Be sure to turn your clocks ahead before going to bed on Saturday the 10th.
Mar 1 Pastor Chat 2-4 (Dawn’s Delectables)
Mar 4 Committee Chair Mtg 12:30pm
Youth Group 6:30pm-Sardines
Mar 5 Quilting 10-12pm
Mar 6 Pastor Chat 11:45am-1:15pm (TransAlta Commons)
Mar 7 Rummage Sale Set Up - TBD
Mar 8 Rummage Sale Set Up - TBD
Pastor Chat 2-4 (Dawn’s Delectables)
Mar 9 Rummage Sale 9-2pm
Mar 10 Rummage Sale 10-1pm
Mar 11 Daylight Savings Time
Christ & Community Mtg 12:30pm
Mar 18 Finance & Facilities 12:30pm
Youth Group TBD
Mar 19 Community Dinner 5:30pm
Mar 20 Pastor Chat 11:45am-1:15pm (TransAlta Commons)
Mar 21 UMW Unit Mtg 12 noon
Mar 22 Pastor Chat 2-4 (Dawn’s Delectables)
Mar 24 All Church Clean Up 9am
Mar 25 Gifts & Graces Mtg 12:30pm
Youth Group TBD
Mar 26 Community Dinner 5:30pm
Mar 27 Pastor Chat 11:45am-1:15pm (TransAlta Commons)
Mar 28 Choir 7pm
Mar 29 Pastor Chat 2-4 (Dawn’s Delectables)
Mar 30 Good Friday Service 7pm
2018 Holy Week Schedule!
Holy Week is the week that starts on Palm Sunday, March 25th, and ends on Easter Sunday, April 1st. We will be offering some special events during that week.
On Friday, March 30th, at 7 p.m., we will be offering a Good Friday Service. This is a service in which we hear the story of Jesus’ passion, from his arrest until he is finally laid in the tomb. It is a somber service that ends in darkness. It is important to remember what Jesus went through on our behalf, so that we might greet the Easter morning with even greater joy.
Our Easter celebration begins at 9:30a.m. as the children gather to hear the story of the resurrection. Then this is followed by an Easter Egg hunt for children 5th grade and younger.
At 10 a.m., the congregation is invited to bring Easter breads for a pre-service coffee hour. Our fellowship time will actually take place before our worship service on this Sunday.
Then at 11 a.m., we will hear the joyous announcement that Christ has risen! We’ll celebrate the transformative event that is Easter—a day that Christ overcame the grave! We hope you will join us for our Good Friday service and our Easter celebrations! And bring a friend or two so that they can hear the amazing Good News of Christ’s resurrection!
Pastor Chats For March!
Now that classes are back up in session at the college, we’ll continue our Pastor Chat at the new TransAlta Commons building. Pastor Chat II (or Collegiate Pastor Chat) at the college will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the TransAlta Commons. We’ll hold Pastor Chat II on the following Tuesdays in March (6th, 20th, and 27th). Of course, we will continue to offer our Thursday afternoon Pastor Chats at Dawn’s Delectables from 2 to 4 p.m. We will hold Pastor Chats on the following Thursdays in March (1st, 8th, 22nd, and 29th).
CARING GROWTH GROUPS MEETING TIMES
Would you enjoy more Christian fellowship and friendship? A time to explore the Bible and learn with other Christians? A small group is just for you. We have several and each one is always open to new members, come and join us anytime. Contact the church office and we will help you get in touch with a small group leader. 36o-736-7311
Everyone is invited to the community dinners, come and join us for a time of friendship and fellowship and enjoy a free meal.
All Meals are Free and All are Welcome to Attend
Monday March 19th, 5:30 pm
Monday March 26th, 5:30 pm
Youth News for March
Spring is almost here! The days are getting longer and the flowers are starting to bloom. However, by press time, we had not planned our schedule for March. So we’ll plan the rest of our schedule during our first meeting in March.
March 4th Sardines! We’ll gather at 6:30 and play Sardines throughout the church. This is a version of Hide and Go Seek in which a person hides, but when you find him or her, you hide with them. The last one to find everyone gets to go hide in the next round.
We’ll plan the rest of March at this meeting.
UMW March Calendar
Mar 7-8 Rummage Sale Set up
Mar 9-10 Rummage Sale
Mar 21 Unit Meeting 12 noon
UMW Rummage Sale March 9-10
It’s time to Spring Clean and bring your gently used items to the church for the UMW’s Spring Rummage Sale. The items can be placed on the stage in Simmons Hall. Please have them to the church by March 6th for the set up crew and pricing team.
Volunteers will be needed to help with set up, pricing, cashiering, tidying tables, and clean up. The UMW has several dedicated members, but they can't do it all by themselves. Please inquire how you can help!
Spring Clean Up! March 24th
Holy Week is fast approaching and we want our church to look as good as it possibly can! So you are encouraged to come down to the church on Saturday, March 24th, and help clean up the inside or outside of the church. There will be a variety of jobs for a variety of abilities. If you are planning on working outside, make sure you bring some tools. If indoor work is more appealing to you, bring some cleaning supplies. We’ll start working at 9 a.m., but you can come and go as you please. Many hands make for light work.
Coffee Hour Schedule for March!
It’s so important that we are a church that practices radical hospitality. One of the most important comments you can hear from a first time visitor is that they felt very welcomed when they entered our church. With that in mind, here is the Greeters/ Coffee Hour rotation for February: March 4th: Gifts and Graces Team (Contact: Kathy Van Horn); March 11th: Adult Sunday School (Contact: Alta Smith and Linda Bailey); March 18th: Christ and Community Team (Contact: Steve Koreis-Mac Leod); March 25th: Finance and Facilities Team (Contacts: Charlie Boyd); There is a template that groups can use as a guide for when it’s their turn. The template can be obtained from the church office.
Outreach Opportunity: International Student Host!
Centralia College is trying to expand the number of international students they have, but this comes with a need for more families who are willing to host one of these students. If you are interested in this opportunity, you must meet a couple requirements: you must provide a private room for the student, comfortable bed and bedding, a closet and drawers to store clothing and personal items in, and a desk and chair with a suitable lamp for study periods. Each host family receives a stipend from the college. Host periods can be from a single quarter, to a whole year. If you are interested in this, contact Denise Costello. Her email address is email@example.com.
UMCOR Sunday March 11th
On Sunday, March 11th, we will be receiving a special offering for the work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). UMCOR is the arm of the United Methodist Church that responds to disasters throughout the world. They send needed supplies to an affected area. UMCOR’s health kits, flood buckets, school kits, etc. are sent all over the world. And UMCOR is often the last helping agency to leave an affected area. Such was the case in 2007 when our area experienced a devastating flood. The UMCOR Sunday offering (formerly known as One Great Hour of Sharing) helps underwrite the administrative costs that UMCOR incurs, so that when you give to a specific need, 100% of your donations go to that need. You are encouraged to give generously to UMCOR on March 11th.