February 8, 2018
The Elders will be leading an Ash Wednesday service on February 14th at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary. You are invited to reflect on the humble journey with Jesus as he faces the reality of the world as he moves from Galilee to Jerusalem and from community to being abandoned at the cross. The 40 days of Lent, excluding Sundays which are always considered the celebration of the resurrection, enable us to look at our own lives in light of the life of Christ. Then in Holy Week beginning with Palm Sunday, we open ourselves to the profound presence of God in the most god-awful of times. May you have a blessed and holy Lent.
The annual retreat will be held Saturday, February 17 in the PCC sanctuary from 9 AM to 3 PM.
A light breakfast will be available at 8:30 and lunch will be served at noon.
The retreat has been renamed Pilgrim Retreat because it is not limited to Consistory.
All members who are interested in participating in the direction and future of PCC are encouraged to come and participate.
We look forward to your participation!
Lenten Book Study
Rev. Loar has invited folks to join him in a reading and discussion for Lent of the book "Forgiveness, the Passionate Journey: Nine Steps to Forgiving Through Jesus' Beatitudes." It is written by Flora Slosson Wuellner who is a United Church of Christ minister, but has written and spoken to scores of peoples around the themes of prayer, healing and spiritual life. The book costs $8.00. It is not a long book and most chapters provide questions for reflection. We will meet for discussion for 1/2 hour each Sunday after we get refreshments from the Fellowship Hour. If you simply want to order the book and read through on your own, that is fine. Let David Loar know if you would like a copy of the book.
Pastoral Search Committee Update
The organizational meeting of the pastoral search committee
was held Monday, January 29.
Members of this committee were confirmed as Barb Inderlied, Chris Schmid,
Lynn Felberg, Mariah Moore, Paul Hederstrom, Roz Kvet, Steve Wick,
Ward Lawrence, and Ginger Hannon.
Immediately following the PCC Retreat, the committee will meet biweekly for the first couple months
in order to create a schedule of the steps that need to be taken
and begin the work to accomplish them. The frequency may change thereafter.
We will be working closely with representatives from both the DOC
and UCC during the process of the search and seeking input and
comments from the entire PCC congregation.
Updates will be provided to the congregation in the weekly e-letter
and monthly Visitor concerning the committee’s progress.
This Sunday we will look at Jesus' cry from the cross and reflect on how depression and sadness and pain have been both avoided and faced within the community of faith. Special music will be shared with Jenny Gilles and Bob Condon and they will accompany themselves on stringed instruments.
As I mentioned before I will be gone next week (Monday to Friday) to attend the training event for Appreciative Inquiry. It is in Asheville, NC. I fly in to Cleveland at 12:30 am on Saturday the 17th. I'm going to stay overnight at a hotel near the airport and then come over here to be part of the Consistory/Congregational Retreat on the 17th.
I have seen in recent weeks and especially in the last week the willingness of a number of people of this church to step up and help in vital ways as needed for ministry in serving other people. Ultimately we not part of this church as members with privileges, but we are disciples of Jesus Christ to be servants to a hurting world.
God's Grace and peace,
David Loar, Interim/Transitional Pastor
On Sunday, February 11th, the K-3rd grade class will have a special Valentine's Day lesson. Hope you can join us then!
Movie night returns in March! The date will be announced soon.
Blessings, Vickie Craig
We are in the process of making 1000 new Peace Cranes. If you would like to help please join us at 7:00 PM on Thursday evenings.
Friendship Guild is getting together on February 12 at Barb Inderlied‘s home at 6:30 PM. Sara Dobie Bauer will be giving a presentation on being a published author. She will also be bringing copies of her books! Please bring appetizers, snacks or cookies to share. Beverages will be provided. Hope you can come. This will be a special evening together that you won’t want to miss. Please RSVP to Stephanie Burke.