Vacation Week Connection

Well, well, well, isn’t this a beautiful day!  Do we dare hope that winter is behind us and we can enjoy a long Spring season?   That would be wonderful!  In the meantime, please read through this weekly connection and see what is happening here at your church.

Are you planning now to be at church on Sunday?  Plan now to be with us at 10:00 and get the week ahead started with your church family!  As you know, Pastor Kevin is away and Ben Ruhl will be speaking for the next 2 Sundays.  Here is a little bio for Ben and his wife, Olivia. 

 

Ben and Olivia Ruhl are both in their final year at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Ben is the pastoral intern at Pepperell Christian Fellowship in Pepperell, Massachusetts, and Olivia serves at CareNet Crisis Pregnancy Center in Nashua, New Hampshire. They are both excitedly approaching the end of their degrees and looking forward to seeing what is next on their journey together.

Kids Connection continues with caring volunteers in place to help out with the younger ones during worship on Sunday mornings. 

Also on Sunday, we will have our Under 40 group meet following worship in the Nursery.  We’ll have more chairs and better audio for the video portion so we can have a great conversation while keeping the little ones with us! 

Wednesday March 1: The Sanctuary will be open from 6-7 for quiet reflection as we enter into the season of Lent, a time we prepare our hearts and minds for the events of Christ’s last days. This day, referred to as Ash Wednesday begins the time when Christians around the world devote 6 weeks to fasting or taking on new spiritual practices in order to fully embrace the observances of The Last Supper, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday as they approach.  This quiet time of reflection will be marked by listening to music, scripture readings, prayers, and moments of silence.  Come for just a few moments, or stay for the whole hour.

Last week the WISH group had the delight of hearing all about BLOOM, the new Teen Challenge home for younger girls.  The work they do is amazing! Today Marie S. brought in a wonderful article about Teen Challenge that was in the Sunday Globe.  I have posted that on the bulletin board near the Welcome Center.  Take a minute and read it!  Also, posted there is a flyer regarding a fundraiser for BLOOM happening on March 11th from 2-4 at the Wareham Marriott.  This is a Chocolate Garden Party – tickets are $25.00.  We have several people already attending.  Let me know if you are interested and we can be sure that you are seated with the UCN table!

Young Life for all high schoolers will start up again on Monday evening, March 6th at 7:27 up on the top floor.  Please speak to Meg if you have any questions.

Don’t forget…if you want to honor a special person or occasion in your life, you can provide the altar flowers for $30.  See the sign-up outside of the kitchen.  Following worship, you are welcome to take the flowers with you or drop them off to someone who would welcome them.

Looking Ahead:
March 12th – Communion  Sunday and Council Meeting following worship
March 18th – WISH Work Bee

Please remember to keep our Easter Sunrise Service and Breakfast in your prayers over the next month or 2.  What an opportunity to meet some of our neighbors and share Easter together!  There will be more details on this in the coming weeks.  Plan now to help out!

I have received several emails reminding me of the persecution of Christians around the world.  Please take a look at the Voice of the Martyrs website or pick up one of their magazines from the Resource Table for some stories that should prompt you to remember these folks in prayer.

Pastor & Sharon are away on a well-deserved vacation.  Please remember to pray for them as they travel and get some time for rest and renewal.

Serving Sunday:
Greeters:  George & Buki
Ushers:
Kids:  Shannon, Meg, Barbara, Melanie
Coffeetime:  Please come by early to help set up, bring a treat to share, or stay following worship to help clean up! 

I think that is enough for now – please let the office know if there is something we can help you with! 
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