At the Ash Wednesday service this week, Rev. Jim Warren's meditation introduced the sermon series for Lent, "Giving It Up and Taking It On."
About the series, Jim says, "Two of the traditional Lenten disciplines are giving up something we've been doing and taking on something new. I will encourage our congregation to engage in these two disciplines, but on a deeper level. I will invite individuals to give up and take on things that God wants us to give up and take on, not just during the 40 days of Lent, but forever. We'll look at giving up grudges, apathy, selfishness, fear, and death, and taking on forgiveness, compassion, generosity, trust, and life."
On this first Sunday in Lent, we will look at
and the sermon will be, "Giving Up Grudges and Taking on Forgiveness." In this passage,Jesus tells us to love our enemies, be merciful to them, and be ready to forgive. However, sometimes we hold onto grudges and are hesitant to forgive. What does it mean to forgive someone? Whom do we need to forgive?
Jim will preach at both the 9:00 a.m. traditional and 10:15 a.m. progressive One and All services.
At the 9:00 service we will receive a gift of music from Jeff Courtright, soloist. At 10:15, sing along with the One and All Band and enjoy a light breakfast and hot coffee. Gather in Fellowship Hall, and bring a friend along!
Gifts for Another Table:
Keep bringing items for Center for Hope Ministries! Needed are rice and rice dinners, potato dinners, pasta of any kind, pasta sauce, Hamburger Helper, dinner meals, cereal, mashed/boxed potatoes, and canned fruits and vegetables. Thank you!
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Activities/Events at Our Church
9:00 a.m. Traditional Worship in the
Worship and Wonder in
after Time for
Sunday School for Adults
(Conference Room and
Sunday School for
Children and Youth
One and All Progressive
Service (Fellowship Hall)
Youth Group for grades
3-12 (Major Hall)
CARD SHOWER: Suzannne Summers
Lent... focus on Giving Up and Taking On
OSF St. JOSEPH: Marilyn Kopp
AWAITING TESTS/SURGERY: John Hensley
Don Gottselig, Forrest Kaufman, Sharon Warren
HOSPICE: Harold Goyen
HAPPY 90+ BIRTHDAY
- Mickey Armstrong turns 101 today
- Joe Violano turns 92 on March 14
BIRTH: Charlie Doreen Lutz was born February 26 in Silver Spring, MD, to Zachary & Elianna Lutz; great-grandparents are Frank & Lois Lipscomb.
SYMPATHY to Rose (Rob) Blessing family on the March 4 death of her brother, Frank Marmolejo, of Bloomington
Serving this Sunday
Please note: This is current data as of Friday Email publishing date. If you know of changes to your own duties, please continue as you have planned. Please make sure the office is aware of changes. Thank you!
- Mackenzie Nichols
- Kenley Nichols
- Trish Logan
- Kathie Chapman
- 9:00 Ted Logan, Matt Nichols
- 10:15 Pat & Jenny Lawler
- Carter Kiesewetter
- Reed Naughton
- Camille Taylor
- Art Taylor
- Susan Cleaver
- John Dailey
- Vicki Hall
- Wannie Beard
- Martha Hunter
Time for Children:
Worship & Wonder Greeter:
Jim Warren - Luke 6:32-38
"Giving Up Grudges and Taking on Forgiveness" -
Jesus tells us to love our enemies, be merciful to them, and be ready to forgive. However, sometimes we hold onto grudges and are hesitant to forgive. What does it mean to forgive someone? Whom do we need to forgive?
Things to Do While
You Are at Church
Sign up for Wednesday Supper Club, which will meet March 20 at Tony's Diner on South Main in Bloomington at 5:00 p.m. RSVP by indicating how many will attend on a Sunday attendance pad, or by calling the church office (309-829-9327) by 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18.
Drop off your Box Tops for Education in the Disciples Women's Ministries mailbox outside the church office door.
Make a new friend! Greet a visitor. Greet someone another member has greeted! Several contacts truly make a person feel welcome. A great resource for helping a visitor is the bulletin, and you can also walk them to the Info Desk for another warm greeting and more information.
"Check In" on Facebook while you are at church.
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Cancellations Due to Weather
See the Youth Bulletin Board in the Centrum for Youth news and opportunities.
There will be Sunday School this Sunday. At Youth Group in the evening, the gathering will include 3rd-12th graders, and we will prepare for the March 17 Youth Sunday (9:00 a.m. service). Please come if you are able!
On March 17 the Youth will celebrate Youth Sunday by going to Altitude Trampoline Park. at 5:00 p.m. (meet there). A parent will need to sign a waiver, either in advance or online at Altitude:
. Cost is $10 per person (FCC will pay $5 of $15 charge for one hour).
Camp Registration is open for all 2019 camps. See the bulletin or
Messenger for information.
Note: Youth Group meetings are from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and guests are invited.
Generally, we will no longer have meals at Youth Group. Generally, Kids for Christ (Kindergarten through 2nd grade) will only meet on the first Sunday of the month, as per tradition.
Brown Bag Bible Bunch meets at
noon on Wednesdays. The group studies the scripture for the upcoming Sunday. Next Wednesday the group will be studying Luke 4:42-44. Bring a lunch to the conference room and join the study. All are welcome!
- March 17 Youth Sunday (9:00 a.m. service)
- March 20 Wednesday Supper Club
- March 24 Blanket Sunday
- April 6 Spring Cleanup of FCC grounds
- April 18 Maundy Thursday: Meal at 6:00 p.m.; Worship at 6:30 p.m., all in Fellowship
- April 19 Good Friday Worship at 12:10 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church
- April 21 Easter
Sharing FAITH beyond the FCC walls. Opportunities to be involved in our community...
Want to help
by providing a meal?
If you would like to help provide meals for the Warren family, please follow the steps below:
- Go to the web site: takethemameal.com
- Type in "Warren" for the family name
- The Password: Godisgood
- Sign up for the time(s) when you would like to supply a meal, and just follow the simple steps for delivery.