Owatonna United Methodist Church
Monday, February 19, 2018
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Weekly E-pistle

 

Lent is upon us.  We begin a season of seeing what condition our condition is in.  Whether you give something up or take something up for Lent, the challenge is to add a little time to spiritual pursuits as we ready ourselves for the great Easter celebration on April 1.  We want to know God more fully and strengthen our faith through this period of the year.  We have extra opportunities to do this through Lenten studies and Wednesday services focused on our faith and spiritual disciplines.


We have traditionally kicked off Lent with an Ash Wednesday Potluck.  We thought that this year since we it so closely followed our first Wednesday Potluck, that we could jump right into Lenten Soup Suppers.   The fact that many of our regulars missed the First Wednesday Potluck and no group has signed  up for Soup Supper this Wednesday, we'll adapt and call for the traditional Ash Wednesday Potluck on Wednesday at 5:30p.m.  We can always use a little help with set up and clean up at our potlucks.  Our Ash Wednesday service will be at 6:30p.m. and include the imposition of ashes for those who wish to receive them.  Our Wednesday Evening worship theme will remain Spiritual Disciplines through the Lenten season.


Lenten Study CREED by Adam Hamilton will be offered Sunday evenings at 6:30p.m. and Wednesday mornings at 10a.m. beginning this coming Sunday, February 18.  Books are $13.  Let us know if you are coming to ensure we have sufficient books.


Our first Council of Stewards meeting will be Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00p.m.  We will spend some time orienting our stewards to this new model of administration for our congregation.


Scriptures for Sunday, February 18:  Genesis 9:8-17:  The rainbow is a sign of the covenant between God and Noah.  1 Peter 3:18-22:  Noah's salvation through the water prefigures baptism.  Mark 1:9-15:  Jesus was driven into the wilderness after his baptism and was tempted.


Activities


Tuesday

7:00p.m.  Council of Stewards Meeting


Wednesday

9:00a.m.  2nd Wednesday Coffee at HyVee

4:30p.m.  Homework Help

5:15p.m.  Jubilee Rigners

5:30p.m.  Ash Wednesday Potluck

5:45p.m.  Confirmation

6:00p.m.  YSJ

6:30p.m.  Ash Wednesday Worship

7:15p.m.  Chancel Choir

7:15p.m.  Youth Ministry

 

Thursday

4:00p.m.  Knitwits

6:30p.m.  Refit

 

Saturday

8:00a.m.  Refit

 

Sunday

9:00a.m.  Worship

10:00a.m.  Sunday School

10:45a.m.  Worship

6:30p.m.  Lenten Study at Church