St. Andrew’s Community Announcements: February 15, 2012

Dear Friends,

As you will have read, we had an excellent piano recital by Janice Gray last Friday.  You can still watch the video on YouTube and make a donation to St. Andrew’s Refugee Services.  Our skype prayer meeting failed to take place this week – as I forgot!  Sorry!  Hopefully, we will continue with our round-the-world prayer next Tuesday!

There are three special events coming up shortly: firstly, we have a joint Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday 22nd.  We join with our friends from All Saint’s Cathedral for this event and this year it will be hosted at St. Andrew’s.  Secondly, on the following Friday we have our Pancake Day!  It will be a little late as it should be on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, when all the left-over fat is traditionally used up before the start of Lent.  Cairo traffic makes it much easy for us to share in this event following the Friday morning worship, however.  Finally, we are hoping to have a retreat to Anafora over the weekend of western Easter.  Please sign up if you would like to be part of this great time together.

We are surrounded by much uncertainty in Egypt at this time, but this Friday we will celebrate the feast of the transfiguation of Jesus.  Let us remember that whatever happens he is with us, and pray for a renewed vision of Jesus in our lives.

Have a great week,

God bless,

Iain

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Skype Prayer Meeting
We will have another skype prayer meeting on Tuesday at 7pm.  Add “iainbaxter” as a skype contact to join in.

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Ash Wednesday Service
This Wednesday, 22nd February, we will have a special service for Ash Wednesday here at St. Andrew’s at 7 pm.
We will welcome the people from All Saint’s Cathedral to join us for this marking of the beginning of Lent.
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“Shrove Friday”
In many countries, it is traditional to have pancakes on “Shrove Tuesday”, the day before Ash Wedneday.  It is popularly refered to as “Pancake Day”.  On Friday 24th February we will have our Pancake Day at St. Andrew’s following the morning service.  Please bring ready-made pancakes which we can reheat, along with lots of delicious toppings to share.  Sign-up to let us know what you can bring.
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Anafora Retreat
Gloria has the sign-up sheet for the Anafora retreat of Friday 6th & Saturday 7th April. Please sign-up if you intend to come.  The cost will be LE50 – LE100.
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Church Council Meeting

The next Church Council meeting will be on Tuesday 28th February at 5:30.  Members of both the out-going and new council are invited to attend.
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This Week’s Readings

First reading:  2 Kings 2:1-12

Psalm:  Psalm 50:1-6

Second reading:  2 Corinthians 4:3-6

Gospel:  Mark 9:2-9

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