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Bishops Reflections #1 of 5 parts
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Posted 4/8/2019 5:13 PM (#1137)
Subject: Bishops Reflections #1 of 5 parts


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Bishop’s Reflections
This month we began the dreaded “daylight saving time.”  Dreaded because we lose an hour of sleep the ‪Sunday morning‬ that it begins, and the after-effects go on, at least in my case an entire week.  That ‪Sunday morning‬ is a time when those of us in the ministry have to function with less sleep, which we did on the First Sunday in Lent.  It really gives new meaning to Lenten discipline when lay people make their Lenten vows to be at Mass at least every Sunday and then the temptation to roll over and sleep that hour comes so soon!
This leads into the subject of the disciplines that you have prayerfully committed to live under as your Rule. We are reminded that the positive disciplines which you hopefully have taken, are certainly something that can be carried on as you progress through the remainder of the year and beyond. Making the commitment to attend Bible Study, or Stations of the Cross, doing the Morning and Evening Offices from the Prayer Book; these positive disciplines. Assisting with the local feeding of the homeless or giving alms for the Lenten Appeal are all ways we can assist others and should be something we take on regularly, Lent or not.
Concerning our Lenten Appeal for 2019, (to build our second Elementary School as a joint effort with Operation Mobilization/Good Shepherd Schools), Bishop Haines informed me that the search for land has been successful. The property is close to Jamalamadagu where Presiding Bishop Jaya Rao has his Cathedral. We raised just over half of the needed $150,000 with our 2018 Appeal and we need to do likewise for 2019. Bishop Haines also reminds us that this School building serves a larger ministry in providing space for adult education programs such as teaching computer and sewing skills. The School becomes a Center for activities for the village where it will be located, but most importantly provides the children with an education to help them escape poverty and hopelessness. Please help these needy people and be generous.
As of this writing, Bishop Haines reports that the land for the school has been selected and the funds from the 2018 Lenten Appeal will be sent to secure the purchase. This means that the remaining funds from the 2019 Lenten Appeal will be used to build the school building. We are half-way through Lent, so let us all be committed to complete our goal.
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