Third Sunday in Lent – March 7, 2021

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This Third Sunday in Lent, March 7 at 10 am, we will offer an in-person, outdoor worship service in our parking lot – weather permitting. Please bring your own chairs and wear a mask. Holy Communion will be provided in a pre-measured and sealed individual cup and wafer.

Those unable to attend in-person can join in worship by viewing the Live Stream (above) or viewing the recorded service here Sunday evening.

This Sunday we are reminded of the 3rd of the Old Testament covenants – the one that we are most familiar with thanks to the wonderful memories of our Confirmation classes as young people! The Ten Commandments.  These are given to show God’s desire to be in good relationship with us by practicing ways that keep us in good relationship with each other and God. Jesus is very clear about not allowing the “letter of the law” to supplant God’s intention for the law as he cleanses the temple in righteous anger against how God’s ways are being abused. He then foreshadows what God is about to do through the giving and raising of his life, so that ALL are welcomed into the grace and love of God once and for all.

Our gathering for worship each Sunday in our homes, or wherever we are able, is very essential to strengthen us to meet the world’s challenges. These days, especially, we cling to the messages of our faith that call us to new beginnings and living a new life.

Thank you all for your amazing support and love and faithful prayers for Leslie and our family. What a difference it makes to be lifted up and healed in body and spirit by you all.

Please refer to Leslie’s “” page for updates and details about her story in case you may not have heard about her accident.

Thank you for your continued faithfulness in your financial giving back to God through our church. Please remember to either give your offering through the mail, through our website donation option, signing up for monthly electronic giving, OR if you just want to get out of the house, then come by the church and drop it off in the mailbox in a secure slot called “Incoming mail”!  Office hours are M-Th 8:30-2:30. If you come during those times, you may also want to step into the sanctuary for some prayer and quiet time with God. We would love to see you.  Our library is also open to you with quite a variety to choose from.

Thank you to those of you who have been sending us notes and messages of encouragement and support. They help keep us hopeful and joyful! We always love to hear how things are going.  We would like to share your experiences in the Newsletter each month.  So, give some thought to what’s been happening in your life – we all miss each other, and would be thrilled to hear what’s up!

Other notes:

  • Palm Sunday and Easter at 10 am., an in-person, outdoor worship service will be offered in our parking lot.
  • If any of you would like to participate, we are open to a few people Reading Scripture and offering the Prayers of Intercession from the Celebrate page.  Or if you would just like to come to worship – Fridays (new day) 11:00 am.  Call the office at 476-4700 to schedule your spot. 
  • Habitat for Humanity Lunches.  We will be providing Lunches (sandwiches, chips, fruit & cookies) for 10 volunteers.  Reply to this email or call office if you would like to help out.  Our next date is Tuesday, March 23rd.
  • A few copies of “White Fragility” are available to borrow.  Call the office to inquire.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Jim