Lent Journey

Word from Pastor

 

 

February 14 is more than Valentine’s Day this year; it is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Lent (meaning “Spring”) is the 40 days, not counting Sundays, before Easter. It is traditionally a more somber time in the church year. Weddings were not held, flowers were not placed on the altar, and the word “alleluia” was not sung or said for the entire time. Fasting has always been a part of Lent, whether that meant no meat on Fridays or truly fasting through a day and contributing to the poor the cost otherwise spent on meals. Prayer, repentance and acts of mercy are especially associated with Lent.

 

So why this somberness? It has always been the practice to prepare ourselves for Holy Week and Easter. Just as we use Advent to prepare ourselves for the birth of Jesus, so we need to get ready to hear the terrible story of Jesus’ passion and the frighteningly wonderful story of his resurrection. We refocus on our thoughts, hearts and actions into the seriousness of our baptismal vows (Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin? Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves? Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races?) We begin Lent with ashes and the reminder that we are dust, and to dust we shall return.

 

Will Willimon, Bishop and longtime homiletics professor at Duke Seminary, reminds me that John the Baptist’s message is “Be clean.” But,

 

Jesus’ word is more painful — “Be killed.” The washing of this prophetic baptism

is not cheap. “You also must consider yourselves dead,” Paul tells the Romans (Rom. 6:11. In

baptism, the “old Adam” is drowned. “For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in

God” (Col. 3:3). To be baptized “into Christ” and “in the name of Christ” means to be

Incorporated into the way of life which characterized his life, the life of the empty one, the

servant, the humble one, the obedient one, obedience even unto death (Phil. 2:6-11). …

In all this I hear the simple assertion that we must submit to change if we would be formed into

this cruciform faith.

 

Sometimes we need to be reminded of the seriousness of God’s call on our lives.
Lent is just such a time.

Mens Club
Ladies Breakfast
Walk n Talk

We walk at the Fairgrounds Tuesday and Friday mornings at 8:30a.m. Come on out and join us. It’s a great way to start the day!

 

  Free Friday Dinners
 
Join us for a free dinner offered from 5:30 - 6:30 pm on the last Friday of the month. Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St., Grass Valley.
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Free 2nd & 4th Mon. Dinners

A free, hot and nourishing dinner will be
served on the second and fourth Monday
evenings from 5-6 pm at St. Patrick’s
Catholic Church, 235 Chapel Street in Grass Valley.
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The Living Prayer Center
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UMCOR.org
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GBOD.org
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Crosswalk.com
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General Board of Global Ministries www.umcmission.org

Methodist Federation for Social Action www.mfsaweb.org
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            Our Local Church Staff

Pastor…………………………………..Kristin Sachen
Administrative Assistant......Peggy Hernandez
Lay Leader…………………………...Mark Michalski
Choir Director ………………………Eleanor Kenitzer
Praise Band Director…………...David Lynn
Wedding Hostess…………………Barbara Dean
Treasurer & Membership
    Secretary………………………….Kay Zuelsdorf
Financial Secretary……………….DeeAnn Bellows
Nursery Attendant……………...Jamie Beer
             And many wonderful volunteers!

             Our Connectional Staff

Great Northern District
Superintendent………………………David L. Samelson
CA-NV Bishop…………………………Minerva Carcano
Help Wanted
Our Emergency Food Closet needs your help! It is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 noon until 2:00 pm. If you would like more details or would like to sign up for a shift, please contact Harry Spence.

HOSPITALITY HOUSE: Help is needed with our dinner every first Saturday...we need shoppers (you are reimbursed), cooks (recipes, and experienced chefs are there), and servers (5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, with others who know the ropes). Sign up in Fellowship Hall. You will be called with the pertinent details. Please contact Barbara Dean with any questions.

HABITAT LUNCH FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS: We serve lunch (for the folks who are building Habitat houses) every third Saturday. We need cookies and sandwiches. You can choose what and how much you will contribute. Sign up on the “sign up board” in Fellowship Hall. Please contact Barbara Dean with any questions.

Chicken Table
Community Chicken Lunch
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Our next chicken lunch will be Wednesday, March 14th at 12 noon in Fellowship Hall. Please note that there has been a change in the price of chicken lunch. The price is now $8. It remains the best deal in town! See you there!
   

WANTED: LITURGISTS, COMMUNION SERVERS, AND GREETERS: We are in need of more people to participate in the worship ministry of our church (particularly at our 10:30 am service). Please contact Peggy in the church office if you would like more information or would like to participate in any of these ministries.
LIFE AFTER THURSDAY

We will get together on Friday night, March 2nd at the home of Bob and Kay.  That’s not a mistake, we will be there again this month as no other home was available and better to repeat than miss our evening of eating and visiting!  Bring your potluck dish for the gathering time or the meal, table service and cold beverage of choice.  Hope to see you on Friday, March 2nd at 6pm. 

               Next Taize Service
               Wednesday February 7th at 6:30pm
A Taize service is a contemplative type service which includes prayer and short repetitive refrains. It comes from Taizé which is an ecumenical community in the eastern part of France. Begun in 1940 as shelter for refugees fleeing WWII, it is now made up of over a hundred brothers, both Catholics and Protestants from various backgrounds, coming from around thirty nations. The community is a representation of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples. The Taizé community has developed a tradition of prayer including the short repetitive refrains and silent meditation that are part of the service. All are invited to attend.

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Taize services are also being held in the sanctuary at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
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Note that we now have ONE worship service at 10:00 a.m.
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    CREATING AND/OR RUNNING SLIDE SHOWS DURING SUNDAY WORSHIP:

As you may know, the Bunjes will be moving to Southern California in a few months in order to be closer to their sons’ families. Although we are happy for them, this means that Janet no longer be able to volunteer creating or doing the Powerpoint slides for the Sunday worship service. Several new volunteers are needed to learn how to create and/or run the Power-point slideshows. The goal is to form a team of 4 or more volunteers who would take turns running and/or creating the weekly slideshows. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Janet Bunje: email her at jbunje@pacbell.net

All crafters please join us for our next Craft Faire Meting. This will take place on Tuesday, February 6th at 10am in Fellowship Hall. See you there.
Shawl Ministry

11th Annual Prayer Shawl Retreat

The 11th Annual Prayer Shawl Retreat is scheduled for March 9-11, 2018 at Camp Del Oro. The cost is $120 per person. Additional details and registration forms are available from Susie Bellows, Donna Davenport or Andrea Stone.
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