Blog: “Dispatch from the Edge”: March 3, 2017

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Anita Sorenson

March 3, 2017 | LentMarch 3, 2017 | Lent

“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations...

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The very next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and yelled out, “Here he is, God’s Passover Lamb! He forgives the sins of the world! ”

Deuteronomy 7:6-9 (ESV) & John 1:29 (MSG)

Take time today to intentionally reflect upon the ways God has shown his love to you and your family, and then respond with a prayer of gratitude to God for his forgiveness, great lovingkindness and gift of friendship.

Grace and Peace,

Anita Sorenson

Pastor for Spiritual Formation

 Keep these opportunities to gather together in mind over the next few weeks:

Lenten Focus: Neighborhood Listening

During Lent our all-church, inter-departmental emphasis will be on listening to our neighbors.

 • Feb. 26th thru April 15: Lenten disciplines:  Pair up with a friend to practice a weekly discipline of eating, shopping or walking in our immediate neighborhood. Pick up a devotional guide at the table in the gym, and commit to taking small steps to notice, meet, and listen to our neighbors. This week's action step: As you walk, shop or dine in our neighborhood, make eye contact and smile or greet at least 2 people you have not met. Silently pray for them.

 • 9 am Sundays, Feb. 26th thru April 9th: Journey to the Cross, photo edition! PasCov youth team up with kids' for photo scavenger hunts; bring a digital camera.

 • Neighborhood BBQ: Sat., April 22nd 10-2 pm: We will invite our neighbors to join us for a BBQ in the parking lot. We need lots of volunteers to help!

Sanctuary of Women: March 5 - April 16

Images of God in Scripture include feminine metaphors as a midwife, a woman in labor, and a breastfeeding mother. Join us for a prayerful, contemplative 7 week class (starting March 5 and culminating on Easter Sunday, April 16) in which we hope to center ourselves on these feminine metaphors and connect with Mother God in new ways. We will meet in the Corner House, starting promptly at 8:45am and ending at 10:15am. More information will follow soon, but please contact Brittany Burian (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))  or Lisa Carruthers (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) with questions or if childcare is needed.

Memorial Information for John Wood

Friday, March 3

4:30–7:00pm

Viewing at Oakdale Mortuary, open to anyone who wishes to come and go or stay as long as they want during that time.

Oakdale Memorial Park and Mortuary

1401 S. Grand Ave.

Glendora, CA 91740

(626-691-2000; "funeral director": Juan Velasco)

Saturday, March 4

9:00am

Graveside service at Oakdale (John Notehelfer)

11:00am

Memorial service at Pasadena Covenant Church

followed by a lunch reception

 

Koinonia Prayer & Praise potluck: March 5th

Koinonia Prayer & Praise potluck is Sunday, March 5th, 6pm, at the Atherton. 

Serving our Community: March 6th – 10th

Madison Elementary Library has a book fair planned for March 6th – 10th.  Librarian Nancy Stuckey could use help any of those days between the hours of 8 and 3. As part of the annual Dr. Seuss Read Across America week volunteers are invited to come on Friday, March 3rd from 8:30 a.m. – noon to read to the students.  

Men’s Book Club: March 9th 

The Men's Book Club will discuss THE HUNDRED YEAR WALK, by Dawn Anahid MacKeen, at 7pm on March 9 at the Corner House. This book is a recovered memoir of the Armenian genocide, as experienced by Stepan Miskjian, and retold his grandaughter, who not only reclaimed Stepan's manuscripts, but retraced his steps in modern Turkey and Syria. For more information, please contact Rich Doyle at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Connection Team Meeting: March 12th 

The Connection team will meet, Sunday, March 12, 9-10am in the Gathering Place, to help us prepare for Easter.

Family-Friendly Potluck: March 12th 

Family-Friendly Potluck will be on Sunday, March 12, 4pm at the Heuer’s home.

Potluck Luncheon with Steve Holloway: March 12th 

Come to the Salad Potluck in Fireside after worship next Sunday, March 12, to hear an update on the Holloways’ ministry. Please bring a salad or dessert to share. For more info, please contact Bruce Wear (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

Third Thursday Potluck: March 16th

The Third Thursday Potluck will be on Thursday, March 16th, 6pm at the Aoki's home.

The Nixon Group: March 17th

The Nixon Group will be on Friday, March 17th, 6pm. Location rotates, so contact Steve or Nancy Stuckey.

Baked Potato Night: March 19th

Baked Potato Night will be on Sunday, March 19th, 5pm, at Field’s.

Upcoming Preacher Schedule:

March 5th – Jean Chang Gorman

March 12th – Ron Short