Hi Church Family, 

It’s here, the last week of January. Doesn’t it feel like we just celebrated Epiphany and were hearing  the men sing “We Three Kings”? And next week will bring us the start of a new month!

As a reminder, starting tomorrow I will be out of the office on vacation. I will be back in the office on Tuesday February 2nd. Any emails that come in during that time to my inbox will be replied to on Tuesday. Vivian will be in the church office Thursday, Friday and Monday from 2pm-6pm if you need anything. For worship on January 31st, Carolyn Cacho Bowman will be preaching as well as leading you all in worship.

The following Sunday, February 7th preaching for us will be my friend Torrianna Foster. She will be Zooming in from North Carolina and sharing a message for us. Please find attached her bio and a picture of her. I am so excited for you all to get to hear from her. We will also start our celebrations of Black History Month with our Children’s Moment, I will put a link to the book that I will be reading at the end of this email if you would like to purchase it now.

On February 14th we will be having our Jazz Sunday service. And while it will look different than years past, we will still be doing many of the same traditions that you all have come to love. At the end of the service I would like to play a video with you all in it. If you’d like please send a picture of you holding the word “Alleluia” or any pictures that you have from church. I will need these all by Monday February 8th so that I can put the video together.

Wednesday February 17th marks the start of Lent. Our Ash Wednesday service will be virtual this year, we will be meeting over Zoom at 7pm. Starting February 8th, you will be able to come to church and pick up your Lent Devotional Bag. Inside your bag will be a small container of ashes for Ash Wednesday, a packet of Forget-Me-Not seeds for you to plant and watch grow during Lent, communion for March 7th, Lent Devotions and your church directory. Before Palm Sunday you will be able to come to church and pick up your Holy Week Bag that will have supplies for Holy Week. If you would like someone to drop off your Lent Devotional Bag, please let me know and we will make arrangements for you to receive your bag at home.

Also on February 17th we will be starting our Lent Book Study, if you would like to participate we will be reading through the book Entering the Passion of Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine. We will be meeting over Zoom at 10am on Wednesday mornings. Please let me know if you would like to be a part of our discussion and need the book, or if you are unable to be in the discussion each week but would like the book for Lent, also let me know.

If you have corrections for the Church Directory please let Vivian know as she will be finalizing the directory in the next few weeks.

And if you missed a week in church, our services are now being posted on our church website.

Our scripture for the week is: Psalm 111, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28

Our prayer for this week:

Lord God, the source of all good things,

we pause in your presence and hold our day before you.

Still us, calm us, guide us as we enter this day.

~ posted on Third Space. http://third-space.org.uk/

May this week land gently on you all.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Megan

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