Order your Easter flowers

The order form for Easter flowers appears in this month’s newsletters. Please return the form with payment by April 8, 2019. You may make checks payable to First Congregational Church.

Flowers include Easter Lilies, Tulips in red, yellow, lavender, pink, orange or white; Hyacinth in blue or white, Daffodil, Hydrangeas, and Azalea in light or dark pink.

Lenten soup, bread, and devotions

Please join us on Wednesdays in Lent at 6 pm at one of our local churches. Each evening, we will spend a brief time in prayer, conversation, enjoying a bowl of home-made soup and the mutual support of fellowship.

The first Soup & Bread evening will be on Wednesday, March 13 at St. John Church conversing on the Beatitudes in general. The second evening will be on Wednesday, March 20 at Bethany Lutheran Church conversing about those who are “poor in spirit” being blessed. The third evening will be on Wednesday, March 27 when Grace Communion International will host at First Congregational Church a conversation about those “who show mercy” being blessed. The fourth and final evening will be on Wednesday, April 3 at First Congregational Church conversing about “peace-makers” being blessed.

Ash Wednesday service

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent in the church calendar. Lent runs from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday which is 40 weekdays, minus Sundays. In the Christian church it is a time devoted to fasting, abstinence, and penitence in commemoration of Christ’s fasting in the wilderness. We will gather together on March 6th at 7:00 p.m. where together we will prepare ourselves to enter into a time of self-reflection regarding our spiritual walk, partaking of Holy Communion, receiving ashes (optional), and making a commitment over the next 40 days to do something that will assist us in drawing closer to God.

This year during the service, we will be using the 12 steps of AA as an aide to each of us to help us do our own spiritual evaluation and then determine an area that we want to focus on during Lent.

Come and join us as together we all seek to be more Christ-like in our Christian faith and walk.