by early church legends which clustered around him. The most famous of these depicted St. George mounted on a horse, running a spear through the dragon’s mouth. Other versions have St. George killing the evil dragon with a sword. Remember, these pictorial representations of our blessed Lord’s victory over evil came into being in the early centuries of the Church, when reading and writing were skills preserved almost exclusively in monasteries. Laity and most secular clergy could neither read nor write; thus, the faith was preserved and taught through legends and pictures.

We hope everyone will join us as we look forward to enjoying this celebration with a Warrior’s barbecue luncheon of hearty food prepared by St. Anne’s Guild. Cakes baked by the men of St. George’s will be auctioned off after lunch. Ticket prices are $5.00 per person for adults and teens. Children under 12 years of age are free.

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