Just a few more weeks and the season of Lent will begin. Lent is a time of change when we take stock of our relationships with God and one another. And, by God’s grace, we find power to make the changes that will keep us growing in the coming year.
To help with that process, we are offering two new opportunities:
New Small Group Fellowship: Mondays at 6:00pm, beginning on March 10th. Much like our Wednesday evening group at the Oknefski’s, this group with meet for Bible study, prayer, mutual support and friendship—but at the church rather than in a private home. A typical evening will run from 6:00 pm until 7:15 with the likelihood that many will then go out to enjoy a simple meal afterward. This group will not replace the Wednesday group but will provide a new opportunity for those not yet connected. Our study during Lent will be the Apostle John’s account of the last hours of Jesus’ life (John 13-20).
Dinner and Devotions for Families: This group for families will meet weekly at the church for an hour or so and will include a dinner, a brief devotional, discussion and prayer. While the adults meet in the Fellowship Hall, the children and teenagers will share dinner with me and another adult in the wonderful youth area on the second floor of the Education Wing. After dinner, and their own devotional time, they can enjoy pool, ping pong, video games and other fun activities with their friends. This new group is being brought together by Alex Hale who will be glad to share the details with you.
MID-WEEK BIBLE STUDY AT THE OKNEFSKI’S, WEDNESDAY AT 6:30PM.
We begin with Hebrews 9. Hebrews speaks of moving from elementary teaching onto maturity. That will be the focus of our study in the weeks to come. As always, dinner is provided for those who can stay. Join us at 2201 Hereford Avenue.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES, 9:15AM
·Philippians and the Theology of Joy: The apostle Paul brings up the idea of joy 16 times in this brief letter from prison. Ready for a little joyful living in the midst of life’s struggles? Join us Sunday morning. (Fr. Tom in his office)
·Found in Him: We were lost. Now we are found…in Him. Everyone has experienced isolation and alienation. We lost more than a nice home when we were banished from Eden’s garden. We lost relationship with God and with each other. But then God did the unimaginable. God the Son lived and died for us so that we might be reunited to Him. In this class, we will explore the wonder of the incarnation and the glory of our union with Christ. (Brad Watson in Room 101)
CHURCH SPRING CLEANING! THIS SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22ND, 8:00AM.
Our three congregations will work together that morning on a number of indoor and outdoor projects. We begin with a few minutes around the coffee pot (and donut tray!) and then we’ll dive right in. If you would like to work inside, bring a bucket of cleaning supplies and a paint brush if you have one. If outside is more your speed, bring a rake, gloves and maybe a shovel. This is a good opportunity to beautify our facilities while getting to know your fellow worshippers a little better.
PHOTO DIRECTORY PICTURES THIS SUNDAY AFTER CHURCH!
If you missed your chance last Sunday, we’ll be taking pictures again after church this Sunday. Immediately after church, go to Room 2 which is just down the hall from where we worship. There are no photos to buy but we will gladly forward a copy via email if you like.
CONSECRATION OF FR. MARK ZIMMERMAN TO BE BISHOP OF THE SOUTHWEST, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, 6:00PM IN EL PASO
So far, nine of us are making plans to drive to El Paso for this once a decade event. If you would like to travel with us, give me a call and we’ll add you to the mix. We’ll be staying in a downtown hotel within walking distance of St. Clements, the place where he will be consecrated (ordained).
· Joke of the Week: This one was passed along by our very own Fr. Steve Kelly:
On Sunday after church a man walks up to the pastor and says,“Pastor, will you pray for my hearing?” The Pastor says yes and gathers the elders of the church together. They pray, and they pray, and they pray. After about 20 minutes of praying, the pastor asks the man, “How’s your hearing now? He says, “Well how should I know Pastor, it ain’t ‘til next Tuesday!”
· If you are in need of pastoral care, you can reach me at 432-853-2751. Please don’t hesitate to call.
Your fellow servant,