Weekly Newsletter – February 28, 2022 

The office will closed

Tuesday, March 1

for Mardi Gras

The Week Ahead

Ash Wednesday Services
and Imposition of Ashes
March 2 at noon and 5:30
*These services will be lieu of
Wednesday’s Litany of Healing and Evening Compline
There will be no Dinner or Gathering afterward.

In person and on-line
12:00 Noon: stpetersbytheseagulfport.com/ashw-2022-noon/
5:30 pm: stpetersbytheseagulfport.com/ashw-2022-530/

Lenten Program
Confirmation Conversations resume March 9th and continue throughout Lent, leading up to the Bishop’s visit Wednesday, March 30

Wednesday Offerings in addition to our Ash Wednesday Services
9am Intercessory Prayer
10:30am Bible Study
This week we continue the study of the Book of Revelation.
1pm Via Media



Walking the Beach Lenten Pilgrimage 2022
begins in Ocean Springs

Gather at 8:30 Saturday morning for breakfast and worship and
begin your walk

March 5 – St John’s Ocean Springs to Biloxi Lighthouse    
Hosted by St. John’s OS and Church of the Redeemer Biloxi

See the entire Program below

LENT-urgical Arts begin

March 5th
We will be painting bowls for use at the Lenten Soup suppers. YES !  Food safe bowls !
We’ll provide the bisque fired bowls and under glazes. David Wilson will perform the final firing for us.

See the entire Program below


Beyond this week

A Walking the Beach Lenten Pilgrimage 2022
Saturdays in Lent walk about 6 miles from church to church

Gulf Coast Episcopal  Churches invite you to gather for fellowship, worship, & the spiritual practice of walking.
Let’s set aside time for prayer, meditation, and community formation.

Ways to participate:

Walk entire 6 miles, or your preferred distance 
Help provide food, water, worship at beginning, middle, or end of walk
Provide rides to walkers back to their cars at the end of the walk

Gather at 8:30 Saturday morning for breakfast and worship and begin your walk

March 5 – St John’s Ocean Springs to Biloxi Lighthouse    
Hosted by St. John’s and Redeemer

March 12 – Biloxi Lighthouse to Great Southern Golf   
Hosted by Redeemer and St. Mark’s

March 19 – Great Southern Golf  to St Peter’s Gulfport    
Hosted by St Mark’s and St Peter’s

March 26 – St Peter’s Gulfport to St Patrick’s on the beach   
Hosted by St Peter’s and St Patrick’s

April 2 – St Patrick’s on the beach to Trinity Pass Christian    
Hosted by St Patrick’s and Trinity

April 9 – Trinity Pass Christian to Christ Church Bay St Louis  
Hosted by Trinity and Christ Church 

For more information go to our Facebook page
Camino de la Costa del Golfo

or contact

Rev’d Marian Fortner – mailto:mfdfortner@gmail.com

Rev’d Jane Bearden – mailto:janebbearden@gmail.com

Registration by email or messaging is encouraged, but not required.

Each participant will receive a shell (reminder of Baptism) and a Passport (to document journey).


Each of the six Saturdays in Lent we’ll be conducting a hybrid version of quiet days and Liturgical Arts. Our choice of projects has been made
to blend with quiet, meditative prayer time; creating with intention.
March 5th  10am – 2pm
We will be painting bowls for use at the Lenten Soup suppers. YES !  Food safe bowls !   We’ll provide the bisque fired bowls and under glazes. David Wilson will perform the final firing for us.
March 12th  10am – 2pm
We will stitch finger labyrinths using cloth, burlap or fabric. Finger labyrinths, like full sized walking labyrinths, are a tool for meditation.
March 19    10am – 2pm
Joy Jennings will lead us in a beginners’ class in Iconography. Icon painting follows a set of rules and utilizes special painting techniques and materials
March 26    10am – 2pm
We will make Anglican Rosaries, learn  the significance of each part and learn the proper techniques for praying with a rosary
April 2nd   10am – 2pm
We’ll construct water color mosaics utilizing collage techniques.
April 9   
10am – 2pm
We will conclude our Lent-urgical Arts with a Seasonal finale…
Pyzanky Eggs! Decorated with carefully applied wax and dyed similar to batik fabric these eggs were not meant to be hidden !


