First News March 3-9 2014
One Worship Service to begin March 9, 1st Sunday in Lent
For the past few months the Discipleship and Worship Teams and the Session has wrestled with matters pertaining to the time and nature of our Sunday worship. After much discussion and doing their best to consider different possibilities and views, they came to full agreement to lead our church to gather for one worship service with our Sunday schedule to be:
9 am Morning Worship
10:15 am till 11 am Discipleship Ministries for all ages; Children’s Groups will meet in the lower rooms of the Educational Building, Adult Groups will meet in the Westminster Room and Knox Rooms.
11 am till noon Fellowship Time, such as congregational meetings, lunches, special classes, celebrations
This schedule will begin on March 9, The First Sunday in Lent. We pray that this move will unite us in meaningful worship, lead us to discover the richness of our congregation, and guide us as we seek to discern God’s future for our church.
Season of Lent; Light and Life and All Things Good
For many, the Season of Lent is an ancient practice. The thought of setting aside forty-six days for soul work seems out of place. We barely find ourselves taking a few minutes each day for a quick prayer, let along taking a few more minutes for reading Scripture, pondering its meaning, and seeking to apply its truths to the hard realities of our daily lives. Taking time each day for soul work; prayer, meditation, confession, repentance, seeking God’s will for one’s life are strange practices. We know we should do such things. But, truth be told, we have never really been taught the disciplines of the faith. And, we have never really tried following a path of self-reflection.
A simple suggestion may be in order. Make a commitment for forty-six days to try and do three things;
First, begin the Season of Lent by attending Ash Wednesday Worship, March 5, 7 pm. Second, make every effort to attend church for the five Sunday’s of Lent, March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6; for Palm Sunday, April 13, Maundy Thursday Worship, April 17, and Easter Sunday, April 20.
Second, make an effort to come to worship, not with a sense of “what’s in it for me?” but “what’s God want of me?” Try and put aside such concerns as our church moving to one service, who’s here, what’s going on in your personal life, leave such things at the door and come, seeking to “let go and let God, just be God alone in your heart, soul, mind and strength.”
Third, take time each day to ask Jesus to shine his light of love on your life, to guide you to a fresh understanding of his will for your life, and to help you grow in his goodness and truth.
Finally! Spiritual Gift Retreat
The Spiritual Gifts Retreat is set for March 7 and 8. We will begin Friday, March 7 at 6 pm, with a light supper. Our work will end at 8:30 pm. On Saturday, March 8 we will begin at 8 am with
coffee and fellowship, begin work at 8:30 am and end by noon.
Call the church office ASAP if you wish to sign up.
Our congregational retreat will be led by Yvonne Gentile, Director of Congregational Life at Church of the Resurrection. Ms. Gentile is a noted author and leader in the area of spiritual gifts assessment and training. She will help our church embrace the biblical model of ministry as found in Ephesians 4; where the leaders of the church are called to equip the saints of the church for their common ministries.
Wednesday Night Alive!
No WNA Meal on Wednesday, March 5.
Wednesday, March 12 Dinner beginning at 5:45 pm and served till 6:15 pm. Dinner will be $5.00 adults, $2.00 for children. Beginning at 6:15 Pastor Koch will offer an open Bible Study and discussion on the topic, “The Bible Speaks to You”. The focus of this study is to help folks embrace scriptures as a daily guide to everyday life. The class will be held in the Westminster Room.