Good evening everyone, Just a gentle reminder about the first Lenten service with soup & sandwich supper next Wednesday 3/12/2014 that we are hosting. We still need soups, desserts, & drinks. This is the list so far with what people have signed up for: Soup: Kyle Liz Ann Linda O
Sandwiches: Chet & Mary Doris Carole Patty Hank & Margie Christa Barbara M.
Dessert: Linda S. Christa Linda O.
Drinks: Linda O. Patty
We will also need help to set up & clean up. If you are able to be at the church by 4 to 4:30 pm to help set up or stay after to help clean up please let myself or Linda O. know. “Many hands make light work” Thanks! Patty
Don’t forget Daylight Savings time! Saturday night set your clocks AHEAD one hour. That way you won’t show up late to the Firehouse breakfast ($8 all you can eat). Wouldn’t want to rush in late to worship still chewing that delicious corned beef hash.
If you have a student in the Confirmation class, keep an eye out for Pastor Jim’s latest email and the schedule change. Next class has been moved from the 30th back a week to the 23rd. We’re going to be talking about Jesus, since last week we talked about God the Creator.
In line with the conversation about the Creator, we’ve got a big way to help redistribute resources in our community through the upcoming CROP Walk, organized globally by Church World Service. At our local organizational meeting last week we gave $700 each, raised at last year’s CROP Walk, to five different pantries: Ichabod Crane backpack program; Chatham Area Silent Pantry (I didn’t even know such a thing existed, this is great); Ghent Food Pantry; Valatie Food Pantry; and the Chruch of St Joseph, Stottville site. The May 4th CROP Walk will locally support those same pantries, but I imagine once we get involved we’ll be able to give $800 to each of those pantries next year. Right, Doris?
Lent is upon us and there is much to be celebrated as well as to prepare for. From the Synod, our parish has received a thank-you certificate for our mission support, some three grand given to the greater ministry of the larger church. That is fantastic! We’ll hang up that Synod thank-you on the bulletin board Sunday.
If you have a confirmation student, remember this Sunday is also the beginning of the month of March already, and class will meet in Valatie at 6pm.
THIS Monday, March 3rd, there is a planning meeting for the May 1st CROP Walk. Check the website http://hunger.cwsglobal.org/site/PageServer?pagename=crop_main and get excited! We’ve got the 4th largest walk in the county, and for the number of people we have an excellent track record of raising money to support the local food banks. Monday’s meeting will distribute the money to those local ministries, too. Even if you’re just the littlest bit curious, come and check it out. If you know anyone who needs service hours, this is a great way to get them.
Also, because we’re the awesomest, our synod gets to participate in a ‘Vitality survey,’ for free, and change the way we ‘measure’ congregational growth and health. More on that later, just keep your ears and eyes open for the Spirit in the meantime, for those stories of where and how God has been moving in this community, so we can spread around the encouragement!
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We will be having a congregational vote on March 9th to approve the expenditure of $5,234.56 to purchase a new furnace on the office side of the Parish house. The funds will come out of the Improvement Fund. Since the purchase is over $2,000.00 we need congregational approval.
This Sunday, February 23rd, is Family Sunday at
Christ our Emmanuel.
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2014 – The CAPA Lenten Series - Theme: “Restored in Christ”
The season of Lent is a time for us to face together the brokenness of our lives and our world. Only then can we turn that brokenness over to Christ so that we can be restored by him through the cross. Each Wednesday in this series focuses on an event in the Lenten story and takes a hard look at a broken element from that particular story. Coming to an understanding of how each of these broken elements leads to restoration in Christ is key to understanding what it ultimately means to live today as new creations in Christ.
March 12-Christ Emmanuel Lutheran [19 Park Row, Chatham] – Rev. Gary Gelfenbien March 19 -Payne AME Church [6 High St. Chatham] – Rev. Drew Paton
March 26 -First Reformed of Chatham [23 Kinderhook St. Chatham] -Rev. Angela Nelson
April 2 – Ghent Reformed Church [1039 County Route 22, Ghent] -Rev. Iris Waddell
April 9 - St. Peters Presbyterian Church [5219 County Route 7, Spencertown]-Rev. Nancy McClure-Long
Each Wednesday Evening – 6:00 pm Soup & Sandwich Supper. 7:00 pm Worship.
Pastor is looking for used items or new for her home. When asked, Rev. Angela replied:
“I suppose I could use some bookshelves, a lamp or two, and some floor runners for that main room or a small area rug for the bedroom, maybe a bathmat and shower curtain? Probably dish soap, dish drainer, sponge?”