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M A R C H 2019

FIRST ENGLISH EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH

Dear Brothers and Sisters, As we are preparing for VBS this summer, Day camp with LifeBuilders in March, increasing our evangelistic presence in the community, learning to make plastic mats for the homeless, maintaining and renovating our building so it can be used for worship, Bible study, youth and the many other activities we have, providing food for people in need and so much more and as we see the need around us I am reminded of the story of Moses. Before God speaks to him through the burning bush, Moses faces a moment of decision. He sees an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave and the Scriptures say: “He looked this way and that, and seeing no one he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.” I was reading from the interpretation of a Rabbi on this passage and he said that the translation is in error. It should be translated that Moses looked and saw no man. Meaning he saw no one who was being “the man” or being the person to stand up to evil. It wasn’t that he was trying to get away with something, nor was it an issue of gender, but it was an issue of responsibility and calling. Moses saw there was no one who was willing to stand firm against a wrongdoing and take action to stop it so he did. There was no “man” so Moses became the “man”, the one who intervened. As I look around at what is happening in the world and what takes place in our own communities, as I look this way and that I often am not able to see the “man”. I see too often that the church as a whole has decided that it would be safer, or maybe more comfortable, or simply easier to let someone else be the “man” in relation to our culture and society with the problem being there is no one else. I write this with twofold purpose. First, as we enter the season of Lent we take time to examine our lives, repent of our sins and turn to God to lead us forward to the cross and into the forever resurrection. We look for God to renew us and to use us in standing firmly in faith against evil in this world. Second, I am not suggesting we should despair but we should rejoice that we have been able to be the “man”, to stand firmly on the Rock, we should rejoice that we are seeking to expand the fulfillment of the mission God has called us to do, and we rejoice because the opportunities are plentiful.

Where is God calling us to be the “man” and are we and will we do it? Where is God calling you to be the “man” and are you and will you do it? The need is great and the challenges are many but the Lord God is far greater and there is nothing in this world that has the might of our God. God bless us as a congregation that we may stand up to the wrongs around us by the Spirit of courage. God bless the church catholic that it may bear witness to the Lord of Life in the face of all opposition. God bless you that if you look this way and that and see no man, that you may be empowered by the Spirit to be the “man” for the sake of the world. Yours In Christ<><


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www.feelc.org

WORSHIP SCHEDULE: 9:30 a.m.

Early Worship

11:00 a.m.

Late Worship

(with Holy Communion at all services) MISSION STATEMENT ‘GO, MAKE DISCIPLES’

First English Ev. Lutheran Church 800 Vernier Road Grosse Pointe Woods, 48236-1530 Phone: 313.884.5040 FirstEnglish@feelc.org

On March 6, 2019 we will begin Wednesday Lenten Worship. The morning service will be at 11:00 a.m. (lunch to follow) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 375 Lothrop, Grosse Pointe Farms (car pool from FELC) The evening service will be at 7:00 p.m. here at First English, preceded by supper (6:00 p.m.) and small group time beginning at 5:45 p.m. in the Luther Center.

Fax: 313.884.4460 www.feelc.org

Senior Pastor Rev. Sean R. Motley pastorsean@feelc.org

Educ./Youth Coordinator Renata Conger renata@feelc.org Music Coordinator Bob Foster rhfosterjr@comcast.net

Thursday Morning Bible Study

Come and join us as we continue to examine the gospel of Luke. We are a little behind our Lukan reading schedule so we will be continuing with Luke for most of March. Even if you haven’t attend the class before, now is always the best time to start. All are welcome.

Facility Use Director

Colleen Motley facilityuse@feelc.org

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY Please check the calendar at www.feelc.org

Pastors Emeritus

Grace Circle - Fourth Monday at 7:00 p.m. Peace Circle - First Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Faith Circle - First Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Rev. Paul Keppler Rev. Dr. Walter A. Schmidt

Check the calendar at www.feelc.org

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Notes From Renata

the Parish Education & Youth Ministry Coordinator

Dates: April 12-13 Goal: $1500 Bring your empty bottles and cans to church to support the cause!

