By Lorna Lewis,
April 14 – St Mary’s Guild/Justin Society will honor and celebrate women of St Simon’s for their contributions. Usually six women will be honored during that Sunday’s service
April 21- Scholarship Committee hosts ‘A visit to Ethiopia in New Rochelle’, a cultural event to fund a scholarship in memory of Dr Ione L. Edwards. We plan to make this an annual event where the food and culture of a country will be highlighted. The scholarship will be awarded to a High School graduate in Westchester.
May 11 – The Justin Society/St Mary’s Guild hosts their annual Women’s’ Prayer Breakfast with the Reverend Judith Alexis as guest speaker. Mother Alexis was a guest priest at St Simon the Cyrenian during the summer of 2012. She is an exciting and captivating speaker. She is the priest in charge of the Haitian ministry at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Stamford. A Haitian congregation, Eglise de l'Epiphanie, was first formed in 1990 at St. John's, Stamford. It has steadily grown and includes programs for children, adults, and recent immigrants. The community worships regularly at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday evenings at St. John's, Stamford; one Sunday a month the service is conducted in Haitian Creole. There is a successful summer program for Haitian children in the community, as well. The Rev. Judith Alexis, priest in charge of Eglise de l'Epiphanie, oversees this expanding ministry. It includes a Saturday morning program for children, computer classes, and some help with immigration issues.
June 2 – The Men’s Fellowship hosts a Gospel Concert featuring Marlon Anderson aka Brother Paul and other special guests. Brother Paul has been the staple of the gospel show over the years and his generosity is not limited to his work with the Men’s Fellowship Group at St Simon’s. He has been instrumental in helping the community too.
Pupils at Falmouth Infant School are expected to be computer savvy when they leave the institution as the school, via self-help, built and equipped a computer centre costing around $3 million. In January 2008, the drive to fulfill the vision started when the Marlon 'Brother Paul' Anderson Singing Ministry, based in New York, took up the challenge and appealed for assistance at his annual birthday celebration gospel concert. This initial appeal went very well and Anderson decided to take up the full challenge to assist with the construction. His appeals went where ever his ministry did, and, so there were radio and television appearances along with his regular gospels shows. Apart from starting the process of computer science for the children, whose ages range from four to six years, the lab will be accessible to the community.
Please ensure you have a ticket to hear him sing some of your favorite gospel tunes.
June 16 – The Justin Society/St Mary’s Guild will spearhead a dedication service with the family members of St Simon’s in attendance. This service is a follow up to the Centennial Banquet when the family members of Prince Boswell were in attendance
August 4 – Annual Parish Picnic including worship service at the park will be held again. We have not decided on a date; the location will most likely be the same as last year.
August 10 – St Luke’s Guild and The Men’s Fellowship will host a bus ride to Saratoga Springs, New York. You can watch the horse races from the Grandstand after your meal.
Your ticket entitles you to a meal and a seat at the races.
September – Revival Service. This service was rescheduled from last year because of Super Storm Sandy. We are anticipating upbeat singing, steel band music, touching testimonies and inspiring preaching.
October 19 - St Luke’s hosts annual luncheon. This luncheon features a speaker who focuses on medical issues as they relate to your well being and or your rights.
November 24 – Harvest Home. This event is hosted by the St Mary’s Guild/Justin Society.
December – Christmas Concert. A date is not set but singing Christmas carols is definitely the best way to start celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior.
December – Community Dinner where the parishioners of St Simon’s share a meal with the attendees at the weekly Brown Bag lunch program.
Although it is not on the calendar as yet, plan to join us for the Men’s Fellowship Barbeque, a trip to Sight and Sound in Lancaster, PA for a production of Noah as well as the International Food Fair where you can sample the cuisine of different countries.
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