Greetings from Church of Peace - April 7, 2011

Greetings from Church of Peace!

One of the Bible’s most visually-interesting stories will be the Scriptural focus for our worship service on Sunday: Ezekiel in the valley of the dry bones.  If you are feeling that the uplifting parts of life are drying up, you will find hope in this story.  The Youth Choir will sing.   The service begins at 8:45.

Linda Beyer and Richard Kimpel are hospitalized out of town.  Please pray that God’s healing embrace will bring them strength and health.  Funerals for two of our members are being held: Effie Wendt (today) and Ruth Rucks (on Saturday).  We will prayerfully entrust them and their loved ones into God’s loving care. 

Tomorrow (Friday) at 5:00 p.m., people will begin to gather at Church of Peace to help with the floor polishing extravaganza.  We will need help with furniture-moving both on Friday night and during the day on Saturday (beginning at 8:00 a.m.) We are saving thousands of dollars by doing this as a congregational project; please come and help, even for a couple of hours.  The Ladies’ Aid is providing lunch on Saturday.

Sunday is COP Day at the YMCA.  Anytime between 10:30 and 4:30, just show up at the door and tell them you are from our church.  We will have a “headquarters” in the community room where pizza and a soft drink will be available.  Members and friends of the church family can use all the equipment at no charge.  Even if you aren’t planning to swim or play ball, come for a tour of our good neighbor’s new facilities.

Sunday is the last day that you can place orders for Easter flowers.  There will be an order form in the bulletin.

Sign-up sheets are available in the lobby for the Golden Fellowship trips, the craft morning on Saturday, April 16th, and for the Women’s Retreat. 

That’s the news from Church of Peace.

We’ll see you in church (and at the YMCA!).  Pastors Jenny and Jim

A prayer for today:  I’m amazed, dear God, how quickly this Lenten time is speeding by. I’m embarrassed by how often my intention to become more holy during this time has been put on the back burner of day to day life.   Please help me today so I may feel growth in faith as its hours go by.  Free me from the chains of selfish behavior and lead me to a life of greater discipleship.  I pray for Richard Kimpel and Linda Beyer as they grow in strength and health.  I pray also for families in our congregation whose lives have been touched by grief in the past week.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.