SparkShop!

Vacation Bible School July 29-Aug 2

A hands-on faith-based workshop for kids; separate fellowship and encouragement for parents; dinner for everyone!

See Renata if you can help this year.

Who: kids in preschool through 5th grade and their parents (at least one parent must attend). Guests and friends welcome! When: Wednesday, March 6, 5:30-7:00pm (Ash Wednesday) Where: First English Lutheran Church Cost: none! RSVP: please let us know if you're coming so we can prepare enough food and supplies. renata@feelc.org or 313-884-5040 Like free stuff? Sign up at remind.com/join/feelcspark to receive weekly ideas on how to explore the bible at home!

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OFFICERS - 2019 (Officers are members of the executive committee) **President – Jeff Gates Gator613@hotmail.com **Vice President—Mark Berkesch mjberkesch1@gmail.com **Secretary – Claudette Momenee cm1ms1@aol.com **Treasurer – John Nyquist john.nyquist@outlook.com

**Financial Secretary - Pamela Southard milady724@gmail.com Boards & Council Members Church Properties **Scott Bricker, Dir. ** Ted Bidigare, Asst. Dir. Mark Fett B. Decker Gordon Bush Evangelism **Sue Ulmer, Dir. ** OPEN, Asst. Dir. Carol Erikson Margot Kahl Pat Milne Renee Strobl Social Action **Diann Ohman, Dir. **Penny Damore, Asst. Dir. Yvonne Winston Pat Thomas Shawn Vinson Kay Butler Berkesch Virginia Ditty Claudia Gram Pat Milne BJ Decker Debbie Strandhagen

**Denotes member of the Church Council

Parish Education **OPEN, Dir. Mia Cassar Trevor Clor Jim Feldman Patrick Glynn Andrea Glynn Nancy McCarthy Amy McIntyre Holly Wilson Fellowship **Tonya Pirker, Dir. **Carol Sauter, Asst. Dir. Miranda Lorence Alexandrea Annas Robbin Vitale Jackie Tambourine Stewardship & Finance **Dan Rustmann, Co-Dir. **Tom Liebold, Co-Dir. Curt Sylvester Craig Kohler Waynette Hostetler John Nyquist Sherrill Wolford Youth Ministry **Liz Nyquist, Co-Dir. **Heidi Feldman, Co-Dir. Elise Nyquist John Nyquist Aleks Powers Sandi Smith Worship & Music **Kyle Clor, Co-Dir. **Dianna Atkins, Asst. Dir Carys Rees-Baker Mark Fett Sandy Ford Bob Foster Chris Judson Pat Palm Jane Stevens Roger Ulmer Yvonne Winston Women of the Church **Waynette Hostetler, Pres.

