Love is in the air in February. Connie and are planning to travel to Hawaii for Valentine’s Day this year. Basking in a place which God has touched with a marvelous beauty. We missed the Big Island when we were cruising during Hurricane Lane.
Before we go, we would like to invite couples to join us for a renewal of vows service after the service on February 10th. This is a time to declare to your partner in life, that you would do it all again.
Love is the theme for Epiphany as we follow Jesus who is doing one deed of love after the other. What he demonstrates to us is that Love is not an ephemeral emotion. It is a daily discipleship of commitment and compassion.
We learn on February 3rd that Love sometimes involves dealing with rejection. Jesus experienced rejection in his own hometown. Yet he was able to pass through that negative reception and continue his mission of mercy and courage.
We learn on Feb. 10th that it is in loving one another, that we become of beacon of hope for others. We “salt” the world with a much needed flavor of compassion.
We learn on Feb. 17th Jesus reminds us that love will prevail in the end and the hard work on service to others will be blessed.
On Feb. 24th Jesus encourages us to bring the healing power of love to even our enemies. The annual meeting follows the service that day with a brunch.
Jesus’ path of love points us to a deeper commitment than just buying a heart shaped box of candy. It is a daily decision to bear one another burdens. It is acts of compassion like picking up a member of Faith, so they can worship with us. It is folding up the walker for a friend. Visiting a friend in the hospital or bringing a meal to them when they come home.
As a real part time pastor, who lives some distance away, I cannot be there for you in many ways. Take this season of love to make a special effort to be there in love for each other. Paul reminds us that in doing so, we fulfill the Law of Christ.
One last word, Epiphany ends March 3rd and we are celebrating with a BBQ prepared by Tex Culp. Do not miss this chance to invite your neighbors and friends. Invitations will be available in the narthex in the church.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor John Bunge
We gather for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30 am for a traditional service of worship, that includes a Liturgy of Praise, Hymns, Choir and the sharing of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. From September to May we have Sunday School available for all children ages 3-11. (5th Grade)
Following worship, we gather for a time of Fellowship, coffee and light breakfast foods.
Come and join in the Fellowship!
As always, please invite your neighbors, family members, and friends to join us. All are welcome!
Upcoming Events for February:
*Choir Practice is now being held @ 4:00 pm on Wednesdays
2/3- New Member Class @ 10:45 am
2/4- WELCA Leaders Bible Study @10:00 am
2/6- WELCA Executive Board Meeting @ 10:00 am
2/10- New Member Class @ 10:45 am
2/12- Lydia Circle Bible Study @ 11:00 am
2/13- Mary Circle Bible Study @10:00 am
2/14- Elizabeth Circle Bible Study @3:00 pm
2/21- Snip N’ Stitch
2/24- Annual Congregational Meeting and luncheon @ 10:45 am
28200 Portsmouth Dr, Menifee, CA 92586, US