Spring News 2019
Pentecost Sunday/Women's Day June 9
Eastertide is coming to an end and we are preparing to celebrate Pentecost, which recalls the day the apostles were given the gift of the Holy Spirit and sent into the world to proclaim the Good News. The liturgical color for Pentecost is red so we invite you to wear something red. Pentecost Sunday is also when our parish celebrates Women's Day and highlights the achievements of women of faith in our church and in the larger community. This year we will have tributes to women of faith who have formed future generations. Following the service you will be treated to a Jazz Brunch featuring Frank and Cleo Wilkins! Women's Day is one of our annual fundraising events. Women's Day envelopes are available at the church or you can just include "Women's Day" in the memo line of your check. Donors will be acknowledged in the bulletin that Sunday. The deadline for being included is this Sunday, June 2. If you will not be at church this Sunday but want to make a donation please email Fr. Thayer so that we can acknowledge your contribution: firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Forum on the Alexandra Hotel - June 13 6:00-8:00 pm
As many of you are aware, Boston Planning & Development Agency has approved the application of Alexandra Partners, LLC to renovate and expand the old Alexandra Hotel at the corner of Washington Street and Massachusetts Avenue. On Thursday, June 13 the mayor's office will be hosting a forum at our church for abutters to the site. The general public is welcome as well. This is the third meeting we have hosted about this project. We have expressed concerns about lack of parking as well as the height of the building. Please come out to hear more and voice your concerns. To view the plans go to http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/alexandra-hotel.
Our June Vestry Meeting will focus on Event Planning
During our next vestry meeting scheduled for Sunday, June 16 the vestry will spend time laying out a tentative calendar of events for Fall 2019 - Spring 2020. As is always the case, this vestry meeting is open to anyone. If there are activities or events you would like to add to our calendar you are encouraged to attend the meeting that day or to email us at email@example.com
Activities for Seniors
With our mission hub partners we are happy to be able to offer the following events for seniors during the month of June.
Tai Chi classes are being offered on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30
Monthly Senior Lunch - The next lunch will be Monday, June 17 from 12-2 at the Lena Park CDC. The address is 150 American Legion Highway. There is no charge.
Celebrating Our Youth
Youth and Education Sunday is scheduled for Sunday, June 23. The guest preacher will be Christian Andrews, who is graduating from high school this spring. Another highlight will be the recognition of those youth and children who are reaching educational milestones this year (entering kindergarten,1st grade, high school or graduating from high school or college.) Please let us know if someone in your family is reaching such a milestone. You may pick up an Educational Milestones form at the back of the church or email us with the name of the scholar and description of the milestone. Please have these in no later than Sunday, June 9. The celebration will continue at 1:00 p.m. at Chez Vous Roller Rink - 11 Rhodes Street in Dorchester. Cost: Adults $10; Children $5 (names must be submitted in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org ); Non-skaters - Free. Adult supervision is required
B-SAFE Registration Underway
Registration is underway for the 2019 B-SAFE (Bishop's Summer Academic & Enrichment) Program. The B-SAFE Program is a five-week, full day program serving young people from first grade through high school. The goal of the program is to build a community where all people feel safe, feel big, and feel connected. This summer St. Stephen's Youth Programs will be running ten programs in six Boston area neighborhood including one here at Church of St. Augustine and St. Martin. Each site will include academic programs in reading, writing and math; visual and performing arts workshops; science activities; recreational activities and many field trips. A healthy breakfast and lunch will be served each day along with a snack at the end of the day. The program runs from July 8 - August 8. To apply or for more information go to www.ssypboston.org/bsafe . During the last week of the program Church of St. Augustine and St. Martin will be providing the food and organizing a field trip to George's Island in Boston Harbor. Volunteers are needed. Contact Fr. Thayer to volunteer.
Mission Hub Worship & Celebration in Franklin Park
Roxbury/Dorchester Power in Community Mission Hub's annual worship and picnic in the park is scheduled for Sunday, June 30 in the Playstead area of Franklin Park near the back of the Franklin Park Zoo. Worship will begin at 10:00 followed by a picnic and activities for all ages. This year we are asking everyone to bring your own picnic lunch with enough to share. There will be some hamburgers and hotdogs provided by the mission hub, as well as beverages. Participating parishes have agreed not to hold morning worship at our parishes that day so that we can all worship together.
Work to Be Done
Summer is a great time for us to clear out clutter, make repairs and improve the appearance and function of our church. Please consider donating time to Church of St. Augustine and St. Martin during the summer. Fr. Thayer's hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, but if a Saturday works better for you it can be arranged. There will be a signup sheet at the back of the church and a list of projects will be available on our website next week.
You may recall that two years ago Wentworth Institute of Technology volunteered to design and create a more functional garden space for us. We provided feedback to them which they incorporated into the final design. Though it has taken a long time to be completed, we are happy to announce that it is almost done! The garden is divided into three spaces: a quiet space in front for meditation, reading or just enjoying the weather; a growing space with eight raised garden beds; and a performance space including a stage and seating area that can be used for outdoor services, learning space, movie viewing or poetry slams. All of this has been provided at no cost to the church. We will have a formal re-dedication of the garden once it is complete, but you are welcome to take a sneak peek. If you would like to donate additional benches for the space, please speak with Tony Johns.
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