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Lent has begun. The Church enters the wilderness for a forty-day sojourn with Jesus toward the cross and empty tomb. Sunday mornings the liturgy will be sparer: no canticle of praise, subdued arrangements by the altar, evocative more of the desert than a watered garden. This austerity, as our disciplines of prayer, fasting, and works of love, are not intended to make us miserable, nor to make us into better people, but to help us fix our gaze on God, who is trustworthy, who is perfect love.

This is anything but intuitive! Support your siblings in Christ on the way: we gather each Wednesday for a soup and bread supper at 6:15, followed by Vespers at 7:00, when we'll look at Christian responses to violence.
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
For Sunday, March 17, Lent II, the CLC Choir will be singing John Graham's setting of the plainchant "Jesu, dulcis memoria" for the Offertory Music. One of the most frequently sung medieval chants, the words are attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153). "Jesus, the very thought of you" is the translation used in ELW 754 to a tune from the 19th century. John Graham sets the original Gregorian melody first in unison with the whole choir and then in alternating verses for men and women and the final verse in four parts.
The Organ Postlude on Sunday is J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, sometimes referred to as the "Cathedral" Prelude and Fugue for its spacious and impressive opening. Watch the video below f or a performance on the Calvary Episcopal Church organ in Pittsburgh.

"Cathedral" Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 533 (Bach)

Tom Berryman, Music Director
Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts,  Interim Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Hello, Christ Lutheran Youth and Parents and All!

Here are Dates To Save. 
1.  CALUMET next weekend Friday, 3/22 thru Sunday, 3/24.
2.  'Wonder and Wisdom' supper church, Sunday, March 31 at 5pm.

And here's a request: Remember to VOTE as soon as possible on the Lenten appeal options I sent you-vote early and often! So to speak.

Thank you very much! Your coord Gail.  

Adult Formation
Adult Forum

In the Sunday forum we continue a Bible study exploring immigration and immigrants. How do the immigration stories of biblical figures speak to our families' stories, and those of newcomers to this country today? This week we'll take a look at "Moses, the First Mojado" (Ex. 1:22-2:10). Join us in the Memorial Room at 9:00.

On Sunday, March 17, we'll run the previously snowed-out film "The Intouchables," a Golden Globe-nominated a 2011 French  buddy  comedy-drama film directed by  Olivier Nakache & √Čric Toledano. Plan to come and enjoy some Sunday levity, and share in a French bistro-themed pot-luck. As ever: if you have no time or inspiration to cook, come anyway. There's always plenty.

CLC Book Group

Book Group will gather on April 1 (no foolin') at 7:30 pm to discuss the monumental biography of the three Peabody sisters of Boston whose influence on Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau has never been fully told. If you are a history or literature buff join us for this informative and stimulating read!
Bible Study

Led by Pastor Richard Hurst, the Bible study group meets each Thursday at the church. We invite you to join with us as we gather for coffee and refreshments at 9:45 a.m. in the Memorial Room so that the hour discussion/study can begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. 
Call to Action
We'll be sending our final count for Calumet in this week. Check and double-check to be sure you're registered! You don't want to miss this!
The annual Walk to End Homelessness is Saturday, April 6. The CLC team is still looking for both walkers and donors. How about you?
In times of trouble, Lutheran Disaster Response is a dependable partner with local organizations, helping those affected get back on their feet and rebuild, long after the news media have turned their attention elsewhere. Consider making a donation to LDR to help our fellow citizen ravaged by tornado in Eastern Georgia: https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/Our-Impact/US-Tornadoes

As a Thrivent Member you have access to a suite of benefits, tools and resources designed to assist you in living a more content, confident and generous life. From helping you be wise with money to supporting your desire to live generously, Thrivent is here to guide you on your journey.

Join the Northeast Thrivent Member Network for an educational webinar to learn about your member benefits and how you can make an impact in the communities where you live, work and worship.
Mar 14
1:00 p.m. - 02:00p.m.

This event is free and open to all Thrivent Members in the Northeast region.  Space is limited and registration is required, so please RSVP today.   

We'll cover it all - from Thrivent Action teams, to Thrivent Choice, to Thrivent's partnership with Habitat for Humanity, as well as educational resources, free and discounted services and so much more.  Whether you're a new member or just need a refresher, you won't want to miss this!

Looking Ahead

Our third "Wonder and Wisdom" mash-up of worship and faith formation around a simple meal will be Sunday, March 31, beginning at 5:00. The shenanigans planned for our the faith formation segment may take a little longer, so when you make your invitations to young folk, their parents and grandparents, plan on staying until 7:30.

Cynthia Stroschein and her daughter Kara Hart created the quilt on display this week in the nave.  The cross shape in the center provides a focus for our Lenten meditation.

On Sunday, March 17th , we celebrate the Second Sunday in Lent ,  9:00 a.m. Adult Formation, 10:00 a.m. worship. Pastor Rebecca Bourret preaching and presiding.
March 17, 2019   Second Sunday in Lent

In next Sunday's gospel reading, we are like chicks that need protection, for a fox is nearby. Come to worship, and join us in praising the God who gathers us as if under loving wings.

First Reading

Second Reading

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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