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February 22, 2017, 8:14 AM

A word at mid-week 2/22

Greetings everyone,

I hope you are enjoying this odd "winter" spring-like weather in February on this mid-week day!

This week, as we conclude the Sermon on the Mount and head into the last Sunday after the Epiphany and celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration, Jesus commands us to "be perfect" as God is perfect! The command to be perfect is rooted in the Greek word, "end" or "fulfillment." Because Jesus was human and endured all that we endure, he understands that it is harder for us to love rather than hate, to forgive rather than to hold a grudge, to share rather than to keep all things for ourselves, and that it is harder for us to heal than it is to hurt one another in thoughts, words, and deeds. So, when he commands us to be perfect, he is asking us to persist in being the people we were created to be, which means doing all of the other things he commnaded in the Sermon on the Mount such as, repaying evil with good and forgiving and praying for those who harm us. What is holding you back from being the person that God created you to be? Please see my sermon, below.

Tuesday, February 28 and Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

First, I apologize for my mistake - Carolyn Kirkendall and Martha Cooper are NOT organizing this event. We do not have enough volunteers to put on this event for this year. Ellie is checking with the Boy Scouts, so the Official Word about whether or not we will have this event is still forthcoming. I WILL LET YOU KNOW ASAP so you can make plans!


Wednesday, March 8 Lenten Soup Supper and Prayer Service

Martha Cooper has offered to help lead this event. We need 4-5 people who are also willing to make soups for that evening. Please let Martha and I know if you are willing to prepare soup or any other snacks. We also need coffee, water, and drinks like lemonade and ice.

New Service Time

Beginning on Sunday, March 5 we will move to having only 1 service at 10:00am.

Lenten Adult Forum

Angie Wilkinson has agreed to lead the Adult Forums for Lent. We will be reading the book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. It is a book suggested by the national Church. I will purchase 5 copies of the book for those who would like to purchase a copy.

We will start the new Forum on the 1st Sunday of Lent at a new time: 11:15am (after the service). We will conclude no later than 12 Noon.

The Prayer List

Beginning in Lent, we will update the prayer list. Please let us know who needs to be removed from the list and who you would like added.

God's love to you all, Fr. Frank

Stocking Up on 'Alleluias'

With the start of Lent in just a week, we will be "putting away" our Alleluias until Easter. If you are like me, you miss their use during Lent. The opening and closing hymns this Sunday are filled with these declarations of praise, so you will be able to "stock up" on them, if you will. The entrance hymn, Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones, uses the tune lasst uns erfreuen (the same one used for All Creatures of Our God and King). (This tune will be used for the Doxology following the offertory music during the Easter season - but more about that next week.) So enjoy the feast before the fast of Lent begins.

Dale Caldwell

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