Thursday, March 19, 2015

Holy Week is Coming!

Palm Sunday, Holy Week & Easter

Palm Sunday, March 29-10:00 am
Passion narrative and Eucharist. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.
We remember Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem and then his passion and crucifixion.
We use "The Cry of the Congregation" for a shared passion narrative.
Join Pr. Mia Dyson and the parish pastoral team for this solemn and prayerful service. 

Maundy Thursday, April 2- 7:00 pm Eucharist
 Jesus is making his journey to the cross. That journey includes time with the disciples in that
upper room meal where Jesus gives us a new commandment and greets us with his very life and blood.
Be present in the quiet as the altar is stripped and we follow Jesus' journey to Gethsemane.

Good Friday, April 3 - 7:00 pm Service
On the evening of this day we call "Good," be present as we journey with Jesus to the cross.
Come and discover a love that is unmeasured, a love that transforms our lives the very world
in which we live.

 Saturday morning Easter Egg Hunt, 10:00 am 

Holy Saturday, April 4 - 7:00 pm Joint Easter Vigil at Cathedral of St. Luke
Pastor William Barter, Preacher 
Although celebrated Holy Saturday evening, this ancient service is the dramatic Easter vigil liturgy that
marks the beginning of Easter. We are awaiting our master's return with our lamps full and burning,
so that he will find us awake and seat us at his table (cf. Luke 12:35ff).  
This year, Easter is on the first Sunday of the month, which means it is Project Feed Sunday.  
 Please bring non-perishable food items to place in the collection baskets in the church lobby.  < /span>
What better way to celebrate the Lord's rising than to remember those in need of food?    
 Easter Breakfast
Come and join us for a delicious breakfast on this most festive of days.
Breakfast starts at 8:30 am, and the proceeds go to fund camp scholarships for Calumet.
The cost is $4 per person, $10 for an entire family.

Easter Sunday 10:00 Eucharist  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Eternal Rest grant unto her, O Lord

Our dear sister in Christ, Lorraine Nevers, died peacefully at 11:45 this morning.

Let us pray.
Eternal God, you gave Lorraine a new birth in baptism and entrusted her to us to know and to love. As we thank you for the life we shared, help us now to release her to your mighty keeping. Bring us all to that day when we shall stand in your presence with all your saints in light eternal; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


Lorraine's favorite hymn was "Lift High the Cross!" As a tribute to her and a musical interlude in our time of loss, I am including a link to a lovely rendition of it below.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lent is here!

We begin the solemn Season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, February 18th. 

There will be "Walk-In" ashes distributed from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. 

At 7:00 p.m. on Ash Wednesday we will have a Holy Communion service with imposition of ashes. 

Our Lenten book study will begin on Sunday, Feb. 22nd at 4:00 p.m.  We will meet for five Sundays to discuss the book "Learning to Walk in the Dark" by Barbara Brown Taylor.  Our idea is that the book study will focus on the themes that emerge in a few chapters each week.  (See the schedule below.)  It is by no means a requirement to have read those chapters in order to participate in book study, but they will guide our discussion.

Feb. 22 - Introduction & Chapter 1
March 1 - Chapters 2 & 3
March 8 - Chapters 4 & 5
March 15 - Chapters 6 & 7
March 22 - Chapters 8 & 9

Books will be available to purchase at church on Sunday, but feel free to purchase one before then if you'd like to get a head start in reading!

Blessings to you as we begin this Lenten journey.  

Monday, January 12, 2015

Join us as we celebrate two amazing people!

This coming Sunday, January 18th, please join us at the 10:00 a.m. worship service as we celebrate the 99th birthday of Espen Christensen. It isn't every day that we get to mark the beginning of the 100th year of faithful service of an active church member. After our Sunday service, we will have cake and festivities in the church hall. Whether you've know Espen for a few decades or a few days, we are sure he and his family would love to see you there!

And then at 4:00 p.m. we will have a vespers service (Holden Evening Prayer) to celebrate the ministry and bid a fond farewell to Associate Pastor Ellen Schoepf. After two-and-a-half years of amazing pastoral service, she has accepted the call to be the new pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Okemos, Michigan. The vespers will be followed by a soup supper and reception in the church hall.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Solar open house!

Saturday, January 10th, 9-10:30 a.m.
515 Woodford St. Portland

Join us at the St. Ansgar Church in Portland to get answers to questions such as, how much do these systems cost, what can I expect for my return on investment, what are the available incentives for solar energy systems and how do they perform in our Northeast climate? See examples of homeowners in your community who are saving with solar and learn about our exclusive Own Your Power solar financing program! - See more at:

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Dedication of the new solar panels!

Come join us and be part of the move toward a healthier earth!

This coming Sunday, January 4, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., the people of St. Ansgar will officially dedicate the solar panels that now generate our electricity. We will welcome the Feast of Epiphany a couple of days early to remind ourselves that Christ is the light of the World. And just as that light empowers us all toward goodness, the light of the sun helps to free us from the entrapment of fossil fuels!

We are pleased to have taken this huge leap toward greatly reducing our carbon footprint. During the past seven years, we have made great strides in energy efficiency:
  • Super-insulated our vaulted ceiling and roof
  • Replaced aging converted furnaces with high-efficiency condensing gas furnaces
  • Installed a passive cooling system for summer months that runs on about $30 worth of electricity a month
  • Replaced aging and leaking windows
  • Replaced aging light fixtures with more efficient units, and have approved installation of LED lighting for 2015

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Join us for Lessons and Carols

This coming Sunday, December 28th, join us for a morning Holy Communion service with seasonal Lessons and Carols.

The Rev. Mia Dyson will preside, and Pastor Bill Barter will accompany on organ and piano, along with Trumpeter and Guitarist Jim McDonough.

The service is at our regular time of 10:00 a.m.