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Council Minutes February 17, 2019 Mark Berkesch called the meeting to order at 7:35 pm. SECRETARY REPORT – There was one correction to the January minutes: ‘Scott Bricker motioned to allow selling alcohol at the Chili cook-off event, 2nd by Kyle Clor, and the motioned carried’; Waynette Hostetler motioned to accept the January meeting minutes with the correction, Tonya Pirker 2nd and the motion carried. TREASURER REPORT – John Nyquist, distributed financial reports for November 2018, December 2018, 2018 YTD, January 2019. John Nyquist motioned to accept the reports, Pam Southard 2nd and the motion carried. FINANCIAL SECRETARY – Pam Southard, 2018 YTD statements have been sent out. BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP & FINANCE –No report. BOARD OF CHURCH PROPERTY – Scott Bricker, Youth room clean-out continues; Conference room renovation continues; Tile in the Luther Center entry has been completed; looking into possible Fellowship Hall upgrades; looking into the cost of replacing broken dishwasher in Fellowship kitchen, also reviewing the uses for all the storage areas through-out the church. BOARD OF EVANGELISM – Sue Ulmer, there is a sign-up sheet for the March 3 Life Builder’s kids camp, Would like ideas for more advertising of VBS to the community, looking to pilot a Shepherding program. BOARD OF SOCIAL ACTION – No report. BOARD OF FELLOWSHIP –-Tonya Pirker March 24 is the Mat project to reuse plastic shopping bags, Lent starts March 6 there is a sign-up sheet for Lenten meals – need hosts for 1 lunch, 2 dinners. BOARD OF PARISH EDUCATION – No report. BOARD OF YOUTH MINISTRY – Heidi Feldman, Starting February 24 High School meetings will be on Sundays after services; planning a Lenten breakfast meeting at the Pancake House . BOARD OF WORSHIP & MUSIC – Kyle Clor, March 3 is a training session for communion assistants, there still a need for more usher volunteers, the date for the ‘EAGLES tribute concert’ is on hold while Investigating dates. WOMEN OF THE CHURCH – Waynette Hostetler, planning on a couple speakers, September – from the Vets Returning Home facility, October – from the Alzheimer organization. PASTOR’S REPORT – Pastor Motley, –Sunday March 10th is Cora Schram’s 100th birthday; an attorney has been hired to pursue legal options to resolve organ repair problems; planning another stained-glass window lecture in the near future. OLD BUSINESS – 125th Anniversary in 2021 – Planning continues the Schram family has been organizing pictures and documents from the vault for the celebration. Possible Randie Kohler arranging a program for learning self-defense. NEW BUSINESS – John Nyquist motioned to use the moneys from a stock sale to pay for the tile in the youth room, Heidi Feldman 2nd, and the motion carried. Waynette Hostetler motioned to allow alcohol to be served at the McCarthy shower in May, Kyle Clor 2nd and the motion carried. In support of Kathleen Butler attending seminar, there will be a scholarship presentation from the church and WOC will be supporting with a gift of money. Pam Southard motioned to close the meeting, Waynette Hostetler 2nd and the motion carried. We closed with the Lord’s Prayer at 9:05 pm. Respectfully submitted: Claudette Momenee 5


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ID YOUKNOW?? Flowers may be purchased and placed on the main altar by anyone for Sunday worship services. You may honor someone's birthday or anniversary, or place them in memory of a loved one. A notice will be placed in the bulletin informing the congregation for whom the flowers are placed. Check for available dates on the sign-up sheet, located in the church office or in the Lounge on Sundays. Costs of the flowers are $19.00 per side or $38.00 for both sides, checks payable to FELC Altar Guild. Placement of flowers for the side altar is also available if the main altar is fully reserved.

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Fun and Fellowship to help break up the winter blahs….. Sign-up and enter your best chili or soup recipe!

SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019 6:00 P.M.

Freewill offering Hot dogs, coney’s, salad , chips, & dessert will also be available.

First English Lutheran Church and Christ the King Lutheran Church Presents the

CHILI/SOUP COOK-OFF * Hosted by the First English board of church property •

Invite your neighbors, friends, and relatives to this fun event

Chili registration with Jeff Gates

Cooking set-up begins at 4:30 p.m.

Beer and Wine will be available for purchase

Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the chili cook-off Deadline for Registration, March 23rd at 5:00 p.m.

Registration forms are available on line and in each church office.

(586) 771-8482 or gator613@hotmail.com

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FIRST ENGLISH EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 800 Vernier Road Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 (313)884-5040 www.feelc.org


Jean Kohler entered life eternal on February 21, 2019 “None of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.” Romans 14:7-8

FELC REFLECTION GARDEN ENGRAVED PAVERS Have you seen the “Reflection Garden” lately on the east side of the church? This area has been transformed into a quiet, peaceful green space for sitting and reflecting. A donation of $50.00 or above, will give you the opportunity to have an appropriate message engraved on one of the paver bricks. Order forms can be found in the magazine rack in the hall or in the office.

