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What a weekend!

On Saturday nearly 60 people turned out to participate in a "mini immersion," glimpsing a peek at the ministry of Pastora Rose Mary and Cristo Rey, walking alongside and learning from migrants on both sides of the border; gaining perspective on legal migration from Central America; and hearing the heart-breaking and hope-filled testimony from one recent arrival from Guatemala by way of Mexico.


On Sunday the forum got to hear more about the Cristo Rey ministry and community from Pastor, and worshipers heard a powerful and prophetic sermon, challenging us to be bearers of light amid the darkness of the world.

Later, we blessed the bus and its many contents before celebrating over brunch.




In between, we laughed and munched our way through "Ella Cinders," with Rob Humphreville delightfully accompanying the vintage silent movie.



Our profound thanks to the many who contributed to the weekend's events!

Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Music for Sunday, March 1, Lent I includes the CLC Choir singing Jan Bender's "Begone, Satan," for the Gospel Acclamation. In this setting, Bender incorporates Jesus' vehement defiance of Satan's temptations with Luther's chorale "Jesus Christ be Thou our stay." The CLC Choir will also be singing Joseph Clokey's setting of the text from St. Matthew 6, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt."
The Organ Prelude and Postlude are excerpted from Hermann Schroeder's Zweite Sonate. For a performance of the complete Zweite Sonate, click here:

HERMANN SCHROEDER: Zweite Sonate fur Orgel (1963)
HERMANN SCHROEDER: Zweite Sonate fur Orgel (1963)

Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts, Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Hello there, Youth of Christ Lutheran plus Families!

In short: THANK you!!

Thank you so much for taking on the children's quilt project. It went on way longer than originally expected, and you inspired a lot of people with your work; many other people joined in to build these comfort-ers. And now we are sending more than 128 small quilts to Cristo Rey in the minibus. Praise be!

Maybe your new sewing skills can be exercised on another project to help folks who are struggling? Please: you tell me.   In the meantime, maybe set "home ec" aside for "wood shop" class! Want to learn to carve wood into useful objects? (I do.) Please: you tell me.

I'll be contacting you this week about scheduling a time to meet, do something fun, and plan plans.
Again, thank you for your time, talents and generosity.

Peace be with you!-Gail W-R, Y & F Coordinator

Adult Formation

ADULT FORUM


In the adult forum we begin a study of The Use of the Means of Grace, Section 2, "Holy Baptism and the Christian Assembly."  For use during this series, as well as for personal study, participants are encouraged to download the document here:
  https://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/The_Use_Of_The_Means_Of_Grace.pdf  .

This week we'll consider principles 14-17:
  • What is Baptism?
  • Jesus Christ has Given Us Baptism
  • Baptism is Once for All
  • Baptism Involves Daily Dying and Rising
Join us in the Memorial Room at 9:00.
                        
BIBLE STUDY

  Bible Study with Pastor Rich Hurst continues this week at its regularly scheduled time:  Thursday at 9:45 a.m.,  gathering first in the Memorial Room for coffee and snacks.  Discussion beginning promptly at 10:00. All are welcome. 

Call to Action



Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of our Lenten pilgrimage. Worship with your siblings in Christ at 11:00 a.m. (simple, spoken service) or 7:30 p.m. (fuller liturgy). Both will include the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion.


                                 
Were you inspired by the work of Cristo Rey? By the compelling story of Hanz and his family? By Pastora's sermon? You don't have to go to the border to walk alongside migrants and learn from their stories. This Sunday CLC hosts an accompaniment training offered by the Metrowest Immigration Solidarity Network from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Come and learn how to combat fear with community! 



Looking Ahead


On the Wednesdays of Lent, Christ Lutheran Church will offer Prayer Around the Cross, a service of Scripture and Song, silence and candlelit prayer. Preston Burt will be our accompanist. Although there will be no formal supper, a pot of soup will be warming on the stove. Come and nourish body and soul for the Lenten pilgrimage, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.





                                                    
On Sunday, March 1,  we celebrate the First Sunday in Lent.  Pastora Rebecca Bourret preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - First Sunday in Lent
March 1, 2020  

Today's gospel tells of Jesus' temptation in the desert. His forty-day fast becomes the basis of our Lenten pilgrimage. In the early church Lent was a time of intense preparation for those to be baptized at the Easter Vigil. This catechetical focus on the meaning of faith is at the heart of our Lenten journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. Hungry for God's mercy, we receive the bread of life to nourish us for the days ahead.

            First Reading                          Psalm                      Second Reading                     Gospel
            Gen 2: 15 -17                            Ps32                         Roms 5: 12 - 19                  Matt 4: 1 - 11
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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