| ASH WEDNESDAY - Tomorrow, March 5. Services at 12:00 noon and at 6:30 PM.
Please also take one of the Lenten booklets in the church. We will all use the same one this year. Adult Sunday School will use it as a starting place for conversation every Sunday at 9:30.
This SUNDAY - Daylight Savings time begins again - Move your clocks FORWARD an hour before you go to bed Saturday night!
March 7-9 West Missouri Happening #69
Happening is a bit like a young version of Cursillo, led by youth, for youth. Marcus Cox will be attending from St. Alban's. Please sign up for a 30 minute block of time to pray for the 75 or so young people who will be gathering at Christ Church, Springfield. You can sign up at http://doodle.com/g9wrmgxs3f6ewqt4 to pray for them - Click "109 options" scroll to the bottom and type your name - then check the box for the date and time you'll pray - scroll all the way down and click, "save."
Save Onion Skins! - Susie Danielsson says: We're a long way from Easter, but many of you remember the beautiful marbled eggs we dyed last year using onion skins instead of dye. Yellow and red skins make great colors. Just collect them in a paper bag where they can stay dry, and add to the cache every time you peel an onion. You can also collect skins from the grocery store where they tend to fall to the bottom of the bins - Thanks to Maggie Roga for teaching us how to do this!
Upcoming Theatre Production at SBU - "Spoon River Anthology" A play with music, coming Thursday, March 13, Friday the 14th, and Saturday March 15 at 7:00 pm. There is also a 2 pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets are available now.
Upcoming Diocesan Christian Formation event for adults - Saturday, March 22. 9-3:30 pm in KC, also simulcast at Grace Church, Carthage. $20.00. More info available in parish hall. Take a brochure if you're interested.
Up coming retreat. March 14-15 Spirituality & Aging. "Growing old isn't for sissies," true. Growing older is supposed to be for growing! While our psychological makeup may be configured in childhood and our peak physical growth is usually attained in our twenties, we can continue to grow spiritually throughout our lives, even and perhaps especially as we encounter the changes and challenges of later adulthood. Wisdom, trust, hope and peace are fruits that ripen over long experience; and our life with God is ever green, ever fresh and new. Explore the special spiritual gifts and challenges of aging, in yourself and/or in those you care about, with retreat facilitator Eloise Thomas. Eloise, psychology instructor at OTC, is doing her doctoral research on successful aging, including spirituality and aging. To register, email email@example.com
Egypt 2014 Streams in the Desert
Join us on March 7 for the 2014 worship celebration at 9:30 in First Christian Church, Bolivar.
Egypt: A place where history flows across every location like the Nile River flows through its land. A place where history speaks to us calling us to remember our past. Egypt has been both a place of exile and a place of refuge. It is a place where streams flow through desert lands bringing with them the fertile nutrients needed for plants, trees, and all forms of life to flourish. However these streams are not only the physical rivers that we can dip our feet into. In the 2014 service we are invited to seek the streams of living water which Jesus offers.
First Sunday in Lent
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Prayers of the People
From today's collect:
"As you know the weaknesses of each of us,
let each one find you mighty to save..."
What if it isn't GOD who needs to know our weaknesses
in order to save us but we, ourselves?
How likely are we to recognize God's mighty power to "save us"
if we do not know our need?
The key phrase here might be,
"let each one find you mighty..."
How, practically, can we prepare ourselves to "find God mighty to save" ?