The Masters: Lenten Worship Drama Series!

lentEach Sunday evening of Lent we will meet a Master Craftsperson from Jerusalem in the year 33 A.D. These individuals unknowingly create the very items that are used for Jesus’ crucifixion. We will explore the Complex emotional relationship between the objects they create and the One for whom they were destined.

March 9: A leather tanner fashions a whip by Pilate’s order.
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March 16: A weaver’s purple cloth mocks Jesus’ kingly claim.

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March 23: Judas and John purchase wine from a winemaker for Passover, unaware that a cup from the same batch will quench Jesus’ thirst as he hangs on the cross.
March 30: Blacksmiths craft the crucifixion nails and the sword that will pierce Jesus’ side.
April 6: A stonecutter makes Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb, which will hold Jesus’ body.

Come and join us as we experience this unique perspective on Jesus’ final days, and learn what this may mean for us, today. The offerings for Lent will go to benefit ELCA World Hunger. The service is from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m., followed by a fellowship meal. Please bring finger foods to share.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMark your calendar! Everyone is invited. Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19th. We invite all children (toddlers through 5th grade) to join in an afternoon of fun. There will be special activities, refreshments and of course…we’ll hunt for eggs! All refreshments will be provided. Just bring your Easter basket! WELCA’s Café is sponsoring this event. If you would like to help with the cost of this event or volunteer your time, please contact Cheryl Pannal (667-5315) or Dana Lee Smith (665-1377).

2014 VBS

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REGISTER NOW FREE

Find The Treasure At VBS 2014
Come join the fun as we get to know what’s so great about God, EXPLORE the nature of God, and SERVE God in practical ways.

When: June 9-13, 2014
Time: 9:00 – Noon
Ages: PreK (must be 4 by Sept. 2014
and potty trained) through 8th grade.
The 6th, 7th & 8th grade class will travel off site to
lend a helping hand in our community. (These are
the grades that your child completed for this school
year.)
We would like for everyone to save “empty” paper towel rolls, tissue boxes, water bottles, coffee cans, and industrial size food cans for our crafts this year. If you would like to volunteer in any way please contact Cheryl Pannal (912-667-5315) , Amy Young (912-667-1482) or Joy Hutcheson (912-663-8746).

 

Under Construction

guytonThe building was old. The paint was peeling in patches from the stucco overlaying the original brick. Upstairs, several boards had given way in the wooden floors, exposing the building’s ribs, and here and there, slow leaks in the roof had stained the ceiling tiles a rusty yellow. We picked our way cautiously through the rooms, kicking up decades of dust that hung like streamers in the rays of the afternoon sun that filtered through the cracked window glass, casting the entire room into a golden glow. We stood, arm in arm, and pondered the enormous task of restoring this big, old building to its former glory. “It’s got potential!” my husband declared. I smiled. My husband, the visionary, the dreamer, sees the potential in everything. And, so, it began. The B.O.B. (our Big Old Building) is now under construction. I doubt that it will be finished in our lifetime. But, what fun we are having as, little by little, we bring a piece of the dream to light.

Isn’t that the way God is with us? God looks at us with eyes full of dreams, and sees not what we are, but what we could be, with a little imagination and a lot of elbow grease. God always sees the potential in us, and works tirelessly to bring that potential into a reality. We are always under construction, and while God will never be finished with us in this lifetime, it is a work of love of which God never seems to tire.

There is one, big difference between us and an inanimate object, like our big, old building. The building has little say in what we do with it, while, with God, we are partners in the process. We get a say in any renovation God might want to make in us.

Lent is the season of the Church year in which we take time to listen as the Spirit reveals God’s vision for us. We take stock of who we are now and who God is calling us to be. We stand, arm in arm, to decide if we will say “Yes!” to what sometimes seems like an enormous task, and decide if we will submit to the chaos that always comes with being under construction. We do this individually and collectively; as a child of God and as a member of Christ’s church. It is both a joyful and a painful process, this introspection. Hard work, and yet, worth the effort.

Come! Spend some prayerful time with your brothers and sisters in Christ at Zion this Lenten season, as we listen together to what God may have in mind, for you personally, and for us as his people. Let God show you his dream for you, because he isn’t finished with any of us yet.

Blessings on your Lenten listenings,

Pastor Barb <><
…what we will be has not yet been revealed. 1 John 3:2