Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which began on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. 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.
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 our Holston Conference region 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.
30 Pieces of Silver. During Lent, you are invited to set aside your silver coins in a bag, jar, or whatever container you wish, and then bring the container full of silver coins to the altar during worship on Easter Sunday, April 20. You generosity will support the missions of our congregation.
Life Groups are coming . . .
Evangelism/Witness Team will meet to finalize Easter Egg Hunt plans on Monday, March 31 at 6:30 PM in the Willing Workers Classroom. Members are: Melissia Perkins, Herman Carrier, Mike Miller, Jin Lane, Joan Williams, Carole Miller and Shawn Stantz. Bobbie Warden is the 2014 Chair.
CHILDREN’S EASTER CELEBRATION will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 11:30 am to 2pm. Please donate non-chocolate and peanut-free candy. There is a box at the Wesley Center and one in the Communication Center for candy collecting.
We hope you have noticed the beautiful new flooring in the Wesley Center and the Christian Life Center entrance, which is part of our Hospitality – Inward, Outward & Upward campaign to become a more welcoming congregation. As part of this effort, our Church Council decided to rename the Education Building to Christian Life Center. We think this new name sounds more inviting and better represents a more holistic approach to spiritual growth, i.e., that growth toward spiritual maturity is broader than education. Thanks to the many people who have put in hours and hours of volunteer work into renewing our facilities! And thanks to all who have contributed financially to our campaign. Our next phase of the Hospitality campaign is to replace the old marquee outside of the Sanctuary with a new electronic marquee. Please consider yourcontributions to helping us improve our facilities to become a more welcoming congregation. You can make a check payable to the church and mark “Hospitality Campaign” in the memo line.
At our March 24 Church Conference, our congregation members affirmed the February 16 Church Council decision to pursue purchase of the neighboring Cowan property, 476 Cedar St., Bluff City. We will be discussing purchase options with the Cowan family and considering the best financing option available for the congregation. We expect to move forward with a capital campaign asking each person in our congregation to give generously and sacrificially to enable the purchase. We hope you will pray about your participation in securing this needed property so that our ministries for Christ may continue to grow and expand.
Cluster will meet Sunday, March 30 at Elizabeth Chapel UMC at 6:00 PM.
Rental of our parsonage is being handled by T. C. Lewis Property Management. If you know someone interested, have them call 423-467-0005.
Graduates—If you have a child who will be graduating from high school or college this year, please give their names to Meghan Burke by Sunday, March 30.
There will be an Youth Assembly registration meeting on Wednesday, April 23, at 6:45 p.m. in the Youth Room. This is for youth interested in going to Assembly at Emory & Henry C ollege in June. In order to register, parents must be
TODAY IS THE FIFTH SUNDAY! The mission of Holston United Methodist Home for Children in Greeneville is to provide hope and healing to children and families struggling with life’s challenges. You can help give children and youth a better life, a good education, and a chance to develop into Christian men and women. Your interest determines their future.
APRIL BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES
3 John Warden
4 Lelia Perry
5 Paula Durham
6 April Hodges
8 Brittany Smith , Kathy Hurlbert
11 Beverly Lane
14 Jimmy Jones, Chris Neal
16 C. W. Fleenor
19 Lenny Leonard, Carole Miller
20 Kim Lundin
21 Bruce Stewart
24 Dottie Leonard
25 Greg Webb
26 Misti O’Dell
13 Bill and Judy Finney
21 Harold and Dottie Leonard
27 Jack and Kathy Hurlbert