March 2, 2014

Post date: Feb 27, 2014 5:3:49 PM

Flowers for today are provided by Sheila and Estelle Johnson in memory of their brother, Dale Christopherson.

Our Annual "Hymn-a-gras" will be held TODAY at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner first, followed by a hymn sing of old favorites. Please sign up on the bulletin board to bring Jumbalaya, salad, or dessert. Hope to see you tonight!

Don’t forget to set your clocks back on Saturday night!

Ash Wednesday, March 5th 7p.m. Worship. The season of Lent begins with the imposition of ashes and the Lord’s Supper. Soup Suppers/Study/Holden Evening Prayer will start at 6:00p.m. on March 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 9.

Stewardship Stu here with a question. What are your plans to make this Lenten Journey special? Over the centuries Christians have walked with our Jesus to His cross, death, and the glory of Easter during the weeks of Lent. There are great traditions of self denial as acts of contrition. I used to work with a guy that gave up drinking beer and smoking cigars, another that didn't eat desserts during Lent, and one that wouldn't watch TV for the forty days. While those acts were from the heart, and followed religiously, they were also self serving and prudent. Let me suggest that we ADD to our lives during Lent rather than SUBTRACTING. Perhaps we could purposely spend a few scheduled moments in prayer everyday with specific concerns for others, you know, like getting up a couple of minutes early to pray, or spending a special time before lunch being aware of the needs of others, or we could take a particular time to read the Bible every day, maybe follow Jesus through His ministry in one of the Gospels. My favorite is a commitment to writing “Thank you, I love you” notes to people in my life that I otherwise don't write to. What ever you do make it an act of stewardship... of your time, your talent, your gratefulness. And don't forget to worship with us every Wednesday evening... I'll see you there. Thank you, I love you. Stu

Eligible members of Thrivent Financial who have been designated Choice Dollars: If you haven’t already done so, be sure to direct your designated 2013 Thrivent Choice Dollars by March 31, 2014. After that date, any undirected Choice Dollars® will expire. Go to or call 800-THRIVENT(800-847-4836) and state “Thrivent Choice®” and someone from the member connection center will help you. If you have any questions see Dewain Lien, Mike Krekling, or James Stolte.

Too Deep for Words, a pocket-sized Lenten devotional with daily readings from Romans, is available in a basket by the front door (one per family, please). The readings begin Ash Wednesday.

Munch Madness: In an effort to support our local food bank we are holding our first annual Ellensburg Morning Rotary Munch Madness competition. The goal is to engage the Ellensburg area business and organizations in a friendly competition against each other to raise food for F.I.S.H. Food Bank. The Munch Madness competition will be structured similar to the NCAA “March Madness” college basketball tournament. Business and organizations participating will be placed in tournament style brackets as a team, and on a weekly basis from the dates of March 3rd-April 4th teams will collect food. On Fridays during these dates, teams will bring their collected food to the Food Bank from the hours of 3-5p for weigh in. Results will be published in the Daily Record.

FISH food bank has posted a full-time job (40 hours a week) as Office Manager. Cover letter, resume and three letters of reference should be sent to PO Box 85, Ellensburg. For more information, call 925-5990 or talk with Jean Cutlip.

Two Community Hymn Sings are scheduled for the Hal Holmes Center, 209 N. Ruby Street. March 2nd and March 30th at 3:30. They are family oriented and inter-generational events. Any questions please call Pastor Wayne at 933-7800.

Friday, March 14 - 7:00 p.m. at Gallery One. A Sparrow choir concert. $10 suggested donation to support children with medical needs.

“A Taste of the Town,” an event to benefit the Children of Chernobyl, will be held March 8 at Mercer Creek Church. Silent Auction at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:15 pm. Approximately 30 local restaurants from the community are donating their specialty dishes and numerous businesses and individuals are contributing items for the silent auction. The Kittitas Valley Children’s Chorus will provide entertainment. Funds raised will be used for the summer health respites of the Belarusian youth in Ellensburg. Tickets at the door: adults $12, youth 6-11 $6. If you are interested in being a host family for this wonderful outreach, please contact Cec Calhoun at 925-3888.