Mid-October 2015

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ
You have heard it said: “Not all that glitters is gold.” But I share with you that “all that is gold does not glitter.” (J.R.R. Tolkien) Roots certainly do not glitter; but they are to be treasured more than gold. God planted each of us in this world with divine heritage and with human heritage; and both are found in the story of ancestors. It is difficult to live one heritage without recognizing the other; their source is the same. A wise friend told me: “in this mortal life, we all have double vision because we are drunk with illusions.” We have double vision indeed; we think that our mortal feet walk the earth of today, while our immortal self is yet to come. We are mistaken in that double vision; we are but one living being in the likeness of God. In Jesus, God reveals the oneness of being with self and with all. To my friend’s words I would add that our vision is not only affected by duality, but also by myopia. We are not completely blind. We can see just enough to get us in trouble, into the delusion of knowing; we are myopic. We look up to Heaven for our immortal source, and down within this world for our mortal roots, not understanding that they are not two but one. God planted us into this world with roots that do not glitter, but are more precious than gold. They are roots of human unity. I think that if we dig deep enough we find that our mortal roots are as connected in this life as our divine roots are in God; they are one and the same. But before we dig, before we connect, and before we live as self, we must know and respect the roots of our God given ancestry. The sense of human self and the sense of divine self are not separated in Christ; and neither are they separated in us. To know and celebrate the roots of our ancestry in this world allow us to live, in humility and dignity, our noble likeness to God. The vision for God’s people is to clear our God given roots of clutter in this world so that we, as branches, can breathe and grow toward Heaven. The vision of celebrating ancestry and roots is to be one broad theme of our active life at Saint Athanasius. What follows is a partial list of upcoming events. I pray that you will bless us with your presence, and that you will invite others to be with us.
We are always together in Christ – Father Iané

OCTOBER 25th – HOMECOMING SUNDAY
Worship at 11:15 AM followed by fellowship in Parrish Hall with guest speakers:
Brother William Green sharing some of the story of Selden Park
Sister Cornelia Bailey sharing stories and spirituality of a people’s culture

NOVEMBER 1st – ALL SAINTS DAY, a Holy Day celebrating all saints of God, past and present. It is a day to celebrate the living saints – us and God’s gifts to us
Sunday Worship Service celebrating the living saints of God at 11:15 AM

NOVEMBER 2nd – ALL SOULS DAY, Holy Day for remembrance of those who have gone home before us
From 3 PM until 6 PM the Sanctuary will be open for individual prayers
At 6 PM we will have a service of Psalms and prayers for the dearly departed – it is in this service that the names of our loved ones in Heaven will be called

NOVEMBER 26th – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Open home – Lydia and Father Iané welcome anyone who wishes to visit – after 3 PM
2895 Colerain Rd., Kingsland

NOVEMBER 29th – ADVENT BEGINS – The Church begins a new year

DECEMBER 24th – CHRISTMAS EVE
At 6 PM our very own Festival of Lessons and Songs in the Sanctuary followed by decorating our Christmas tree and fellowship in the Parish Hall
Christmas Eve Service at 11 PM
Stay tuned for activity in planning stage after the 11 PM service

DECEMBER 25th – CHRISTMAS DAY
Christmas Day Service at 11:15 AM

JANUARY 1st – FEAST OF THE HOLY NAME
A service for World Healing and Peace – Holy Eucharist at 3 PM, Sanctuary

JANUARY 6th – EPIPHANY
A Feast of Lights – 6 PM, Sanctuary

JANUARY 15th – MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
Activities and Service to be announced

FEBRUARY 2nd – THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD
Stay tuned – Wonderful plans being prepared

FEBRUARY 9th – TRADITIONAL PANCAKE SUPPER
Stay tuned for announcements

FEBRUARY 10th – ASH WEDNESDAY – Lent season begins (Quadragesima Paschae)
Service Time(s) to be announced – http://www.uscatholic.org/node/425