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A full band-flute, mandolin, bass, accordion, two violins, two recorders, and three guitars!-led a rousing "land and Seasons" liturgy for Transfiguration. Our thanks to Tom Berryman and all of the musicians who prepared and led our song.



Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and there will be two services at CLC: a spoken liturgy at 11:30 am, and sung service at 7:30 pm. Plan to begin your Lenten journey toward the cross and empty tomb in worship with your siblings in Christ. In addition, Pr. Bourret and Joyce Simon will offer "Ashes to Go" at the Natick Center commuter rail during the morning rush hour, along with invitations to join us at 113 Union Street this solemn season.
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
 
I typically would not advertise non-CLC related events in E-News, but a Natick concert on Saturday, March 16 is worthy of special attention:
 
The Morehouse College Glee Club www.mcgclub.com  performs as the featured performance group in Brothers, Sing On! a concert at Natick High School on Saturday, March 16 at 8 pm. Morehouse is an historically black college for men in Atlanta, and it is particularly exciting to have the Glee Club sing in Natick.
 
Brothers, Sing On! is an annual concert sponsored by the Boston Saengerfest Men's Chorus, a chorus I direct. The Saengerfest, the Natick High School Men's Choir and the Young Men's Ensemble of the Boston Children's Choir will all be singing short sets in the performance and joining with the Morehouse College Glee Club for two closing pieces. Our own Anders Carlson and Hilding Hedberg will be singing in the performance.
 
We want to provide an especially warm welcome for the Morehouse singers and hope that you will consider supporting this concert with your presence! Tickets may be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brothers-sing-on-tickets-52404689838?ref=wpwidget and on Sunday, March 10 from Hilding and (as available) at the door.
 
Watch the video below for a sample of the Glee Club singing their signature song "Betelehemu." 

Betelehemu 2
Betelehemu 2

Truth, Tubman, and Bach: A Vesper of Hope and Faith

March 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM 
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
60 Forest Park Road, Woburn

Find out more here:  https://peregrineconsort.org/events/
Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts,  Interim Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Happy March to all, especially Youth and Families!

Last Friday we gathered enough of us together to meet after school and eat and pray and play Unfair 4-Square in the parking lot. Plus we discussed volunteering at Hoops & Homework, a great after-school program for children in some of Framingham's poorest neighborhoods. Seminarian Sharon used to work there so we all discussed how we might help out: read aloud, teach songs, shoot some hoops, etc. Many of the children in the program are in families that are new to America, so (with Sharon's help!) we connected many verses from Deuteronomy and the prophets with the needs of these neighbors. So you'll be hearing about the logistics after I meet with one of the directors this week; we'll need transportation!

And stay tuned to learn what drive the youth choose to conduct this Lent. They're going to vote on a couple options and then badger you all--I mean, inVITE you all--to give freely toward it! Thank you in advance for your kind support and generosity.  Your Y&F Coordinator Gail.
Adult Formation



Adult Forum

In the adult forum we'll be looking at some of the immigration stories of our biblical ancestors, as well as our own families', and those on the move today. Join us in the Memorial Room at 9:00, where this week we'll dig into Ex. 1:15-21, "Faith on the Move: They Are Not Like Us."



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



Our annual Calumet retreat is getting closer! Please register ASAP to minimize confusion and get your optimal housing option. Registration forms are available on the narthex table, just outside the Memorial Room, or online (in the February Reporter, available on the CLC website: www.christnatick.org).
Looking Ahead

Whether or not you've chosen a personal Lenten discipline, we can uphold one another along the wilderness road at our weekly mid-week gatherings. Check the sign-up sheet on the kiosk in the narthex, and consider bringing soup and/or bread one Wednesday during Lent. We'll gather at 6:15 to break bread, and follow with a simple Vespers service at 7:00. You are welcome to come for the service alone if you can't make it by 6:15.

The traditional Lenten disciplines are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Watch for our youth to suggest some extra-mile giving--a collection drive--to one of our partners to encourage our "almsgiving."


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:
 




This week's quilt captures the golden glow of Christ's transfiguration on the mountaintop. Created by Ellen Zagajeski and Shirley Koulopoulos.

On Sunday, March 10th , we celebrate the First Sunday in Lent ,  9:00 a.m. Adult Formation, 10:00 a.m. worship. Pastor Rebecca Bourret preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
March 10, 2019   First Sunday in Lent

Each year on the first Sunday in Lent we hear about Jesus being tested in the wilderness. In this way Jesus joined with us, who are also, one way or another, tested in some wilderness. We say Sundays "in" Lent, since when counting the forty days of Lent, we omit the six Sundays, because Sunday is always a celebration of Christ's resurrection. So this Sunday we are both in Lent and beyond Lent.

First Reading                  Psalm                          Second Reading       Gospel
Deuteronomy 26:1-11      Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16      Romans 10:8b-13        Luke 4:1-13 
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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