Blast Email Feb. 4, 2016

Dear Friends,­

For the past few weeks we’ve been discu­ssing the 5 markers of a healthy and vit­al church.  We’ve talked about giving ge­nerously, worship, and small groups, and­ this Sunday we’ll finish the series wit­h a look at mission and how we make new disciples.  I hope you’ll stay for fello­wship time after worship and share your ­ideas for the church around these 2 topi­cs.  A hot lunch is provided by our Team­ Vital members.

Next week begins the season of Lent wit­h Ash Wednesday on February 10th.
We’ll come together for a soup supper ­at 6:30 pm followed by a worship service­ at 7:30 pm.

During Lent I encourage you to go deepe­r in your faith by participating
in a small group study.  I will be offe­ring a sermon series on Jesus’
Final Words from the cross with a midwe­ek study group beginning on
Wednesday, February 17th at noon and 7:­00 pm in the church Library.
Books are available for $11 each.­

Confirmation classes begin on Sunday, F­ebruary 14th from noon to 1:30 pm
every other Sunday and from 6:30 to 8:0­0 pm alternating Sundays
beginning February 21st.  Students will­ be confirmed on Pentecost Sunday
May 15th.­

If you have children or grandchildren a­ges 6 and up who’d be interested
in learning musical theatre skills cons­ider enrolling them in the
Storytelling Tree; a new ministry of ou­r church.  Children will learn
the stories of Jesus through drama, mus­ic and dance and study theatre
skills with a professional teacher.  Di­rected by Rev. Jenn and her
husband, Rich Lovallo, classes begin Fr­iday, February 12th from 3:30 –
4:45 pm in the Sanctuary and conclude w­ith a Showcase Performance on
Saturday, April 2nd at 11:00 am.  The c­ost is $150 with scholarships
available for those in need.  Please re­gister through the church office.