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From the Laptop of Pastor Jane
I was torn on what I should share with you this month as God had placed several thoughts on this old brain of mine; however, with the Lenten season beginning on the 6th. Felt it was important for us to focus on the true season as a Child of Jesus Christ!
Last Thursday, Healing Hands and Heart Study focused on a woman in the Bible we seldom talk about but the lesson was so important. Have you ever reflected on the story of the “Bent Woman” in Luke 10:13-17. Let’s share it together.
On a Sabbath, Jesus was teaching in one of the syna-gogues and a women was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, He called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then He put his hands on her and immediately she straight-ened up and praised God.
Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”
The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”
When He said this, all His opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things He was doing.
As I have read and re-read this passage and reflected on this woman, I realize that each of us and those in our world all have experienced being “bent over” be-cause of physical, financial, emotional, spiritual, or rela-tional challenges. Sometimes the experience lasts just a short while but for some, it can hinder us for years and years.
I applaud this woman who went into the synagogue that morning, probably among mostly men, to seek
Jesus and healing! It must have taken courage, yet I would imagine after 18 years she was weary and ex-hausted and was willing to take a huge step of faith.
Our Jesus also knew He was among those who could not wait to criticize Him, yet continued His purpose to heal not only this woman but those who would come to Him, seeking His help and healing!
Friends, what a wonderful Savior we serve! Just like this woman in Luke, He welcomes us each and every day, no matter how bent over we are, to step out in faith and come to Him for guidance, wisdom, understanding, help and healing even on the Sabbath!
As the Lenten Season begins, it is my prayer that each of us will come to Jesus, just as we are, broken and bent, and allow Him to make us whole! Our Jesus took that long road to Calvary for each one of us and he waits for us each and every day to be bold and take leaps of faith!
Make this Easter season one that is personal with you and your Lord and standup straight for Jesus!
WE PRAY FOR
Restored Health: Bill Ericson, Barbara Conklin, Trudy Verblaauw, Pastor Jane, Herb Zieger, Dennis Noonan, Donna Michel, Nancy McDonnell, Rich Rebecky, Kim Komarnicki, Sheila Zieger, Paul Munch, and Chris Masi
Shut-ins: Claire Wallenburg, Helen Nerder, and Joan Betsy
Lost loved ones: The Michel, Tanis, Paterson, Marchant, Bailey and Flaker families
Mission and Military: The Good Shepherd Mission; Bar-bara and Hilary Gierman at Camp Lebanon; Hilltop Ha-ven; Jaelon Santillan-Magat and all those serving in the military
W.I.N.: The pantry is currently in need of pasta sauce, coffee, small jars of jelly, canned diced tomatoes, canned fruit, regular size bottles of ketchup and may-onnaise. Monetary donations are always welcome.
Joanne’s Joy: Joane’s Joy will be meeting on March 24th following Morning Worship. Please join us.
Reminder: Gift card orders are taken on the first Sun-day of each month.
Young at Heart will begin their season of regular monthly meetings on Tuesday, March 5th at 11 a.m.
Morning Worship Service each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Please join us.
Healing Hands will be meeting on March 7th and 21st this month, 1:30 p.m. at the home of Pastor Jane. They are continuing their study of Women of the Bible.
God Sightings will be meeting at 7:30 p.m. on March 7th and 21st. We will be studying “Forgiveness” for the Lenten Season. All are welcome to join us.
Thank you to all who contributed to our Care packages for our college students. They have all been delivered and were greatly appreciated.
Soup for the Soul
Before you know it, the Lenten Season will be here and time for our annual “Soup for the Soul.” Our first pro-gram will be on March 19th and for the four weeks following. Please mark you calendars and come join us for a warm bowl of soup, and a heart-warming mes-sage.
Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner
Our annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 16th, starting at 6 p.m. The donations from this event will go to sponsor our Mis-sion Team as they travel to Maryland this summer. Once again we are asking for cupcake bakers. Sign-up sheets are posted in the narthex.
Valentine Luncheon …
Thank you to everyone who helped to make our Valen-tine Luncheon a success. To Nancy McDonnel who pre-pared all the food; to Amy Meyer and the members of our youth group who served and helped clean up; to Pastor Jane who provided a new and interesting game; and to all of you who attended. Thank you.
Thank You …
A special thank you to each and every one of you who donated special items for the homeless in Hoboken through Heart ‘n Hands. We collected: many pairs of underwear for men, and clothing. How wonderful that we are able to share the gifts with those in need. We are still in need of mens’ underwear (colored boxers sizes M, L, & XL)
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
- Young at Heart meeting, 11:00 a.m. March 5th.
- Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner, March 16th.
- Soup for the Soul, March 19th, 26th, April 2nd, 9th, and 16th.
- Joanne’s Joy, March 24th following morning wor-ship.
- Combined Board meeting , March 31st following morning worship.
- Easter Cantata, April 14th.
- Children’s Easter Egg Hunt, April 20th.
Please sign up on the chart in the narthex if you would like to put flowers in the church to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or special event, or to remember a special loved one. Flower arrangements in a vase are still $15.00 each.
Our Holy Grounds Café is now open each Sunday morn-ing from 9:45 to 10:30 p.m. Thank you to Rose Belizario for her help in setting this upand keeping us stocked! Please join us for a time of casual fellowship with fellow members of the congregation. Please let Rose know if you would like to bring a treat for our café!