Newsletter for 3/13/2015

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Rector's Ramblings

Christ the King

Some of you may have heard, or seen the announcement, that Fr. Desmond Francis is
retiring from Christ the King at the end of April, 2015.

At this point, I do not know what this means for the conversations that we were 
hoping to have this year on living into the Bishop's Vision of a McLean County Parish
with two Eucharistic Communities.  What I do know is that our brothers and sisters
at Christ the King will need our prayer and support as they say goodbye to a long
term pastor and friend, and begin preparing for their next priest.

I also know that there are no plans to close Christ the King or to merge our two
 congregations.  Each of us continues to have a valid and important ministry in 
our communities, and will continue to serve the Lord in our diverse ways.

I have made the offer of personal assistance to the Leadership Team of Christ the
King in this transition, and assured them of St. Matthew's prayers and support as
well.  Please lend your own voice to this as you can.

Wishing you a Holy Lent,

Dave+
Remember that my library is open if you wish to borrow a book for Lent.
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Service Schedule
for the week of March 15, 2015

Holy Eucharist Rite I
(Spoken)
7:30 AM
Holy Eucharist Rite II
(Music)
10:00 AM
Evensong
5:00 PM
Other Services:
Morning Prayer
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 7 AM
Thursday morning at 7:30 AM
Intercessory Prayer
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at noon in the Chapel
For Lent
Stations of the Cross at
5:30 PM Fridays
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Ministry Links

St. Matthew's Webpage [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=zcgbzmtab.0.0.unte9odab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.stmatthewsbloomington.org]
The Episcopal Diocese of Springfield [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=zcgbzmtab.0.0.unte9odab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=http%3A%2F%2Fepiscopalspringfield.org]
Rector's Blog [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=zcgbzmtab.0.0.unte9odab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=http%3A%2F%2Ftheologicalhumidor.com]
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The Good News
A weekly newsletter of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
March 13, 2015
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Morning Prayer
Morning Prayer is offered at 7AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at 730
AM on Thursday.  The fourth Thursday at 7:30 AM is Holy Eucharist.
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Breakfast Fellowships
Women's & Men's Breakfast fellowships will eat jointly and to meet on Saturday (3/21)
at 8:15 AM.  All friends and members of the church are invited.
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Lenten Series
Our Lenten Soup, Salad and Study series will kick off on Tuesday, February 24 and
run through the Tuesday in Holy Week. We will gather at 6:00 for a light supper 
and finish by 7:30.
This year, since we read the Gospel of Mark in the Eucharistic Lectionary, we will
explore this Gospel with the help of Rico Tice a priest in the Church of England.
All ages are invited to fellowship and study together.

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Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be held each Friday evening in Lent beginning at 5:30
 PM.

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Outreach Items of the Month

During the months of March and April, the Outreach Committee will collect items 
on the Wish List for the Countering Domestic Violence (CDV) emergency shelter program
in McLean County. Operated through Mid Central Community Action, CDV offers free
 and confidential services to victims of domestic violence, including a 24-Hour 
Hotline 309- 827-7070, 24-hour emergency shelter, criminal justice advocacy, legal
advocacy and safety planning. The following items are currently needed for the shelter
(Neville House):

* Paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, boxes of tissue)

* Hats/Gloves (snow/cold weather types for both adults and children)

* Socks (all sizes)

* Gift/Gas cards (increments of $25 are more flexible)

* Cleaning Supplies/Products

* Journals

The Outreach Committee appreciates your ongoing support of this program. For more
information about the services provided by CDV, visit: http://www.mccainc.org/clarion_rocket/programs/countering-domestic-violence/
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Good News Daily
Each week we are glad to offer a set of daily devotional readings from the Bible
 Reading Fellowship.  These are short devotionals include references to the readings
from the Daily Office Lectionary, and can be customized for each parish.  Currently,
we are adding the Anglican and Diocesan prayer cycles, and will be adding a parish
prayer cycle in the future.
Copies may be picked up in one of the entrances, a PDF uploads to the website (www.stmattsblm.org
[http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=zcgbzmtab.0.0.unte9odab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.stmattsblm.org])
each Sunday, or get it today here [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=zcgbzmtab.0.0.unte9odab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.ctctcdn.com%2F4bd42add001%2F3e750789-3800-4d04-819a-60981225faad.pdf].
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Youth Group
Youth meet on Sunday nights following Evensong which begins at 5:00 p.m.  At about
6:00 p.m. a lite meal, study and fellowship are provided

