Feb. 11, 2018
Pre-Lent & Private Confession: Pre-Lent is an especially good time to remember and avail ourselves of the special opportunity and privilege of Private Confession & Absolution. Resources that have been handed out previously include the “Confession Mirror” (Beichtspiegel) booklet, and the tri-fold “PRIE: Preparation through Reflective and Introspective Examination.” If you didn’t receive or need another copy of either of these, they are available on the table in the narthex. Please consider utilizing Private Confession and Absolution throughout the Pre-Lent and Lenten seasons. Ask Pastor for more details.
Lenten Midweek Services: This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and begins our Lenten-focused midweek worship services. Throughout the history of the Church, in addition to Lent being a special penitential season, the worship and devotion of God’s people has had during these weeks a special focus on our Lord’s Passion, that is, His suffering and death. As such, our theme throughout these services will be “The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion.” Devotion booklets corresponding to this theme are also available.
Crafters/Artists Meet-Up: Tiffany Leigeber and Paula Ottestad are starting a crafters/artists meet-up that will meet the first Saturday of each month at 9:30am, starting March 3rd, in the fellowship hall. We will have a short demo on a different medium each month to begin the meet, then will work on our individual projects and enjoy fellowship and conversation. Bring whatever art or craft you’re working on! There will be coffee and cookies.
Wednesday Evening Suppers: Our Wednesday evening pre-service meals have continued to be a wonderful source of fellowship and camaraderie. As we prepare to enter into the season of Lent, please consider signing up to provide one of these meals. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall. Please remember also that the church will reimburse you for the ingredients you purchase to provide each meal. Thank you!
Life Thoughts for the Church Year: Quinquagesima – “The Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance” (1 Samuel 16:7). Age, shape, and ability do not establish or inhibit human worth. “The Lord looks on the heart” and sees the life and spirit hidden within. Every human pulse beats with the Creator’s own love–patient (1 Cor. 13:4), enduring (1 Cor. 13:7), making perfect (1 Cor. 13:10) what was wrecked (Luke 18.42). Dear Jesus, give us Your love that looks past appearances. Amen.