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Pastor Brad Luck
March 24, 2019
 
 
From the Church Office 3/25/19

Reflection
 
Scripture Readings from yesterday, the third Sunday in Lent    
              Isaiah 55:1-9; Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9

Repentance, a central theme of Lent, cannot be ignored in yesterday’s lessons. Jesus' words are clear: repent or perish. Isaiah's words, "Let the wicked forsake their ways," echo Christ's. Paul's writing gives a strong warning from Israel's history to the Corinthians and to us today: "God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down." But repentance is not merely a cessation of sin or a halting of that which is not pleasing in God's sight; it is more than that. Repentance also carries the idea of turning around in a new direction, of doing a one-eighty in your life. Isaiah invites us to embrace the abundant life that God offers us.

Pastoral Prayer
We put everything off until the last minute, Lord. You have invited and encouraged us on this journey, reminding us of the struggles and of the hope. You ask us to let go of the things that bind us from serving freely, but we have a nasty tendency to wait until it’s almost too late - until the last minute. We can’t seem to let go of the hurt, fear, and pain. On this journey, remind us again of your healing love, your forgiving power. Help us to trust the goodness and potential for good that you have placed in all of us. We have come to this place to hear your word, to sing and pray to you in hope. Enable us to find the courage to really believe in you, that your healing love may permeate our souls and prepare us for true witness; for we ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.
 
 
Joys & Concerns 3/24/19
 
Denise Ziesmer asked for prayer for the family and friends of Korinna Phillips who passed away Saturday morning.  Jan Burt asked for prayer for Wayne, a friend of theirs in Las Vegas with cancer.  Keri Secor asked for prayer for the Allison’s father--Allison is a friend of Faith & Trace; she also asked for prayer for Tye’s father (Tye is a friend of Tracy) who was in an auto accident.  Sandy Wenburg asked for prayer for family and friends struggling with the flooding in Nebraska, in particular Rev. Doug & Carolyn Smith who’s house is on an island until the flood waters recede.  Please pray for Bailey Eicholtz as she undergoes testing.  Diana Brown had a joy that this is such a generous congregation.  Dawn Wyse’s grandson Benjamin who will undergo the first of two foot surgeries April 2.
 
 
Calendar of Ministry Opportunities
 
Monday March 25 6:45 pm Chime’s Choir Practice
Tuesday March 26 10 am Prayer Time
Wednesday March 27 10 am Grief Support Group
  6:30 pm Soup & Spiritual
  8 pm Choir Practice
Saturday March 30 9 am All Church Cleaning Day--it’s time for some spring cleaning!  Please come and help us get the church building spiffed up and ready for Easter!
Sunday March 31 9 am Adult Sunday School only
  10:30 am Worship Service--UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) – A special offering will be held during worship to support the United Methodist Committee on Relief.  Gifts this Sunday work by covering the costs of doing business.  This means all contributions designated to specific programs can go 100% to those programs because UMCOR’s basic expenses are covered.  Thank you for your support!
  3 pm Carillon Women’s Choral Concert

Save the Date:

        March 27, April 3, and 10 Lenten Soup & Spiritual Programs – Every Wednesday in Lent we will be meeting at 6:30 pm for soup and then joining in inspirational programs; we still need hosts/hostess; sign-up sheets are posted.

        April 12 – 6 pm Heartbeat’s Joy of Life Banquet at the Monroe Golf & Country Club, 611 Cole Rd., Monroe; Join us as we hear from Debbie Dushane and enjoy a night of fellowship, dinner, and an update on Hearbeat.  This banquet is one of our biggest fundraiswers.  We hope you will consider supporting us!  Tickets are $40 each or $300 for a table of 8.  Register online at www.heartbeatofmonroe.org/upcoming or call 734-243-6550

        April 13 -- UMW Make and Take Sign Fundraiser – Join us for a creative afternoon as we raise money for the United Methodist Women’s Group!  RSVP’s and the expression selections and payment for the signs are due by Monday April 1.  See Diana Brown or any UWM member for details.             Never too early to plan for VBS!  Vacation Bible School will be held the 3rd week in July—mark your calendars!

Carillon Women’s Chorale and Men’s Ensemble Concert

Dundee, MI – Carillon Women’s Chorale under the direction of Karen Nevins, director, is accompanied by Alyce Sangster. They will feature a new Men’s Ensemble to perform on Sunday, March 31st at 3:00 p.m. at the Dundee United Methodist Church, 645 Franklin Street, Dundee, MI. Music will include sacred music appropriate to the Lenten Season and a variety of secular selections. Open to the public, a freewill offering will be gratefully accepted to help cover performance expenses. Carillon being a 501©3 non-profit ensemble, all donations will be tax deductible as allowed by the IRS. Auditions for both ensembles are arranged through the director: director@carillonchorale.com or karen@karennevins.com.

Carillon Women’s Chorale is celebrating their eighteenth year as an auditioned women’s ensemble performing primarily throughout Washtenaw, Monroe and Lenawee Counties. They were founded in 2001 to feature beautiful music written for women and have pursued choral excellence since their founding. They have performed in three Inter-generational Women’s Choral Festivals; and in 2015 were selected to perform at the American Choral Director’s Association State Conference in Flint, MI. Since 2013 they have enjoyed multiple choral collaborations with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Carillon will collaborate with Chiaroscuro Men, Adrian College choirs and the Adrian Symphony Orchestra to perform the “Carmina Burana” at 8:00 pm on May 3rd, 2019. Carillon singers have toured to the Sydney Opera House (AUS), Lincoln Center (NYC), Carnegie Hall (NYC), and the National Cathedral (DC). Carillon rehearses on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Lincoln High School choir room.  More information can be found on: http://carillonchorale.com. Newly formed, the Men’s Ensemble will be providing their premiere performance. Charter members are comprised of Men of Lincoln (High School) alums who sang under Karen Nevins’ direction over a span of several years before her teaching retirement in 2013. They rehearse Mondays 8:30-10:30 p.m. at Lincoln HS, which could change as needed.

Dundee UMC Endowment Fund -- As you make long-range financial decisions for yourself and your family, please remember the Dundee United Methodist Church Endowment Fund. A gift to this fund, no matter the size, offers an opportunity to continue your giving for generations and insures the church and its ministries are sustained for the years to come. Ten Percent of the dividends are reinvested back into the fund as principle and the remaining 90% is used for church maintenance projects, programs and missions.  For more information please contact the church office.

Are you missing a dish?  You may have used it to donate food to the church, such as for a funeral luncheon.  We have two tables loaded with orphaned dishes…please check and see if you have one there!  It wants to come home!

 
 
Birthdays this week:
 
 
  Wed March 27 Jan Burt, David White
  Thursday March 28 Diane Goodridge
  Friday  March 29 Lisa Crist
  Saturday March 30 Jordan Bradley
 
 
Anniversaries this week:
 
 
  There are no anniversaries this week    
 
 
  Have a blessed week!  
 

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