Updates 2.26.15

Welcome to the season of Lent!  This forty day period between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday (excluding Sundays) is a time for spiritual renewal.  During Lent we give up some things in our lives in order to come closer to God. On the table in fellowship hall you will find some tools to help you in your Lenten spiritual practices.  The youth are providing “Giving from Abundance” calendars to go along with our Imagine No Malaria campaign.  Red cardboard boxes are there as well to collect your money during the period of Lent.  There are prayer beads along with prayers as well.  Barbara Kell generously provided these for us. On Wednesday, March 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. you are invited to come to a Prayer Bead Workshop with Barbara where you’ll learn how to make prayer beads, and learn some prayers for the Minimum Wage Challenge.  Watch for more details coming soon about the Minimum Wage Challenge (March 16 – 22).

Mar. 1st – Peanut Butter Lunch Bunch Food Needs
With School Spring Break just around the corner, please help families with school children supplement their food needs during Spring Break.  Please pick up a grocery bag and shopping list (attached), and bring your donation to church no later than Sun., March 1st.

Mar. 8th – Guest Speaker: Rabbi Bonnie Margulis
Rabbi Bonnie Margulis of Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice will speak on the Minimum Wage Challenge during worship.

SPIRIT Night – New Activities
Wednesday night is SPIRIT night: time to Share, Play, Ignite, Relate, Invite and Teach. SPIRIT starts at 5:30 pm with dinner and goes until 7:30 pm. SPIRIT night program includes activities for children, youth and grown-ups. A new activity, “Play and Pray” time, will follow dinner and will go till 6:30 pm. Also, a new format of devotion will be introduced at SPIRIT during the month of March. Devotion will be incorporated into dinner time and everyone is invited to participate! This Wednesday, March the 4th, Pizza will be served for dinner.

Graphics Help Needed
Pastor Marianne is looking for someone with proficiency in using graphics programs and/or someone with experience creating a visually appealing poster. If you might be able to help with a one-time project creating a poster please contact Pastor Marianne.

Upcoming Church Meetings:
Mar. 2 – Church Council @ 7pm
Mar. 4 – UMW Board Meeting @ 4pm
Mar. 4 – Bell Choir  @ 6:30pm
Mar. 5 – Choir @ 6:30pm