Mary’s Shower – Epiphany season
All are invited to contribute to a “Mary’s Shower,” honoring Mary, the mother of Jesus, with items for newborns and toddlers (to 3T), to distribute at the Genesis Center’s clothing closet for children. Simple bibs, burp cloths, pacifiers and teething rings, cloth diapers, easy-to-wash blankets, and toddler clothing for preschool (fleece sets, etc.), are especially good. Gently-used pack-and-plays and similar items are also needed. Contributions may be placed in the basket near the children’s area of the church, throughout Epiphany. 

Worship Planning Meeting– 11:30 a.m. Sunday, January 26
All are invited to participate, as we plan worship for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter.

Small Groups Forming – Bible Study & Spiritual Wellness – Tuesday, January 28
Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution to read and study the bible more? Interested in spiritual journaling or spiritual wellness? Mo. Twila will offer a preview on January 28, noon-1:30 p.m. (brownbag lunch) and online, 6:30-8 p.m. Plans are underway for new groups and study opportunities, to begin in Lent. The online format will use Zoom and Mo. Twila can show you how to sign on and use it.  

Candlemas: Blessing of Candles – Sunday, February 2 (both services)
Candlemas recalls the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. It is a traditional time to bless candles – a reminder that Jesus is the light of the world. All are invited to bring candles for home use or to give as gifts and to have them blessed.  

Fish Fry Planning Meeting– 11:30 a.m. Sunday, February 2
Come and be part of this long-loved tradition of St. Simon’s!

Genesis Center Board Meetingnoon Sunday, February 9, at the Genesis Center

Ash Wednesday Preparations 
“Ashes-to-Go” has been an important part of our Ash Wednesday observance, making the imposition of ashes more accessible, and you can be part of this community outreach. This year Ash Wednesday is February 26 and we will have outside shifts from 6-8 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Contact Mo. Twila to help. There will also be Ash Wednesday worship services at the Genesis Center at noon, and inside the church at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Family-to-Family / Peer-to-Peer Support starting Wednesday, February 26 at the Genesis Center
We’re launching a new support program at the Genesis Center to encourage wellness and healthy relationships. The family group will meet monthly, at 6:30 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Family peer facilitator Naomi Taylor will explore boundary setting, self-empowerment, meditation, self-awareness and more. Come join us on our path to freedom from co-dependent relationships. Depending on interest, the peer connection group may become a twice-monthly or weekly group, facilitated by Kelly Hauser. Come to these informational sessions and learn more!

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