Pastor Kip's Email
February 16, 2018
Happy Friday! I trust this email will find you doing well and anticipating a great Sunday morning worship experience.
Today (Wednesday) I received a letter from the church. I suspect that many of you did as well. It was a letter written by me to all of us. It addresses our third year of asking for a special financial gift to be collected next Sunday. This gift is to be applied directly to the principle of the mortgage. In the letter I explained the amazing savings we have seen by applying these gifts to the principle. Our finance chair, Bill Murray will speak briefly at each service this Sunday to remind all of us of the benefit of this special offer. Please know that any gift you are able to make towards the mortgage principle through this gift is hugely appreciated! When the church is set free of the mortgage debt it will breathe a huge sigh of relief.
While we are talking about money, let's look at one more thing. A few folks have asked why we are inviting various folks, including Dixie to lead the hymns on Sunday mornings. They miss the presence and continuity of seeing Brady there leading hymns. The reason is very simple; budget reduction cuts. In preparation for this year's current budget based upon the estimated giving for this year, we realized we needed to make unpleasant and somewhat drastic changes. Eliminating the assistant music director position was one of the results. We have also lowered salaries and changed how some folks are paid from the way they were paid this past year. These changes are not as obvious as when a worship position is eliminated. It was with much heartache that we reached these decisions and were not able to do other things with the staff in regards to finances, but the projected income used to set this year's budget just would not allow it. So, I hope that clears up any confusion and or rumors.
This Sunday will be the second service in our new Lenten Series. Our series began on Ash Wednesday evening and will end on Easter Sunday. The series will focus on the life of Jesus. We will look at who Jesus was and his impact upon our lives as he walked this earth.
So the focus on Ash Wednesday was the creation and Jesus' role in all that was created. I want to draw your attention to the front cover of the bulletin during this Lenten Season. On each worship event we will add to the front of the cover the drawing of what the message will focus on during that particular worship event.
On Ash Wednesday evening on the front of the bulletin you saw the initial image; that of a tree representing creation. On Sunday's bulletin you'll see the addition of the manger in which Mary placed Jesus soon after his birth. Carol Erikkson is doing our drawings and I am so very much appreciative of her help in this area.
This Sunday we will sing hymns that should remind you of Christmas. The reading will be from Isaiah 9:6-7. We will explore Isaiah's words, and from there explore why Jesus' birth is critical to our lives and the purpose of what God did through the birth of Jesus.
The Lenten Cross has been placed in the chancel area and we will start to light the candles on each worship event, beginning with Ash Wednesday.
OK, that could be it for me... God Bless, I look forward to seeing you all at your favorite service.
God Bless-Pastor Kip
My goodness, I am just a "messenger" this week, so here are some announcements I have been asked to share with you:
You are invited to join a fun and interesting "Understanding Each Other"..."Using Our God Given Personalities" class. Your temperament influences everything you do you know.
Curious yet? Here is some insight and answers into what to expect from this class.
What kind of personality or "bent" did God give you?? How does it affect your interactions with others? Are you an outgoing person, cheerful person, a "get it done person", a non-motivated person, an in charge person, a fun party person, a quiet thoughtful person, or a combination of several of these??
How can you understand others, and get along with them better? What personalities did the apostles have? What personality did Jesus have?
This is going to prove to be a FUN CLASS .... Come, laugh, and have a good time learning about yourself and others.
Class begins Wednesday February 21st at 6:30pm and will run for about an hour. There will be 4 sessions - testing, scoring, and fun lecture are weeks one and two. Personalities of some of the apostles on week 3 and a surprise class on week 4.
Looking forward to seeing you soon, Ron Beach
2018 LENTEN SCHEDULE
LENTEN SACRED HOUR PRAYER - Meet in the chapel for prayer Wednesdays at noon
PRAYER LABYRINTH SCHEDULE -
Monday 3/26 8:30am-6pm
Tuesday 3/27 8:30am-6:30pm
Wednesday 3/28 8:30am-7:30pm
Thursday 3/29 8:30am-6:30pm
Friday 3/30 8:30am-6:30pm
Saturday 3/31 9am-4pm
ASH WEDNESDAY - February 14 - 7:00 pm
PALM SUNDAY- March 25-8:00, 9:30 & 11:00am
MAUNDY THURSDAY- March 29 - Communion Service - 7:00pm
GOOD FRIDAY - March 30 -Tenebrae Service-7:00pm
EASTER SUNDAY - April 1 -8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 am
EASTER CROSS - Bring your fresh-cut flowers on Easter Sunday to decorate the flowering cross outside.
And from our Spiritual Formation Coordinator, Marilyn Watson:
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Proudly wearing the Armor of God at all times!
Donna Munsen, Administrator