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Holy Week and Easter Schedule
Holy Week services will be combined services with Christ the King.
Holy Wednesday there will be a Taize Tenebrae service at Christ the King at 7PM.
Maundy Thursday will be celebrated at St. Matthew's at 7PM
Good Friday will have two services.  At noon we will gather at Christ the King for
the Seven Last Words of Jesus.  The clergy and members of both Eucharistic Communities
will deliver a short meditation on each of the seven words.
The traditional Good Friday service will be held at 7PM at St. Matthew's.
Easter Vigil will be celebrated at 7PM on Holy Saturday at St. Matthew's.  If you
have a candidate for baptism that evening, please let us know.
Since the Easter Vigil is the first, and traditionally, the primary celebration 
of  the Resurrection, there will be only one service on Easter Sunday.  We will 
gather at 9AM for Easter.  The traditional Easter Brunch will follow.  We need volunteers
to coordinate the brunch and clean-up.

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Volunteers Needed on Sunday Mornings
Greeters--Additional volunteers are needed to be greeters, at both services.  Please
let Pat know, in the office (info@stmatthewbloomington.org or 662-4646) if you are
available, and which service time.
Are you interested in serving as a Eucharistic Minister at 7:30, 10:00, or special
services?  Please speak with Fr. Halt about training and preparation.
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Formation Opportunity
N.T. Wright, former Bishop of Durham and current lecturer at the University of St.
Andrew's, is presenting as series of online courses in Christian Theology and Biblical
Studies.  The list of courses and their timelines is available at NT Wright online
[http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=zcgbzmtab.0.0.unte9odab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ntwrightonline.org%2F].
Fr. Halt is planning on joining the course on Paul and the Galatians, and if anyone
else is interested in forming a study group, he would be glad to facilitate the 
gatherings.

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Readings & Music for March 15, 2015

Hymns:  #321, #690

Numbers 21:4-9              OT  109

From Mount Hor the Israelites set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the
land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. The people spoke against
God and against Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?
For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food." Then the 
LORD sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that 
many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned by speaking
against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD to take away the serpents from
us." So Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said to Moses, "Make a poisonous
serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live."
So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent
bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 Page 746, BCP           Confitemini Domino

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, *
and his mercy endures for ever.

2  Let all those whom the LORD has redeemed proclaim *
that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.

3  He gathered them out of the lands; *
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.

17  Some were fools and took to rebellious ways; *
they were afflicted because of their sins.

18  They abhorred all manner of food *
and drew near to death's door.

19  Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, *
and he delivered them from their distress.

20  He sent forth his word and healed them *
and saved them from the grave.

21  Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.

22  Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.

Ephesians 2:1-10            NT  148

You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following
 the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit
that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among 
them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and
we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. God, who is rich in mercy,
out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our 
trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-- by grace you have been saved-- 
and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ
Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his 
grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through
faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God-- not the result of
 works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ
Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

John 3:14-21

Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,
 so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal
life.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes
in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

"Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order
that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned;
but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed
in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has
 come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their 
deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light,
so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the
light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God."
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Ministry Assignments for March 15 & 22

15-Mar

7:30

Greeters: Ray Durham

Lector: Bill Johns

Lector: E.M.: Bill Johns

10:00

Greeters: Dedee Champion & Brad Bauman

Lector: Julie Bennett

Acolytes: Liam Halt, Christian Pitts, Alley Roberson

Crucifer:  Sarah Halt

E.M.: Jack Pitts &

Monday Counter:  Susan Clark

Coffee Hour: Susan & Jeffrey Clark

22-Mar

7:30

Greeters: Doug & Dede Dyson

Lector:  Ann Nadakavukaren

E.M.: Diane Gardner

10:00

Greeters:

Lector: Brad Bauman

Acolytes: Shelley Brenneman Carter, Margaret Cutter, Alex Davingman

Crucifer: Bill Ingersoll

E.M.: Shelley Brenneman Carter & Chuck Palm

Monday Counter: Gary McGinnis

Coffee Hour: Janet Hoffman & Dedee Champion
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Birthdays & Anniversaries   March 12 - 22
Ora Bachmann
Lartha Lakin
Roy Laws
June MacNulty
James Gordon
Jessica Hospelhorn
Daniel Laken
Janenne & Paul Schmidt
Scott Roberts
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Collect for Sunday, March 15th
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the 
true bread which gives life to the world; Evermore give us this bread, that he may
live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one
God, now and for ever. Amen
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Contact Information
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Newsletter for the Week of March 8, 2015

The Good News Daily can be found here: Good News Daily for the Week of March 8, 2015

Rector's Ramblings

It has been a long and busy week, and unfortunately there was not a lot of time 
to sit and compose a ramblings for this week.

