March 10, 2013

Post date: Mar 07, 2013 4:51:34 PM

Flowers for today are provided by Fred & Charlene Watterson in memory of Charlene’s parents Charles and Iona Kuchenbuch and in honor of Fred and Charlene’s 53rd Wedding Anniversary.

Receiving their first communion today are Kaylee Winter, Nathan Widner, Benjamin Johnson and Mark Lease. Check out their communion projects by the front door. Welcome to the table of the Lord!

Ministry Meetings TODAY after worship. Look for the table tents for property, stewardship, youth, education, congregational life, outreach and worship & music. If you are interested in finding out what these ministries do, today is a good time to do so. All are welcome.

The next Lutherhaven Night is Tuesday, March 12th. Come have fun with counselors Lauren Bender and Eric Czrr. Kindergarten-5th grade 4:30-5:45. Everyone (including parents) is invited for dinner at 5:45. 6:15-7:40 Middle School and High School. Singing, praying, crazy games-you know it’s fun: text your friends.

The Wednesday Soup and Bread Supper will be hosted this week by members of the Education & Youth Ministries. Please join us at 6:00 p.m. for a delicious meal followed by a study session and the Holden Evening Prayer Service.

Easter Breakfast: Please check out the sign-up sheets in the Fellowship Hall, It’s time to prepare for our annual Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt. We need lots of help to make it work. If you can provide food, candy, and hopefully help out in the kitchen, it would be appreciated! Youth and parents– we especially need your help but all others are welcome to take part as well. There are several shifts so it won’t take up too much of your morning and all will be able to attend one of the services. Watch the Sunday bulletins for more information about final preparations. Thank you!

FLC’s next time to cook and serve dinner at the F.I.S.H. Food Bank is Saturday, March 16th. We start prepping at 3p.m. and serve at 5p.m. Clean-up takes about an hour. Come volunteer for all or part of it, as your schedule allows. If you can help in any way, please contact Doug Fessler as soon as possible. Thanks.

Sunday School: There will be no Sunday School classes for children and youth during Spring Break, March 17and 24, or on Easter Sunday, March 31. Classes will resume on April 7.

Stewardship Stu here with a question... what are you a steward of? What has been given to you that needs to be cherished and cared for? What in your life are you responsible for?

Stewardship begins when we acknowledge the truth that all we are and have is a gift and we're accountable for it.

See you in Church. Stu

Stewardship Stu here with a question... are you the steward of a firearm? For some of us firearms are tools of our trade, for some they represent magnificent examples of craftsmanship, maybe pieces of history, others cherish them as sports equipment, and some consider necessary for protection on the ranch and at home. As Christians we are called to be stewards of all that we've been given, all we possess, of ourselves and our neighbors. How we practice stewardship is a measure of our grateful response to our gifts. We have heard of so much gun related violence lately. The statistics are staggering. The potential for confrontations to escalate into deadly situations when weapons are present has gone from the unthinkable to commonplace. The message of the news media is “Be afraid, be very afraid.”

Our families, our possessions, our lives, our freedom, rights, and responsibilities are subjects of our stewardship. My prayer is that we all can share our understanding of stewardship and our respect for the responsibilities ownership of guns implies with each other, our families, and especially, our children. Be safe, keep our children safe, keep our community safe. Do all you can to end gun violence. Please pray about this issue. I'll see you in Church. Peace, Stu

Lenten Prayer for Hungry People Fourth Week in Lent March 10-16

Joshua 5:9-12 Psalm 32 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

But while he [the prodigal son] was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arm around him and kissed him. [The father said,] “This son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!” —Luke 15:20,24

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. —Psalm 32:1

Prayer: O God, we are both the prodigal son and the elder brother. Save us from despair and from pride. Through your love and grace in Christ, turn us around so that we may prepare a feast of hope and opportunity for those who live in hunger. Amen.