Reminder: The “My Sister’s Place” collection bin has arrived and will remain downstairs in our Kitchen/Fellowship Hall until the end of January. Please donate your gently used clothing, footwear, jewelry, accessories, housewares, linens, etc.
ESPECIALLY needed this year are: New or gently used mittens & gloves, Houseware items, Costume jewelry, and Christmas items (before mid-December, please). Please note MSP does NOT accept stuffed animals, upholstered furniture or baby furniture (car seats, cribs, strollers, etc.). For more details, including IRS donation deduction guidelines, visit www.bhcare.org and select “My Sister’s Place” on the homepage.
Please join us as we enter the season of Lent with our Ash Wednesday Service on February 14th at 7:00pm. During this service we will receive both Ashes and Holy Communion. Please note we will not celebrate Holy Communion again until our Maundy Thursday service on March 29th.
We hold monthly prayer meetings called “People @ Prayer” which focus on the needs of our church and its members. We’ll take one hour, usually (but not always) on the first Saturday of each month, to lift up our church/ministry needs, all those intentions already on our prayer list and any other requests brought by those present. You need no “public” prayer experience, so please join us in the Sanctuary on Saturday, March 3rd, from 10 to 11AM, for our next “People @ Prayer” meeting and plug into the power of group intercessory prayer!
We will observe Maundy Thursday with a Candlelight Service of Holy Communion and Tenebrae on Thursday March 29th @ 7:00PM. Our 5th grade Sacraments Class students will be receiving Holy Communion for the first time that evening. Come experience this beautiful worship service for yourself. Many in our church family cite this as the most moving and special service of our year. We do warn you, however, that it is a “dark” service both physically (no lights, only candlelight) and emotionally (including solemn readings of the betrayal, trial and crucifixion of our Lord and an affecting performance of the hymn “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”). It is likely not appropriate for young children, please exercise parental discretion accordingly.
To learn more about the actual events this worship service recalls, grab your bible and read Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:7-20. Or, check out this great summary of the Last Supper by Mary Fairchild: About.com’s Bible Story Summaries.