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  • A Grand Collaboration Our celebrated Chancel Choir will perform on March 25 with members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

    INSIDE: Is Lent for Presbyterians? Tom Paine explains the history behind Lent

    Sharing is Caring Last year, SCAPC provided 50+ meals to members needing a hand.

    Special spection: Children's book reviews

    view2018 LENT/EASTERS T. C H A R L E S AV E N U E P R E S B Y T E R I A N C H U RC H

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    St. CharleS avenue PreSbyterian ChurCh Early Worship .............................................8:30 a.m., Chapel Sunday School Classes ...............................9:30 a.m. Late Worship ...............................................10:30 a.m., Sanctuary

    MILESTONES Baptisms, births, new members, deaths, and and staff changes

    Editor: Kim Thompson Bauer

    Contributing Writers: Sarah Chancellor-Watson | Tom Paine

    Kim Thompson Bauer Janet Favrot | Ruth Hinson

    Michele Murphy | Hallie Boh Ebie Strauss | Sean Tate Andy Fox |Patti Pannell

    Don Frampton | Tim Shipkin

    Contributing Photographers: Matthew Hostetler | Kate Elkins Phil Luchsinger | Patti Pannell Clif Rhodes | Steven Blackmon

    Jessica Bachmann

    MINISTRY STAFF

    Donald R. Frampton Senior Pastor

    Sarah Chancellor-Watson Associate Pastor for Mission

    Steven Blackmon Director of Music

    Michele Murphy Director of Christian Education

    Andy Fox Director of Youth and Young Adults

    Tom Paine Parish Associate for Pastoral Care

    Tim Shipkin RHINO Ministry Director

    Bria Rault Young Adults Coordinator

    Adelle Bergman Aden Program Director

    St. CharleS avenue PreSbyterian ChurCh

    1545 State Street New Orleans, LA 70118

    www.scapc.org (504) 897-0101

    On the Cover: A Grand Collaboration: Director of Music Steven Blackmon shares how he selects the music for the special music programs and gives us a history of this year's selection. Pages 8-9

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    VIEW THE PASTOR'S DESK Associate Pastor Sarah Chancellor-Watson encourages us to surrender to rest during Lent

    NEWS IN BRIEF SCAPC has given more than $2.8 million to missions over the last decade! Plus an update from Ghana and more.

    BOOK REVIEWS A special children's literature edition

    A GRAND COLLABORATION Steven Blackmon tells how love's triumph brought us the "Grand Mass in C Minor" and how he selects music for the special programs

    IS LENT FOR PRESBYTERIANS? Tom Paine explains the history behind this season of the church.

    SHARING IS CARING Congregational Care coordinates meals for members needing a hand--more than 50 in 2017 alone.

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    MR. AND MRS. SMITH COME TO SCAPC Long-time mission co-workers Dennis & Maribel Smith visited SCAPC in January 2018.

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    Now that I’ve officially been a New Orleans Resident for well over a year, I feel like I’m finally getting used to the rhythms of the seasons around here. The year kicks off with Twelfth Night (or the Feast of the Epiphany) and the arrival of King Cake, then the months and seasons are marked with Mardi Gras, French Quarter Fest, Jazz Fest, Essence Festival, Bastille Day, Red Dress Run, Halloween and VooDoo Fest, and before we know it Celebration at the Oaks, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are here. Not to mention the “other” seasons of New Orleans, like football season and crawfish season. Each place I’ve lived has had its own unique way of marking time, but New Orleans is by far the most fun and creative.

    The church, of course, has its own way of marking time and counting the seasons. The liturgical calendar starts with the first Sunday of Advent, and as we journey throughout the year, we are given scriptural and thematic elements to ponder with each new season. It strikes me though that Lent seems to come upon us rather abruptly, especially here in New Orleans, where upon the stroke of midnight Mardi Gras night, we shift almost immediately from parties and revelry, costumes and ball gowns to garbage trucks and brooms and mounted police officers shutting everything down. When it’s all over Ash Wednesday comes as a relief and a time for rest.

