802 12th St

Marion, IA 52302

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Weekly Contact- January 9, 2014

Hello there,

Christmas is truly over, even here in the church.  We are now in the ecclesiastical season of Epiphany.  The term comes straight from a Greek compound word “epiphanos” and it is not too hard to figure out.  The first half, “epi” means over.  Your epidermis is your skin that is over everything else.  The second part, “phanos” means to appear.  A phantom is something that appears and then disappears.  So “epiphanos” is something that appears over us.  It refers, of course, to the star that appeared over the place where Christ child lay and guided the wise men.  But it also refers to the Light of the World that appears over us and shines upon us.  Since the beginning of the church, Christians have celebrated the coming of light during the time of the year when the nights are long and the days are cold, reminding us that our hope is not contingent on the circumstances around us, but in God who reigns over all.

We will be back into our regular routine this Sunday with two services and Sunday School.  Both the Chancel Bells and the Chancel Choir will enrich our worship in the first service.  Pastor Beth is preaching.  Her texts are Isaiah 42:1-9 and Matthew 3:13-17.  Her sermon title is “Water and the Word.”

As we all know it was bitterly cold earlier this week.  I don’t know about you but it felt good to me that we were hosting guests from Family Promise.  Yes, I know, it is only one family and there are many others who are homeless.  We should not be patting ourselves on the back, when there is still so much to be done.  But even so, we made a difference to one family.  Their son celebrated his 4th birthday, on Wednesday, with Ninja Turtle cake someone from our congregation provided.  Who knows what that might lead to?  A big thank you to all who volunteered this week and are a part of this important ministry!

Our Family Promise guests will be leaving on Sunday.  We need some help right after the first service, putting the basement of the Mission House back to the way it was.  If enough people show up, it should only take about 20 minutes.

Stay in One Peace,

Howard

Upcoming Events

Nov 01

Worship – Streaming Live on Facebook

November 1 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Nov 01

K-5 & 6-8 Sunday School Via Zoom

November 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Nov 01

High School Youth Group via Zoom

November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Nov 04

High School Bible Study via Zoom

November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Nov 04

8th Grade Confirmation via Zoom

November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm