LENTEN DEVOTION – LENT 3
When our tiny, little grandson was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at
his one week check-up, it was like we collided with a truck. Only days
before, we held him in our arms and heard those tiny baby noises. We
rejoiced and thanked God for this precious new life in our family. The
sadness of our son and daughter-in-law when they first heard the news was
heartbreaking. Just as they wanted an easy, carefree life for their little one,
we wanted the same for them.
Jesus said, “In this life there will be trouble.” That is correct and
verifiable! None of us are exempt from the hardships of life.
Jesus also said, “I am with you.” He was, He is, and He always will
Images help me cope with difficult things. During those first days of
sadness, I kept imagining that I was picking up that little baby, and laying
him in Jesus’ lap. Before long, I would have that baby back in my arms, and
I’d be worrying about him again. “Roxann, what exactly can you do about
this? Can you help his little body digest his food? Can you make him grow?”
I’d say to myself. Then I’d put him back in Jesus’ arms.
One evening, our devotion talked about Jesus dealing with our
problems. It said that Jesus doesn’t just know about them, He charges right
into the situation. It was just what I needed to hear!
New image: now I see Jesus charging right to that little guy,
touching him with His loving hands, helping his little body to do what it
needs to do.
As you reflect on your life and relationship to Jesus this Lent,
remember that He is charging right in to help in every part of your life. The
King is on duty, working for our good. Be at peace.
WORSHIP, EDUCATION & ACTIVITIES ATTENDANCE March 6 – March 12
Present Communed Weekly activities
Sat, 5:30 PM 28 25 Toddlers – 5 th grade 15
Sun., 8 AM 40 39 Teens & Adults 30
Sun., 11 AM 65 55 Mid-week Groups 32
Home Comm. 2 Growth Group 45
Lent 23 Soup Supper 25
TOTAL 155 121 TOTAL 147
CALENDAR OF EVENTS March 15 – March 22, 2019
(at church unless noted)
Sunday - Sunday School, 9: 15 AM
Tuesday - Bible Study, 9:30 AM
Wednesday- OCHF, 2:30 PM
- Soup Supper, 6 PM
- Worship, 7 PM
Sunday - Sunday School, 9:15 AM
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THANKS TO THOSE SERVING JESUS
We thank Elaine Green for leading music on Sunday evening and Stephanie
Cheney for leading music at both services on Sunday. We thank all those
who served for their help at worship this weekend. We thank Lisa Brahm
and Charlie Derby for cleaning the building this week and Tracy Romano for
cleaning the kitchen. We also thank Cindy Hemingway, Sandy Voigt, Jacki
Scheib, Kathy Chapman, Hugh Shipley, Sally Bateman, Glenn Banke &
Waneta Ridley for their work this week. A thanks to Amanda Reding for
preparing the monitor materials for worship and for preparing the monitor
in the Gathering Space. A thanks to Doc Tessendorf, Vince Romano and Tim
& Jen Bentley for building repairs. And to Larry Chrysler for repair the tire
on the cart.
SOUP SUPPER THANK YOU!
Thanks to Hugh Shipley, JoAnn Krucko & Pastor Don for setting up for soup
supper. Thanks to those who provided soup, bread and milk: Sandy Voigt,
Marlene Pawlukewicz, Vasa Klimeczko, Jacki Scheib, Sally Bateman, Tracy
Romano, Mary Allhusen, Maggie Wiegand, Andy & Stephanie Corino for
SERVING NEXT WEEK
SATURDAY EVENING: Doc Tessendorf, Glenn Banke,
EARLY CHURCH: Richard Landholm, Amanda Reding, Lori Burk, Ross &
Beverly Phippen, Deborah Pobocek, Roxann Muller, Don & Gayle
Hendershot, Wayne & Leslie Smith
LATE CHURCH: Peter & Kerri Ellison, Andy, Amanda & Tommy Reding, Sandy
Voigt, Mark Deutschlander, Maddy Simons, Kathy Chapman, Maggie
Wiegand, Marlene Beswick, Roxann Muller, Christa Schneider, Cheryl &
Quinn Deutschlander, JoAnn Krucko, Jennifer Bentley, Mark Deutschlander,
CLEAN SWEEP #5! GETTING READY FOR COMPANY-MARCH 28TH
Every year for the past 4 years, a team of GS volunteers have gathered prior to
Easter to give the church a really good cleaning in all those places that
sometimes just can’t be gotten to!
Join us on Sat. March 28th, at 9:30-12 - coffee will be on and a “to do list” of
tasks will be assigned. It’s a time of fellowship and after we are done everything
looks SO good.
Sign up on your Connection Card or on the Wittenberg Door, or just show up -
OR if you can’t join us that morning, but would love to help, just let the office
know, and you can choose an assignment to do at your convenience.
Remember, company is coming - for the Holden Service on March 29th at 6:30,
Palm Sunday Services on the 5th and Easter on the 12th! Let’s look our best!
MID – WEEK LENTEN WORSHIP
Our Lenten Worship series this year will be based on a DVD called “It’s Not
Supposed To be This Way.” At one time or another, everyone has felt that
way. We all have disappointments and circumstances that don’t match the
plans we had for our lives. The choices we make frequently don’t match the
plans God had for us when He created us! Certainly Jesus’ life was not what
the Hebrew people expected. Join us from 7:00 to 7:30 on Wednesday
evenings from March 4 th through April 1 st for a look at what God is doing in
those times where things seem upside down and backwards
HOLDEN LENTEN PRAYER SERVICE- INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!
Join us on March 29 at 6:30PM for a Lenten Prayer Service. The “Holden
Evening Prayer Service” was composed by Marty Haugen over 30 years ago
at the Holden Village- a Lutheran Retreat Center in the Cascade Mountains
in the State of Washington, and is a contemplative, sung liturgy. We did this
last Lent and it was very engaging.
Good Shepherd’s prayer and worship teams joined forces to decide that this
would be a wonderful opportunity to invite the whole community to
experience this beautiful service. Prayerfully consider who YOU might invite.
There will be a reception following the service.
If you would like to grace our altar with flowers this Easter
please complete an order form and return it, following the
directions, with payment by March 22nd. If you ordered flowers
last year there is a form in your mailbox. If you did not get a
form and want to order flowers, there are forms on the ushers’
table in the Gathering Space. Please place your order form and
check in the envelope in Linda Benivegna’s mailbox.
If you didn’t receive the link to sign up for 40ACTS, please email Pastor Don:
Pastordon1@frontiernet.net and he will send it to you. Thank you for being the
blessing God intends us to be.
SAVE YOUR STUFF!
It’s beginning to feel like spring – well, sort of, and you might be thinking about
spring cleaning. If you find things that you no longer use please consider
donating them to the church garage sale. There are pallets set up in the
basement for your donations. Please be sure the items you donate are in good
condition with all parts included. We are unable to accept electronics and baby
items that may be recalled such as high chairs, playpens, strollers, car seats etc.
The funds raised at these sales are used to purchase things for the church.
Thank you for your consideration.
SUNDAY SCHOOL MISSION PROJECT
The Spring Sunday School Mission Project will be CCIA this year! We are one of
fourteen local churches to participate in CCIA (Canandaigua Churches In Action).
Our Sunday School Offering will all go to help people in need right here in our
community. To track our fund raising progress, we will watch a special puzzle,
donated by Ian Reding, come together as money comes in. A new puzzle piece
will be added for every $10 that is donated. Our theme will be “God is Bigger
than the Universe.” God’s love is bigger than all the galaxies put together. Let’s
show how big our love is by caring for those in need. Each year, CCIA provides
food to almost 5,000 people as part of its primary mission. We received $270 in
gifts last month. Thanks to all who have contributed.
PINK ENVELOPESAlthough the capital campaign is over, the Pink Envelopes can be used toprovide funds to assist in paying the mortgage. You can pick up an envelope atthe Usher station. Thank you for your support.COMMUNITY HAPPENINGSKIWANIS CHEF’S CHALLENGE, MARCH 15On March 15 from 2 – 5 PM the Kiwanis Canandaigua will host a showcasing offood samplings from over 20 area celebrity and professional chefs. There will bebeer, wine and spirts tastings, a huge silent auction and emcee: Padj. Ticketsare $30 each or $50 per couple in advance, $35/$60 at the door and areavailable at CNB, Community Bank, Chamber of Commerce, Lyons NationalBank, Wolfe Insurance or Kiwanis members (see Marie Blair, Andy & StephanieCorino, Bill Fuge, Gail Herman, Pastor Don). For more information visitCanandaiguaKiwanis.org.ATTENTION MARRIED COUPLESDeadlines for registering for the spring Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekendsare rapidly approaching! Weekends are designed to create more joy andcloseness in your relationship whether you have been married a year or 50 yearsor more! The Northeast US spring events are scheduled for:* April 24-26 at the lovely Country Inn & Suites in Ithaca, NY* May 1-3 at the recently renovated Heritage Hotel in Lancaster, PA.Apply TODAY at GodLovesMarriage.org, Scholarships are available for those inneed of financial assistance. For questions or scholarship requests, pleasecontact Northeast US Directors of Lutheran Marriage Encounter, Fred & JulieSchamber, at 724-325-3166 or email@example.com
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