Weekly Update for February 1, 2018



Weekly Update

This Sunday: Transform and Take a Load Off

Does your faith make a difference in the world?

This week we finish our brief series looking for inspiration in the first days of Jesus’ adult life. Most of it has been about our own growth. That’s important, of course, but what good is our faith if it only affects ourselves?

Now it’s time for the real action! Once faith is rooted and growing, it can’t help but spill over the edges to change the world around us. In Jesus’ case it meant healing a woman with a fever followed by many, many other sick people who were brought to him. But he didn’t stop there– afterward he went away by himself and prayed.

Come this Sunday to learn how you can transform your world, too!

Children’s Ministry Annual Chili and Soup Contest

February 18th After Church

Entries Submission Form due February 11

This year, we’re adding a twist! Instead of a panel of judges, the church will decide on a winner by popular vote. Church members may buy 25 votes for $5. Then each member attending may divide their votes as they see fit. The entry with the most votes wins! Bribery and bargaining are NOT off limits!

Ash Wednesday – February 14

We’re still a couple of weeks out, but mark Wednesday, February 14 at 6pm on your calendar: it’s time for Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the season of the Christian year where we prepare ourselves for the celebration of resurrection by making a serious effort to live better, more holy lives. The service that begins it that evening is one of the most moving of the year as we receive the sign of the cross on our foreheads (or the back of your hand if you prefer) as we’re reminded “From ashes you have come and to ashes you shall return.” It is a stark reminder of the truth of life, to be sure, but it leads us to the deep truth of what God can do through a pile of ashes like us. Don’t miss it! Childcare provided.

February– American Heart Month!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.

The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart-healthy lives.

How can American Heart Month make a difference?
We can use this month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it — both at home and in the community.

Here are just a few ideas:

–Encourage families to make small changes, like using spices to season their food instead of salt.
–Motivate teachers and administrators to make physical activity a part of the school day. This can help students start good habits early.
–Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by speaking out about ways to prevent heart disease.
–Come, have your blood pressure checked from 9:30-10:30am on Sunday, February 25th in the Health & Wellness Room #103 by one of our Health & Hospitality Team members.



Other Blessings
  • Pantry Needs: Spaghetti sauce, canned tuna (with pull tab to open), breakfast bars, fruit snack packs, canned fruit, canned vegetables, crackers, peanut butter, pancake mix & syrup.
  • Don’t forget to support our Hope Houses, the colorful boxes on the west side of our building! Bring anything to leave for anyone to take.
  • Have you linked your Dillons Plus card with the church? If you do, a portion of all your normal purchases will go to support our ministries! You can set it up by clicking here or contact the office if you’d like help.



Have you filled out your entry for the Chili and Soup contest yet? Show us why your’s is the best!



Sunday, February 4
8:30am & 10:55am Worship
9:45am   Sunday School
9:45am   Choir Rehearsal
11:05am  Radio Broadcast (KWBW 1450 AM, 98.5 FM) In memory of Melvin Wood, father of Sylvia Griggs; given by Bill & Sylvia Griggs.

Monday , February 5
5:30pm   SPRC – Rm 206

Wednesday, February 7
5:30pm   SpiritFirst
6;15pm   ChimeRingers

Thursday, February 8
9:00am   Morning Circle – Fr. Pl.

Friday, February 9
2:00pm   Memorial Service: Phyllis Hooker


Coming Up
Sunday, February 25

9:30am to 10:30am   Blood Pressure Checks – Rm 103



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