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March 2017 Lamplighter
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  1 Zion United Church of Christ March 2017 Inside This Issue 1   Pastor’s Peace   2  Palm of Prayer 3  Worship Ways 4 This Month’s Events 5 Community & Conference Clamor    6  Butterfly Room 7   Celebration Occasions 8  Worship Whirl   No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. We believe in extravagant wel-come. This is why we insist that God's com-munion table is open, not closed, and God's gift and claim in baptism are ir-revocable. We advocate justice for all. Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God's inclusive love. We teach that evangelism - offering bread to those in search of it - is God's mission. Our perspec-tive is global, not provincial. We work with - not against - people of other faiths. Why? Because God is still speaking! The Lamplighter Zion United Church of Christ  —  Established 1880 105 N. Mary, Mayview, Missouri 64071-8224 Phone and FAX: (660) 237 - 4355 PASTORS PEACE   Lent, Again? March 1, 2017, is Ash Wednesday, which pre-cedes the official start of the season of Lent, the 40 days before Jesus' crucifixion on Good Friday, and Easter, when we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. This season symbolizes the time after Jesus' baptism when he went into the wilderness and was tempted by “Satan.” We will have our Ash Wednesday Service here at 7pm, with, Communion and imposition of ashes. This time is a beginning... Need some time to regroup? Need some down time? Want to get rid of a nasty habit? Well, now's the time! Do not be afraid! Typically this is the time when winter is beginning to wane a bit toward spring, but it seems like this February has been spring plus. Beautiful blue skies, walking weather, time to romp around outside with children or pets--what's up with the weather? This is not at all like it's supposed to be! Well, one might say, things, they are a changin, in many different ways, so this is a perfect time to at least reflect. Some questions we might ask during Lent in particular might be, 'where am I in my faith journey?' 'What questions do I have about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit?' 'Why do I come to church?' 'Why have I not   been coming to church?' 'How can I deepen my rela-tionship with Jesus?' 'How can I deepen my relation-ship with my spouse--children--friends...?' 'What have I gotten myself into in my personal life, and how can I change it?' 'Do I have any spiritual gifts, and if so, what are they and how can I use them?' 'How do I get out of this mess I'm in?' And on and on... Or maybe there's something in your heart try-ing to get out, like 'hhheeELLLPPPPP ME!' Maybe you're frustrated because you already blew your New Year's Resolutions, maybe there are other questions or feelings lurking beneath the surface of your psyche and you just need to talk to someone. Maybe it's your pastor you want to talk with; maybe it's a spouse, a friend, a co-worker, a boss, a stranger...  2 The Lamplighter Maybe it's time to stop the frantic pace of life and listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to your heart. Maybe it's time to reconnect with someone you have been thinking about for awhile and just haven't gotten around to calling. Maybe...maybe...maybe... This Lent I invite you to listen to what Spirit is saying to you. You might feel a nudge, a theoretical kick in the pants, or nothing. I would like to invite you to embrace these 40 days, step back, listen, talk with someone, and see what God does in your life. Then I dare you to share it. In Christ's love, Pastor Kristin    Pastoral Visits and Prayers Please feel free to contact me at any time if a pastoral care visit or prayer request is in your heart. The best way to reach me is at the parsonage, 660-237-4902, and the next best option is my cell @ 660-641-1038. Blessings! Pastor Kristin  PALM of PRAYER 2 Because he bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I breathe! Psalm 116:2   (TLB)      Concerns Please continue to surround in love and prayer, those experiencing health difficulties & or recovering from surgery, the loss of family and friends, & those adjusting to new seasons in their lives: Annette Dittmer, Chester Fox, Ron Begemann, Roger & Mary Ellen Thomson, Grace Werning, Lisa Werning, Marty Begemann, Teresa Begemann, Emily Coen, Gary Glover, Joyce Schemmer; friends and family of Ivan Tankesley, William Rinne, Betty Heidbrink, Steve Long; first responders; victims of random acts of violence; military personnel and their families; families around the world that are in the midst of tensions, conflicts, acts of violence and wars which are going on in different parts of the world. Joys    Dallas Walls achieved his Boy Scout Eagle rank — Congratulations!. The wedding of Ian (Faigh) and Noriko Amari. Austin Aardema Faigh is undefeated Odessa Middle School Spelling Bee champion! Spring is in the air!    