PASTOR LYNN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS IS BEGINNING A STUDY OF THE BOOK OF JOSHUA
This text recounts the entry of the Israelites into the land of Canaan, and their conflicts with the peoples who lived there. New class members are always welcome. The class begins each Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the church council room. (The class will not meet on February 9 or 16 since Pastor Lynn will be on vacation.)
THE SAINTS WILL GO MARCHING IN AGAIN ON FEBRUARY 23
THIS YEAR’S MARDI GRAS SUNDAY!
We will celebrate the day with a lunch of New Orleans-style food (shrimp creole, rice, and the ever-popular King Cake), as well as some not-so-New Orleans-style food (ham loaf). No need to bring a dish; the food will be provided. Plan to stay after worship on that day to enjoy lunch, family-friendly Mardi-Gras themed entertainment, and our traditional game of Hot Potato that determines this year’s Mardi Gras king or queen. Everyone is welcome!
WHY ARE YOU AT NASHVILLE?
The final poster in the congregational discernment series is still up in the sanctuary,
and will stay there through February. If you have not responded to the question, “Why are you at Nashville?” please put your answer on one of the cards in the green basket and attach it to the poster. The answers to the questions on the other posters are being compiled and will be used in the next congregational retreat (date available later).
POLK GROVE TO JOIN US ON ASH WEDNESDAY
This year’s Ash Wednesday service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26 in
our sanctuary. Our friends from Polk Grove UCC will be joining us, and Pastor Bob will preach the evening’s sermon. The imposition of ashes will be observed.
THE TUESDAY AFTERNOON BIBLE STUDY HAS BEGUN A STUDY OF OUR FAVORITE HYMNS
Who wrote them? When were they written? Why were they written? The group will take a break during Pastor Lynn’s vacation (February 3-16), and will resume on Tuesday, February 18. This would be a great time for you to join the group! It meets at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons in the church council room.
NEW MISSION-FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS
The Mission Team has decided that in 2020, we will do something a little bit different than just giving families gifts at Christmas time. We have helped two of this year’s Angel Tree families for several years. Since their needs don’t end with Christmas, in 2020 we will be helping them at several times during the year. (If additional families need our help at Christmas, we will assist them with gift cards.) During the Moment for Missions on February 9, Becky Blauser will explain this new mission that we are calling “Friends Helping Friends.” If you have questions, please ask Becky or Kellie Peele, and they will be happy to explain it to you!
WOMEN'S RETREAT SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 14
Ladies, the yearly women’s retreat is coming up on Saturday, March 14 at the Transfiguration Center on Calumet Road just outside West Milton. The day’s theme will be “The View from the Mountain.” The cost is only $25 per person, which includes a light breakfast, a box lunch, and a full day of fellowship! Scholarships are available for anyone for whom the cost would be a hardship. This year, we plan to get box lunches from Panera, so you will be asked to choose a meal at the time you register. Registration forms will be available in the Sunday bulletins, or call the church office to register by March 9. Payment is due on the day of the retreat.
FOR ALL OF YOU COFFEE LOVERS...
A Keurig coffeemaker was recently donated to the church, so that you can make a cup of coffee for yourself without making an entire pot. The coffeemaker is set up in the kitchen and all ready to use. Instructions for its use are posted on the cabinet door above it. (Yes, there are K-cups there, too.) If you use it regularly, please consider donating a package of K-cups every now and then.
PICK UP YOUR WORSHIP BULLETIN
You may have noticed that the Sunday worship bulletins are now available on lecterns that are sitting inside the sanctuary doors. Because we don’t always have greeters on Sunday morning, this arrangement makes it easier for visitors to locate the worship bulletins.
Our monthly Worship at the Well will be held on Sunday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel. All are welcome at this informal worship of scripture, music, prayer, and sharing.