We ask that reservation be made so that we can secure enough supplies for everyone. Cost for each workshop is a suggested donation of $15 each or $75 for all 6. Please sign up ASAP by contacting Gail 228-760-0179 or use the form on our website: https://stpetersbytheseagulfport.com/lent-urgical-arts-and-quiet-days/

The Bishop is Coming !

Wednesday, March 30th While here, he will perform Confirmations, Reaffirmations and Baptisms. In anticipation of the Bishop's visit, Inquirer's Classes will begin immediately. We are offering two opportunities each week to participate in these classes. Wednesday Evenings as a part of our Community Compline Dinner and Discussions and Sunday Mornings, between the services


Camp Bratton Green is returning this Summer.
Learn more here.

Donate to the continuing improvements to the Gray Center and CBG

Weekly Worship Schedule 

Ash Wednesday

9:00am Intercessory Prayer
in the Chapel
10:30am Bible Study
in the Great Room
12:00 pm Ash Wednesday Service
Imposition of ashes
~1 pm Via Media
on the Internet
5:30pm Ash Wednesday Service
Imposition of ashes

Sundays by-the-Sea

8:00 am Rite I Service
~9 am Inquirer’s Class
9:30 am Kids’ Sunday School
10:30 am Rite II Service*
In-Person and LIVE Streaming Service*
10:30 am Children’s Church
Child Care Available

Holy Eucharist will be administered by Intinction!
Dip ! don’t Sip.

Sunday’s  Services
The Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
February 27
, 2022

Rite I 8am
Service Bulletin
Streaming Service link

Holy Eucharist Rite II 10:30
Streaming Service link
Service Bulletin link

February 27 – March 5
29th – Susan White
1st – Kathy Van Zutphen
3rd – Jeanie Munn
5th – Debbie Anglin
5th – Ann Bowden
29th -Susan & Hal White
1st – Kirk & Vanessa Wasson

March 6 – March 12
7th – Laura Moorefield
7th – William Wood
8th – Henry Sawyer
9th – Mason Bell
9th – Tracy Williams
10th – David Glass
10th – John Weber
9th – Derrick & Kerry Hudson
11th – Carl & Paige Rackley


The First Sunday of Lent
March 6th
Deuteronomy 26:1-11Romans 10:8b-13Luke 4:1-13Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16

Collect:   Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



Join the fun and fellowship
at St. Mark’s (Cowan Rd)
Sunday evenings!
5th-8th Grade 4:30-5:30 pm
Dinner at 5:30 pm
9-12th Grade 6-7 pm

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts for this week
28 Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, Educator, 1964

March  1 David of Wales, Bishop, c. 544
March  2 Chad of Lichfield, Bishop, 672
March  3 John and Charles Wesley, Priests, 1791, 1788
March  7 Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs, 202

Lesser Feast Days and Fasts site

Lent begins: Why we do what we do…
from The Anglican Compass Website

Lent is a time for prayer and fasting. It is a season of spiritual preparation in which we remember Christ’s temptation, suffering, and death.

Historically, the church has celebrated Lent as a 40-day period beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding the day before Easter. It is observed in many Christian churches as a time to commemorate the last week of Jesus’ life, his suffering (Passion), and his death, through various observances and services of worship. Many Christians use the 40 days of Lent as time to draw closer to the Lord through prayer, fasting, repentance, and self-denial.

We live in a culture of fast food, instant gratification, and self-centeredness. One of the best ways to get our eyes off of ourselves and back onto the Lord is through fasting. However, fasting has practically been disregarded and forgotten in the comforts of the modern church. Oftentimes, we don’t end up fasting for Lent because we don’t know how to fast for Lent!

