Lent is usually a dark and penitential season. It begins with a service of introspection and repentance marked by ashes and proceeds through 40 days of doom and gloom. We're going to break with that tradition this year. We will be seeking the Joyful Realm of God; our focus during this season on lengthening days will be locating the deep joy of following Christ. While our altar will still be dressed in the purple of passion, look for the bright and the light as the season progresses.
Services In Lent:
Mar 1 Mark 8:31-38 Not Following the Rat Race
Mar 8 John 2:13-22 Reconstruction
Mar 15 John 3:14-21 No More Wanderings
Mar 22 John 12:20-33 Glory! God is God!
Palm Sunday Mar 29 Mark 11:1-11 Shout!
Maundy Thursday John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Tenebrae
Easter April 8 Mark 16:1-8 Run for New Life!
On the Edge, a Lenten study based upon the Sunday lectionary readings, will be offered on Thursdays at 6:30p.m. in the Drawing Room. This study will look at questions about the faith from a progressive perspective.
- How do you account for / explain the different versions of the same event?
- To what extent does it matter in your understanding and experience of Jesus that the details that describe such a fundamental event in his life are not an agreed Gospel record across Mark, Matthew and Luke?
- Why did John ignore all the details of the baptism of Jesus?
You can download the study materials here.
PANCAKES IN OUR PJs Celebrate with us on Saturday, March 14th as we welcome springtime with FCCLG's annual Pancakes and PJs brunch! Join us in the Founders Room at 9 am for pancakes, juice, and laughter! Don't forget your Easter basket as there will be an Easter egg hunt and a reading of the Easter story for children. PJs are encouraged! Please sign-up with Sign-Up Genius or Nancy Sander so we have a head count. We need electric skillets to cook the pancakes. If you have one we can borrow, please contact Nancy.
ZACKLEYS WORK TRIP
This year the Zackleys will be returning to Edisto Island for the 8th year. Edisto is between Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina. In years past we have helped to improve the housing of families on the island. Our trip takes place during the spring break: March 28th-April 5th. The trip will cost $200 if registered before March 8th and $250 after March 8th. Information can be found outside of Sylvia's office. Important Dates for Work trip:
- March 1, March 8, March 15, March 22: Stock Sales 10:00-Noon, Sanctuary/Founders Room
- March 8th:**Registration Due Date with payment**
- March 15: Final Participant Meeting, 6:30 pm in the Chapel
- March 28 (5 am) -April 5 (late afternoon): Work Trip: Departure and arrival in church parking lot
- April 12: Zackley Worship Service: meet at 9:30am, Service at 10
The Zackleys will be selling stock for their spring break trip to Edisto Island starting March 1st. This is a very important fundraiser for our work trip. Each stockholder will be invited to our stockholders brunch April 12th! There will also be a sign up to write letters to our Zackleys while on the trip. Thank you for all of your support!
What do you imagine when you think of worship that is open to people of all ages? Let me tell you, it's a bit messy! In fact, it's Messy Church! If you are interested in helping to build a creative, diverse, loving, and yes, messy worship service, mark your calendars for March 22nd after church. We'll meet to discuss all of the great opportunities!
CALLING ALL ALTOID LOVERS!
The Zackley youth group needs your help! We need Altoids cases (or similarly shaped metal boxes) for our work trip. Please bring your boxes to the office or Sylvia by March 22nd!
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Our Yzals group is growing and will continue to grow in the next couple of years. We need volunteers to help support and love this group! If you would like to help out with this amazingly energetic group please contact Sylvia!
EASTER LILY PLANTS
The Easter season is the beginning of spring, a time of renewal and rebirth. Spring-blooming flow ers sing of hope and carry special meaning as we celebrate rebirth through Christ's resurrection. Legend holds that lilies grew where Jesus' tears fell, offering hope to believers. The Ministry of Worship invites you to share this hope by ordering an Easter lily to be displayed in the sanctuary on Easter Sunday in memory of or to honor a loved one. You may order by phone or sign-up sheet in the church office. The cost is $12 per plant. The lily is yours to take home after the service, or we can deliver it to a home-bound member. Order deadline is Sunday, March 22nd.
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
One Great Hour of Sharing provides support for health, education, refugee, agriculture and emergency relief initiatives in 138 countries by working with local, national and global partners. The offering is received during Lent. We will be collecting the offering March 15. Please give generously.
BIG BRUNCH MEETING
On March 8th we will begin a different way of doing church by having the ministries meet at the same time. We'll meet in the dining room over a pot
luck brunch and have a brief exchange of information before the teams meet separately. Beverages and utensils will be provided. If you are on a team, please bring a dish to share and an openness to trying a new thing.
Who's on First?
Here's a list of the ministry leaders amongst us!
*COUNCIL Meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month MOST months
*Moderator: Kent Llewellyn
*Vice Moderator: John Fagan
*Most Recent Past Moderator: Dick Lauterbach
*Clerk: Petra Hentzel Palmer
*Treasurer: Yet to be filled - Is it You?
*Pastor --Carly Stucklen Sather
Members at Large: Ray Felson, John Leininger
Ministers: All of us!
Assistant Treasurer: Sarah Gottermeyer
Historian: Susan Fagan
Chief Usher: Mary Cooper
Volunteer Coordinator-- vacancy - could it be you?
Building Use Committee:
Marie Roche (chair), Susan Blazek, Sandra McLaughlin
Treasurer (chair), Sarah Gottermeyer, Doris Bryant
Jeff Reichl, Chris Moe, (Volunteer Coordinator Vacancy)
Debbie Cosgrove, Brian Shannon, Terry Owens
Jim Happel (Chair), Chris/Rene Bryant, John Moellman, Dave Ries, Erik Sander, Jason Styx
Stewardship Committee Meets on the Second Sunday after Fellowship
Ken Moe (chair), Rich Bradley, Jerry Palmer, Ted Tomkinson
Ministry of Communications Meets on the Second Sunday after Fellowship
John Hoo (Chair), Olivia Hein, Erin Markus-Bryant
Ministry of Education Meets on the Second Sunday after Fellowship
Randy Wallin (Chair), Courtney Harvey, Kim Bart, Jennifer Sheehan, Megan Styx
Ministry of Membership Meets on the Second Sunday after Fellowship
Bobbi Nunez (chair), Fred Weiss, Mike Donaldson, Viola Clayton
Ministry of Missions Meets on the Second Sunday after Fellowship
Jill Tobin (chair), Diane Kasnick, Marilyn Russell, Joanne Konkle, Dawn Mackie, Nancy Coleman
Ministry of Nurture Meets on the Second Sunday after Fellowship
Sue Hoffman (Chair), Cheryl Buchignani, Betsy Colombe, Debbie Dreffein, Jean McCarthy, Petra Palmer, Ericka Shannon, Amanda Ries, Nicole Zavala. ,Chris Moe (ad hoc flower delivery), Jan Ceranek (Ad Hoc Harvest Home)
Ministry of Worship Meets on the Second Sunday after Fellowship
Deb Gardner (Chair), Janet Bednar (Altar Flowers), Mary Cooper (Chief Usher), Ann Fish, Bob Klestil, Tom Pitman (ad hoc),, Lex Bart (ad hoc: Paraments, Liturgists)