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Pictured - Spring Craft Fair/Bake Sale 2015 in our Fellowship Hall
February 2016 Letter from Pastor Polly
February 10th is Ash Wednesday and will mark the beginning of Lent. The season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and self-examination in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord at Easter. It is a period of 40 days — like the flood of Genesis, Moses’ sojourn at Mount Sinai, Elijah’s journey to Mount Horeb, Jonah’s call to Ninevah to repent and Jesus’ time of testing in the wilderness. (The Sundays in Lent are not counted in this reckoning of the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter, as every Lord’s Day is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.)
As we prepare to begin this season of Lent, we are given an extraordinary chance to examine our lives and our faith. Christians today use this period of time for introspection, self examination, and repentance. These forty days can also be a time to contemplate God’s call in our lives. We can look at it as a journey guided by God culminating in the celebration of Easter. Some religious traditions use Lent as a time for giving something up or for days of fasting. Instead of taking something away, I suggest that we add something to our lives.
One Lenten guide gave some wonderful advice on how to use this season as a way to enrich our lives of faith. The first step is to decide on some inward personal disciplines to implement. Some of the examples that they give are:
Spend time in solitude each day.
Focus on thanksgiving, rather than on asking, in prayer.
Forgive someone who has hurt me.
Read through one of the Gospels.
Make a list of people with whom I need to be reconciled. Pray for them and let Jesus guide me in my thinking and feel-ing toward them.
The second step is to decide on some outward social disciplines to implement. A few suggested for this are:
Plan to visit a "homebound" neighbor or church member weekly.
Write a letter of affirmation once a week to a person who has touched my life.
Listen and respond to Christ's call to a ministry of service.
Take on some loving task
The final step is to find a way to be accountable for the commitments you have made. You could, share your intentions for Lent with someone close to you and ask that they ask you about your progress. Keep a journal that you will share with someone during Holy Week. Or you could put together a personal contract to remind yourself.
May God be with each of you as you embark upon your journey through Lent.
Grace & peace,
LENT and HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Lenten Bible Study—Let's use this six week Lenten season as a time to grow deeper in our faith. Join Pastor Polly at 9:00 am in the Parlor, each Sunday morning of Lent beginning February 14th, for a Lenten Bible Study. See you then!
If you are Interested in hosting or leading an additional Lenten Bible Study, please contact either Sally Heusinkvelt or Linda Lauby.
Ash Wednesday Service February 10, 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
6-Week Lenten Study starts Sunday, February 14, at 9:00 a.m. in the church Parlor
Palm Sunday, March 20, 10:00 a.m. —Cantata “No Stone Could Hold Him” performed by the Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church, directed by Holly Rickertsen
Maundy Thursday service March 24, 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sonrise service 7:30 a.m. followed by Easter Breakfast and Children/Youth Activities and Traditional Easter service 10:00 a.m.
LENTEN LUNCH SCHEDULE
February 11 – Berean Bible Church
February 18 – Grace Lutheran Church
February 25 – First United Methodist
March 3 – Trinity Lutheran
March 10 –Calvary Assembly of God
March 17 – St. Ann’s Catholic Church
Lunches start at noon with a short service following lunch.
BACK TO THE FUTURE WITH LOGOS!
K-5th graders attend from 5 - 7 p.m.
6th – 12th graders meet from 6 - 8pm.Supper for everyone is at 6 p.m.
The schedule for January/February is:
January 6 — Winter Picnic
January 13 — Sdrawkcab Thgin (Backwards Night)
January 20 — Evening in Paris
January 27 — NO LOGOS!
February 3 — Chinese New Year
February 10 — Hugs and Kisses
February 17 — Proud to be American
February 24 — NO LOGOS!
Our plan throughout this LOGOS year (with certain changes according to school schedules) is to have LOGOS the first three Wednesdays of each month and taking the fourth and fifth Wednesdays off. All children and youth are welcome!
VOLUNTEERS are still needed for elementary recreation!