[read the article in its entirety…]

What is Fasting?

What does it really mean to fast? According to the Oxford Dictionary, fasting means “to abstain from food; especially to eat sparingly or not at all or abstain from certain foods in observance of a religious duty or a token of grief.”

Fasting and religious purposes cannot be separated because they are intricately intertwined. The Bible gives us numerous references to individual and corporate fasts. There were even certain days that were designated each year for fasting and prayer. Fasting is a gift that God has given to the church in order to help us persevere in prayer. Fasting draws us closer to God and gives power to our prayers.

Our central motivation with this lesson is to teach about the reasons to fast, different types of fasting, and then discuss how to fast.

Why Fast for Lent? 7 Reasons to Fast

Why fast for Lent? Why fast at all?

People have been fasting since the ancient days of the Bible. The Bible records numerous accounts where people, cities, and nations have turned to God by fasting and praying: Hannah grieved over infertility “wept and did not eat” (1 Samuel 1:7); Anna, who was an elderly widow, saw Jesus in the temple and “served God with fasting and prayer” (Luke 2:37). Saul encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus, “was three days without sight, neither ate or drank.” (Acts 9:9). Cornelius told Peter, “Four days ago I was fasting until this hour…” (Acts 10:30). Most people fast for religious and spiritual reasons, while others choose to fast for health reasons. There are several specific reasons that the Bible tells us to fast.

  1. To be Christ-like. (Matthew 4:1-17Luke 4:1-13).
  2. To obtain spiritual purity. (Isaiah 58:5-7).
  3. To repent of sins. (See Jonah 3:8Nehemiah 1:49:1-31 Samuel 14:24).
  4. To influence God. (2 Samuel 12:16-23).
  5. To mourn for the dead. (1 Samuel 31:132 Samuel 1:12).
  6. To request God’s help in times of crisis and calamity. (Ezra 8:21-23Nehemiah 1:4-11).
  7. To strengthen prayer. (Matthew 17:21Mark 9:17-29Acts 10:301 Corinthians 7:5).

How to Fast for Lent: Types of Fasting

In the same way that God appointed times and seasons to fast, He also designated several types of fasts. Because of certain medical problems, and physical needs, there are different types of fasting.
[read the article in its entirety…]

Why Fast for Lent? What Jesus Said About Fasting

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught a lesson about how to fast and how not to fast:

Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your father who is in the secret place; and your father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:16-28)

We see that it is important to not brag or boast to others about fasting. The Jews of Jesus’ day used fasting and giving to make everyone think that they were more spiritual than others. But Jesus tells us that fasting should be done in secret so that it can’t be used as a way of bringing glory to ourselves. Fasting should make us humble instead of proud. In the end it is not our works, but our hearts that matter to God. God promises to reward openly those who fast and pray in secret.

How to Fast for Lent: Some Practical Tips

If you want to learn how to fast for Lent, you’ve come to the right place. There are several practical steps that you should follow before you begin fasting.
[read the article in its entirety…]

Make sure that you have time to pray.

Although some people fast for health reasons, it will not do you any spiritual good if don’t allow yourself time to pray. Be sure to get the most out of your fast and spend plenty of time in prayer, consider setting a few days for a retreat to totally fast and pray. When was the last time you can remember spending an entire day with the Lord?

How to Fast for Lent? Just Do It!

Many people never fast for Lent (or at other times) because they are afraid to do it or because they have never done it before. Don’t let fear or inexperience stop you from experiencing one of God’s greatest blessings. Probably all of the great heroes of the faith spent many hours fasting and praying unto the Lord. 

How to Fast for Lent: Types of Fasting

In the same way that God appointed times and seasons to fast, He also designated several types of fasts. Because of certain medical problems, and physical needs, there are different types of fasting.
[read the article in its entirety…]

About the Author: 
Winfield Bevins is the Director of Church Planting at Asbury Theological Seminary. 
ou can find out more about him at his website, www.winfieldbevins.com.

