This Sunday is the First Sunday in Lent.  There will be a handout of Daily Lenten Practice suggestions for you at the back of the church on Sunday. Remember, we are trying something new this Lent, entering the church quietly to allow folks who want it, some prayer time before the service begins. Please head over to the Hall if you want to connect and talk with others. A bell will ring 5 minutes before the service to give you time to head over to the church. Thank you for your cooperation with this experiment! 

What an amazing Shrove Tuesday pancake brunch we had…. maybe the best ever!  There were so many volunteers (and we needed them all) that we ran out of t-shirts! We were able to accommodate the whole school population from Nanoose Elementary – no one got left behind. We were told that Nanoose Elementary is the envy of the district because they get to join us each year for Shrove Tuesday! The weather cooperated for the most part and we had adult visitors from all over – Ontario, Saskatchewan, Parksville and Nanoose; old friends and new ones.  Norm from the Pie Factory graciously grilled all the sausages at his location at Nanoose Place and Red Gap Quality Foods donated all the butter so if you think of it, kindly thank them for their contribution to our annual pancake fest! A big shout out to Marrianna and her team of volunteers!!  Please return your laundered blue t-shirts this Sunday if possible. And there are a few plates of cooked sausages for sale, by donation. 

The Catholic Women’s League in Parksville is once again hosting a baby shower in support of the Crisis Pregnancy Centre of Nanaimo Society on Thursday, March 19 from 11:30am – 2:00pm in the church hall of Church of the Ascension, 887 Wembley Road. For more information, look for the letter in the church hall on Sunday. 

Retrospective Lenten Film Series: held at Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre, Spartan Rd. off Metral, Nanaimo. Led by Phyllis Thompson and the Rev. Foster Freed. Held Tuesdays, March 3 to April 7, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. The first movie on March 3rd is A Company of Strangers. All welcome, no charge; refreshment and discussion follow each movie. 


Monday, March 2nd  
11am   Pet Memorial Garden Committee meeting
 1pm   Care Team Meeting

Wednesday, March 4th    
HUB Wednesday                                                               
10am   Lenten Meditation in library                                                               
10:30   Bible Study
10:30   Hymn Sing
11:45   Community Lunch
12:30   Transforming Futures Committee meeting

Thursday, March 5th  
1-3pm   Pins and Needles meet in the library