March 11, 2021
Can you believe that we are officially over halfway through the Season of Lent? Me neither! As we look ahead towards Holy Week and Easter there are a number of opportunities for service, fellowship and worship on the horizon. You can find details about all of these happenings in your newsletter below. As always, know that you are welcome to signup, show up, and participate in any and all opportunities that look interesting to you. 

On a related note, a group of pastors and music directors from several churches on the island met virtually this week to discuss if and how to proceed with our ecumenical community Holy Week and Easter sunrise worship opportunities that so many of us have grown to love over the years here on the island. Unfortunately, with sadness, we decided as a group that in the interest of public health we will wait one more year until 2022 to resume this wonderful tradition. In lieu of hosting joint worship services this year, we will instead be compiling all of the worship opportunities being organized by churches across the island and making those available to our congregations.

Finally, you will likely notice on the Holy Week calendar that we are growing increasingly optimistic about the prospect of beginning to offer a weekly limited-attendance indoor worship option sometime later this month. To date, worshipping indoors has been impossible for us not only on account of the pandemic but also because of the ongoing sanctuary renovation. As you can see in the picture above though, we are finally sprinting towards the finish line of that project with the shudders going in, furniture being delivered, and the organ installation now nearly complete. With session’s approval, I am hopeful that we will soon be able to start safely hosting indoor, outdoor, and online worship opportunities every Sunday in the near future. Stay tuned for more details!

Lenten blessings to you all.

Peace,
Rev. Alan Dyer
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March 7, 2021
Musical Notes
Somebody told me once, “Hey, do you want to see God laugh? Make a plan.” Don’t get me wrong, a plan is a very good thing. You just have to be ready for it to change – a few times. Throughout the renovation, we’ve experienced all kinds of necessary changes, delays in materials due to the pandemic, and just a few surprises here and there. Like I tell the choir all of the time after a rehearsal and before singing the anthem, “It is how it’s going to be.” And – that can be wonderful.   I guess what I’m getting at is that God’s timing, the plan for your life, isn’t in your control even though you like to think it is. I think this is the thing that is bothering people so much about this past year. Flexibility and acceptance seem to make the navigation easier, especially when faced with as many twists and turns as 2020 and now 2021. This is the week! By the end of this week, the organ will look finished on the outside but will require more work on the inside pipes. Voicing, tuning, and checking for any leaks are just some of the things that will be going on. The Steinway is getting some first aid care out in the hallway in preparation to be placed in the sanctuary. Sound and technology are next. All of the planning that took place to accomplish this big task isn’t happening exactly as planned, but better!   
 
In the meantime, we are keeping a wish list for items needed in the new sanctuary. Perhaps you may have missed the Capital Campaign and still want to give toward the renovation. If you are interested in giving something in honor or memory of someone, please contact the church office.   
 
Plans for Sunday are that there will be a string quartet. The students in the string quartet for Sunday are all seniors in high school. Esther Hollingsworth, Jason Cherne, Kylie Dallas, and Matthew Pendarvis are all members of the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra. They are busy people with tight schedules and were gracious enough to agree to play for us at the 10:30 outdoor service. They will play Leonard Cohen’s HallelujahThe Prayer by Bayer and Sager, and a fun postlude (come on Sunday and you’ll find out what it is!) The hymn for Sunday is 703 Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me.   
 
Love & Gratitude,  
Rhonda 
The Week Ahead
Sunday, March 14
8:30 am Live Stream Worship - Online
9:00 am Combined Sunday School - Zoom
9:00 am Britt Class - Online
10:30 am Outdoor Worship - Ashantilly Lawn at SSPRES
4:30 am Marsh's Edge Worship - Marsh's Edge
6:30 pm Youth Gathering - Location Varies

Monday, March 15
10:00 am Chancel Ensemble - Location Varies
5:30 pm Diaconate Meeting - Zoom

Tuesday, March 16
9:30 am Staff Meeting - Zoom
5:00 pm Session Meeting - Zoom

Wednesday, March 17
10:00am Men's Bible Study - Zoom
4:00pm Kids Crew - Veranda
5:00pm Waking Up White Book Study - Zoom
6:00pm Chancel Choir - Sanctuary
7:00 pm Chancel Ringers - Social Hall

Thursday, March 18
No activities Scheduled for This Day

Friday, March 19
No activities Scheduled for This Day
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One way to offer our Christian love and care is by providing a warm meal to our family and friends in Christ during their time of need.

Members of our congregation who could use a meal this week include: Dick & Betty Egeland and Lois Vogelmann.

If you or someone you know could use some help with meals, don't hesitate to reach out! We're here for you. 

Contact Molly Macaulay for assistance: mmmpr@bellsouth.net 
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