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We are a Gospel-centered community of people blessed by God to be a blessing to others.
Highlights of our upcoming events:
The season of Lent begins this week.
-It begins with our Ash Wednesday service on March 1 at 7:00 p.m. Then for the following 5 Wednesdays, join us for a Soup Supper at
5:45 p.m., come upstairs for a hymn sing at 6:50, followed by the Holden Evening Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.
Join us for fellowship at a St. Patrick's Day dinner.
-On Sunday, March 19, after the 10:30 service, the Evangelism Committee
will serve a special dinner.
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This month's letter from Pastor Roger Osbeck
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In the story, The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy Gale of Kansas needs to find the Emerald City, the Wizard of Oz, and her way back home.
Little Munchkins sing that to do so she must "Follow the Yellow Brick Road." In 1963, singer Little Peggy March had a hit
entitled "I Will Follow Him," in which she refers to a boyfriend as "her destiny." This song was later included in the movie Sister Act, altering
Him to mean God, instead. In Disney's version of Peter Pan, the Lost Boys sing "Following the Leader"
as they play that game marching through the forest.
In our society we like to stress the inportance of leadership, and try to train our young prople to become good leaders. Becoming a good
follower seems less desirable. Yet, as Christians, Jesus calls us to follow him in a life of faith. Do we really know how?
The focus for our Wednesday Lenten meditations this year will be on the topic of "Following Jesus." We will outline several aspects of what following Jesus
doesn't mean and assess the heart of what it does. For example, following Jesus is not about making excuses for what we can't or won't do.
Sometimes we want to justify why we are apathetic to the needs of the world with rational arguments that may not fit Jesus' meaning of love for the neighbor. Neither is following Jesus about making money noor seeking material riches,
as some so-called television evangelists would have you believe. Following Jesus is not about exercising power or control over others. He was not a politician seeking to wield an iron hand to gain authority of
our hearts, but sought a reign of peace. He came to transform individuals and communities into settings where justice, mercy, and peace freely flow.
How might we willingly journey on this path?
We will survey the importance of loving God, and the variety of means by which this love is also expressed to the neighbors of our diverse world.
Following Jesus includes this course of action, applying what we say we believe in the practice of our daily living. Finally, we will investigate how following Jesus includes the
proactivity of faithful living in the midst of troubling times. Jesus spent time with hurting people. We, as church, even during the uncertain times in which we live, can help point to the positive things God's up to in the
world, and how we are equipped to be a part of it.
The season of Lent begins Wednesday, March 1 with Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 p.m., including the Imposition of Ashes on our foreheads in confession
of sin. Please join us then and the Wednesday evenings after, as we follow Jesus to find where he will lead.
Peace to you. See you in church.
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