Before the month of March is over, we will have entered Holy Week. That means some of us may have a whole lot of spiritual soul searching to do mighty fast, while others of us may be surprised how quickly our Lenten journey is going. One way or another, Palm Sunday is March 25th! I encourage you to begin your Holy Week with us and to continue it with us as we gather on Good Friday at 7:00 pm for a very significant service which includes Christ’s seven last words from the cross, Communion, special music, and the first person thoughts of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Join us and let this service be a blessing to you in the midst of this holy week!
Congratulations to Ruling Elders Wendy Bugay who was ordained and installed, to Sandy Doerr who was installed as she is returning to the Session after being off for a year, and to Jeff Curtin who was installed for another term. Please join me in congratulating them and thanking them for their willingness to serve in this manner as they join Abby Ahrens, Arlene Dean, Kathy Lopez, and Eve Muir-Wilson who all continue as active Ruling Elders. Thank you!
On Thursday, March 15th, Christian Education and Missions are participating a joint missions project by volunteering at Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. We still have some spots available and we would love for you to join us! If you are interested in participating, please contact Eve Muir-Wilson by this Sunday March 4th. Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit committed to feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. For further information, you can visit their website at www.fmsc.org.
Can you believe that Easter is just around the corner?! We will be having our annual Easter Egg Hunt immediately following the worship service on April 1st. All children are welcome to participate! And mark your calendars for April 8th when the children will be hosting Fellowship Hour on Holy Humor Sunday! Maybe they’ll cook up some jokes for us!
The Missions committee has been busy meeting and planning our 2018 Mission projects. Below is a breakdown of our projects. In addition to these projects, we will also be doing a fundraiser to help pay for plane tickets to bring Ashton and possibly her mother out to Chicago to visit us either this summer or next summer. As always, if you have any Mission project ideas, please see Eve Muir-Wilson with your suggestions. Thank you, in advance, for your consideration and generosity towards our projects.
Calendar of 2018 Mission Projects
|July- Water Project|
|Aug- Pine Ave Collection|
|Sept- Pine Ave Collection
Butter Braid Fundraiser for Ashton’s family
|Apr- OGHS (4/1)
|Oct- Bread for the World Bake Sale|
|May- Pentecost (5/20)
|Nov- Heifer International- Chic-fil-A calendar sale|
|June- Food Pantry Parade (6/17)
International Water Project
|Dec- X-mas Joy
Pine Avenue gifts
Buildings and Grounds
We are thru the 3rd and final month of meteorological winter!!!! WOOT! Seems that we were just raking leaves and eating Thanksgiving turkey!
Let’s hope the days of heavy snow and brutal cold are behind us for another year. From what the B&G crew can tell so far, the church has made it thru the winter with no real big problems and for that, we are grateful. We are addressing a few small items presently but if you happen to see anything that needs attention, please jot it down on the notebook in my mailbox and we will look into it. Thanks again for your help.
Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
AMAZON SMILE – IT’S WORKING
I know you all have been active at AmazonSmile because of the amount of our last quarter’s distribution – $25.37!! I know the Curtin’s were responsible for some of this, but for sure not all of it! Keep up the good work, and remember, when you order from Amazon, go direct to AmazonSmile.com so that our church earns free money!!!
May the New Year Bring You
Troubles that last only seconds
Giggles that last minutes
Chuckles that last hours
Laughs that last days
Smiles that last weeks
Happiness that last months
Friendship that last years
But most of all….
Love that lasts a lifetime!
Submitted by Barbara Britton