Not walking because of rain and cold? Come walk in the gym and bring a friend, 8:00 -10:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday. We measured the gym and 10 times around is about a half mile. 20 times and you've done a mile!

The price of a niche is $1,800.00 plus the cost of the urn, the engraving of the marble front and shipping. The niche holds two urns. If you are interested in purchasing a niche, please contact the church office. REMINDER - to reserve your facility use dates for the calendar. PLEASE, remember that ALL groups MUST let Colleen know about any event, even if it’s a repeat event from past years. Colleen Motley is the facility use coordinator… If you have something that needs to be put on the calendar, please let her know ASAP. Please, send her a short e-mail asking her to reserve your date, time, location, name of the event and what group or person is responsible. facilityuse@feelc.org 9


The 125th Anniversary of First English is only two years away! Now's the time to start planning. Anybody interested in being on the planning committee please contact either Jeff Gates (gator613@hotmail.com) or Mark Berkesch at (313) 886-4866 or mjberkesch1@gmail.com), we would like to get started as soon as possible. In the meantime, even if you don't want to be on the committee, please search for church related photographs or memorabilia. Most items can probably be scanned and returned to you.

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS We continue to receive your “Thrivent Choice Dollars” gifts! Thank you to all of our members who have directed their “Thrivent Choice Dollars” to support the mission and ministry of First English. Over $2,000.00 was donated last year to First English through this program. If you are a Thrivent policy holder you are eligible to also direct your support to First English. The rules have changed a bit in that now the gifting of the “Thrivent Choice Dollars” must be done annually. You can direct your gifts to First English by calling Thrivent at 800-THRIVENT (800-847-4836) and state

SCHEDULES & CONTACT NUMBERS Pastor Sean Motley can be contacted by e-mail at Pastorsean@feelc.org. His day off is Friday and in an emergency can be contacted at (715) 297-9991. Facility Coordinator is Colleen Motley and can be reached at facilityuse@feelc.org

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BOARD of EVANGELISM As the Board of Evangelism turns a corner, we are looking for a few good men and women! This is our mission: communicate the gospel to those who have not heard, and integrate ALL FELC members into the life and ministry of the church (this includes caring for and connecting with 1)the community, 2)visitors, 3)the congregation). If God is calling you to help us reach this goal please talk to Pastor Sean or Susan Ulmer (text or call: (313)407-9045 or email susankulmer@comcast.net), or the other members of our board including Carol Erickson, Pat Milne, and Renee Strobl.

St Paul Thrivent Builds Jordan Trip Build dates: March 30 - April 4 Are you interested in joining a team of people seeking to make a difference in the life of a hard working family? Would you like to experience authentic Middle Eastern culture and hospitality? Jordan has welcomed millions of refugees and is experiencing a severe housing shortage. Anyone age 16 and older wishing to partner with a hard working family striving to build their own decent affordable home is welcome on St Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team. Habitat for Humanity Jordan began addressing the need for decent affordable housing in 2001 and now has a growing network of 38 partners helping homeowners to rehabilitate 746 homes, repair 6456 homes and construct 338 new homes for a total of 7540 families served to date. St Paul sent a team of 9 members to Jordan in 2017, including two high school students. On behalf of the team members, Thrivent Financial will be supporting Habitat for Humanity Jordan with a donation of $8,000. An informational meeting will be held on Sunday February 3 at 10:45 at St Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, 375 Lothrop Road. The public is welcome. For more information call 313-881-6670 Details are also available at the website: thriventbuildsjordan2019.weebly.com

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First English Lutheran Preschool is accepting new students for the 2019 school year. Our preschool offers a caring, Christian setting to help parents prepare their three or four year old for their kindergarten and elementary years. Students will develop their social & intellectual abilities as well as a positive self-image. Our program includes*Art

