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March 2020
From the Pastor's Desk . . .
During the month of March we will journey through Lent. This is the season we take the time to reflect and find our way back to our center. We pray, and we confess that we are sinful in nature, and we look for ways that God is active in our lives and in the world through fasting or mediation. We do this for the discipline that Lent calls for. We fast so we can hear God; we go without so we can reflect on the way God provides for us; we pray more so we can strengthen our relationship with God. 

We do similar in worship. We go back to the basics. During worship in this Lenten season, we will engage in a more traditional service, one with which many of us are more familiar. This will allow for more reflection on the elements of worship and may help us focus on the purpose of Lenten worship - remembering that we are dust and to dust we shall return, remembering our baptism and whose we are, and remembering our call to live a life striving for justice and peace.

Worship will also be a weekly reminder of the darkness of this world and the promise of the hope that
comes with Easter. Each week we will remove some of the light in the sanctuary, a kind of reverse Advent. We will live into the darkness each week while at the same time we will be reminded that we are people of hope that long for the light.

As I was preparing for Lent this year, I came across the Lenten devotional below. As we enter Lent, the church has historically called its members to self-reflection, prayer and fasting. Fasting is not only refraining from physical food, but eliminating practices that will in turn bring us closer to God. I hope these words will inspire your Lenten discipline:

Fast from judging others;
Feast on Christ dwelling in them.
Fast from fear of illness;
Feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from words that pollute;
Feast on speech that purifies.
Fast from discontent;
Feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger;
Feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism;
Feast on hope.
Fast from negatives;
Feast on encouragement.
Fast from bitterness;
Feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern;
Feast on compassion.
Fast from suspicion;
Feast on truth.
Fast from gossip;
Feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from problems that overwhelm;
Feast on prayer that sustains.
Fast from anxiety;
Feast on faith.
--Author Unknown

In Christ,
Pastor Meagan
Treasurer's Report
As of January 31, 2020
Pasta Dinner Party
Held Saturday, February 8th
The turnout was great--more than 60 people! The food was excellent--pasta, meatballs, salad, bread, beverages and desserts. The entertainment was outstanding--thank you Mike Miskawitz and The Twilights. And the evening was a fun-filled time for all including dancing, raffles and prizes! For more pictures of this event, visit our website: acaciaparkchurch.com .
From the ELCA
Prayer Ventures
ELCA Prayer Ventures is a resource that provides a prayer for every day of the year. These petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life, as we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of the ELCA.
Download the full month of daily prayers at  elca.org/resources/prayer-ventures .
It's Time to Make Your Voices Heard!
Early Voting Begins in March
The Norridge Village Hall will again be offering early voting for the upcoming Illinois General Primary Election on March 17th. Early voting begins on March 2nd and continues through March 16th. Dates and times for early voting are as follows:

March 2nd through 7th and March 14th and 16th
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

March 9th through March 13th
9:00 am to 7:00 pm

March 8th and March 15th
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Anyone living in Suburban Cook County can vote at Norridge Village Hall for early voting.
Psalm 51:1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love.