Dear Church Family,
I hope you have been enjoying this week of beautiful weather. According to Punxsutawney Phil, Spring is on its way, but we all know how unpredictable the weather can be in February and March, so we’ll see if the world’s most famous groundhog is right!
Please be sure to join us this week in worship as we wrap up our series on Christianity and Religions of the World by reflecting upon the uniqueness of our own faith. In the process, we will begin laying the groundwork for our upcoming Lenten series “Making a Messiah” which will examine the events leading up to the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of Jesus.
Speaking of Lent…. Make plans to bring your family to our annual Pancake Supper and Ash Wednesday worship service next Wednesday, February 10. Supper starts at 5 p.m. and is $4/person at the door or $12 for a family of four or more. Ash Wednesday worship service is at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
If you are interested in going deeper in your studies this Lenten season, join Rev. Dr. Fank Drenner for his study “God’s Politics.” That begins at 7:15 p.m. It’s free, but we do ask that you register.
Don’t forget that this Sunday is also Commitment Sunday for our 2016 Operating Budget. Your faithful giving supports our local missions and ministries as well as the day-to-day operations of the church. As such, your gifts are enabling our church to help people know the love of Jesus and are having a huge impact for the Kingdom. For example, church attendance is up significantly over this same time period last year, and each week we are seeing more and more new families coming to know the Lord through our church as a result of your generosity.
Finally, on a pastoral note, Rev. Tim Morrison shared with our church staff and Chancel Choir this week that he has been diagnosed with Stage 2 prostate cancer. While Tim’s prognosis is very good, he will begin undergoing radiation treatments in the coming days and weeks.
We would ask that you please lift Tim and Lynda up in your prayers. Please also pray for their adult children Jenna and Mason as well as the rest of their family as they offer their support. Please pray for wisdom and discernment for the doctors and pray especially for the mighty power of God to bring healing through body, mind, and spirit. As a pastor, Tim has walked this road with many others here at Custer Road but now finds himself leaning on the love and support of his church family during this time. Thank you and advance for your prayers for Tim and his family.
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