COVID-19 Update
Events, News, Wednesday Supper

Changes – online services eff. Mar 21, 2020

Members of Annunciation,

Bishop Reed in conjunction with the latest medical and government information has given us guidance that we should not have any group activity worship and otherwise until April 1 at the earliest.  This date is subject to extension depending on the outcome of how the virus is being contained.  I am behind Bishop Reed’s advisement and believe his guidance is based in wisdom and sound medical information.

Your vestry will meet by internet Sunday to discuss ways of moving forward as creatively as possible.  God has given us his Spirit, a Spirit of Wisdom, the saints would say and can imagine an infinite number of ways how his Will can be created in the midst of this challenge.

In the meantime, Morning Prayer will be held live on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube at 10:30 on Sundays.  I am learning how to imagine that I am conversing with you through a tablet screen so please be patient with me.  Our technical committee is working to find ways to increase our communication and you will be informed as things progress.  We will also read the Office of Compline at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.  I am looking at on online format for Bible Study that I have used before on another diocesan ministry committee.  I’m sure we can work the bugs out quickly and find ways to nurture ourselves in the Presence of the Lord and one another.

We will be in touch with you again soon.  Please contact me via my cell phone at 423-509-2674 with questions, concerns, needs or reports of anyone who might need of pastoral care.

Peace be with you,
FR. Mark

Events, News

Shrove Tuesday March 5, 2019 & Pancake Supper

Pancake Supper, 5:30-6:30.

“Shriving the cupboards” has been an ancient custom of emptying the home of fat and sugar from the diet in order to fast during Lent. The evening before there would be a feast of eating the fat and sugar, called Shrove Tuesday.

We need a few volunteers to help with the supper. Please contact Stuart Carter.

Events, News

Las Posadas – Welcoming the Holy family into our homes and lives

Las Posadas, an enactment of Mary and Joseph’s asking for shelter, has been planned for Sunday, December 16, beginning at 2 p.m. 

Las Posadas, as a tradition, grew out of a community celebration which takes place on each of the nine evenings leading to Christmas. With a song, or letania, the community reenacts and remembers the journey of Mary and Joseph for a place to stay in their journey to Bethlehem. Las Posadas usually ends with a reading from the Bible and the breaking of a pinata filled with fruit, candy and food. 

It is customary for a family to host a Posada and invite their family, friends and neighbors to participate.

We are co-sponsoring this year’s event with First United Methodist Church. The youth will be playing a part to help lead the activity.

We will begin at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church and con-

clude at Church of the Annunciation at around 3 p.m. Wear appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

For me a Posada is a meaningful event because it is an opportunity to get together and welcome the Holy family to our home and life. Although singing and breaking the piñatas is a fun and special moment, hosting a Posada is my favorite part because it gives us the opportunity to share the joy of the upcom-

ing birth of the Son of God.

Laura Currier

Note from Fr. Mark: I hope that many of us will participate in this intergenerational activity. Bring your families and friends.