THE FOURTH of the Old Testament promises providing a baptismal lens this Lent is the promise God makes to Moses: those who look on the bronze serpent will live. In today's gospel Jesus says he will be lifted up on the cross like the serpent, so that those who look to him in faith will live. When we receive the sign of the cross in baptism, that cross becomes the sign we can look to in faith, for healing, for restored relationship to God, for hope when we are dying.
IN SPITE of bad weather, our Blood Drive brought in 19 units. Thanks to all who donated! Lives will be saved.
THIS YEAR we will be celebrating Maundy Thursday with a Seder Meal in Servant Hall (time TBD). The Seder is a part of the Jewish religious tradition that tells the story of the Passover (liberation by God from Egyptian slavery) around a meal, featuring symbolic foods to remind the participants of the lessons to be learned through the Passover celebration. This worship service will end with a Christian twist as we celebrate with Holy Communion, a meal commanded by Christ as he shared the Passover meal with his disciples.
THE SECRETARY will be taking a vacation day in the middle of LifeLine week, the last week of Lent, the prep-for-4 bulletins week, March 28. It would be greatly appreciated if everyone could get as many of their items as possible to the office during the week of March 19 – 23, so preliminary work can be begun. Thanks so much for your help – I will enjoy my day out! jcr
WE WILL have a float in the Annual Belton St Patrick's Day parade again this year! Riders needed!! Parade starts at 5:00pm and we will line up at 4:00pm at Belton Memorial park. This coming Saturday, March 17! Any questions, please contact Kathy Morton 816-835-7341.
ANYONE INTERESTED in serving on the Emergency Response Team or Church Security/Safety Committee please see Earl File or David Salmon: Earl File email: email@example.com or call 816-206-6817.
PLEASE CONTINUE to bring your rinsed out coffee cans for Christmas cookies for MLM. This project continues year-round.
CALENDAR CORRECTION: Easter Sunrise Service will be at 7:00 am rather than 6:30 as previously advertised. Still on April 1, and still at Johnson Farms, 177th & Holmes Road (State Road D) Belton.
THANKS TO the congregation’s generosity on 2/25, we had enough money to purchase a new dish washer for the Fellowship kitchen. Stop by to see it this morning!
EASTER FLOWERS: The sign-up sheet for our Easter Garden is on the flower chart in Fellowship Hall. If you wish to bring an Easter lily or other spring flower to decorate the chancel for April 1, please sign your name and whether the plant is in honor or memory of someone, or to the Glory of God. Please put your name on the pot to identify it for taking home after Easter. And thank you for enhancing our worship area in this way – this abundance of floral offerings adds a touch of wonder to our special Easter worship! Please have plants here by noon on Saturday, March 31 so Altar Guild has time to arrange them.
WEDNESDAY WORSHIP: intergenerational midweek worship service. Through interactive story-telling, creative reflections, and take-home connections, young and old will explore together what it means to be a steward of God's creation in daily life. Every Wednesday through March 21 at 7:30 pm.
WE PRAY FOR THOSE IN NEED OF HEALTH, HOPE AND HEALING: