During these 40 days of Lent we set our sights to rediscover Jesus. We all know facts about Jesus. This season our goal is to go beyond this and come to know him deeper.
1. Be reading our Lenten book Rediscover Jesus each day. Read a brief chapter Monday – Saturday. On Sundays focus on our texts for the day.
2. On Wednesdays at 10:30 AM, come discuss Rediscover Jesus to digest it more.
3. Come if you can to our Wednesday soup and bread suppers at 6:00 PM. What a great way to simplify life during Lent. Sign-up to bring food when you can.
4. Come to Wednesday Lenten service at 7:00 PM. It’s a peaceful service with times of silence for prayer and meditation. We’ll also focus on themes from our daily readings from Rediscover Jesus.
Choose Life - Addressing Youth Suicide
El Paso County has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. This school year 7 students have taken their lives in the Colorado Springs area. The facts are frightening. What can we do? How do we respond? I invite you as parents, grandparents, and concerned adults to join me and several resource people on Sunday, March 19 and 26 at 9:30 AM. We’ll respond to questions & offer ways to support our kids and open up communication with them.
Counselor Lynn Cerullo will be with us on Sunday, April 2 in our 9:30 AM adult class. How do we deal with people who are hard to be with? How can we be more confident, real and approachable?
Lynn is a Christian and a Counselor with the Healing Center, Colorado
This year’s Lenten offerings will be collected for our Good Samaritan Fund. The Social Ministry Committee administers this fund whose purpose is intended to provide funds to predominately Coloradoans who have suffered a personal or natural disaster. The broad areas of assistance include help for natural or man-made disasters, people in need, health problems, or housing needs.
Over the past several years, contributions to this fund were used to buy trees for Black Forest fire victims, a foster parent who had cystic fibrosis, and victims of the Canadian wildfires (they had helped us in the past). Recently, the Social Ministry Committee spent money from this fund to help Colleen Little Moon in Pine Ridge purchase a used car when hers broke down.
We really appreciate your contributions during Lent to this fund!
Soup Supper and Lenten Service – Lenten Soup Supper, Wednesdays 6:00 PM Lenten Worship - 7:00 PM
It has been our tradition for many years to come together on Wednesday evenings before the Lenten service to share a bowl of soup and some bread. It is a good time of eating simply and communing with one another during this season of reflection. Sign-up on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall to bring a pot of soup or a loaf of bread and join us for these meaningful evenings.
Choir Practice - Choir practice is at 7:50 PM through April 5.
Senior Social - Mar. 22, Apr. 26, May 24
Join us for our monthly get together to socialize, play dominoes, or do crafts. There is no obligation to participate in the games. Individuals bring their own crafts to work on. Others use the opportunity to just sit and talk. Light snacks are provided.
Intergenerational Event – March 19 at 9:30 AM
Meet, greet and connect with other members of the congregation young and old. Come and join us!
What the Book Group is reading for March
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis Discussion on Wed., March 15th at 1 PM
All are welcome to join us at the church for discussion and refreshments.
Attention Thrivent Financial Members
If you are eligible for 2016 Choice Dollars, it’s time to direct them! They will expire March 31, 2017. It’s easy to do on line, just access your Thrivent account at Thrivent.com.
Another reminder - It’s a new year and every Thrivent member is eligible for TWO Action Teams with funding of $250. Talk to Ed Story or Mary Montie to get started. If you don’t have an idea on how to use $250, Social Ministry can supply one!
First Communion Retreat - Saturday, April 1 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
All 3rd graders and up.
Sign-up for Easter lilies has been posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall. Cost is $10.00, put in offering plate or on office desk. PRINT information on the sign-up sheet.
Black Forest Cares needs Hams!
Would you like to donate a ham for an Easter dinner basket? Please let Lydia know or sign-up. Hams need to be at the church by April 9.
Sign-ups in the Fellowship Hall
Palm Sunday - April 9
Kids gather in the fellowship hall prior to worship for Palm procession.
Maundy Thursday Worship - April 13 at 7:00 PM
Good Friday Worship - April 14 at 7:00 PM
Easter Sunday - April 16 6:00 AM, Sunrise Service
7:00 AM Breakfast, 8:00 AM Worship, 9:45 AM Easter Egg Hunt, 10:30 AM Worship
Easter Breakfast is a fundraiser for Youth Mission trip and Confirmation Camp.
We need your help to bring food items and/or cook breakfast on Easter morning. Sign-up coming soon!
New Member Class begins April 23 between services.
It's Easter Basket time again! We will be putting together 200 baskets filled with practical and fun goodies to show underprivileged children locally and down in the San Luis Valley God's love. We will be assembling baskets between the services on Palm Sunday, April 9th in the Library/Bell Choir Room so come out and help if you have the chance. This year we will be asking you to donate bags of Jelly Beans so we can stuff plastic eggs with them. There is a basket in the Fellowship Hall that you can put your jelly bean donations in. Please bring your jelly beans in NLT April 5th so we can plan accordingly. Thank you.
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