Weekly Evotional

You're invited to Sunday worship & baptism...
March 10, 2019 at 9:30 AM
with Rev. Dr. Mark McDonough
Ash Wednesday is this week - March 6th! Pastor Mark will be standing outside our church, from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., to offer ashes for those who work or travel through downtown.

Enter the parking lot from Park Avenue, pull up by the double doors for your ashes & a prayer from Pastor Mark and exit onto College Avenue. It's that easy! And, while it lasts, we'll supply you with a hot cup of coffee to go.

The idea for "Ashes to Go" was developed by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. Clergy stood outside their churches and at train stations and offered the imposition of ashes to commuters. As they say on their website, https://ashestogo.org , “Those who had no time to attend services or had forgotten about the tradition were delighted to receive ashes with a prayer as they began their day. Many responded with tears or smiles of gratitude that the church would come to them.”

"The Last Week"

Beginning this Thursday, March 7th, our six-week program will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. (including a soup & salad dinner) and after worship on Sundays from 10:45-11:45 a.m. (coffee & Kringle). Thursday evenings are geared towards adults - high school age and above. Sunday mornings are for adults and children.

Thursdays 5:30-7:00 p.m.: March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4, 11
Sundays 10:45-11:45 a.m.: March 10*, 17, 24, 31 and April 7, 14

Parents! Bring your children to this special program on Sundays, in which they will learn and understand Jesus' final journey we know as Holy Week. They will connect to the Bible in new ways; they will understand the emotions of the disciples and followers, and Jesus himself. They will ask their own questions in exploration of this ancient story, and see how it applies to their lives today. They will be taught the same material as the adults, made age appropriate, using active and hands on learning, and will create a performance based on what they've learned and present it on Easter Sunday.

Jesus is the person we want to follow. He is the model for our lives. Join us as we develop a deeper understanding of and commitment to Christ.

We will be The Church that studies the whole experience of Holy Week .

Please note:
As the Thursday evening classes are recorded, they will be uploaded for public viewing.
*Class on March 10th will begin at 11:15 a.m.
We will have an audio devotional that will be made available during the season of Lent. Our musicians have prepared music and other members of our church will read selections of the Psalms for each of the weeks of Lent.

You will be able to hear music and a reading for each week of Lent. We hope this will be a helpful way for all of us to deepen our faith during Lent.
This coming Sunday, March 10th,
the Mission Committee will be hosting
their annual Cuban Sandwich Fundraiser.
All proceeds will go to our neighbors -
Family Service of Racine (FSR) is a nonprofit, state-certified, outpatient mental health clinic located in Racine, Wisconsin. They offer counseling services for individuals, couples, and families. FSR also offers several support groups and education classes.

The Cuba Subcommittee is going to hold their first meeting of the new year on Mon. March 11th, at Cubanitos in Oak Creek - 6:15 PM .  Please let Georgia Herrera or Kathi Wilson know if you will be able to join us.
All are welcome. Come and learn about some current events in Cuba.

We are in need of cereal
- hot and cold!

And thank you for your
continued generosity!

Please pray for Annette Anderson, Diane Lehmann, Shawna Lehmann, Peggy Wagner, Amy Schaal, Peggy Taylor, Darrell Sutton, Nancy Tobias, Nancy Ritter, Bill Blandford, Ed Hunt, David & Cathy Perkins, Larry and Ellen Cardwell, Mary Jane Johnston.

Prayers for Cheyenne—granddaughter of Peggy Taylor, Christi—friend of Music & More, Shawn—friend of Denise Park, Sandy—friend of Kathi Wilson, Anita—mother of Georgia Herrera, Gillian and Ben—friends of and former pastors of First Presbyterian, Mary—sister of Carrie Massey, Autumn—granddaughter of Bev Eifert, Lucille—mother of Diane Lehmann.

Continued prayers for our military—Jordan Smith, Mary Workman,
Kyle Sondergaard, Lt. Col Jay Brooke, Chad Lawrence.

As they go through difficult times, we ask for continued prayers for all who have lost loved ones.

And healing prayers for all those individuals going through rough times—emotionally, physically or spiritually.

Remember that you can contact the church office any time with prayer requests, and our church secretary, Shelley, will pass them along to our faithful and confidential Intercessory Prayer Group and/or publish the names of those needing prayer here and in the Sunday bulletin. bulletin.
I've done an audit of the contacts for the weekly Evotional. While doing so, I found many email addresses that should have been updated, but weren't. I've correct that oversight, so although you not have received it in ages, you may now be receiving the Evotional again.

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Shelley Maurer
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