Group Lenten Study Without Leaving Home
Lent invites us to find different ways of growing spiritually. That might be a new effort to pray or read devotionals, or deliberately give up something that gives you pleasure, or refocus some of your time toward serving God. Another option is gathering with others to learn, listen, and support one another.
Since we’re still not out of the pandemic, I’m offering a gathering via Zoom so that we can stay in “touch” via our computers and smartphones. This group will meet Wednesday evenings at 6:30p.m. for about 30 minutes focusing on growing our prayer life. Participants will receive a reading and a Zoom link via email on Monday. We will discuss the reading and then have a time of prayer.
Long ago it became the custom of the Church to have a forty–day season of spiritual preparation before the Easter celebration. If you count back forty days from Easter (excluding Sundays) you land on a Wednesday, which became the first day of a season called “Lent” from an old word for “springtime.”
Spiritual preparation often begins with recognizing our failings and realizing we want to do better – in short, we repent. Both testaments of our bible have references to repentance, and often repentance was done (as in the book of Job) “in sackcloth and ashes.” By the eighth century, a formal worship service of repentance was offered on that first Wednesday in Lent utilizing ashes as a sign of our mortality. Thus, Lent began with a Christian commemoration using ashes and that day became known as “Ash Wednesday” and the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter (excluding Sundays) became an opportunity for followers of Jesus to grow spiritually by self–examination, repentance, prayer and self–denial, and by reading and meditating.
MCC will recognize the beginning of the Lenten season with a brief worship experience on Ash Wednesday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. Because of the nature of this service, a separate Lenten themed activity for children will be held in their classroom area for the children present..
In this service we will be invited to recognize the brokenness in our lives, accept the message of the gospel, and receive the sign of the cross in ashes on our foreheads as we depart quietly.
A devotional book Go to Jerusalem will be made available to the church family to help us develop a daily time of devotion. This well written little book can enable us to learn something new and strengthen our faith through daily readings (and journaling) in this time leading up to Easter.
This study will begin on March 9th. If you have a laptop or smartphone and have not participated in Zoom, please get in touch with me and I will get you connected.
Geo Latimer – 417 848 6776 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A Note from our Supply Minister
What should be going on with our church? Obviously, a time of change began when Alex announced his resignation last year. Change is, whether we like it or not, a part of our lives and even though change comes more slowly to institutions, change does come to churches. I guess we all want this to ultimately be a good change! How that happens is totally up to us, and we can learn what works and what doesn’t from other churches’ good and bad experiences in the time between called ministers.
Some definite steps are in order:
· Saying goodbye and letting go. Alex and his family were here a long time and built relationships in the community; however, he has new calling and needs the opportunity to fully give himself to his new job.
· Finding direction. A search committee has been appointed and the Regional church has helped begin the process – you have been given surveys to get your initial feelings about what is important to you in ministry.
· Self-study. This should be an unhurried process of looking at ourselves, gathering data, reflecting on our role in the community, and building consensus as to what kind of church we need to be.
· Search for the next pastor. Work by the search committee to gather resumes, vet, interview, and present to the congregation a candidate.
· Negotiation of terms and a decision by the congregation to extend a call.
· Installation of new pastor and startup of a new chapter in the life of our congregation.
All of this takes time, and that time varies a lot from one church to another. Usually, the self-study stage takes the longest, and that time is proceeding slowly because of Covid. This is your process – I’ll try to help you with the process, but where all this comes out is up to you. My role is to be the “non-anxious presence”, although I’m not sure there’s much anxiety to abate. In the meantime, let’s simply enjoy being the church together.
Servers for March
March 6—Gene Kinslow
March 13—Helen Phillips
March 20—Darold Phillips
March 27—Ashley Crawford
March 6—George and Edie Dunbar
March 13—The Marlin Family
March 20—Carol Alberty and Greg Cook
March 27—George and Edie Dunbar
March 6—Jed Fisher
March 13—Brandon Crawford
March 20—Greg Cook
March 27—Matney Crawford
March 6—Tammy Fisher
March 13—Jim Fanning
March 20—Tammy Fisher
March 27—Greg/Jacque Cook
(*DEACONS are serving the congregation as greeters and opening the doors at the back of the sanctuary following worship ahead of the speaker.)
Disciples Women’s Evening Group
Tuesday, March 8th
Fellowship Hall ~ 6:30p.m.
Ladies, may all of you be in good health and experiencing God’s blessings. We will be meeting the 2nd Tuesday in March and April to allow members to participate in the Lenten Study on Wednesdays. Make plans to join us March 8th in the fellowship hall. We will watch a video by Beth Moore followed by a discussion from our book study ‘Breaking Free’. ALL women are invited!
Our deepest sympathy goes to Lindy Williams and family for the death of her brother, Bill Wilson, who passed away February 3rd, 2022, at the age of 63 in Poplar Bluff. A Celebration of Life was held on February 7th at the American Legion in Poplar Bluff with music and memories.
Please remember the Williams and Wilson families in your prayers as they grieve their loss.
- Family of Bill Wilson (Lindy Williams brother)
- · Sarah Williams (chemo for ovarian cancer) Bill and Lindy’s daughter
- · George Dunbar (tests)
- · Tina (diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease) Carol Alberty’s daughter
- · Beth Temen (health issues) daughter of JoAnne O’Guinn
- · Jerry Minor (cancer treatment)
- · Margie Davis
- · Jed Fisher’s mother (lung cancer)
- · Marlea Fanning
- · Ralph Zachary
- · Audrey Neas
- · The physical health of our church family as we continue to deal with the COVID outbreaks.
- Other Needs:
- · The upcoming Lent season, pray how you might prepare spiritually for the season.
- · Those who have recently visited our fellowship, that we would be faithful in reaching out to them, ministering to them, and that this fellowship would grow for God’s glory.
- · Marriages facing hard times, families struggling with lay-offs and finances, etc. in light of the pandemic.
“Prayers for Our Troops” Updates
If you have a relative or close family friend that is serving in the military or is no longer serving, please help us with this important ministry. The list we have been publishing probably needs to be updated. We are asking each of you to look over the list and contact Linda in the church office or send an email with the needed changes. It would also be helpful to know of the specific connection each name has with someone in this church.
Thanks for your help in this special ministry.
The church library has reopened with books for ALL ages. Come take a look! Just write your name and book title on the notepad on the table. When you return your books, please place them in the “return” basket just inside the library door. Thanks goes to Naomi Kinslow for all her hard work!
A MORNING PRAYER
“O God, this morning I have come into the quietness and stillness of your presence to begin the day, so that out of this moment I may take with me a quiet serenity which will last me through the rough and tumble of this day’s life.
I have come to find WISDOM, so that today I may not make any foolish mistakes.
I have come to find PEACE, so that nothing may worry or upset me all through today.
I have come to find LOVE, that all through today nothing may make me bitter or unforgiving or unkind.
I have come to begin the day with You, to continue it with You, and to end it with You, so that it will be a day which will have in it nothing to regret. Bear this morning payer for Jesus’ sake. AMEN.”
– From The NEWSLETTER Newsletter