Over Coffee - Febuary 2018

Over the Coffee

It is February and the winter is cold, the parking lot at church has been icy a great

number of days, attendance has been low on Sunday and Wednesday – and we have six

more weeks of this according to Punxsutawney Phil. We are a bit spoiled after the mild

winter last year and I guess we will just have to put our heads down and bear it. At least

we have the Super Bowl and Valentine's Day.

Lent comes early this year. Ash Wednesday is February 14th and Easter comes on

April 1st this year. Due to the weather and the early start of Lent, the new teams and

council and myself have not finalized plans for our Lenten Program. What I will

propose is a series on Wednesdays in place of Bible study that will include a short

devotional, some Bible study, and a very light Lenten lunch – beginning on Ash

Wednesday (Feb. 14th) and continuing on Wednesdays through March 21st. We can start

at 11:00 a.m. as usual and be done before 12:30 p.m. We will skip March 28th since we

usually have our Upper Room service on Maundy-Thursday and that will be on March

29th. Final details coming soon.

The Common Lectionary texts and the schedule of worship messages for February:

  • Feb. 4 The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany - Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11,20; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39   -     Message - “Have You Heard?” - Isaiah 40:21-31

  • Feb. 11 Transfiguration Sunday - 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9    -  Message - “On Missing the Point” - Mark 9:2-9

  • Feb. 18 The First Sunday of Lent - Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15   -  Message - “On Getting the Point” - Mark 1:9-15

  • Feb. 24 The Second Sunday of Lent - Genesis 17:1-7,15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38      -  Message - “A Poor Return on an Investment” - Mark 8:31-38

Let's keep the faith!

Pastor Cy