The Church Year, 2017 Year A of the Revised Common Lectionary Epiphany (and Ordinary Time until Lent) (January 6 - March 4, 2017) Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras (February 28, 2017) Ash Wednesday (March 1, 2017) Lent (March 5 - April 15, 2017) Holy Week (April 9 - 14 [15], 2017) Maundy Thursday (April 13, 2017) Good Friday (April 14, 2017) Easter (April 16, 2017) Pentecost (June 4, 2017) Ordinary Time (June 7 - Dec 2, 2017)     3 ZION UCC WORSHIP WAYS TREASURERS TWITTER COUNCIL COMMENTS Zion UCC has a webpage. It is https://sites.google.com/site/zionuccmayview/home . The Board of Trustees is in the process of getting bids for the new building roof and then a congre-gational meeting will be called. SAIL  Members of SAIL will host a church clean up at 9am on Thursday, March 16, followed by lunch together at Michelle's Place. Come join us! Our regular meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 28th at 7 PM.  YOUTH YAK  At the Annual Meeting in January the Youth laid out a fine taco buffet, with all the fixins, chips, des-sert, and drinks. And kudos as always to our Youth Leaders, Amy and Robert Hoefer and Tresina and Scott Alvested! We also had a roller-skating party in Higginsville at the end of February and had an absolute blast! Special congratulations to Austin Aardema Faigh for being UNDEFEATED in the Odessa Middle School Spelling Bee for three years in a row! Woo hoo Austin! Youth Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Mayview park Saturday, April 15. Lenten Services  Ash Wednesday Service will be March 1st at 7 PM. Lenten Study —  Curriculum on White Privilege, beginning first Sunday in Lent, March 5, 6:30-8pm. White Privi-lege--Let's Talk , by Traci Blackmon, John Dorhauer, DaVita D. McAllister, John Paddock, and Stephen G. Ray, Jr. Mayview Alliance Good Friday Ser-vice will be at Zion AME, with Rev. Kristin Aardema Faigh preaching on Friday, April 14--time yet to be de-termined. A potluck will follow. The youth will be participating in the Sunrise ser-vice with the Men of the church, providing a break-fast following the service.  Austin and Donovan Aardema Faigh are beginning to work on their Confirmation Testimonials, which will be shared on May 28, before their Confirmation on Pentecost, June 4.    You're my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me. Psalm 119:114 MSG    COMMUNITY, COUNTY & CONFERENCE CLAMOR CONFERENCE ANNUAL GATHERING While it may only be March, it's not too early to mark your calendar for our 2017 Conference Annual Gathering (CAG)! We will once again meet in Co-lumbia, MO on June 8-10 at the Holiday Inn. STEPPINGSTONE SHOWER    A shower for Steppingstone will be held March 13, at 9:30 AM. Apartment furnishings and baby items are always needed. Sunday, March 12, 12:30pm SALEM UCC Fellow-ship Hall Youth on Mission Pie & Cake Auction.     4 Conduct yourselves with all humility,  gentleness, and patience. Accept each other with love, Ephesians 4:2   (CEB)    The Lamplighter Sunday School — 9:30 A.M. Worship — 10:30 A.M.   March 1, 2017  Ash Wednesday March 4, 2017 World Religions-Levasy 8:30 AM  — 4 PM March 5, 2017   Lenten Study 6:30   –  8 PM at Zion March 8, 2017 Choir 7pm March 9, 2017 BCE 7:15pm March 11, 2017 MMF St. Patty’s Day Supper 5  -7:30pm March 12, 2017 Daylight Saving Time Begins Min. Alliance meeting, First Baptist, 1pm Lenten Study 6:30  — 8pm March 13, 2017 Steppingstone Shower 9:30am Council 7pm March 15, 2017 Choir 7pm March 16, 2017 SAIL church clean up 9am Michelle’s place lunch   March 17, 2017 St Patrick's Day March 19, 2017 Lenten Study 6:30  — 8pm March 22, 2017 Choir 7pm March 25, 2017 Blue Springs Terrace breakfast 8am-1pm March 26, 2017 Lenten Study 6:30-8pm March 28, 2017 SAIL 7pm March 29, 2017 NO CHOIR Copyright © 2011 The Zondervan Corporation  
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