News and Events for March 18

 

Our regular Church Council meeting has been rescheduled from March 18 to Sunday, March 25 at 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Council members are: Nancy Forrester (Chair), Betty Malone, Tony Lundin, Lelia Perry, Lana Butler, Jane  Bellamy, Kim Lundin, Bobbie Warden, Mike Miller, Carole Miller, James Altman, Valerie Altman, Jin Lane, Priscilla Keene,  Betsy Carrier, Dan Perry, Jack Hurlbert, Michael Forrester, Joan Williams, Herman Carrier, Bruce Stewart, Dan Gray

During our Sunday worship services in Lent, our children will be collecting change to give to Change for Children , one of our shared Holston Conference ministries. Each year, churches give loose change to benefit children’s ministries in the 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.

Volunteers needed to serve in the nursery.  In addition, we are looking for volunteers to assist on Wednesday nights as wll.  If you love children and would like to share your talents, however often, this will us to create a rotation that works for everyone involved.

Our Youth Group will be having a game and movie day on Sunday,  March 25th from 12:45—3:45!  We will enjoy lunch, snacks and desserts, games and movies.  If you are here for Sunday church the morning of this event, please make sure that Miss Bobbie or Miss Taylor knows so that we can put your name in the raffle for a prize.  The more guests you bring, the more your name will be entered.  If you need permission forms, there are some on Miss Taylor’s door or in the youth room.  Please be sure to bring all permission forms back by Wednesday, march 21st.  We thank you for all your support!

There will be a Young Adult Ministry meeting on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Willing Workers classroom.

There will be a Children’s Ministry meeting on Wednesday, April 4 at 5:00 p.m. in the Willing Workers Classroom.  Anyone who wants their voice to be heard as we made decisions for these groups are more than welcome to come.

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

For daily devotionals from the Upper Room , visit http://devotional.upperroom.org/.

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