Well done good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Master. Would that not be wonderful to hear when our season on life is over?
This quote comes from one of the last parables of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. You might be interested to read the whole of the parable in Chapter 25. The point is that we should utilize the gifts given to us, trusting that the grace of God is behind us. If we do so, we can enter into the joy of the Master.
Last Sunday, February 24th we met for our annual meeting to discuss how we might best move forward as a community of faith. Our goal is to bring the kingdom of God near to the people in our community. I want to thank all the people that showed up and the church council for putting together a wonderful brunch. Thank you for your support of the budget for the coming year, for voting in our council members, and for being attentive as we updated you on the call process. Your efforts throughout the year make possible a vibrant mission in this place.
I want to take this chance to introduce our theme for Lent: “The purpose driven life.” It is 40 daily meditations on how we might fulfill our purpose in this world.
March 3rd is the first Sunday in March and is the last Sunday of the Epiphany season. Thanks to Tex Clup, we will exit Epiphany and enter the more austere season of Lent by enjoying a BBQ together. This is a wonderful time to invite your friends to church, as the BBQ is a free will offering event. Any contribution will go to assisting our youth, Cody and Angel on their Habitat build in Portugal in September.
March 6th begins the Lenten season with Ash Wednesday. We will have a service in the sanctuary at 5:30 pm. One of the more profound moments of that service is the imposition of ashes and the declaration that we are dust and dust we shall return. It is a stark reminder that life is but a season. Within the years of life we are given, we have the opportunity to share the gifts we have been given and hear the words well done good and faithful servant.
Each of the following Wednesdays beginning March 13th, we will have choir at 4 pm, a soup supper at 5 pm and Worship service/Bible study at 5:30 pm. We will consider the question: What on earth am I here for? As we become clear about God's purpose for our lives, we reduce our stress, focus our energy, and simplify our decisions. We find meaning to life. Our purpose of life is far greater than personal fulfillment, peace of mind or even happiness. We are born with a godly purpose. As we follow Jesus from his temptation to his journey to the cross, we are given a glimmer of what we are called to be. Together we will consider how our life fits into the cosmic purpose of God. Join us on Sundays and Wednesdays for this time of renewal. May we find together the Joy of the Master.
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!
CHRISTIAN BOOK FAIR!
Beaming books for Children and Fortress Press Wellness books for Adults
Shop books to help thrive emotionally, socially, and spiritually. All books are sold at a special discount!
Provident Bank – Community Room
corner of Cherry Hills Blvd. and Sun City Blvd.
Saturday, March 23rd
10:00am to 2:00pm
Upcoming Events for March:
3/2/2019- @7:30 am WELCA Spring Gathering meet in the church parking lot to carpool
3/6/2019- ASH WEDNESDAY
3/6/2019- @ 10:00 am WELCA Executive Board Mtg.
3/6/2019- @ 4:00 pm Choir Practice
3/6/2019- @ 5:30 pm Lent Worship and study
3/10/2019- @ 10:45 am 2nd New Member Class
3/11/2019- @ 10:00 am Executive Board Mtg.
3/13/2019- @ 5:00 pm Lenten Supper
3/13/2019- @ 5:30 pm Lent Worship/ Study
3/20/2019- @ 5:00 pm Lenten Supper
3/20/2019- @ 5:30 pm Lent Worship/Study
3/27/2019- @ 5:00 pm Lenten Supper
3/27/2019- @ 5:30 pm Lent Worship/Study
3/28/2019- @ 10:00 am WELCA General Mtg. Luncheonen
28200 Portsmouth Dr, Menifee, CA 92586, US