People of God!

It's FEBRUARY!!! Summer is coming!!! Ha! It's a ways away yet but I rejoice the days, by the minute, are getting longer and the weeks until Spring are ticking by!

A sure sign Spring is coming is the beginning of our Lenten Season, WHICH IS EARLY this year, with Wednesday on February 17th! We will have communion and the imposition of Ashes during that service which will begin at 7:30 p.m.

We have an EXCELLENT Lenten Series this year titled, "Places of the Passion." We will follow Jesus' footsteps, contemplating what happened at each place our Savior stood along the path of His passion for you and me. We will begin in The City of Jerusalem, then travel with Jesus to Bethany, the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Courtyard, and Pilate's Judgment Hall. I invite you to come and join me in making this journey together.

Our Family Life Director, Russell, with Terri's help, is hosting a free Lasagna Dinner before service and Midweek in the Youth House. We ask that you sign up on the Bulletin Board in the Narthex so they can plan for this meal. More information about this is in this Newsletter.

CALLING ALL PARENTS of our 8th Grade Confirmands!!! You have received a letter from me which, among other things, invites you to a Parent Meeting in the Sanctuary after Confirmation Class on Wednesday, February 3rd, 7:30 p.m. The PURPOSE of this meeting is to discuss and determine WHEN I will be taking the 8th Graders on our Annual Trip to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum in Kentucky. This trip is generously paid for by the Carl and Burt Greinke Memorial Account. We leave Church on a Friday afternoon and return on Sunday afternoon. We stay in a very nice hotel in Florence, Kentucky, that provides easy access for dining and travel to the Ark Encounter and Museum. I need a MOM to come along, all expenses paid, to help chaperone. If you are interested, please let me know. First come first serve. This has been an INCREDIBLE educational and faith building experience and I am so very thankful we have this opportunity to make this fantastic trip every year!

And don't forget to let those people in your heart and life know how much you love them on VALENTINE'S DAY!

  ~ Pastor Brooks