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LENTEN SEASON BEGINS WITH ASH WED, March 1st!
The season Lent and Easter Sunday (April 16) arrive much later this year..almost a full three weeks later than in 2016! How come? Easter is one of those movable dates on the liturgical (church) calendar. Ash Wednesday, or the beginning of Lent, is forty-six days before Easter. Palmarum, or the beginning of Holy Week, is seven days before Easter. Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter. Good Friday is the Friday before Easter. Easter is always the first Sunday after the Full Moon that comes on or the next Sunday after the 21st day of March; and if the Full Moon comes on a Sunday, Easter is the Sunday after that.
This Lenten season our thoughts will focus on "The Heart of Jesus Seen In His Passion." Each week we will see the thoughts and willing and deep desire of our Lord to walk the way of the cross for us. We will see clearly how and why He kept His aim on winning and earning the forgiveness of all of our sins and life in heaven for us. Our Lenten services will be held each Wednesday beginning with Ash Wednesday, March 1st at 6:30 p.m.
Ash Wednesday ---- March 1st - "Jesus Agonizes Over Jerusalem" - Matthew 23:37-39
March 8th- "Jesus Warns The Unprepared: - Matthew 24:26-24
March 15th-"Jesus Promises To Turn Our Grief Into Joy" - John 16:16-24
March 22nd'"Jesus Reveals His Betrayer" - Matthew 26:17-29
March 29th- "Jesus Grieves Over His Suffering" - Matthew 26:36-45
April 5th- "Jesus Is Denied By Peter" - Luke 22:54-62
Palm Sunday ----- April 9th- "Mary Sees Jesus Die" - John 19:16-27
Maundy Thurs. ----- April 13th - "Jesus' Betrayer End His Life" - Matthew 27:3-10
Good Friday ----- April 14th- "Jerusalem Women Mourn The Savior" - Luke 23:26-31
Easter Sunday ----- April 16th- "Tears Turned Into Joy For The World" - John 20:11-18 (8:15)
Easter Sunday ----- April 16th- "Jesus' Resurrection Changes History Forever!" - Matthew 28:6 (11:00)
"GROWING AND MOVING UPWARD AS MANAGERS OF GOD'S GIFTS"
Our Lord is The Giver of all gifts we enjoy! "The earth is the Lord's and everything in it" says David in the 24th Psalm. In addition to creating all the blessings we have and giving them to us to enjoy, He gives them to us to manage wisely and generously in and for His Kingdom. He and His Kingdom (mission and ministry of His Church) preclude everything. Jesus says, "Seek first God's kingdom and righteousness, and all things will be given to you too." (Matthew 6:33). That is His assurance that He really does always provide, and even abundantly, so that His Church has more than enough to carry out it's God-given mission. "Bring all your tithes into the storehouse so there will be food in My temple, and please test Me in this way," says the LORD of armies, "and see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour out a blessing until there is more than enough" (Malachi 3:10). And in faith the church launches into each new day and year in confident faith: "Now to Him Who by the power working in us can do far, far more than anything we ask or imagine, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all ages forever" (Ephesians 3:20-21).
We will soon begin a four-week stewardship education emphasis that:
* is founded on our Lutheran understanding of Biblical stewardship principles,
* helps awaken in Christians the Spirit-led desire to make a free and joyous response of grace in God in Christ Jesus,
* is easy to organize and implement,
* can make use of a trained "Guest Leader" to train, motivate and assist congregational leaders in maximizing results,
* that typically results in 15%-34% increase in worship offerings.
Our 4-week effort of Consecrated Stewards is based on the opportunity of the giver to give, not the need of the church to receive.
It is a Lutheran education process that recognizes that churches that don't grasp and accept Biblical stewardship often end up just talking about money and budgets.
Budget-focused efforts rarely raise more gifts than what is desired for the budget but only raises lesser results rather than fruits of faith.
Consecrated Stewards raises hearts vs mere funds because it is based on grace-motivated giving, not on church budget shortfalls.
It enables followers of Christ to take continuous steps forward in faith in light of God's grace.
With the Word of God and our Lord's promises of blessings, we look forward to an exciting and fulfilling February and March as we each grow gracefully in our faith and joy in managing God's gifts entrusted to us in this brief walk on earth for the sake of reaching others for Christ so they too will live forever!
Pastor and Board of Stewardship/Evangelism
All-New ChIP Mission Unfolds At Trinity!
Everybody knows what a chip is. Some people are identified in a complementary way that "Billy is a chip-off-the-old-block," just a great guy, worker, and friend, "just like His dad/mom." Well, we all are going to be given the special opportunity to be "chippers" in and for God's Kingdom! Beginning on February 5th, a 'super time' to start, each worshiper will be given an actual round plastic ChIP upon entering church and receiving the bulletin. This ChIP will have a name(s) of a church member (or members of a family). This will be noted and remembered for use in the coming week by the person with that ChIP. ChIP stands for the Church In Prayer. It gives us all the opportunity to be thinking about and praying for one another in the church family and the congregation as a whole! All of God's people thinking about and praying for on another is very Biblical: "Jesus told them in a parable to show they should always pray and not get tired of it"(Luke 18:1), "pray without ceasing," says St. Paul, (1 Thess.5:17), "pray for all the [family of God] Rev. 5:8,8:3-4) and many more. We will place the ChIP in the offering plate that will be put on the altar and as prayers are offered we will pray for our ChIP person(s) for that week, and each day during the week. If it's someone you don't know, you can ask around or look them up in our photo directory. We can let them know in church or later by phone, text, email etc you are praying for them. They may offer some specific need or blessing you can pray about. It will give you the chance to know fellow members better too! It's a great opportunity for all of us to "pray without ceasing" and "for one another," and for our congregation and beyond. See you Sunday, Feb. 5th for the start of something really "super" at Trinity!
As always, Thanks!