Weekly Contact- March 23, 2017

Hello there,

Come hungry this Sunday, because once again we will be having a pancake brunch between services.  The youth will be serving and the donations will go to help our summer mission trips.  The senior high teens will be going to Oklahoma to work on a Native American reservation.  The middle school youth will be going to Chicago.  Both of these trips will be in July. 

If you are not a teenager, but might be interested in going on a mission trip, in mid-June, Pastor Beth is joining up with her brother’s church who is sending a team down to Baton Rouge, LA to work on flood recovery and repair.  You might remember that after our flood last September, all that water did considerable damage down in Louisiana.  This is an intergenerational team, so perhaps your whole family would like to go.  Contact Beth for more information.

Speaking of disaster relief, don’t forget that Lent is the season when we give to One Great Hour of Sharing.  A portion of those funds help in recovery after floods, storms, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, etc.  If you would like a “fish box” they are available in the social room.  Envelopes for making donations will be available in the pews on Sunday, April 2.

This Sunday we will be continuing our sermon series on your favorite stories from the Gospels.  This week we will be focusing on the story of Jesus blessing the children.  It is found in Mark 10:13-16.  However, as I studied this text I decided to expand it and include verses 17 through 23.  If you want to look it up, perhaps you might see why.  If not, come and hear my sermon I have entitled “Making the Connection.”

Also, just a reminder, Pastor Beth is leading a very interesting adult forum on strong women of the New Testament.  This week she will focusing on the Syro-Phoenician woman, the story that is found in Mark 7:24-30.  Join her right after the first service in the chapel.

If you have finished your Lenten cross and won’t be here on Palm Sunday, you may drop it off at the office at any time.

Finally, don’t forget our First Light Pot Bless, a week from Saturday on April 1, starting at 5:30

Stay in One Peace,

Howard

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