As you may or my not know, pipes froze and burst at the Presbyterian Church last week. Currently they are unable to use their building and we will be welcoming them to our worship Sunday. Please keep our sisters and brothers at the Presbyterian Church in your thoughts and prayers and plan to be here Sunday to welcome them with the wonderful hospitality that is our church.
Thanks so much for your constant faith, love and concern.
March 8th Everyone is encouraged to participate in our Body of Christ Potluck Dinnerfollowing worship services. We will share news and information regarding current activities, make decisions and plans as a church body as well as just plain FUN and FELLOWSHIP. Bring a dish to pass and your table service.
Trustees have set an early Spring Cleanup Day for Saturday March 28
9 am to noon.
This work day is primarily for inside work but some outside work will be done as well, weather permitting, and if there is enough help.
Donations of cleaning supplies would also be appreciated such as: glass cleaner, paper towels, Murphy’s Oil Soap or similar wood cleaner, rags, trash bags, etc. Yard tools such as rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, may also be needed.
Church can be fun! A church can be fun with a purpose. Beginning in Lent and running until the second Sunday in September we are going to have a friendly church attendance competition. The congregation has been divided into two teams – Purple and Gold. You will get a point for every time you attend worship. And guess what? You get two points for every guest you bring. And children count! And even better, if you find a visitor coming into the church and you welcome them to be on your team, that’s 3 points (but you can’t abandon them).
The prize will be having the losing team prepare a feast for the winning team.
All you need to do is attend worship and put your name tag in your team bucket. Please accept the challenge in the Spirit it is given and help boost attendance and participation in fun way.
For anyone who dismisses Lent as a seemingly endless time of self-sacrifice and introspection, this 6-week Lenten study offers a breath of fresh air. God thinks the world is worth saving and invites Christians to join in the movement of redemption, Donigian emphasizes. He challenges readers to grow in their prayer life by praying about daily news reports, discovering the needs around them, and responding with love and compassion. Each chapter of this engaging study includes well-known hymn texts for inspiration, exercises for spiritual growth, and questions for reflection. Beginning 02/22 at the 9:30 am worship service.
During Lent each year, Christians give up something as an act of sacrifice and spiritual discipline. Often it is something like chocolate, knowing that after Easter Sunday they can once again enjoy what they have given up. James Moore challenges readers to take it further—to give up something spiritually that they would be better off not doing. He invites all to seek God's help to focus on eliminating one habit or attitude that is destructive. Imagine giving up envy, jealousy, self-pity, apathy, procrastination, gossip, resentment, or negative thinking, how much better life would be.
The forty days of Lent are ideal to use this study and prepare to give up something bad while preparing to fully embrace the "Good News" of Easter. Study includes seven sessions, one for each Sunday in Lent and Easter Sunday. Each session features a Scripture reference, a personal reading, questions for personal reflection or group study, and closing prayer. Begins Ash Wed at 10am
Everyone is encouraged to participate in our Body of Christ Potluck Dinnersfollowing worship services in March, May, September and November. We will share news and information regarding current or yearly activities, make decisions and plans as a church body as well as just plain FUN and FELLOWSHIP. Bring a dish to pass and your table service. Watch the calendar for special announcements. (*note B.O.C. dinners are not planned monthly)
A few opportunities you may be called to serve with are:
Helping with a team of Java Jugglers serving coffee and snack during coffee hour.
Commit to serving as an Usher or Greeter.
Become a member of the Supper Club delivering meals to friends who may need a little TLC.
Assist with the care and needs of someone during a loss and serve on the Comfort Care Team.
Become a member of the Potluck Brigade organizing potluck dinners.
Communion servers, readers, holiday coordinator, special event coordinator…
Discover more opportunities and details on how you can answer your call in 2015 beginning on Jan 11th at our Body of Christ Potluck.
Matthew 9:17: “Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”
I think this word from Jesus is perhaps one of the most challenging when change is under consideration. Reading the verses ahead of this passage, Jesus is speaking to the status quo that is questioning the disciple’s behavior. The problem in those days was that the Temple leadership was trying hard to maintain the traditions and rituals in a changing culture. Unfortunately, they could not see that they had allowed the Temple itself and religion within to be their god.
Jesus was simply making the case that to not change would be like putting new wine in old wineskins, and as the new wine fermented it would stretch the old wineskin beyond its capacity to stretch anymore…and it would burst. This was not a scripture critical of ritual, or tradition or the building itself. It is letting God be God through the ritual and tradition and Temple that makes a difference. And the only place that can happen is in the “wineskin” of the heart and soul. It is in the fermentation of the Holy Spirit in any of our lives that causes us to grow into discipleship. Believe me the fermentation of the Spirit will happen! Are we as a church at the bursting point or are we ready to let God loose through us in a new and positive way?
Consider what would happen if we let that Spirit grow as we stretch spiritually as individuals and as a people of God. That is where the joy is, and that is my prayer, that we let the new wine of the Spirit remold us, remake us and reform us into the “new” wineskin – concerned about love, and forgiveness and grace and invitation to know the source of our spirit who is Jesus the Christ.
10After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” 6And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” 10But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11“Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.” 12I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.
17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!’ 18He said to them, ‘I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’
Luke 10 describes discipleship – Jesus’ way. I think that we are called to be Luke 10 people who give themselves to the calling of God. And rather than creating ministry for people. the great experiment of this church is to respond to a call to ministry. To that end, I invite you, in twos to be in ministry and the first one I lift up is the call to Hospitality. I would like you to pray about and consider accepting a ministry for two months and these are the opportunities:
The Discipleship of Greeting and Invitation: Be the welcoming presence to others as they walk through our doors.
The Discipleship of Caring: Host, organize and provide a reception for Celebrations, Memorials and Funeral Services.
The Discipleship of Church Fellowship: Host, organize and provide for “coffee hour.”
I’m sure there will be more to come. But remember, the difference between a volunteer and a Disciple is that the Disciple is called by Christ to serve in mission.
Children's Church 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Immediately following the Children's Message in our 10:30 worship service, children will be invited to attend Children's Church. All children are welcome and encourage to stay in service with their parents if so preferred.