For the Episcopal Cafe' Website

By Rev. Liz Jones
The Feast day of Anna Julia Haywood Cooper


For Monday, February 28, her feast day

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” Matthew 5:14-15

More than a few eye-opening instances in my life have come from being a member of my Diocesan Task force for racial reconciliation. Those “blink” moments for me have been the discovery of how little I really knew about Black history in our common human and American heritage.

One of those telling moments came when I discovered, Anna Julia Haywood Cooper had February 28 as her feast day and I’d never heard of her.

She was born enslaved on August 10, 1858 and died 105 years later, on February 27 1964, a scholar with a PhD from the Sorbonne. She was the author of only one book, but what a book. Here is it titleA Voice from the South: By a Black Woman of the South,

According to Wikipedia’s Documenting the American Souththe text ranges in “issues from women’s rights to racial progress, from segregation to literary criticism”.

Fascinating to me, in her text, she criticized the Episcopal church for not better encouraging Black women to become educated. She also said that this was one reason the Church had struggled to recruit large numbers of African Americans.

Out of her 105 year life, she became a prominent educator in Washington, D.C. and is considered by many, the Mother of Black Feminism.

Women, Cooper argued are essential to “the regeneration and progress of a race”.

This is a woman who did not hide her light under a bushel but put it all on the lampstand for all to see. She certainly shed a little light on me. I am grateful. 

SAT. APRIL 2, 2022 
Rector of St. Peter’s By-the-Lake, and Author of
several books including “ORDINARY TIME” 

Hosted by the ECW of St. Peter’s By-the-Lake Episcopal Church
1954 Spillway Rd., Brandon, MS 39047

Registration 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
ECW General Meeting 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
The Rev. Carol Mead, Speaker 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
ECW Board Meeting 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

$20.00 PER PERSON    

RSVP by Monday, March 18 to episcopalchurchwomenms@gmailcom or 

cell# 601-757-3276 (Martha Morgan, President)

For the Kids !

Jesus and Nicodemus

This week we will learn more about the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. A Pharisee named Nicodemus visited Jesus seeking answers to his questions. (John 3:1-21)  Some of the key points we will study are-

    • Spiritual life vs. Physical life

  • Doing good things is not enough. Nicodemus obeyed the law, but he needed to trust in Jesus.

  • God loved the world so much He gave us Jesus to have eternal life.

Download Jesus and Nicodemus lesson


Fishers of Men

Joseph - Free printable at home Bible lesson for under 5s

This week we will begin to learn about the apostles whom Jesus called to follow Him. Our text Is found in Luke 5:1-11. Some of the key points we will study are-

    • Introduction to Peter and Andrew.
  • We should trust Jesus even when we think we know better – Peter trusted Jesus.
  • Jesus wants us to follow Him.
  • Jesus calls us to tell others about Him.



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Last Sunday after Epiphany
Introduction: Life Transformed
The Way of Love in Lent
February 27, 2022

The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, communities are invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. Together, we will reflect anew on the loving actions of God as recounted in the Easter Vigil readings. Together, we will walk through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption. Throughout Lent, come along with us as we explore Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent, produced by Hillary Raining and Jenifer Gamber. You can find resources mentioned below at iam.ec/lifetransformed or by scanning the QR code below.



Sunday, February 27

Today’s Practice: Watch the Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining’s introductory video at iam.ec/lifetransformed. The video is titled, “An Introduction to ‘Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent'”.

Wednesday, March 2

Today’s Prompt: Notice the pattern of your breathing. Pray for awareness of blessings.

Read: “Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.” – Genesis 2:7

Thursday, March 3

Today’s Prompt: How might you connect with others in the spirit of renewal?

Read: “He said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.” – 1 Kings 19:11-12

Friday, March 4

Today’s Prompt: How can you build pauses into the day to reflect on the work of the Spirit?