*Music

*Language

*Math

*Science

*Bible lessons

*Beginning reading concepts *Physical development

YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO RE-ENROLL EACH YEAR….SIGN UP ONCE AND YOU’RE DONE!!!! Please take the time to go online and sign-up with your Kroger card and make your donation designation to First English (#83535). It doesn’t cost you anything. Our fundraising efforts, by participating in the Kroger Community Rewards Program, have added up to significant money - just by purchasing your weekly groceries! If you have never signed up – please go to Kroger’s website krogercommunityrewards.com and follow the prompts and AGAIN you no longer need to register every year…...ONCE AND DONE!!! You will need your Kroger card. Remember - It doesn’t cost YOU anything (It's A DONATION FROM Kroger)……..the only thing it costs you is a little time to register your card.

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31 Alexa Andary

25 Jenny Scherer Lara Engebretson

24 Bailey Elsinger Debra Gurney Jay Holsinger Matthew Reck Nicholas Gassenfeit Sean Motley

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10 Benjamin Bloom Christine Kline Cora Schram Shelley Breckenridge

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3 Lisa Caputo

17 Carolyn Cassar Jean Demeulemeester Pippa Hull

Monday

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26 Aaron Motley

19 Mark Berkesch Mark Fett

12 Jack Gurney Nathan Davey

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Tuesday

27 Jennifer Ritts

20 Andrea Bloom Dagmar Tonn Julie Thomas

13 Karen Mancini Mario Bologna

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Wednesday

28 Eric Balle Nancy Tilford Nancy Tuuri

21 Amy McIntyre

14 Robert Simone

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Thursday

29 Andrew Glynn Christopher Crowe Gregory Parsons

22 Amelia Todd Andrew Arsenault Patty Jackson

15 Brian Campbell Carlye Trowbridge Rick Gram

30 Janet Keppler Jennifer Barger Lauren Nehls Marti Miller

23 Noah Simone

16 Joshua Bricker Mark Seppala

9 Barb Schreiber Justin Conn Mark Loehr

2 Anna Nyquist Michael Seppala

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8 Giana Fett Gretchen Busam

Saturday

Friday


GREETERS

9:30 a.m.

3-Mar Renee Strobl 10-Mar Smith's 17-Mar *John Nyquist 24-Mar McIntyre's 31-Mar *Al and Carol Sauter

11:00 a.m.

LAY READERS 9:30 a.m.

McClendon's *Renee Strobl Nelson's *Carol Eriksson Wilson's

USHER 9:30 a.m. 3-Mar Team #3 Fett 10-Mar Team #5 McClendon 17-Mar Team #8 Jackson 24-Mar Team #2 Berkesch 31-Mar Team #4 Donahue

11:00 a.m.

ACOLYTES 9:30 a.m. Mar-3 Jack Bidigare Mar-10 Barrett Nelson Mar-17 Kylie McClendon Mar-24 Giana Fett 31-Mar Jack Bidigare

11:00 a.m. Allie McIntyre Gianna Fett

3-Mar Holly Willson 10-Mar Dave Conger 17-Mar Jim Feldman 24-Mar Mike Garrisi 31-Mar Jim Lieder

Mark Berkesch Marti Miller Cindy Jevons Diann Ohman Jayne Blohm

COMMUNION ASSISTANTS 9:30 a.m. 3-Mar Judy Freund Penny Damore Margot Kahl 10-Mar Alek Willson Holly Willson Nancy Heaphy 17-Mar Pam Southard Kelley Bidigare Jack Bidigare 24-Mar Mike Garrisi Judy Freund

Team #4 Donahue Team #6 Balle Team #7 Zwicker Team #1 Guest Team #3 Fett

Paul Wilson Evan Smith Morgan McIntyre

Penny Damore

31-Mar Alek Willson Holly Willson Margot Kahl

FRIENDLY CALLERS 3-Mar Mark Berkesch 10-Mar Patty Foster 17-Mar Carol Litzenberger 24-Mar Waynette Hostetler 31-Mar Judy Leo

