February 22, 2017
Dear Beloved Church,
We have a busy Sunday planned!
This coming Sunday is what we are calling Compassion Sunday, the day when we can reflect on the compassion of Christ as we begin our Lenten season. We will have a minute for mission, and we will be exploring the possibility of being able to “foster” a child through Compassion International. This is a mission endeavor that you can do on your own through the mail with this organization.
The coming week holds Fat Tuesday, and Wednesday, March 1st, is what we call Ash Wednesday in the Christian calendar. It marks the first day of the Lenten season, when we reflect on our faith and think on who Christ is in our lives. On Ash Wednesday morning, at 10 am, we will gather and share communion together to begin this journey toward the cross for Easter Sunday. Please come and join me in the chapel for just 20 minutes to begin this very special and important season. I will be dispensing ashes, and explaining why we remember Ash Wednesday as an important day for our hearts.
In addition, after our worship service on Sunday, we will be holding our annual congregational meeting. If you are a member of our church, I encourage you to come to worship first and then stay for this very brief but important meeting that will follow worship service immediately after the Benediction. We promise that we will get you home in time to watch the red carpet for the Oscars!
How blessed are we, that we have one another! At our session meeting this past week, we reflected on the scripture from I Peter 2:9, which tells us that we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, the people belonging to God.
Dear ones, we must remember who we are at all times. Before we are anything else, we are children of God; we belong to Him, and we belong to one another. You are all in my prayers daily; may God’s grace touch you each and every day.
In His service,
Congratulations to Vivian Chen who became a grandmother this week!
“Transit umbra, lux permanet”