This month's NEAT Dinner
April 23 at 4:30pm
Menu: meatloaf, baked potato, California mixed vegetables, rolls, Jello and dessert
A freewill offering will be collected to help offset costs.
Please RSVP by April 20.
Call the church office
or email us.
Enjoy a delicious dinner with friends old and new. Couples, singles…all are welcome!
- Connecting with God
- Community with others
- Caring for the world
We pray that you will join us as we seek “joy in the journey” in relationship with God and one another.
In the grace and peace of Christ,
Pastor Lisa Vander Wal
- Palm Sunday: March 29. Palms will be distributed during worship.
- Maundy Thursday: April 2. 6:30pm: Dinner; 7:00pm: “From the Upper Room” a service including drama and communion.
- Good Friday: April 3. 12:00pm: “Stations of the Cross”
- Easter Sunday: April 5. Communion Worship Service.
- NEAT Dinner: April 26 at 4:30pm.
Pastor's Ponderings for Lent
Here we are—the cycle of the church calendar brings us back to another Lent. So here’s the thing for me: I was raised in a tradition in which we didn’t celebrate Lent. Oh, we knew that Easter was coming, and we had a Good Friday service to remember the suffering and death of Jesus. But we did not hear an invitation to observe a Lenten time of self-examination and penitence that appropriately precedes the commemoration of the two most important historical events in the life of a Christian: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This is why I now so appreciate the invitation to Lenten observance. It is a way for us to slow down, to reflect, to repent and confess, to commit ourselves once again to follow the One who gave his life for us.
Here is a way to think about Lent that I have found helpful, using the letters of Lent:
- Let go. Let go of those stubborn sins that plague us, that leave us feeling stained and guilty. Confess them to God, and ask God to give us the power to leave them behind for good.
- Enter into God’s presence through prayer and worship. Deliberately take time to pray, both in praise and thanksgiving and in asking God to be with us, helping us to deepen our love for God and others.
- Note all the wonderful and surprising ways God’s grace reaches to us, most notably in this season through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, done out of love for us, God’s children. Thank God for God’s love and grace that is far above all we could ask or imagine.
- Talk about our faith with others. News this good has got to be shared! Get involved in a Lenten Bible study or a prayer group that celebrates what God has done for us. Learn from each other, and support each other in our journey in Christ.
Joyfully serving with you,
Pastor Lisa Vander Wal