News and Announcements for the Week of March 8

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which began on Ash Wednesday , Feb. 18, and ends on Holy Saturday, April 4. 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.

The book Autopsy of a Deceased Church is available in the church office for purchase for $5. This book is currently being read by our Leadership & Vision Team and has generated significant interest.

SPRC will meet Sunday, March 15 , at 4:00 pm in the Willing Worker Classroom. Team members are: Bobby Thompson (chair), Judy Finney, Kathy Hurlbert, Ike Fleenor, Linda Rader, Michael Forrester, Jane Bellamy, Herman Carrier, Nancy Forrester, Lelia Perry, Dan Gray.

CHILDREN’S EASTER CELEBRATION will be held Saturday, April 4, 2014 at 11:30 am.  Please donate candy and monetary donations.  There is a box at the Wesley Center and one in the Communication Center for candy collecting. If you would prefer to give a monetary donation and attend Early Service, please give any cash donations to Herman Carrier.  Both Services—if giving by check, please mark “Easter” in the memo line.  11:00 Service, if giving cash, please give to Bobbie Warden.  Deadline for collecting both monetary donations and candy is Sunday, March 29 as candy bags have to be filled on Wednesday, April 1.

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