11:00 a.m. Kathy Jevons Mark Berkesch Rosemary Yake Patty Jackson Charles Jackson Waynette Hostetler John Blohm Nate Judson Patty Foster Gary Ford Sandy Ford Kathy Jevons Rosemary Yake Mark Berkesch Waynette Hostetler

COFFEE HOUR 3-Mar Grace Circle 10-Mar Carol Erickson ï&#x192;&#x203A;volunteer needed 17-Mar Worship & Music 24-Mar Faith Circle 31-Mar Fellowship

SPARK CHURCH 3-Mar Cassar's 10-Mar Pam & Kristen 17-Mar Glynn's & Nancy 24-Mar Jim & McIntyre's 31-Mar Cassar's

COUNTERS 3-Mar Team #2 Nancy Heaphy 10-Mar Team #3 Ruth Engle 17-Mar Team #4 Pat Milne 24-Mar Team #5 Ted Bidigare 31-Mar Team #6 Kyle Clor

ALTAR GUILD Anna Unit: Kathy Jevons Lydia Unit: Kay Butler-Berkesch/Amy McIntyre LENT Wed. ACOLYTES 6-Mar Morgan McIntyre 13-Mar Jack Bidigare 20-Mar Allie McIntyre 27-Mar Kylie McClendon

11:00 a.m.

USHERS Team #1 Guest Team #2 Berkesch Team #3 Fett Team #4 Donahue

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9:30 Worship Service 9:30 Spark Church 11:00 Late Worship 7:00 GP Young Persons AA

9:30 Worship Service 9:30 Spark Church 11:00 Late Worship 7:00 GP Young Persons AA

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9:30 Worship Service 9:30 Spark Church 11:00 Late Worship 6:30 Board & Council Meetings 7:00 GP Young Persons AA

9:30 Worship Service 9:30 Spark Church 11:00 Worship Service 7:00 GP Young Persons AA

9:30 Worship Service 9:30 Spark Church 11:00 Worship Service 7:00 GP Young Persons AA

Sunday

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8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons 7:00 Grace Circle

8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons

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CLEF ARTICLES DUE

8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons

8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lesson 6:00 Sports

Monday

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10:30 GPN Pizza Lunch 2:45 Music Lessons 7:00 Tuesday Book Club

10:30 GPN Pizza Lunch 2:45 Music Lessons

10:30 GPN Pizza Lunch 2:45 Music Lessons

10:30 GPN Pizza Lunch 10:30 Faith Circle 2:45 Music Lessons 7:00 Peace Circle

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8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons 5:30 Lenten Dinner 7:00 Lenten Worship 8:30 Sports

8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons 5:30 Lenten Dinner-Jail Bail 7:00 Lenten Worship 8:30 Sports

8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons 5:30 Lenten Dinner 7:00 Lenten Worship 8:30 Sports

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8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons 5:30 Lenten Dinner & SparkShop 7:00 Lenten Worship 8:30 Sports

ASH WEDNESDAY

Wednesday

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9:30 Bible Study 4:00 Music Lessons 6:30 Good News Singers 8:15 Good News Ringers

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9:30 Bible Study 4:00 Music Lessons 6:30 Good News Singers 8:15 Good News Ringers

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9:30 Bible Study 4:00 Music Lessons 6:30 Good News Singers 8:15 Good News Ringers

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9:30 Bible Study 4:00 Music Lessons 6:30 Good News Singers 8:15 Good News Ringers

Thursday

8:45 Preschool 9:00 Holy Yoga

8:45 Preschool 9:00 Holy Yoga

9:00 Holy Yoga

8:45 Preschool 9:00 Holy Yoga

8:45 Preschool 9:00 Holy Yoga 7:00 8 for 4 (Blohm)

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4:00 Simone Party

7:00 Piano Festival 9:00 Youth LifeBuilders Kids Club

Saturday

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