DECORATE THE CHURCH FOR EASTER. TIME TO ORDER EASTER LILIES! Every year we decorate the sanctuary with Easter lilies. If you would like to help by purchasing one or more potted lilies please let Lisa in the office know. The cost is $7.20 per plant. We will need your order and check no later than March 17. Be sure to make your check payable to First United Church and in the memo area put “For Easter Lilies”. Thank you!
INTERFAITH WINTER SHELTER. If you’ve ever thought of helping with the shelter, consider preparing food for our homeless guests. Trained volunteers serve the guests, but any of us can volunteer to bake bread, make soup (or prepare the ingredients for it), or even slice bread and cheese on shelter evenings before the guests arrive. This week Diana Lehner needs four volunteers on Monday and two on Tuesday, and she needs enough bread to feed 60 hungry guests on Tuesday. Telephone her at 331-2731 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or learn more about how you or your group can help.
GIVING IT UP: SUSPICION AS SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE is the theme of this year’s Lenten services. We’ll gather at 6:30 p.m. in room 6 each Sunday during Lent (February 17-March 24) for a meal and a time of discussion. In our discussions we’ll focus on some of the most pertinent and trenchant critiques of religion, faith and God, and use those critiques as a jumping-off point for self-reflection aimed at helping us “give up” our unexamined assumptions and inadequate conceptions of God and faith in exchange for a deeper, more liberating understanding of them. Each week we will recruit volunteers to prepare a soup; others are invited to bring bread, salad or other accompaniments for a simple meal. For more information, see Joe Bartlett or Dawna Petersen.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS TO PASTORAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE. The Pastoral Relations Committee “shall promote constructive and caring communications between the ministers and the congregation in an atmosphere of confidentiality and trust,” according to the church Bylaws. We are currently seeking a member interested and willing to serve on this committee over a four year term, beginning in June 2013. The committee generally meets quarterly. Nominations should be sent to President of the Congregation Rebecca Nunley at email@example.com before April 30. Self-nominations are accepted.
OPPORTUNITY HOUSE NEEDS DONATIONS. Now is a good time to make donations to Opportunity House. Space is available in the basement for donations and we are open 8:30 am – 3:30 pm Monday through Saturday. Clean, useable stuff, please; no junk or stuff that doesn’t work.
SCRIPTURE READERS NEEDED.There are openings in March, April and May. We can e-mail you the scripture the Friday before so that you will be able to read and prepare for the Sunday service. It is not hard to do and contributes to Sunday worship. Please sign up on the sheet located outside the Fellowship Hall kitchen.
NAME BADGES READY FOR PICK UP.Name badges for those who requested them last fall are now available on the board in the Narthex. If you don’t have a name badge yet and would like one, be sure to let us know.
FOOD FOR THE YOUTH GROUP. Our youth group is looking for food support for our Sunday meetings. We meet at noon and typically have a group of no more than ten youth and adults. If you are interested in contributing to our group meals, please go to our Takethemameal.com page by going to http://tinyurl.com/youthgroupfood. Or, visit the church website and use the last name “group” and password “youthgroup” to sign up for a meal. Either full meal preparation or even just snack support would be appreciated. Please keep in mind that a few of our youth are vegetarians.
IN OUR OWN WORDS. Have you ever wondered what goes into creating an original hymn text? Or have you ever wanted to try writing one yourself? An informal hymn writing circle is being formed at First United Church, allowing us the opportunity to express our unique brand of thought through the hymns we sing. We will discuss the structure of hymns and topics for new progressive texts, and we’ll create a place where we can bring the texts we are working on to share with others in a safe and encouraging environment. If you are even remotely interested or curious, please contact David Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MINISTER OF CARE FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 3 IS LINDA PLAFORD. A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their homes. For more information, call the church office at 332-4439.