Midweek Update: 4th Sunday in Lent

Dear friends in Christ,

I hope you’re getting a chance to enjoy some of the signs of spring emerging this past week. The crocuses have just come up in my yard. As we move closer to Holy Week and Easter, we have a number of things going on.

COVID Updates: Masks

Starting this Sunday, 3/27, masks will be optional for worship, church activities, and for all groups using our building. We will keep the balcony open for those who would be comfortable with a bit more space.

Lent Scripture Discussion: Women of Wisdom, Wednesdays 7pm in Conference Room and on Zoom

Lent is a traditional time to spend a bit more time with scripture, and this evening starts off our Lent scripture discussion series. I’ve attached the schedule. During Lent of 2020, I’d planned our Lent discussion to be about some of the strong women in the Bible, only for the pandemic to hit before we could really get going. Since Lent starts in Women’s history month this year, it seemed a good time to give this series another go. In case any of the men are nervous, don’t worry, there are still plenty of men in these stories too. So, there’s something for everyone. You don’t need to do any homework or have any prior knowledge. Just bring yourself!

This evening we’re looking at the story of Deborah and Jael in the book of Judges (Judges 4). Deborah was a female leader of the Israelites during a time of war, and Jael, another woman, figured out how to get rid of the commander of the army attacking the Israelites. The Zoom link was emailed out.

Holy Week Schedule (All Services in Sanctuary)

4/10 @ 10am: Palm Sunday Worship

4/14 @ 7pm Maundy Thursday Worship

4/17@ 10am Easter Sunday Worship followed by our Easter Egg Hunt

Our Easter Egg Hunt is Back!

This fun tradition will be held following the worship service on Easter Sunday, April 17th on The Green. All children are invited to join us! (Bring a basket) We are looking for donations of plastic Easter Eggs and candy (nut-free). Please bring any donations to church by April 10th.  Thank you!

Lent Mission Projects

  • The Ultimate Egg Off
    • In order to raise money for GWIM and add some extra festivity this Easter season, the Mission Board is sponsoring an Easter Egg decorating contact! (We’re talking lawn decoration sized eggs, not egg hunt sized eggs.)  I’ve attached the flyer Katie P. put together explaining the contest. It’s $5 to enter, and the winners in various categories will receive gift cards to Dunkin Donuts and, of course, bragging rights. All eggs must be at the church front lawn by Palm Sunday for voting that day. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone puts together! Contact Katie P to enter the contest!
  • Easter Baskets for Middlebury Families
    • Sign ups are posted on the bulletin board near the kitchen to sign up for donations for Easter baskets to help our three Middlebury families. If you can’t make it to worship in person, you can contact the church office to sign up.

Praying for Peace in Ukraine

On Sundays at noon, we’ll ring the church bell as a prayer for peace. Everyone is welcome to take a moment then to join together in praying for peace in Ukraine and throughout the world. We will also have a piece of music this Sunday that is a prayer for Ukraine as well.

War in Ukraine: Ways to Donate to Help

The United Church of Christ has partnerships and relationships with many denominations in Europe, and they’ve sent out an appeal for donations to go towards assisting refugees/people who have been displaced from Ukraine due to the war. Information about the campaign and how to donate is here: https://www.ucc.org/global-h-o-p-e/ukraine-emergency-appeal/?fbclid=IwAR1x_2eJOFD2BVwG66YeliBq1K2RSc0cvP44psLweXiJ0EoznAOlcoHIaao

The First Congregational Church in Marlborough, MA has connections with the Lutheran Church in Poland, and they are collecting funds to send directly to the Polish Lutheran mission organization. They’re gathering monetary donations and sending them in batches as the money needs to be wired internationally. Their church’s facebook page has been posting updates from the Polish churches about the people being helped. If you’d like to make a donation through the Marlborough Church, you can follow this link and make sure to put “Ukraine Relief” in the donation memo line: https://www.faithstreet.com/church/first-church-in-marlborough-ucc-marlborough-ma/giving

General Comments

The past week or so we’ve had some misty and sunny weather. I’ve attached some photos of this past Sunday morning and Thursday night. The changing seasons make for some lovely moments to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation.

Peace,

Pastor Katrina

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