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The mid-winter retreat at Calumet is just about here, and it appears that we have a terrific group participating, including several newcomers. Welcome! If anyone still needs a ride to or from camp, please alert Pr. Bourret. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you in the conference center Friday evening.
 

Our thanks to Pr. Richard Hurst, who will once again be leading worship here at 113 Union Street.

 
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
St. Olaf Choir at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Wednesday, February 5 at 7:30 pm. Don't miss hearing the premier Lutheran college choir (and one of the finest a cappella choirs in the country) when they are in our area next month! 
  Listen to the St. Olaf Choir conductor, Anton Armstrong, speak about the Choir and their upcoming tour:    

Experience the St. Olaf Choir Live! * 2020 Winter Tour
Experience the St. Olaf Choir Live! * 2020 Winter Tour

Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts, Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator

Hello, CLC Youth and Families!

Next Tuesday, Feb. 4, Natick High School will host a free screening of an acclaimed documentary, "I'm Not Racist...Am I?" and a community discussion afterward.

It will run from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.   If you'd like to see the film trailer and get more information and register for the event, please go to this site:


I hope many of us can attend! Please contact me if you need a ride! Thank you-Gail W-R
 
Adult Formation

ADULT FORUM

There will be no adult forum this week while Pr. Bourret and many of the forum regulars retreat to Camp Calumet.

                                   
                                                                                                                                   

 CLC BOOK GROUP

The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible    unfolds like a detective story as Chanan  Tigay recounts the story of Moses Wilhelm Shapira who in 1883 arrived in London with a Bible scroll he said he had found in a cave in an area east of the Dead Sea. At first acclaimed, then discredited for his discovery, Shapira committed suicide and the scroll disappeared. 70 years later the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in a location similar to the one Shapira described. Journalist Chanan Tigay sets out to find the missing scroll and to determine whether Shapira was innocent of forgery--a fascinating read!

                                     

BIBLE STUDY

 There will be no Thursday morning Bible study this Thursday, 1/30, or next, 2/ 6.


Call to Action



Be sure to pick up your bulletin of reports for the semi-annual meeting scheduled for Sunday, February 9. We'll review the financial matters of 2019, approve a 2020 budget, and vote on revisions to the by-laws. Thanks to the faithful stewardship of CLC members and friends, the proposed budg et accommodates virtually all requests.

                                           


Plans for Pastora Rose Mary Sánchez-Guzmán and her husband, Fernando Guzmán to return to Natick are firming up. We expect them to be with us the weekend of February 22-23. That means we have just a few weeks to complete any quilts and collect new or gently-used, sturdy shoes for migrants-up to size 8/9 for men, and 7/8 for women, as well as youth sizes. 
 
                                          


We could still use a Thrivent grant or two for some of the weekend's activities. Please speak with Pr. Bourret if you're willing to apply. Directions are available on the kiosk in the narthex, and the whole process takes about five minutes. (The key is not to overthink it!)



                                          
Looking Ahead

The weekend of February 22-23 will be crazy busy at CLC, but all in a good way, we hope!

On Saturday we'll offer a half-day "mini immersion" from 2:00-6:00, with presentations from Pastora Rose Mary, an immigration attorney, and a migrant living in this area, wrapping up with a shared meal.   Later that evening, it's Silent Movie Night, beginning at 7:00-always a delight!
 
 
On Sunday Pastora will preach at worship, then we'll bless the bus and have brunch before sending Pastora, Fernando, and the bus on their way.  Later that day,  Family Promise host week begins. 

While no one is expected to participate in everything, this will be a good weekend to make room in your schedule for significant happenings at church.
    

                                                    
On Sunday, February 2,  we celebrate the Presentation of Our Lord ,  10:00 a.m. worship. Pastor Richard Hurst     preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Presentation on Our Lord
February 2, 2020  

The Presentation of Our Lord is referred to in some corners of the church as Candlemas because of an ancient tradition of blessing all the candles to be used in the church in the coming year at the mass celebrated on that day. It was a way of underscoring the truth of Simeon's confession that this baby Jesus was "a light for revelation to the Gentiles" and a light for glory to Israel. Let the light of every candle in church be a little epiphany of the love of God for all people in the person of God's son, Jesus, the light of the world.

            First Reading                          Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
              Mal 3:1-4                                 Ps 84                         Heb 2:14-18                     Luke 2:22-40
Sing For Joy
Enhance your understanding of the weekly scripture readings by listening to Sing For Joy http://www.stolaf.edu/singforjoy/ from St. Olaf College.  The Sing For Joy radio program, produced by St. Olaf College , has a simple mission: to explore the weekly themes of Christian worship by providing the best in sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary. The musical performances eloquently "do the talking," while the concise remarks from host Pastor Bruce Benson illuminate the meaning of the texts.
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