Midweek Meditation: Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Dear Calvary family,
How is your Lent? What are you doing or not doing that is bringing you closer to Jesus? Are you obedient? Jesus says: “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” How do you hear these words? Do you obey them?
There are only a few suggestions in the Bible but there are a lot of commands. You are required to do them. If you choose to follow Jesus, you are called to make disciples. You are called to live a holy life. You must forgive. You must love God more than anything or anybody. Are you an obedient child of God?
Jesus was obedient to death. “Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). Jesus had to learn from experience what it was like to obey when obeying meant suffering. These verses are so challenging and hard. Learning obedience is directly linked with and is the outcome of the experience of prayer. Don’t lose what matters the most over so many good things: Pray deeply, set aside time to just pray. May God’s presence be enough for us so that we will want to be obedient because we have experienced His love for us.
Love and Obedience,
Here’s what’s happening in the life of our Church and how you can get involved:
PLEASE BE AWARE
There was a recent scam attempt. Please be aware our pastors and staff will never ask for money or gift cards through a text or email! If you have a question about a text or email, please call the church office.
YOUTH GROUP WILL NOT MEET THIS SUNDAY EVENING
Because we have an outing instead, Youth Group will not meet at church this Sunday, February 25. Our next meeting will be March 3 at our usual time of 6:30pm.
CHILDREN’S CHOIR OPPORTUNITY
We are inviting the children to help the congregation worship, celebrate God, and praise Jesus on Palm Sunday, March 24. We would love to have your children or grandchildren join us for this. To prepare, the children will stay for about fifteen minutes after Sunday worship on March 3, March 10, and March 17 to practice with Dr. Mark Herris. We look forward to the children leading us in this way!
Join us Tuesday, February 27 at noon for our “Presidents’ Day”-themed luncheon with fried chicken. Bring a friend and your favorite side or dessert to share. Red, white, and blue attire is encouraged! The meal will be followed by BINGO and a Ballroom Dance Class & Social Dancing. A $5 donation is welcome. You may RSVP in the narthex. Questions? Contact Myrna at 317-979-1983.
We have a blood drive scheduled for Sunday, March 17, from 8:30am until 12:50pm. The demand for blood is always high so they are hoping for every spot to be filled. We need at least 15 more donors! Please use this link to sign up and share it with others you know in the area who might be willing to give! https://donate.indiana.versiti.org/CalvaryUnitedMethodistChurch/BloodDrive
LENTEN SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION
For the six Sundays of Lent, join Diane Brown and Karen Rigsbee in a small group discussion on “A Jesus-Shaped Life: Forty Days Toward Christ-Likeness” during the 11:11 Sunday School time in the Sanctuary. Copies of the current chapters will be available there; past chapters are available in the office.
LENTEN DEVOTIONALS AND ACTIVITY SHEETS
If you would like to take home a seasonal devotional or guided activity sheet for youth or children, they can be found on the table by the windows in the narthex.
Connect with other UMC members at Lenten Breakfasts around Hendricks County on Saturdays at 8:00am. February 24 will be at Plainfield UMC, 600 Simmons St, Plainfield 46168.
With so much thanks to Linda Ferguson, our church library is now ready to be put to good use! Stop by the office on a Sunday before or after the service or during the week from 8:30-1:00 to check out the hundreds of books, devotionals, and reference materials that are available to you. The materials may be checked out by filling out the card in the front of the item and placing it in the box on the shorter bookcase. There is no fixed due date for the return, but we will let you know if someone else is interested in the same item.
GREAT SUMMER MISSION OPPORTUNITY
Youth in 7th grade and up as well as any adults are encouraged to save June 16-22 for our next trip to Mountain T.O.P. in Tennessee. The service projects to choose from include painting, building, yardwork, or day camp (like VBS) with younger area kids. If you have questions about what’s involved, visit www.mountain-top.org and watch for an upcoming informational meeting date.
WE NEED LEGO BRICKS!
We are excited to try something new this summer for our children and youth in the form of a LEGO camp: “LEGO & Let God…Building your Faith Brick by Brick”! The camp will take place July 15, 16 & 17, 9:00am until noon and students from kindergarten through 12th grade are invited. Each day we will have a prayer, a devotional, music, daily LEGO thematic challenges, outdoor games, and snacks. Mark your calendar to volunteer those three days! But we also need your help right now! Gather up old LEGO elements you or your family might have at home. (We will not be able to return them to you.) Bargain shoppers be alert online, at garage sales, and at Goodwill. Collection bins are in the narthex. We are also accepting financial donations to purchase LEGO sets as well. Please note “LEGO Camp” on your check. If you have any questions, please contact Anne at email@example.com.
FEBRUARY MISSION FOCUS – YOUTH MISSIONS
Our monthly mission giving this month provides for various youth missions. Money donated may be used for our newly restarted youth group and its activities, Mountain T.O.P. service trips, or summer camps like VBS in the past or our new “LEGO and Let God” planned for this summer.
SNOW REMOVAL TEAM
“Many hands make light work.” If you agree, we have the perfect team for you to join: Team Snow Removal! Join the crew and help make the chore of shoveling, snow blowing, and salting go faster! Please contact the office if you’re willing to help in this way. (317-852-2541 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sunday, February 25, 10:00am Second Sunday of Lent Rev. Jolita Erbele
“The Obedience of Jesus” Matthew 5:20; Hebrews 5:7-9 (NLT)
Sunday, March 3, 10:00am Third Sunday of Lent Rev. Michelle Knight
“The Relationships of Jesus” Ephesians 4:25-32 (NRSV)
SAVE THE DATE:
Classics Luncheon – Tuesday, February 27 at Noon in Fellowship Hall
First Monday of the Month Prayer Time – Monday, March 4, 6:30am in the Sanctuary
Daylight Savings Time begins – Sunday, March 10; move clocks ahead one hour
Euchre – Saturday, March 16 at 6:00pm in Fellowship Hall
Versiti Blood Drive – Sunday, March 17, 8:30am-12:50pm
Lunch Bunch – Wednesday, March 20, Noon at Green Street Pub and Eatery
Maundy Thursday Service – Thursday, March 28, 7:00pm in the Sanctuary
Good Friday Service – Friday, March 29, 7:00pm in the Sanctuary
Easter Sunrise Service – Sunday, March 31, 7:30am in the Shelter area
Easter Breakfast – Sunday, March 31, 8:30-9:30am in Fellowship Hall
Easter Service – Sunday, March 31, 10:00am in the Sanctuary