So, in lieu of my writing, I submit one of my favorite quotes about the Crucifixion
for your meditation.

..."It is not fair to wish to taste only of my honey, and not the gall. If you wish
to be perfectly united with me, contemplate deeply the mockery, insults, whippings,
death and torments that I endured for you."-- Blessed Margarita, disciple of St.
 Umiltà, 14th Century

Wishing you a Holy Lent,

Dave+
Remember that my library is open if you wish to borrow a book for Lent.
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Service Schedule
for the week of March 8, 2015

Holy Eucharist Rite I
(Spoken)
7:30 AM
Holy Eucharist Rite II
(Music)
10:00 AM
Evensong
5:00 PM
Other Services:
Morning Prayer
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 7 AM
Thursday morning at 7:30 AM
Intercessory Prayer
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at noon in the Chapel
For Lent
Stations of the Cross at
5:30 PM Fridays
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Ministry Links

St. Matthew's Webpage [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=erb9hltab.0.0.unte9odab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.stmatthewsbloomington.org]
The Episcopal Diocese of Springfield [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=erb9hltab.0.0.unte9odab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=http%3A%2F%2Fepiscopalspringfield.org]
Rector's Blog [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=erb9hltab.0.0.unte9odab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=http%3A%2F%2Ftheologicalhumidor.com]
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The Good News
A weekly newsletter of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
March 6, 2015
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Spring Time Change
Sunday, March 8, remember to re-set clocks at 2 AM  Spring ahead one hour.
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Morning Prayer
Morning Prayer is offered at 7AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and at 730
AM on Thursday.
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Welcome
This Sunday we will welcome visitors from First United Methodist confirmation class
at our 10AM Celebration of  the Eucharist.
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Breakfast Fellowships
Women's & Men's Breakfast fellowships will eat jointly and to meet on Saturday (3/21)
at 8:15 AM.  All men of the church are invited.

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Volunteer at MIDWEST Food Bank

We will be volunteering at Midwest Food Bank on Monday, March 9th from 6:00-8:00.
 Please join us for this fun and rewarding outreach opportunity!  For more information,
please contact Chrissy Stoffer at 663-6450 (home) or 735-2161 (work).  Hope to see
you there!
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Outreach Items of the Month

During the months of March and April, the Outreach Committee will collect items 
on the Wish List for the Countering Domestic Violence (CDV) emergency shelter program
in McLean County. Operated through Mid Central Community Action, CDV offers free
 and confidential services to victims of domestic violence, including a 24-Hour 
Hotline 309- 827-7070, 24-hour emergency shelter, criminal justice advocacy, legal
advocacy and safety planning. The following items are currently needed for the shelter
(Neville House):

* Paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, boxes of tissue)

* Hats/Gloves (snow/cold weather types for both adults and children)

* Socks (all sizes)

* Gift/Gas cards (increments of $25 are more flexible)

* Cleaning Supplies/Products

* Journals

The Outreach Committee appreciates your ongoing support of this program. For more
information about the services provided by CDV, visit: http://www.mccainc.org/clarion_rocket/programs/countering-domestic-violence/
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Good News Daily
Each week we are glad to offer a set of daily devotional readings from the Bible
 Reading Fellowship.  These are short devotionals include references to the readings
from the Daily Office Lectionary, and can be customized for each parish.  Currently,
we are adding the Anglican and Diocesan prayer cycles, and will be adding a parish
prayer cycle in the future.
Copies may be picked up in one of the entrances, a PDF uploads to the website (www.stmattsblm.org
[http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=erb9hltab.0.0.unte9odab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.stmattsblm.org])
each Sunday, or get it today here [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=erb9hltab.0.0.unte9odab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=https%3A%2F%2Ffiles.ctctcdn.com%2F4bd42add001%2Fd2971dd6-1f56-47c7-a187-8f4fd1e4fdfe.doc].
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Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be held each Friday evening in Lent beginning at 5:30
 PM.

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Youth Group
Youth meet on Sunday nights following Evensong at 5:00 p.m.  A lite meal, study 
and fellowship are provided

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Lenten Reflections
We will use the Good New Daily as our Lenten Reflections this year.  However, if
 you are interested in another option, we recommend the Nashotah House Lenten Reflections
which can be found online here [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=erb9hltab.0.0.unte9odab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nashotah.edu%2Flenten-meditations]
or ordered via Amazon [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=erb9hltab.0.0.unte9odab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.createspace.com%2F5257146].

