March 17, 2013

Post date: Mar 14, 2013 6:31:42 PM

Flowers for today are provided by Cathy Hickman in memory of her father, Ed Koschalk

The Wednesday Soup and Bread Supper will be hosted this week by members of the Congregational Life Ministry. 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. The set up time will be Saturday, March 30th at 2:00 p.m. and right now there are only a few people signed up to help. (It won’t take long with a few more people.) We also need a little more help in the kitchen. Can you come to do a (short) shift on Sunday morning? Please sign up to help. Thank you!

Sunday School: There will be no Sunday School classes for children and youth during Spring Break, March 17 and 24, or on Easter Sunday, March 31. Classes will resume on April 7. (Adults will meet on the 17th & 24th, but not on Easter Sunday, March 31.)

The United Methodist Women invite you to attend their annual “White Breakfast” on Maundy Thursday, March 28 at 9:30 a.m. Through the beauty of music and a message from Pastor Shalom Agtarap, we will strive to better understand the events of Holy Week.

Stewardship Stu here... with a question... How does how you live your life become a stewardship issue? I came across a poem by Marianne Williamson that brings that message home.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us

We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?"

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Live your life well, share it with others so that we all might live well. That's the kind of stewardship I'm talking about. See you in Church. Stu

Thank you to everyone who helped cook and serve dinner at FISH Food Bank last night! God bless you for feeding those in need.

Lenten Prayer for Hungry People Fifth Week in Lent March 17-23

Isaiah 43:16-21 Philippians 3:4b-14 Psalm 126 John 12:1-8

Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. —John 12:3

May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves. —Psalm 126:5-6

Prayer: O Christ, we give thanks for Mary and all your disciples whose faith and witness guide our Lenten pilgrimage. May the outpouring of your abundant grace embolden us as we urge our elected officials to end hunger. Amen.

Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday

March 24th

All children ages preschool to 5th grade are invited to participate in the “Procession of the Palms” on Palm Sunday, March 24th. Please meet in the Bible Adventure room right before the service to receive palms and to line up.

Last Supper Drama

Maundy Thursday, March 28th 7:00p.m.

Come see Jesus and the twelve disciples in our Last Supper Drama. Holy Communion, Bible readings and hymns will be part of this Worship Service.

Good Friday

Service of Darkness

March 29th at 7p.m.

We hear the seven last words of Jesus from the Cross and read the crucifixion account from John 18 & 19.

Easter Sunday

March 31st

8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus! There will be two Worship Services: 8a.m. and 10a.m. Both will be Holy Communion Services. Come hear the good news of Jesus resurrection and sing the joyous hymns of Easter.

There will be an Easter Egg Hunt in the back yard at 9:30 in the for children up to 5th grade. Easter Breakfast is served from 7:30-10:00.