Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which began on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.
For daily devotionals from the Upper Room, visit http://devotional.upperroom.org/.
During our worship services in Lent, our children will be collecting change to give to Change for Children, one of our Holston Conference ministries. Each year, churches give loose change to benefit children’s ministries in Holston Conference and in Africa. And each year, several groups receive that pocket change in the form of grants. Change for Children grants support new and existing ministries with economically disadvantaged children, from birth to age 12, and their families. Holston churches and related United Methodist agencies are eligible for these funds.
In the month of March, we celebrate Women’s History Month in our church and the tremendous impact women have had in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Each Sunday, we will remember a particular woman’s contribution as we appreciate the role so many women have played in advancing the cause of Christ.
Sunday, March 11, is Invite A Friend Sunday. We would like each person who regularly attends worship to be praying specifically for someone and to invite them to come to worship that Sunday. We will celebrate Invite A Friend Sunday the second Sunday of each month. Of course, you can invite a friend to come any time, but we hope you will make a special effort for Invite A Friend Sundays.
Sunday, March 11, we will welcome the Sullivan East High School Choir and Bluegrass Band to help lead us in worship, under the direction of our beloved Kim Lundin. The Bluegrass Band will lead songs at the early worship service, and the Choir and Bluegrass Band will lead songs at the second worship service.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS. The dinner this Wednesday, March 7, is POTLUCK so bring your favorite dish.
HOLSTON EVANGELISM CONFERENCE. Cokesbury UMC, Knoxville, is hosting the Conference which begins with registration at 5:00 PM Friday, March 16. The first session is from 7:00—9:00 PM and the second session is on Saturday, March 17 from 8:30 AM—3:30 PM. If you are interested in this special opportunity, please see Mike Miller or Pastor Dan Gray by Wednesday, March 7.
GRADUATION SUNDAY is Sunday, May 20. Please give the names of the High School and College graduates to Bobbie Warden by Sunday, April 15.
APPLE BUTTER. There are still plenty of quarts of apple butter available. If you would like to purchase, please see Elaine Good or Joan Williams. The monies from this go to our Missions Fund.
If you are interested in going on the Czech Mission Trip in July, please talk with Tommy Forrester or Jennifer Skaggs.
Nursery Workers: Mar. 4: Bill & Joyce Durham; Mar. 11: Paula Durham & Joan Williams
Greeters: Tony Lundin and Harold Leonard
SUNDAY, Mar. 4, 2012
8:45 AM Contemporary Worship
10:00 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM Traditional Worship
6:30 PM Praise Band Practice
Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2012
6:00 PM Wednesday Night Dinner -POTLUCK – Bring your favorite dish
6:45 PM Adult Bible Study
6:45 PM Children & Youth
7:30 PM Choir Practice
Thursday, Mar. 8, 2012
7:00 PM Transformation Task Force – FH
Saturday, Mar. 10, 2012
10:00 AM Prayer Meeting – Sanctuary