March 3, 2013

Post date: Feb 28, 2013 6:3:4 PM

Thanks to Judy Ragland and Kathy Temple for playing today.

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

We recently received a $10,800 check from our friends at Grace Lutheran in Mattawa! This pays off our loan to them from years ago. Dale Larson is the pastor there now and Grace is beginning a building expansion project. God’s blessings upon them!

Daylight Savings Time: Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead 1 hour on Saturday night!

Benjamin and Christopher Johnson, sons of Joe and Melissa Johnson were baptized on February 27, 2013. Their sponsors in baptism are Frank and Jeannie Johnson. Welcome! In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

“A Taste of the Town” to benefit: Children of Chernobyl March 9th at Mercer Creek Church Auction starting at 5:30p and dinner at 6:15p Approximately 30 local restaurants from the community are contributing items for the silent auction. Belarusian items will be available for purchase as well. The Kittitas Valley Children’s Chorus will provide entertainment. Monies raised at this dinner will be used for the summer health respites of the Belarusian youth in Ellensburg. Tickets are $12 for adult and $6 for youth 6-11. If you are interested in being a host family please, contact Cec Calhoun at 925-3888.

First Communion Classes For Fourth Graders Sundays, Feb. 24 & March 3rd 11:30a.m. In the Chapel. I am inviting all fourth graders (and older) in our church to join me for the first communion classes. You have been coming to the altar to receive a blessing during the Lord’s Supper, but now you are old enough to begin receiving the bread and wine, the body and blood of Jesus Christ. All fourth graders (and older students who have not yet received communion instruction) are invited to attend 2 short classes with me on Sunday February 24th and March 3rd after worship. Parent(s) are encouraged to attend with their son or daughter and the classes will last about an hour. Please plan on attending both Sundays. We’ll taste the bread and wine and we’ll read Dan Erlander’s great little book, “A Place For You: My Holy Communion Book.” There will be a craft project to do and the kids will receive their first communion during worship on Sunday, March 10th, or at any time after that. Please let Pastor Dennis know if you will be attending, Church 925-2844 or home 933-2605.

Lenten Prayer for Hungry People Third Week in Lent March 3-9

Isaiah 55:1-9 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Psalm 63:1-8 Luke 13:1-9

So he said to the gardener, “…For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil? [The gardener] replied, “Sir, let it alone for one more year…. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.” —Luke 13:7-9

[O God] Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name. —Psalm 63:3-4

Prayer: O God, you call us to repentance and offer us mercy and forgiveness in Christ Jesus. Grant us faith to trust this gracious gift so that we may bear the fruit you desire, working to share the abundance of your creation with all those in need. Amen.