Thursday, February 22 at 4:30pm
Please RSVP by Monday, February 19
Menu: veggies & dip, pasta and meatballs, salad,
Italian bread, dessert and beverages
A freewill offering will be collected to help offset costs.
- Connecting with God
- Community with others
- Caring for the world
We pray that you will join us as we seek “joy in the journey” in relationship with God and one another.
In the grace and peace of Christ,
Pastor Lisa Vander Wal
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Pastor's Pondering for Lent, 2018
It's hard to believe that before we know it, we'll be entering the church season of Lent. It's enough to give you whiplash-it feels very much like we just finished the season of Advent, and now we are nearing the concluding of Epiphany season. You have to keep your eyes open; if you blink, you may miss it!
Sometimes that is what life seems like as well. As children, when we eagerly await something happening, it seems to take forever for it to arrive. But as we grow older, there is so much that we are busy with in life that we often miss the small things, the things less noticeable on our plate, because of what someone has termed, "the tyranny of the urgent."
This is why seasons like Lent and Advent are so important, not only in church but also in our personal lives. They invite us to make space and time for reflection and meditation upon the importance of who God is and what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. The Lenten season calls us to a time of introspection, to evaluate those places in our lives which are inconsistent with being a child of God, saved by grace and called to a life of holiness and love.
As we approach this Lenten season 2018, I urge you to make time for reflective and introspective practices and disciplines which make your vision of the Savior just a little clearer and your desire to follow him more intentional.
Recently I shared in a sermon an illustration which feels apt. A little girl is playing hide and seek with her father who sits in his chair while she hides. But she stands behind his chair and giggles, making it very obvious where she is. She is "hiding" within earshot.
The Lenten journey is an opportunity for us to focus on the places in our lives and in the Bible where Jesus is "hiding" in plain view, speaking tenderly to our hearts and minds that he is with us always. In the midst of the "tyranny of the urgent," he is inviting us to find both comfort and inspiration for the journey of life.
Thankfully and joyfully serving with you,
Pastor Lisa Vander Wal