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February 25, 2016

Lenten Greetings to you all!

As we enter into the third week of Lent we move deeper into this time of personal reflection and examination as people of faith.  In the 12th chapter of Romans, the Apostle Paul offers powerful words to the early church.  They are good reminders for us during Lent as well as in the midst of all the political debate that swirls around us in our country.  Paul tells the young struggling followers that they are to let love be their guide, to hold fast to what is good, to outdo one another in showing honor…to serve God, rejoice in hope and extend hospitality to strangers.  In this passage he outlines the qualities of real faith and strongly urges us not to be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

This life of faith is definitely a challenge.  It is a life that needs to be rooted in prayer, meditation and the support of loving community.  It is very easy to offer our opinions and to get lured into making judgment about issues and people, but we are called to speak words of hope and love, to work for the well being of all people.  May the Spirit of God, which is love, be at work in us and may each of us see how love makes a difference especially in the midst of confusing and uncertain times.

See you Sunday,


This Week:

Sunday Feb. 28: 10am Worship:  Third Sunday of Lent

11:30am  Adult Ed Discussion group (see below)

Tuesday Mar.1: Town Meeting

Thursday Mar 3: Capital Campaign Steering Committee mtg. 7pm

Next Week:

Sunday Mar. 6: 10:00am    Worship and Communion

Information and Activities to consider:

Adult Ed opportunity @ WUCC for Lent–11:30 to 12:30, everyone welcome.  We will view brief videos and follow it with a discussion of that topic and the material presented.  This is an informal discussion group that will provide us with an opportunity to grow and think critically and constructively about issues of our day and what it means to be people of faith.  Consecutive sessions are not necessary, come as you are able.

Women’s Mid-Winter Retreat: Hold the date of March 13 from 4-6 if you would like to join us for a conversation and a potluck here at the church. Contact Dorothy Peck for further information. standor@gmavt.net


During Holy Week, Maundy Thursday: March 24 here at 7pm with Warren.

Also Easter services at: 7am at Knoll Farm and 10am here in Sanctuary

Spiritual Practices you might add during Lent:

  • Read a portion of the Gospel of Mark each day.  This is the Gospel we are working though in worship.
  • Be intentional about praying for a particular person or situation every day through these 40 days.
  • Make a phone call or send email to someone you miss at church, one each week through Easter.  Let them know you/we miss them.
  • Send a card or visit someone on the prayer list
  • Read the Stillspeaking devotional each day:  http://www.ucc.org/daily_devotional
  • Add a good deed to your busy schedule each day, it will feed you.
  • Memorize a passage of scripture or a wisdom saying and hold it in your heart throughout Lent
  • When you wake in the morning, consider one of these questions or prayers:
  1. Walk with me today, O Lord so that I might truly encounter life in its fullness.
  2. How can I be your open vessel today?
  3. Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me

as I move through this new day.  (see Isa.51)