I always feel a bit relieved once the month of February arrives. I am sure some of it is related to the weather. The days are starting to be a little longer and you know that we are well into winter. Yes, we still might have a blizzard or a bitter cold spell in the next few weeks, but it won’t last. Spring will get here eventually. But it also is a feeling of getting back to normal after holidays and everything that goes on with the annual meeting, reports and paper work associated with a new calendar year.
And yet each day, each week is special in its own way. Each Sunday we gather to worship is unique and wonderful, which is why I always say, you won’t want to miss it.
This week is the last Sunday in the season of Epiphany. The word means an awakening, a fresh understanding, a bright new vision. The season began with the story of magi following the star to find a new born king, and it now ends with the story of the Transfiguration. Jesus is up on a mountaintop with Peter, James and John, and an epiphany take place. They are given a bright new vision of just who Jesus is. I will be preaching on the account found in Luke 9:28-43 and my sermon title is “Facing Down to It.”
Between services on Sunday, the youth will be serving their Super Bowl Brunch, so come hungry. You can expect more than their usual pancakes, as delicious as they are. Egg casseroles, French toast, pastries and fruit are on the menu. A freewill donation will be received to benefit the summer mission trip.
With Epiphany coming to an end, that means Lent arrives next week. We will be marking its beginning with our Ash Wednesday service, next Wednesday, February 10th at 6:30. We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper along with the imposition of ashes. This is always a very meaningful way to focus on the true meaning of Lent, so plan on joining us.
February means Valentine’s Day, of course, and the youth are offering parents of young children a little time for themselves. On Saturday, February 13th, parents can drop off their children, ages 4 to 11, at the church and the youth will entertain them for a few hours. It runs from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., and again we are asking for a donation that will benefit the summer mission trip. If you are interested you need to make reservations by contacting the church office or Abbie Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay in One Peace,