Hello Church,

     We are officially in the month of March! Spring is inching closer, the sun is out more (including today!) and soon we will start to see buds on trees and creeping up from gardens.
     This Sunday we will be celebrating the sacrament of communion. If you are able to stop up to church before then you will find the pre-filled communion cups next to my office door. If you are not able to make it up to the church please know that you may use bread and juice that you have at home. What is important is that we are all sharing in this meal together and remembering the significance of this sacrament.
   Next Sunday, March 14th we will be having a Service of Healing during our worship time. We will recognize that it has been a year since we have all been gathered together and share in the grief that we have all experienced this past year.
   Holy Week bags will not be ready to be picked up next Monday. Our last box from Cokesbury is sitting in Chicago, I am hoping it is here this weekend. If things change, I will let you all know Sunday in church.
  If you would like to send a sympathy card to David Miller’s brother his address is: Rick Miller 3655 Briardale Dr.  N.W. Massillon,  OH   44646 and you can also send cards to Cleveland Lighting c/o Grace DeSensi 5540 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44124.
Our scripture for this week is: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 and John 2:13-22.
Our prayer is from Ash & Starlight: prayers for the chaos & grace of daily life by Arianne Braithwaite Lehn entitled “For Lent”
Redeeming One,
You came, Jesus, to show me the path
best way to live and walk this path.
You let yourself feel the depth
of need surrounding you.
You kept a purity of focus.
You always, always choose love.
All with bravery and trust.
I need you, Jesus, to walk
beside me now,
helping me reflect,
confess, prepare…
This Lenten path puts before me
the questions and realizations
I so often stuff away.
With each step, I’m recognizing
barriers built through my
rote habits and unrealized prejudices,
my baseline grudges and routine neglects…
I must acknowledge compromises
that drew me further away
from my own soul and your calling.
But, I’m coming home.
Hone my desires to that
pure focus you held.
Help me fast from self-absorption,
finding my sustenance in the
rich profundity of suffering-love.
Draw my heart and feet forward
on this path that’s both total mystery
and innate to who I am in you.
A minor melody marks our cadence,
yet you tune my ears for more than that.
Resurrection is always the final number.
Help me walk, Savior Lord,
with hope amid heaviness,
ears to the ground.
I will welcome my mortality
and the potential in ashes and dust.
Amen.
Our children’s books from the month of February:
Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson
We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song by Debbie Levy
The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson
Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy
Little Leaders Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Little Legends Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison
May the rest of this week land gently on you all.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Megan