Dear Brothers & Sisters,
I hope you’re having a good week. It’s hard to believe that this is the last day of February!
If you missed the message on Sunday, you can now listen to the audio of Following Jesus (4 of 10) at our website or via iTunes. Small group discussion questions are available online when the sermon is posted, usually on Monday afternoons. It won’t be long before we have a new HD camera installed and begin posting high quality video of the sermon to the website.
Remember, you can always check out the video recording (DVD) for the entire worship service from our church library. Also, there are quite a few new books in the library. We are working with Edie Asbury, our librarian, to keep the library up to date with resources that are relevant and easily accessible to our church. Stop in for a visit when you’re here. If you’re looking for a quiet place to read or study, drop in and stay a while. If you need a place to pray, try our Prayer Room in A2 or our Prayer Garden behind our building. The sun is out today!
The Tree of Life (Lenten Series) begins tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. with our Ash Wednesday service. I hope you can come to Eat & Run between 5-6 p.m. and then join us for the start of Lent. Since we’re currently in our Roots series on Sundays, we will be using Wed night to walk through Lent, the 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and penitence before Easter.
Here are the upcoming Lenten Worship Services:
March 1, 6:30 pm – Ash Wednesday*
March 8 – April 12, 6:00 pm – Lenten Taize Services*
April 13, 5:30 pm – Maundy Thursday
April 14, 6:30 pm – Good Friday
*Childcare for children birth – age 5
Please join us for this formative season in the church calendar and take advantage of this opportunity to experience the deeply meaningful liturgy of Lent. In my Ash Wednesday homily, Dust to Dust, I’ll begin by briefly sharing about the power of liturgy and why we’re choosing to embrace it here at Grantham Church. I invite you to come prepared to encounter the Lord together.
On another note, I wanted to let you know of a few things we’re doing, and mention an upcoming opportunity to serve alongside our brothers and sisters at Harrisburg BIC.
First, you may have noticed that Melissa Shumaker has been regularly worshiping with us. As you know, Melissa is one of our missionaries to Spain. She has a passion for the lost in Spain, but recognizes God has her here for a few months while her visa is being processed. In the meantime, we just officially asked Melissa to be our Missionary-in-Residence (8-10 hours per week) while she is with us. BICWM is funding her work. She has whole-heartedly agreed to serve and help us see our community as a mission-field, and to work toward building bridges with minorities.
We are very excited about this and looking forward to the fruit of her ministry. We will soon be translating the sermon (in real time) into Spanish for a dear lady in our congregation. We hope this opens the door for others in the future. We saw the need and so we responded. We know this is just one step in the right direction. We also see that we have a door of opportunity to our college students, especially our international students. Melissa is working with Nathan Rosentrater, our Youth & Young Adult Pastor, to discern the path forward.
Please pray that God will show us how we can do more to participate in the Spirit’s building of a multi-ethnic Kingdom of God.
Finally, if you were in worship on Sunday you heard the announcement about the food-packaging event, Feed My Starving Children MobilePack.
Pastor Woody Dalton called me a few weeks back and personally invited us to join Harrisburg BIC for this great cause. We have an opportunity to literally rub shoulders with our friends at Harrisburg, and do some good for children who need to eat.
Register online and help pack 100,000 MealPacks to be sent to starving children all over the world. Go to https://give.fmsc.org/Harrisburg for more info and to sign up.
Grantham Church, I’m praying for you. Please be in prayer for our wonderful congregation and all that God is doing and wants to do in the days ahead.
Grace & Peace,
* This post was first sent as an email to all church members. If you would like to receive the weekly email from the pastor, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org