Welcome to March! Weekly Connection

Hope you are  having a good day!  Here are the things to have in mind over the next few days and weeks:

Sunday morning worship begins at 10:00.  Communion will be offered during the service.  Our Helping Hands offering is also received on Communion Sundays.  Look for the envelope in your bulletin if this is something that you typically participate in.  Those funds are used at Pastor’s discretion to help those in our church family and community with pressing financial needs.  Nursery care is available and Meg has Kids Connection and our Nursery staffed with caring volunteers. I have heard many encouraging words about  last Sunday’s service.  If you weren’t here you missed uplifting music, a great message, coffee & conversation with old and new friends and a busy kid’s program!  Please be here to start your week with your church family!

Young Life starts up again on Monday evening.  All high-schoolers welcome at 7:27pm on the top floor.  See Meg if you have any questions.

Marion Rich requests are due in the church office on Monday please!

This week we received the Operation Christmas Child reporton December’s Shoe box project.  Lots of inspiring stories!  Some of you may have also received it at home.  Over 8 million shoeboxes were collected in 2015 in the United States.  Those simple boxes were then delivered to children in 109 countries.  Look for this report on the Resource Table in the Welcome Center.  There is a great story of a 9 year old girl ( yes, 9 years old!) who rallied her friends and issued a challenge to schools, churches etc. to pack 5,000 boxes.  She exceeded her goal by 161 boxes.  WOW!

Take a look at the church with 25 members who through various ways packed over 2000 boxes in 2015.  One small shoebox makes a huge difference!  I hope you will take the time to glance through.  I am sure you can also access this report/magazine through Samaritans purse.org.  Thank you for being a part of this outreach ministry each year.

Did you know that shoeboxes can be done year round?  You don’t need to wait till the busiest time of year to pack your box!  Maybe you could plan on packing a few boxes?  Maybe one each season?  These little things make a big difference!

Once again as is our tradition, you will have the opportunity to purchase Easter plants.  The cost is $12.00.  Although the insert will not be in your Sunday bulletin until March 13th, I will leave some of the order forms on the Resource Tables for those of you who like to plan ahead.  You can place your order form in the offering plate or drop it off at the office.

Keep in mind…

Our Hospitality Team is planning a Mid-Winter Extravaganza for Saturday, March 19th at 1:00 here in our Fellowship Hall.  I am not sure of all the details but I do know that an afternoon of music,games and food is planned.  I heard the word skits too…sounds like fun!  If someone is creative and would like to help out with some decorations…that would be helpful.  Sharon & Rachel have something in mind and could use an extra pair of hands to help out.  Just a time to get together and brighten up the days while we await warm weather and spring!  If you would like to bring along a dessert to share, that would be great!  Please see Sharon or Rachel with any questions.

Sunday – March 13th – Mom’s Tea at 1:00pm in the Welcome Center
Monday – March 14th – Council Meeting at 7:00pm
Friday – March 18th – Singspiration at 7:30pm
March 19th – WISH Gathering at 9:00am
March 19th – Mid Winter Extravaganza from 1:00-4:00pm

Serving on Sunday:
Ushers/Communion: Rich Carter, Steve Carter, Georgia Shaw, Donna Wood
Greeter: Marie Schuhmacher, Amy & Sydney Lebow
Kids/nursery:  Shannon, Meg, Linda, Melanie, Amy

I think that is all for now – Hope to see you on Sunday!

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