Announcements for March 3, 2011

Worship Services Resume Normal Schedule

After several weeks of disruption to our worship schedule, St. Andrew’s will be resuming our normal worship schedule of 10am on Fridays and 7pm on Sunday evenings.  If the situation in Cairo or in the church’s neighborhood effects our regularly scheduled service times, announcements will be distributed in a timely fashion through the church e-newsletter and other methods.

Ash Wednesday Services to be Held at All Saints Cathedral

The season of Lent begins with the solemn and meaningful Ash Wednesday service at All Saints Cathedral in Zamalek on Wednesday, March 9.  Members of St. Andrew’s are invited to join with other congregations in this combined worship experience as we prepare ourselves for Easter.  The reflective communion service will include special prayers for the beginning of Lent, and the imposition of ashes – a sign of our desire for God’s forgiveness and our determination to reflect his holiness in our lives and his world.

Janice Grey Benefit Concert Scheduled for Friday, March 11 at 2pm

St. Andrew’s welcomes Janice Grey as she performs her third annual piano recital on Friday, March 11 at 2pm.  She will present works by Haydn, Grieg, Gershwin, Scarlatti, Chopin, Bach, Poulenc as well as other artists.  Donations at the concert will be given to St. Andrew’s Refugee Services.  All are welcome.

Update on St. Andrew’s Refugee Services

The programs of St. Andrew’s Refugee Services experienced considerable disruption over the past four weeks due to the social unrest.  Our central location in the heart of the city was part of the reason for disruption, along with the general feelings of insecurity from staff and the refugees we serve through our schools and legal counseling services.  This week, our Children’s Education Program reopened for all ages and is grateful that most students have returned to their classes.  The Adult Education Program is taking registrations this week with classes set to resume next week.  The Resettlement Legal Aid Project (RLAP) remains closed to new clients as RLAP staff continues evaluating the impact of the social situation in Egypt upon the refugee resettlement process.  Finally, psycho-social team continues its earnest work with companion organizations to address the special needs of refugees created by the crisis.  Thank you for your continued prayers and support of this important social service ministry in our church.

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