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Dear families,

Lenten greetings. Yesterday's Lenten Craft Fair and Ash Wednesday services marked the beginning of 40 days of preparation and prayer as we ready ourselves for Easter. 

Lent can seem a solemn season and one that is challenging to celebrate with children. But if we take the emphasis away from fasting or "givings things up" and instead focus on intentional prayer and "getting ready," the season grows in meaning and impact. 

To help aid your family, we have several types of Lenten Devotionals available for you and your children.  Stop by the table in the Assembly Room this Sunday and looks through some options.  We will hand out  One Great Hour of Sharing Fish Boxes  during church this week. 

Whether you opt for Lenten coloring sheets, Praying Heart boxes, calendars, devotions with stickers and tithing to your Fish Box - try on a new practice for the six weeks of Lent. Join the centuries of Lenten pilgrims walking the path to Jerusalem.

Make your ways known to me, Lord;
    teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth-teach it to me-
    because you are the God who saves me.
        I put my hope in you all day long.
Psalm 25:4,5

In shared ministry,

Mark your family calendars and save the date for the  All-Church Memorial Day Weekend Retreat, Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27. We will again gather at NorthBay Adventure Camp. This weekend is growing in popularity, and first-timers are most welcome! Opportunities to register coming shortly.
Take Home Questions

February 18
God's promise to Noah ( Genesis 9:8-17)
1. The "bow" is a rainbow. When have you seen a rainbow in the sky?
2. Why is the rainbow a good sign to remember God's covenant with Noah?

February 25
Jesus foretells his death ( Mark 8:31-38)
1. Why didn't Peter want to listen to what Jesus was saying?
2. What do you think it means to follow Jesus?
Club 3-4-5 
Late Night Movie Night
Friday, February 23, 7:00-10:00 PM

Parent volunteers needed. Contact Corrie.

The long-anticipated Late Night Movie Night is just about here! Extra games, a surprise outing, epic Sardines plus late-night snacks and a movie (G-rated). 

Come with $5.00,  a friend (or two), and a coat. 
Leave exhausted.

Club 3-4-5 2017-2018 dates (5:30-7:30 PM except Feb. 23):
  • February 23 (Late Night Movie Night, 7:00-10:00 PM)
  • March 23
  • April 27
Music Notes from Ingrid
Dear Families, 

Our children's choirs will sing on the following upcoming Sundays: 
  • Joyful Noise and Carol Choir are preparing to sing on Sunday, February 25, at 9:15 AM.
  • Choir 345 will sing on Sunday, March 4, at 9:15 AM.
  • Carol Choir and Choir 345 will sing at the beginning of both services on Palm Sunday, March 25, 9:15 & 11 AM.
Announcing our Summer 2018 Chancel Drama!
On Sunday, August 19, 2018 our chancel will be transformed as we present the musical  Once Upon a Parable by Tom Long and Allen Pote in Worship.  Come take part in the staging of the gospel with energetic storytelling, singing, costumes, set and props! Rehearsals will be each afternoon, August 12-17. Rising Grade 3 through High School, pick up a brochure outside the church office when it's available soon. We have many parts to fill, and adult volunteers are also needed. Can't wait! 

With Joy,
Lenten Craft Fair