Read: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” -John 15:5

Saturday, March 5

Today’s Prompt: How does community help or hinder your growing in Christ?

Read: “But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. ” -John 1:12-13

Reflections from “Living the Way of Love” by Mary Bea Sullivan (Church Publishing, 2019). Used with permission. Quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright  1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Bible Study – Last Sunday after Epiphany – 2022
February 27, 2022


Leah Wise

RCL: Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a]

Exodus 34:29-35

In this passage, Moses departs from the presence of God after receiving the Ten Commandments. He is not aware that his time with God has changed his appearance. But when he gets back to the Israelites’ encampment, they are astonished to see that his face is shining. The Hebrew word suggests that his face is beaming out “rays” of light like the sun; in other words, he is reflecting the light of God. Moses’ brief but powerful encounter with God transformed him in body and mind, and his own people aren’t sure what to do with him.

When we encounter the presence of God – in our daily lives and in our religious communities – we can expect to be transformed. Yet, sometimes our changed hearts and minds confuse those around us, and even make us uncomfortable. Even in this discomfort, God’s promises are being worked out. So, let us turn our faces toward the light of God.

    • Have you ever had an encounter that was so dazzling that you felt like a different person afterward?

  • Do you know someone who seems to shine with the presence of God? What are they like?

  • Do you talk to your friends, family, or coworkers about your religious beliefs or practices? Do you ever feel the urge to “veil” yourself like Moses did in order to avoid uncomfortable conversations?

read more…

Bible Study – Lent 1C – 2022
March 6, 2022

Anne Zobel

RCL: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13


The liturgical season of Lent gives us both a divine invitation and a map. It embodies the first three elements of the Way of Love: Turn. Learn. Pray. A Lent done well sets us up to be able to Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest in a deeper fashion at season’s end. In the early church, this was a time for preparing new converts to the faith.

What is the invitation? The invitation is to follow Jesus’ lead by taking the 40-day Lenten journey to the wilderness of our own temptation. It is a time of year when we remember Jesus’ model of claiming exceptional time. In this exceptional time, he followed the Spirit into the very place we usually try to avoid -temptation. Usually, we pray, “Lead us not into temptation.” In this season of Lenten exception, we follow Jesus as we spend intentional time facing truths about hard things. Temptations unchecked harm our communities, our sense of self, and our relationships with one another. In the words of the collect, we pray, “Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations.”

What is the map? The map is a careful construct of created space and purpose. Jesus followed the Holy Spirit’s lead. He went to the wilderness alone. He went for 40 days. We make a plan about place and time. We pull away. We set intentions. We remove from play anything that is not mission-critical. The goal is to close attention to the ways in which our hunger can lead us away from our relationship with God. As we learn, we take notes!

Jesus started his ministry, post-baptism in the River Jordan, by taking first things first. He pulled away at the Spirit’s guiding, to a deserted place. It was neither comfortable nor familiar. Why? Perhaps intentional simplicity sharpens the senses. In a place of border with deprivation, we are vulnerable. In a place such as this, we are reminded that comfort is not always our friend. The Lenten discipline of giving something up is to help us. With a simpler routine, freer from ordinary distractions, Jesus models creating an exceptional context in which attention can be given to the process of NOTICING and PRACTICING.

read more…

Did you know there are RCL (Revised Common Lectionary) Readings for each day ? 
While there is a little overlap each day, they are posted on-line as a service of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library:
Daily Readings

Daily Readings for this week

Being Episcopalian

The Mississippi Episcopal Diocese

The Episcopal Church

National Cathedral

Episcopal Cafe

Check out our neighboring
Coast Churches

St. Mark’s Gulfport

Trinity Pass Christian

Christ Church Bay St. Louis

St. Patrick’s Long Beach

St. Thomas Diamondhead

Church of the Redeemer Biloxi

St. John’s Ocean Springs

First United Methodist Church

O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go:
preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger;
and bring them in safety to their journey’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

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