First Sunday In Lent
Lenten Learning Opportunities
COMPANIONS IN CHRIST
Mondays at 6:30 p.m. or Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Tuesdays at 12 p.m.
Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Sundays at 10 a.m.
Sundays at 10 a.m.
Our Lenten Food Challenge began this week on Ash Wednesday. Remember to bring one item of food for every person in your family, every time you come to church during Lent.
First Wednesday committee meetings for CYMC, Mission, Property, and Congregational Care will meet this Wednesday, March 12 at their regularly schedule times.
GPPC Blood Drive! Thursday, March 13 from 3-7 p.m. Please sign up to volunteer or donate blood on the signup sheet located on the PW bulletin board. You may also call Sandy Scherzer at 686-5294 to sign up or for additional information. Thank you for your support.
Join the Young Families/Young Adult kickoff gathering on Saturday, March 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The church will provide the main dish, drinks, and kid friendly food. Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share. Activities will be provided for children of all ages. Contact Jo Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and to RSVP.
Thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy of the “Glory to God” hymnal for our sanctuary. We look forward to a dedication Sunday to celebrate the new hymnals in our sanctuary. There are still a few hymnals available for purchase; please fill out a form on the information table and return it to the office.
Adult Spring Massanetta Mission Trip is Thursday, April 24—Saturday, April 26. No special skills are needed for you to come on this trip. The staff at Massanetta are so thankful for any work we can do to help them get ready for the busy summer season. If you have any questions contact Marti Randall at 854-3385. Sign-up sheet is on Mission board.
The Vacation Bible School site is up and ready to begin accepting child and worker registrations. VBS is scheduled for June 16 - June 19. http://answersvbs.com/vbs/guilfordpark/
Have you considered sponsoring the flower arrangement for the Lord’s Table? This is a great way to honor or memorialize a loved one, celebrate a special event, or simply to enhance the beauty of the sanctuary during worship services. The dates available are March 16, March 23 and December 28. Both arrangements are $36.64. Please sign up on the Lord’s Table flower sheet on the board.
Contemporary Service - 9:00 a.m.
Traditional Service - 11:00 a.m.
Tested and True
Dr. Jeff Paschal
Observing a Holy Lent
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lengten, which means "lengthen." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter, a period of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.
Service In the World
As we "Walk the Walk" in 2014, one of our commitments is to service in the world. A particular focus of Lent, along with reflection and prayer, is also service. We mark the 40 days of Lent because Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness without food before beginning his ministry. The Israelites wandered 40 years in the wilderness, hungry and learning to trust God to provide food. The physical cycle of hunger and being fed is an integral part of our faith history. Feeding the poor is one of the ways we remember and celebrate God's provision to God's people, and obey Jesus' commandment to feed the hungry.
MARCH 16 SERVICE OF WHOLENESS During the Sunday morning services, you will have an opportunity to come forward and receive anointing for wholeness, either for yourself or on behalf of someone else.
MARCH 23 LENTEN DISCIPLINE OF FORGIVENESS During the Sunday morning services, you will have an opportunity to bring the name of someone you need to forgive or someone you hope will forgive you up to the cross. These will be burned at the Good Friday service.
APRIL 13 PALM SUNDAY Children will process with palms at the 9 and 11 a.m. services. There is no Sunday school this Sunday, so please join us for brunch in the Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m.
APRIL 17 MAUNDY THURSDAY A service of worship and communion will be held at 7 p.m. Join us for this Holy Week service that remembers Jesusí last meal with his disciples.
APRIL 18 GOOD FRIDAY A service will be held at 12 p.m. in the courtyard. During the service, the sins and names that were collected will be burned as a sign of our forgiveness and new life in Christ.
APRIL 20 EASTER SUNDAYServices will be at 9 and 11 a.m. with special guest musicians.