A Message from Greg
    
I wonder how many times in my life I have used the word "if."  My dad once told about a round of golf he played.  He shot a 94, but he concluded that "if" it hadn't been for 6 penalty strokes he would have scored 88.  Now my dad was 80 years old at the time and 94 isn't to shabby, (in fact there are many of us 'younger' golfers who would be quite happy "if" we could shoot 94) but his "if" had him wondering about what could have been.
There are, of course, much bigger "ifs" in our lives that leave us wondering about what could have been:  if I had invested more wisely, if I had taken that job, if I hadn't gotten married at such a young age, if I had only known then what I know now, if I had gotten that promotion, if I had planned for my retirement, if I had spent more time with my kids, etc.  The list is almost infinite.  The apostle Paul reflected on our tendency to spend more time looking in the rear view mirror than focusing on the road ahead:
"...but this one thing I do:  forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus."  Philippians 3: 13, 14.   Now "if" I would only remember that!  God Bless You!  See you Sunday!   Peace,  Greg

Rev. Greg will be leading a new study starting on March 5th. 
Scripture of the Month  
Romans 5:1
Therefore being  justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

***Bible Study resumes on Tuesday, March 7th at 8am and Prayer Partners resumes on Thursday, March 9th at 7am.
PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS: 
HOSPITAL : no one at this time
REHAB:
NURSING HOME/HOMEBOUND: St Anthony's : Lynn Mann, Martha Oliver 
Cumberland Pointe : Harriett McDowell    
Elmcraft (GreenTree):   Suzie Mounts   Westminster:  Frances Britt;  Lucille Maris # 1112    
Springs:  Norma Sue England # 327        
Rosewalk Commons : Vernetta Lynn; Verne & Rosemary Comer  M. Charlene Bowman  502 W. Jackson St.  Mulberry 46058;    
Signature Health Care: Ahmadi Begum
At Home : Jeanne Dible, Marilyn Galloway; Ruby Ward at home of son, Marcus Haley 8415 Turner Rd. West Point, IN 47992, Becky Britt - 2106 S. 7 th St. Lafayette 47905,
Ralph Ward home after being hospitalized
CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER REQUESTS:         
Loretta Lowe - Louise McDole's niece - cancer, Ann Prather,   Jan Rybka, Cay Long,  Glenda Cory -  2/27 - procedure on back (laminectomy)

A huge thank you to all who attended the Valentine luncheon supporting Jubilee Christmas 2017.  $560.00 has been placed into the Jubilee account as a result of the fund raiser.  We plan to host 35 families again in 2017.  Currently the fleece blanket project is underway.  About 1/3 of the blankets are complete.  If you have some fleece to donate, it would be appreciated.  Jubilee 2017 will come with a small change.  The clothing goal this year is to only provide pajamas and socks for the children.  So if you find a bargain, consider buying them early.  
It is not to early to start preparing for the 2017 event on December 9th.  Shop early.  Pick up that toy that is on sale.  When you go to the grocery store, consider buying 1 food item for the food baskets.  If you buy 1 package of noodles, or any item of your choice, each time you go to the grocery store, you would have enough for each food basket.  Don't wait until December, shop early.  
If you have any questions please contact Roberta Pilotte, Hariett Beeler, the Kelsey's or myself.  God's Blessings to each of you. Sandie Hauser
March Diaconates
Mar. 5th
10am
Team Leader: Hilgediek
Serving: Hilgediek
Serving: Don Lindstrom
Serving: Lou Hill
Serving: Marsha Hill
Set Up & Clean Up: Hill
Mar. 12th
10am
Team Leader: Hilgekiek
Serving: Hilgediek
Serving: Don Lindstrom
Serving: Lou Hill
Serving: Marsha Hill
Set Up & Clean Up: Hilgediek & Lindstrom
Mar. 19th
10am
Team Leader: Kathy Stirlen
Serving: Brittany Feeney
Serving: Mathew Stewart
Serving: Josh Tully
Serving: Sue Dismore
Set Up & Clean Up: Brittany Feeney & Sue Dismore
Mar. 26th
10am
Team Leader: Donna Adams
Serving: Susie Nelson
Serving: Michael Nelson
Serving: Crystal Cover
Serving: Greg Smith
Set Up & Clean Up: Crystal Cover & Greg Smith
CWF
Attention all Women! The CWF Women's Retreat date will be sometime in the fall (cancelled from  March 31). We will announce the new date and more details soon!  Stay tuned!  Thank you.  
Jane Rubesch and Carolyn Henry
THANK YOU
Thank you so much for your generosity and thoughtfulness.  You have a very giving church body. Everything will go to good use.  Blessings in 2017!
Joe Rodzikowsk, Director of Trinity Life Ministry  

What a blessing your congregation is to the Gideon Ministry.  The contribution of $450.00 to our organization to buy Bibles.  Bob Parker, Lafayette Camp Vice-President

Thank you for the $856.00 contribution, from your 2016 Christmas Eve offering, to the Lafayette Urban Ministry Good Samaritan Fund - the most important way our community takes care of , and respects, neighbors in need.
Joe Micon, Executive Director
  March 4th-     Ski trip to Bittersweet, MI! We leave at 7am on the 4th and
             5th      return at 1pm on the 5th.  Cost is $70.     www.skibittersweet.com  
March 12th     Game Night at Pizza King (Veteran's Mem. & 18th) from 
                        5-6:30pm.  Pizza provided just bring money for a drink.

CROSS camp is the week of June 12th.  Please consider sending your youth. 
I will have more information out SOON!


Kids Club (K-5th grade)
March 4th-5th            Ski Trip to Bittersweet, MI
March 12th                Game Night at Pizza King 5-6:30pm
                                    Pizza provided just  bring money for a 
                                   drink and a friend!
Enjoy Spring Break!  
 
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329 North 6th Street
Lafayette, IN 47901