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Lent began on February 14th  ​There is some irony that Valentines Day and Ash Wednesday coincides.  But perhaps only a shade of the irony compared to Easter and April fools Day are also celebrated on the same date, April 1, this year. These 40 days of Lent carry the biblical 40 days of the desert that Jesus was tested, and all the other number 40's which appears as a time of testing or trial, like the rain in Noah's story, or the years  the Israelite wondered the desert or Elijah hiding on the mountain to name a few. Sundays during lent are feast days, in which there are six, counting Palm Sunday. Feast days indicate that there is no need to fast.  Thus February 14 to Saturday March 30 are 46 days, and take out the Sundays, and you have a solid 40,  My prayer is all of us are able to keep a holy Lent.  ~ The Rev Lorrie Slaymaker. 

Vestry February 22 at 6 PM.  The Vestry will meet February 22, at 6 PM in the fellowship Hall.  Please give ideas and concerns to the Rev Lorrie Slaymaker or Senior Warden Chris Ellis for our agenda. 

Thank you and kudoos to Lee Storey who has undertaken a deep cleaning of the Fellowship Hall. As a room that is visited and used by all of us, it gets it share of ware and tare, and helping hands ordering it back to normal.  With Lees expertise we now know that even the deepest corners have been inspected and cleaned.  A good way to begin a lenten season, with a clean house, so to speak.   Thank you Lee.

Dinners for 6 are now scheduled.  Pick up the list of who eats where and when for early months of  2018.  Schedules are located near the clipboards in the Narthex.

Altar flower sponsors for February & March.   To sponsor altar flowers place $20 in the flower envelopes (or $25 to make a donation to flower guild and covering costs of water and supplies) and place the envelope in the Sunday offering.
February 18, 25 -  Donna Griffiths ​
March 4, 11, Chuck and Joanne Meesly
March 18, 25 Donna Griffiths

Holy Week & Easter Calendar
Palm Sunday, March 25
Maundy Thursday, March 29
Good Friday, March 30
Easter Sunday, April 1
Pentecost Sunday, May 20

Adult Formation We meet on Sunday morning at 9:45 to 10:45 AM with The Rev Lorrie Slaymaker, or The Rev Gwen Fry and The Rev Nancy Cook help guide the discussion. The coffee is on, come and join, conversation, and reflection.

Sunday Average Attendance 
2017 Average         44
​2018 Average         48

Projects on the docket:

  Church windows need to be replaced, seals are broken

  Gutter covers on church and fellowship hall

  Leaf removal of church grounds

  RB House: exterior painting has started, washing machine pluming needs to be completed, to decrease ground              water under the house, gutters need to be added, and safety railing by entrance and bathtub. 

Next Vestry meeting is on Thursday February 22 at 6 PM. 

Some items on the Agenda include:  
  • Election of the Junior Warden
  • Election of the Secretary
  • Election of the Treasurer
  • Permissions for Deacon
  • Jessica Wright takes over Admin of  FaceBook page and Website
  • Review Diocesan Convention
  • RB House review