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Lenten Series
Our Lenten Soup, Salad and Study series will kick off on Tuesday, February 24 and
run through the Tuesday in Holy Week. We will gather at 6:00 for a light supper 
and finish by 7:30.
This year, since we read the Gospel of Mark in the Eucharistic Lectionary, we will
explore this Gospel with the help of Rico Tice a priest in the Church of England.
All ages are invited to fellowship and study together.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Volunteers Needed on Sunday Mornings
Greeters--Additional volunteers are needed to be greeters, at both services.  Please
let Pat know, in the office (info@stmatthewbloomington.org or 662-4646) if you are
available, and which service time.
Are you interested in serving as a Eucharistic Minister at 7:30, 10:00, or special
services?  Please speak with Fr. Halt about training and preparation.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Formation Opportunity
N.T. Wright, former Bishop of Durham and current lecturer at the University of St.
Andrew's, is presenting as series of online courses in Christian Theology and Biblical
Studies.  The list of courses and their timelines is available at NT Wright online
[http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=erb9hltab.0.0.unte9odab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ntwrightonline.org%2F].
Fr. Halt is planning on joining the course on Paul and the Galatians, and if anyone
else is interested in forming a study group, he would be glad to facilitate the 
gatherings.

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Readings & Music for March 8, 2015

Hymns:  #574, #318, #685

Exodus 20:1-17                      OT  51

Then God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the
land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before 
me.

You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is
 in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under
 the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD your 
God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third
and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to 
the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.

You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will
not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all 
your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not 
do any work-- you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock,
or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD
 blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that
the LORD your God is giving you.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife,
or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Psalm 19 Page 606, BCP                  Caeli enarrant

1  The heavens declare the glory of God, *
and the firmament shows his handiwork.

2  One day tells its tale to another, *
and one night imparts knowledge to another.

3  Although they have no words or language, *
and their voices are not heard,

4  Their sound has gone out into all lands, *
and their message to the ends of the world.

5  In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; *
it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
it rejoices like a champion to run its course.

6  It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
and runs about to the end of it again; *
nothing is hidden from its burning heat.

7  The law of the LORD is perfect
and revives the soul; *
the testimony of the LORD is sure
and gives wisdom to the innocent.

8  The statutes of the LORD are just
and rejoice the heart; *
the commandment of the LORD is clear
and gives light to the eyes.

9  The fear of the LORD is clean
and endures for ever; *
the judgments of the LORD are true
and righteous altogether.

10  More to be desired are they than gold,
more than much fine gold, *
sweeter far than honey,
than honey in the comb.

11  By them also is your servant enlightened, *
and in keeping them there is great reward.

12  Who can tell how often he offends? *
cleanse me from my secret faults.

13  Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;
let them not get dominion over me; *
then shall I be whole and sound,
and innocent of a great offense.

14  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my
heart be acceptable in your sight, *
O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.

1 Corinthians 1:18-25                       NT  127

The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us
 who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,

"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart."

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this 
age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom 
of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness
of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks
 desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and 
foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, 
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God's foolishness is wiser than
human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.

John 2:13-22

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple
 he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated
 at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple,
both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers
and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, "Take these
things out of here! Stop making my Father's house a marketplace!" His disciples 
remembered that it was written, "Zeal for your house will consume me." The Jews 
then said to him, "What sign can you show us for doing this?" Jesus answered them,
"Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." The Jews then said,
 "This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise
it up in three days?" But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was
raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed
the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
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Ministry Assignments for March 8 & 15

8-Mar

7:30

Greeters: Doug & Dede Dyson

Lector:  Mona Johnstone

E.M.: Diane Gardner

10:00

Greeters:

Lector: Ann Sokan

Acolytes: Alex Davingman, Christian Pitts, Alley Roberson

Crucifer: Brent Baughan

E.M.: Bob Kohlhase & Robin Levine

Monday Counter: Gary McGinnis

Coffee Hour: Baughans

15-Mar

7:30

Greeters: Ray Durham

Lector: Bill Johns

Lector: E.M.: Bill Johns

10:00

Greeters: Dedee Champion & Brad Bauman

Lector: Julie Bennett

Acolytes: Liam Halt, Christian Pitts, Alley Roberson

Crucifer:  Sarah Halt

E.M.: Jack Pitts &

Monday Counter:  Susan Clark

Coffee Hour: Susan & Jeffrey Clark
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Birthdays & Anniversaries   March 6 - 15
Jane Shadid
Diane Wuesthoff
Doug & Dede Dyson
George Dyson
Roger Hunt
Craig Matsuda
Geraldine Vollbracht
Janet Johnson
Ora Bachmann
Lartha Lakin
Roy Laws
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Collect for Sunday, March 8th
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep
us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended
from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which
may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives
 and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
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