    Rest from work is a Biblical concept enshrined in the first creation story and also in the Ten Commandments. The gifts of time and the seasons that have been given to us by God are to include periods of rest and renewal. Recently, I’ve been thinking about Lent being such a time. As we focus this season on contemplation, repentance, introspection, and spiritual discipline, we should consider how these practices give us rest—rest from worry and the anxiety of a hurried world—and rest in the gracious mercy and promises of God.

    A healthy rhythm of rest, worship, work, and play are built into the very fabric of creation. With winter comes the hibernation and dormancy of many animals and plants. Although it’s not always apparent in our sub-tropical climate, I was reminded of this seasonal reality when visiting my childhood home of Oklahoma. Even in the barrenness of the trees and dried grasses there was a still beauty about it all. I wondered that if in their hibernation the plants and animals were reflecting and occupying themselves with introspection about who they will become in the new birth of springtime.

    In this time of Lent and the rebirth of Easter I encourage all of us to surrender to the seasons, to grow in quietness and rest, and to bloom even more brightly with the dawn of Easter morning, rejoicing in the newness of life that we have received.

    Grace and Peace,

    Pastor Sarah

    St. CharleS avenue PreSbyterian ChurCh

    1545 State Street New Orleans, LA 70118

    www.scapc.org (504) 897-0101

    THE PASTOR'S DESK

    Dear friends,

    Is Lent for Presbyterians? See pages 10-11.

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    News IN BRIEF VBS registration opens in February

    Our Vacation Bible School will be held June 4-8 this summer from 9am- 12pm. Registration will be open online by mid-February. Children, 3 yrs – 4th grade, are invited to experience the ride of a lifetime with God! Along the river, children discover that life with God is an adventure full of wonder and surprise. Students 5th grade and older are encouraged to sign up as volunteers.

    Join PW as it hosts the Presbytery's Spring Gathering

    SCAPC Presbyterian Women are pleased to host the PW Spring Gathering of the Presbytery of South Louisiana on Saturday, April 21. The event will take place from 9 a.m. through lunch time. Together we will worship, enjoy a speaker, and eat lunch, prepared and served by our Presbyterian ladies. All Presbyterian Women are welcome to join! Watch your email for a registration form.

    Carrollton Camp will welcome three former campers as Junior Counselors

    Over the course of five years of Carrollton Camp, we've been fortunate to have a strong contingent of returning campers. After this year’s Christmas Camp, several campers who have participated every year are aging out of the camp range. We see this as a good problem. In fact, Carrollton Camp has invited three of these former campers to join staff as Junior Counselors. They will add the unique ability of understanding what the camp experience is like and sharing those experiences with campers.

    The Junior Counselor role holds a special place in my heart, as it was around the same age that I was given the opportunity to join a camp staff. I have the fondest of memories for these early camp counselor days, as well as some moments of “Wow. I was a camp counselor at 13?!” These early memories continue to play a role in the planning process that takes place for each Carrollton Camp program. And so, as we gear up for another summer of adventures, with several “new” staff members, I ponder what types of camp adventures our Junior Counselors will be planning in their futures. -Sean Tate

    Mark your calendar for the annual PW Easter Egg Hunt

    The congregation is invited to the annual PW Easter Egg Hunt at

    the home of Louellen and Darryl Berger (6000 St. Charles Ave) on Sunday, March 25. The hunt will begin after the 10:30 service, and light

    refreshments will be served. Arrangements will

    be made to separate younger hunters from big kids. Questions? Contact Emily Carrere (504-810-0432) or Kaylea Hill (205-317-5900).

    Congratulations to all who read through the Bible in 2017!

    At the beginning of 2017, 150 members and friends signed up to read the Bible in a year. Through the help of Publications Coordinators Hallie Boh and Kim Bauer, booklets were produced with a reading schedule and emails were sent with the daily readings and links to audio versions. Several events were held throughout 2017 to

    motivate participants and discuss what was being learned. This past January, we celebrated everyone’s accomplishments with a brunch in Fellowship Hall. Over 30 participants completed the task while many more are continuing their journey through the new year. - Michele Murphy

    Wednesday Night Out Programs

    Nearly every Wednesday night, we gather in Frampton Fellowship Hall for food, fun and fellowship. The meal begins at 6 p.m. and