Good News, 03.13.2009

Friends:

In prayer we discover what we already have.  You start from where you are and you deepen what you already have, and you realize you are already there.  We already have everything but we don’t know it and don’t experience it.  Everything has been given to us in Christ  All we need is to experience what we already possess. (Thomas Merton)

Members of the Bahai Assembly invite you to join them after worship on Sunday in signing letters in support of the imprisoned Bahai Leaders who are to go on trial in Tehran, Iran. Your prayers and loving actions are appreciated.

Several people expressed appreciation for our Lenten/Easter Choir last Sunday.  The choir loves encouragement and if you wish to join them during this season you can do so by arriving at 9 am on Sunday for rehearsals.

Our 10th Anniversary is on March 29. 10 months from now it will be 2010.  It is possible – because of another $60,000 Matching Gift given recently that our debt could be gone by then.  We are well aware of the stressful economic times we are in.  Yet there are 10 months left in this year.  If you can give $5 each month that will be $50 by year’s end.  If you can give $50 each month that is $500. If you can give $100 each month that is $1,000 by 2010.  Please consider what is best for you knowing that prayer and acts of encouragement are incredibly significant.  Two weeks ago our debt was $84,000 and now it is down to $64,000.  We are making surprising progress in the midst of painful times.

On Saturday morning March 28 you are invited to a Deep Cleaning Party at Peace.  We will honor our 10 Anniversary here by thoroughly cleaning the Sanctuary and Gathering Hall by making them fresh for Easter. Undoubtedly good coffee will be available!  Bring your elbow grease and happy hearts.  Join in the Festive Service on March 29.

This from Pr. Anita…

Family Springtime Cookie Decorating and Play Party
Saturday, April 4, 2009
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church

I’d like to invite you and your kids to join in on a fun morning of cookie decorating, games activities, an indoor picnic lunch and a surprise or two. The children will be making Springtime sugar cookies, marshmallows lollipops,  and Rice Krispy Easter eggs.  We’ll also be working together on a special activity that will provide color and fun to  the next morning’s Palm Sunday worship service and playing a game or two that will lead into our lunch time together.

Cost: There will be a donation jar provided to help with expenses

What to Bring: Dress your children in play clothes as the frosting and sprinkles will be flying! Bring a
blanket to sit on and pack a picnic lunch for your family. Anita will provide  beverages, dessert, and the ants!

RSVP: Please let me know if you’re coming and how many children and adults will be attending  no later than Thursday,  March 19. I will be baking the cookies that week and  purchasing all the decorating supplies so an accurate count is needed. Please let me  know at that time if there’s some reason you’ll be arriving late or leaving early due to  other activities scheduled for that morning so I can plan any additional activities such as  games during the time when most children will be there. I hope that everyone can  arrange now to be with us for the full 2.5 hours.

‘Twill be a fun Easter Party!  Blessings, Pr. Steve