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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - April 23, 2018

A few weeks ago I was at a church conference at Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise. Brian McLaren was the keynote speaker. He said a lot of good things, but the one that keeps resonating was "If everyone comes to church expecting to be welcomed, everyone will be disappointed. But if everyone comes to church expecting to welcome someone, everyone will feel welcomed."

His statement felt very poignant for me. Hospitality and welcome is something that's been on my mind a lot in the last few months and has been a part of our discussions on the Igniting ministry team. How do we get people to church? And then once they're here, how do we help them feel welcome? All too often in our churches, we fall into a routine of what's comfortable and we forget that we should come to church not just to get something, but ready to work---to notice people, to welcome them, to reach out to those who may be having a tough time.

Brian's quote reminds me of our need to have clear expectations. If we come expecting to be welcomed, then we may very well be disappointed. But, if, instead, we come expecting to help others feel welcome, then it's likely they will feel welcome (and we won't be disappointed because we aren't expecting to receive something we may not receive).

How might you change your expectations for Sunday morning? Are you willing to take on the "job" of being an official "welcomer"?

 

Peace and grace,
Pastor Debbie

 

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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - March 21, 2018

Easter is just around the corner! I can hardly believe it's just a week away. We will begin our Holy Week activities this Sunday with worship that carries us "From Palms to Passion"--making our way from the triumphant entry into Jerusalem all the way to the cross. This is a beautiful service that draws us into Jesus' sacrifice. The kids will be involved in our Hosanna Parade carrying and sharing the palms at the start of the service.

On Thursday 3/29 we will share our Maundy Thursday service with First Presbyterian and the United Church at The United Church. We will share a simple Seder, more like snack supper, and holy communion all as part of our worship. This is a family friendly event and kids are welcome. If you would rather your kids are in childcare First Presbyterian has offered to care for our kids. If you want to take advantage of childcare please email me by Thursday night. We are bringing deviled eggs for the meal, if you would like to sign up, please contact the office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

On Good Friday, we are not offering our own service, but have been invited to join St Mark's Episcopal Church:

· 7 am—Special liturgy for the day including the ancient solemn collects and opt. Holy Communion. Also, optional Veneration of the Cross.

· 8 am to 5 pm—Self-guided Stations of the Cross; liturgy booklet provided

· 7 pm—Special liturgy for the day including the ancient solemn collects and opt. Holy Communion (With music) (Optional Veneration of the Cross.

 

Or First Presbyterian Church:
· 7 pm Tenebrae Service

 

On Easter Sunday we will start the day with a hot breakfast (prepared and served by the youth). Breakfast is served from 8:00-10:15. This is a fundraiser for our youth who will attend CONVO in May (a conference-wide youth event). The suggested donation is $10

Our contemporary service will begin at 9:00 am featuring a variety of our musicians.

The Easter egg hunt begins at 10 and starts in the Parlor.

 

Our traditional service begins at 10:30 and features our Chancel and Bell choirs.

Both services will include Holy Communion.

As you think about and prepare for the Holy Week activities, will you also think about who you might invite? Easter is a wonderful time to share the Good News of Christ and there may be someone in your life who is simply waiting to be invited. Please pray about who God would have you invite. This week in the bulletin we'll have a special invitation card you can use to offer that invitation!

Also, Easter flowers are still available for order. Plants are $10. You can contact the office to order, fill out the order form in the bulletin this Sunday, or pay via online giving.

 

Peace and grace,
Pastor Debbie


 

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