Book club is here! Pick up a copy of Beartown by Fredrick Blackman and join us on Tuesday, February 27 from 6-8 pm at the church for a book discussion, prayer and refreshments. Available on Amazon, Target or your local library, Beartown tells the story of the struggles one town faces and the actions they take to conquer them.
February 14, 2018 – 7pm
Ashes for those who desire them.
The beginning of Lent – A time of self-reflection.
During Lent, let’s look at those things that bring us closer to God.
This year Ash Wednesday is also Valentine’s Day – A day of celebrating love.
Let’s celebrate God’s great love for us.
At the beginning of February, we continue exploring and discovering ways to move beyond our limitations … to find new beginnings and to be better than we were before.
In January, we explored how we can go beyond our beliefs, our horizons, and boundaries. Feb. 4th, we explore going beyond chaos, and on Feb. 11th, going beyond our fears. February also marks the beginning of Lent – the days of preparation leading to Easter. For many of us, Lent has been a time of “giving up” something. Rather than just “giving up” in Lent, this season, we are invited to consider all that Jesus is “up to” and all that he asks us to be “up to” in his name. What pursuits are we up to in our lives that call us to be our best selves, and our best selves as the church?
What R U Up 2?
February 14 – Ash Wednesday – 7 pm worship – “Store Up” the things that bring us closer to God.
February 18 – “Come Up” out of the depths of whatever seeks to keep you down and know that you are loved by God. Now is the time to be fully who you are created to be.
February 25 – “Take Up” the causes of Jesus and stand for the Gospel message of love.
March 4 – “Raise Up” – How might we raise up as the Body of Christ and be a holy dwelling place of God in the world?
March 11 – “Light Up” the world through our lives so that the world might see the hope it yearns for.
March 18 – “Lift Up” – To be lifted up is to be drawn into the love of God. What uplifting message will we pass on to others?
March 25 – Palm Sunday – Rev. Garvin Warden will be our guest preacher.
BREAD BATH & BEYOND
Worship in a new year!
The new year always brings opportunity to move beyond our limitations … to find new beginnings and be better than we were before. The most basic transforming experiences of our faith – bread & bath – communion and baptism – are the starting points for life “beyond” our limitations. We focus on moving beyond our limitations to live a bold life of faith and hope in Christ.
“See, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5
January 7: Bread and Bath
When we celebrate communion, we remember not only the past, but “into the future”. We begin the year with a commitment to “break open” our lives to God’s future for us. We remember our baptism and affirm the Spirit that lives and moves and breathes through us – offering power and strength beyond what we think we have.
January 14: Beyond Belief
As people found it hard to believe who Jesus was, we go beyond our own beliefs and assumptions about where God shows up. Can we move beyond these to open our eyes to the holy in unexpected places and people?
January 21: Beyond the Horizon
Jesus called the fishermen into new work and life. Where is Jesus calling us that just might be beyond the horizons we now see for ourselves?
January 28: Beyond the Boundaries
Sometimes we are captured by the boundaries of our own making. We can lean on the authority of Jesus in our lives to conquer and be freed to move beyond the limitations we set upon ourselves.
February 4: Beyond the Chaos
When the chaos is just too much, what do we do? Work harder? Worry more? Or can we take a clue from Jesus and get beyond the chaos, if only for a short while to remember that God is with us?
February 11: Beyond the Fear
Do you feel like there are extraordinary things you could do if only you could move beyond the fear?
We will be doing the Adopt-a-Family program again this year, where we identify and
donate to families in need of support this holiday season. We’ll be using the Scrip gift cards to divide among chosen families in need of support. You can participate very simply! All you have to do is purchase a gift card or donate money and we’ll purchase the card for you! Cards can be purchased now until Friday, December 15th so we can be ready to deliver on Sunday, Dec. 17th after the service. The more we receive, the more we can fill a home with holiday joy! If you have any questions, please see Debbie Bone or contact Kristen in the office.
Sometimes Christmas does not feel like a happy time. We may be grieving the death of someone we love. We may be worried about many things. We remember that Jesus was born into a world of pain, so we offer a special opportunity to experience the presence of Christ during the painful times of our lives as well. Come, Sunday evening, December 17th at 7:00pm for this special service of healing, memories, and Christ’s presence with us.