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The next "Wonder and Wisdom" will be this coming Sunday at 5:00. Bring your friends, your parents, your kids, your grandkids, as we gather around tables and gather wonder and wisdom from one another, growing in faith, love, and reverence, sharing highs and lows, a simple worship service and meal. And: there will be fire!

An entrée suitable to most diets will be provided. Can you offer a green salad, bread, or dessert? Let Pastor or Gail know.

This Saturday Rob Humphreville returns to accompany Charlie Chaplin's City Lights! Bring friends and folks of all ages for this evening of hilarity. A freewill offering will be received, and popcorn and soft drinks will be provided.

Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Don't miss Charlie Chaplin's famous silent movie CITY LIGHTS (1931) with Rob Humphreville improvising at the keyboard. This is Rob's sixth annual appearance for this entertaining evening in our parish hall. We'll provide popcorn and drinks. Bring a contribution to help cover our costs. And bring friends and family! Read film critic Roger Ebert's review at https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-city-lights-1931

Tom Berryman, Music Director
Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts,  Interim Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Hello, Youth and Families!

I hope you all are having a rejuvenating Winter Break and throwing snow around.

This coming Sunday is the next 'Wonder and Wisdom' supper, and I do hope you-all will come again if you did the first time. Plus bring family and FRIENDS. We need youthfuls for the 'wonder' portion of this, though sometimes I think age-based assumptions can be misleading, yes? However, there's no doubt that multiple generations conversing at the table is a wise choice and wonder-ful. So I hope you will plan on joining in at 5:00pm this Sunday, 2/24.

Plus our next Youth Group meeting is FRIDAY, March 1, at 3:30pm! Til 6:30 pm unless we go on that road trip I emailed you about. Maybe Newton youth? Or maybe not? YOU decide.

Thanks so much, all!-Gail W-R, Youth Coor.Din.Ator.
SPARK Kindness is sponsoring several events for parents to support them in the task of raising socially and mentally healthy children and youth. Click HERE to learn what is coming up. 
Adult Formation
Adult Forum

In the adult forum we wrap up our series with Walter Brueggemann, Embracing the Prophets, hearing and discussing the final session, "The Promissory Language that Breaks Despair." If you could stand to hear a word of hope from God, this is for you!

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

It's time to register for our annual mid-winter (or very early spring, as the case may be) retreat at Camp Calumet, March 22-24. Registration forms are available in the February Reporter, or on the narthex table just outside the Memorial Room. Deposits of $40/individual or $100/family are requested at the time of registration, and CLC confirmands and high school youth who stay in the heated cabin get to go for just $40! No one should miss out on account of cost; if it's beyond your budget, just let Pr. Bourret know, and we'll make it work! And, we've heard a rumor that there are more rooms in the conference center with private baths!
From our partners at Family Promise:

Day Center volunteers are a vital part of our mission: they staff the offices on Saturdays and Sundays, interact with our families and assist with special projects.   
If you would like to become a Day Center volunteer or if you are a Day Center volunteer already, but have never served at our new home at 6 Mulligan Street, Natick, please let me know and we will arrange a time for a brief orientation. 

With many thanks, 
Judy Mongiardo
Network Coordinator

A quiet display of quilts is underway in the church nave, a tribute to the artistic skills of local churchwomen who create these bed covers for Lutheran World Relief to distribute across the globe to people in need. The quilt on display this week was created by Karin Gustafson of Christ Lutheran Church, one of the eight women from area Lutheran congregations who meet at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Framingham weekly to work on their quilts. If you are interested in joining them, contact Karin or Dorothy Nail.

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, March 6 is Ash Wednesday. At CLC we'll worship at 11:00 am (a simple, a capella service) and 7:30 pm. Plan now when you will worship, and how you'll mark this holy season of repentance and baptismal remembrance.

We hope you'll include gathering each Wednesday evening for soup and sustenance, a simple Vespers service with a focus on the early Church roots of non-violent Christian resistance and some of the leaders of that movement in the 20th and 21st centuries.

April 6, 2019 is the 10th annual Walk to End Homelessness and the 10th year that FPM opened its doors to our first families.   Please join the CLC Walkers to make this the most successful walk ever.   The walk (about 2.5 miles) will start and end at the Natick High School where there is plenty of parking and easy access to and from the event.   To join the CLC team or to make a donation to the team or one of the team walkers, go to:

At the event there will be food, a raffle for the kids, balloon art, face painting and more. A VIP drawing will be held for the people who raise $100 or more.   For every $100 raised by an individual, they will receive a raffle ticket and a chance to win one of the VIP prizes. Prizes so far are Amazon FireTV, Red Sox Tickets, $200 worth of Gift Cards from Marathon Sports, and a 16 GB Galaxy tablet. Come and join in the fun.   The first 400 people to register will get a free T-shirt.  
On Sunday, February 24th , we celebrate the 
Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
,  9:00 a.m. Adult Formation, 10:00 a.m. worship. Pastor Rebecca Bourret preaching and presiding.
February 17, 2019   Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

The first reading from Genesis on this coming Sunday describes how Joseph forgave his brothers their cruel misdeeds, and the gospel urges us to love our enemies. Come to worship, and receive the Spirit's power to live in this countercultural way.

First Reading                Psalm                               Second Reading                         Gospel
Genesis 45:3-11, 15         Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40        1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50        Luke 6:27-38 
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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