Summer 2018: The Adventures of Flat Anna

In the tradition of Flat Jesus & Flat Francis, the Olivet Sunday School is announcing its Summer 2018 photo contest this year with “Flat Anna“!  Anna Alexander was the first African-American Deaconess in the Episcopal Church, and she won the Golden Halo in this year’s Lent Madness tournament.  You can read about her amazing life at www.lentmadness.org.

Laminated cutouts of Flat Anna are available in the Simpson Room.  Take one with you, and start photographing Flat Anna on your summer adventures.  Email your pictures to tchaplin@verizon.net (or text to 703-969-7159).  Great prizes will be awarded in several categories.

Jeff Underwood has been the first to submit a photo of Flat Anna — congratulations Jeff!  The picture below is of Flat Anna in Jeff’s summer garden.

To see more of Flat Anna’s summer adventures, please check out the bulletin board in the stairway of the 1957 building.

For those not familiar with our previous summer challenges, we are basing Flat Anna on Flat Stanley, a children’s book by Jeff Brown: after being flattened by a bulletin board, a young boy named Stanley makes the most of his situation by mailing himself to visit friends.  Elementary school teachers throughout the years have used this children’s book in a fun project, which is to make a Flat Stanley cutout and then mail Stanley to friends and relatives, near and far.  Friends and family will take photos of Flat Stanley around their town and send the pictures back to the student.  The student then compiles the pictures into a book of Flat Stanley adventures.

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Happy Advent!

Advent is the beautiful church season where for four weeks, we get our hearts ready to celebrate Jesus’ birth and especially remember his promise to return one day.

An Advent wreath is a great way to mark this season.    It typically consists of greenery with four candles, three purple and one pink. Blue can also be used in place of the purple.  Each candle on the Advent Wreath has a specific meaning:

  • Candle one (purple) represents hope. It is often called the prophets’ candle.
  • Candle two (purple) represents peace. It is often called the angels’ candle.
  • Candle three (pink) represents joy. It is often called the shepherds’ candle.
  • Candle four (purple) represents love. It is often called the Bethlehem candle.

Many Advent wreaths also include a Christ candle which is placed in the middle of the wreath, surrounded by the other four candles.  The Christ candle is typically white.

AdventWreath
To celebrate with an Advent wreath, you light a candle on each Sunday of Advent. The first Sunday, you light candle one; the second Sunday you light candles one and two, etc.  A good time to use the Advent wreath is daily at dinner time.  The Bible can be read, or prayers can be said during the lighting of the wreath. See this link for suggestions:
https://www.buildfaith.org/advent-wreath-prayers-home/

On Christmas Day, you light all four candles plus the Christ candle.

You can easily put one together as shown in the picture: use a charger-type plate as a base, add 4 candles (you can paint the outsides of a votive candles : 3 blue/purple, 1 pink), add a center Christ candle and some greens from your yard.

Come celebrate Advent with us at Olivet Episcopal Church where you will be very welcome!

 

info on the Advent wreath adapted from http://www.more4kids.info

It’s almost time to celebrate St. Francis!

Hi everyone!  Sunday School has started at Olivet, and we are looking forward to a great year!  On Sunday mornings, we will have a class for teens/youth and a class for younger kids (ages 5+).  The older class meets in the new blue classroom on the third floor and the younger class meets in the big classroom at the other end of the third floor.  Please contact Therese Chaplin at tchaplin@verizon.net for more information.

Starting soon, we will be packing food bags for Blessings in a Backpack, after the 10:30 service on alternate Sundays.  These food bags get handed out to children in the local Franconia area public schools, to take home as a food supplement for the weekend.  Packing the bags is a lot of fun for the whole family to participate in.

Also, Olivet’s annual Blessing of Pets is on Sunday, October 8 at 2 pm in the Chapel.  Pick up a flyer or two at church, and invite a friend or neighbor who has a pet.  We bless all animals, and beloved stuffed animals are welcome too!  We celebrate the life of St. Francis when we do our Blessing of Pets.  Francis loved all of God’s creation, including animals and birds.  You can read more about Francis (and other Fall saints) by clicking this link: growchristians.org