From the Pastor—Hi Everyone! I don’t know about you but I am glad that spring is only three weeks away. I am tired of trying to locate my car underneath a pile of snow! It’s almost Lent which means that Easter isn’t all that far away. I have been trying to stay positive this winter but all I want to do is binge watch Netflix and hibernate. I think some of you have been taking a similar approach to the snow and cold. However, there are some activities coming up which will get us moving, observing Lent, and serving our community. Hope to see you out and about.
I have a hard time with Lent because it always seems to mean deprivation when the wintry weather has me down. This year Lent is late so as we progress into the season (hopefully) the weather will warm up and we’ll see signs of spring. Also, I won’t be giving anything up this year. I am thinking about adding something—more prayer time? More Scripture reading? More kindness to my neighbor? Something like that. Lent is a good time to develop a spiritual discipline that can become a year-round habit. Think about what you would like to do to become closer to God and give it a try these next few weeks.
Stay safe and warm. Many blessings!
Pastor Carolyn Kennedy
Ash Wednesday: Wednesday, March 6th is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. I will be in the office from noon on for anyone that wants to stop in and get ashes. I will be at Marue Coffee from 2 until 3 PM.At 6 we will have a light supper followed by worship at 6:45. I hope to see you on this important day!
Lenten Suppers and Worship: We will have a light supper followed by worship on three Wednesdays during Lent. These will be Ash Wednesday, March 6 as well as March 20th and April 10th. Supper will be at 6 and worship at 6:45. I hope to see a good crowd at these events.
Suicide Prevention Presentation: All kinds of things contribute to depression—finances, relationships, drug addiction, even the weather! Unfortunately, sometimes depression leads to self-harm and attempted suicide. This has been an important issue in our community—so many people have lost loved ones to suicide. Find out what you can do to help.
Susan Springer Judd, expert on rural suicide and prevention, will speak on the topic “Finding Hope”, at the Barneveld UCC church, March 23rd, 7 to 8 PM. Please tell your friends, family, and neighbors. Let’s help the most vulnerable among us to stay safe and choose to live their lives. Fellowship and refreshments will follow.
Holy Week Schedule: We will have worship on Maundy Thursday, April 18, 7 PM. This will include Communion. There will be an ecumenical Good Friday service at the Lutheran church at noon on April 19. The three Barneveld churches will participate.
Community Clothes Closet: This week we will take up a collection for the Community Clothes Closet in Mt. Horeb. We help to pay their rent and other expenses and provide volunteers. Jesus told us that when we clothe the naked, we are caring directly for him. This is a way to serve God’s people in need.
Facebook: Remember to like us on Facebook. Share our pictures and posts. If you take a great picture, send it to Carolyn or Jill Carmody so it can get posted. We have a charming church filled with nice people. Let’s don’t keep it a secret!
March 6: Ash Wednesday supper and worship, 6 and 6:45 PM. Ashes available starting at noon.
March 20: Supper and worship, 6 and 6:45 PM.
March 23: Suicide Prevention Presentation, 7 to 8 PM followed by fellowship.
April 10: Supper and worship, 6 and 6:45 PM.
April 18: Maundy Thursday service 7 PM.
April 19: Good Friday service, noon, Barneveld Lutheran Church.
April 21: Easter Sunday, worship at 9 AM.