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NEW! St. Barnabas Mass - Premiere June 13, 7:30p

On Saturday, June 13, 7:30p, St. Barnabas Church, Chelsea, MI, will celebrate St. Barnabas Day and cap off its 60th year of worship and service by premiering a new mass dedicated to its patron saint.

All are welcome to participate, and an open rehearsal will be held on the preceding Thursday, June 11, at 7:00p. If you like to sing, and want to help launch a work that's never been heard in its entirety, please come and join us! An ensemble of piano, organ, strings, flute and four vocalists will accompany the Thursday rehearsal and the Saturday celebration.

The setting is by Doug Howell, a professional singer-songwriter who is also a musician at St. Barnabas. The musical style is contemporary and incorporates both gospel and pop flavors. The mass also includes settings of some parts of the liturgy usually not sung, such as the Confession.

Howell says the project was inspired by how difficult much of our traditional service music is to sing. His aim was to make it more accessible, fun and easier to sing. Howell has written other pieces St. Barnabas parishioners have used in worship for several years, and finally the idea of a complete mass setting was suggested.

The St. Barnabas Mass is dedicated to the congregation as well as to its patron saint. Howell appreciates the real, loving ministry the church members exhibit on a daily basis. He recalls what he used to tell his audience when he was on the road performing his own music: “I always told people that someday, if I ever settled down, I’d find a church that I could really get involved in. Where real relationships would keep me honest, and help me practice my faith, not just preach it.” Howell believes he found that very place in St. Barnabas, and has dedicated the mass to his congregation.

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Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday officially ends the season of Epiphany, and marks the beginning of the penitential season of Lent. The name Shrove Tuesday is derived from the verb "to shrive" which means to confess and receive absolution. During the Middle Ages, "shriveners" (priests) heard people's confessions in preparation for Lent. As certain foods were restricted during Lent, people would prepare feasts to consume those foods that would become spoiled during the next 40 days. The English tradition of eating pancakes came about as a way to use as much milk, fats and eggs as possible before Ash Wednesday.

Shrove Tuesday is the time to make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs you need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth you especially need to ask God's help in dealing with. Fr. Bill is available for consultation or private confession upon request.


Emily Dickinson’s Garden: The Poetry of Flowers

Join Michael Saint of The Native Plant Institute at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Chelsea, on Saturday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m., as we take a step back into time and explore the diverse flowers, trees, and shrubs of Emily Dickinson’s world.

During her lifetime, Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) was famous for her love of the garden—not her poems. Consequently, plants and flowers significantly influenced her poetry. Many of Dickinson’s poems and letters mentioned wildflowers, native plants, and traditional herbaceous garden plants.

Her gardens included fruit trees, vegetables, and masses of colorful annuals and perennials. Dickinson was fond of fragrant flowers (roses, hyacinth, jasmine, gardenias).
We will examine the components of her garden, i.e.: fragrance, color, texture, etc. citing examples to show how to incorporate some of her sense of being and beloved plants in your own Emily Dickinson garden.

Michael Saint is a certified Advanced Master Gardener, a seasoned lecturer and landscape designer. He is an advocate of the importance of native plants. His native plant class has been published internationally through the DailyOm network. Saint is the owner of Good Earth Landscape Institute in Clarkston, Mi, and as a member of the Michigan Wildflower Association, The National Wildlife Federation and the Re-mineralize the Earth Foundation, he has encouraged green practices for many years. He has been a repeated guest of National Public Radio's "Detroit Today," Meadowbrook Hall, Henry Ford Estates, The Community House of Birmingham, MI and Fox Morning news. He teaches various garden classes for Waterford’s Adult Community Education and lectures throughout the Midwest on various horticultural topics. Michael's gardens have been featured in varied newspapers throughout Michigan.


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