Schapville Zion Presbyterian Church.
Schapville Zion Presbyterian Church.  

Newsletter March 2017

Dear ones,

Lent is a time to prepare to understand and experience Christ's resurrection from the dead.

It is the time when we are invited to remember Christ's life and His earthly ministry.  To hear anew, His words.  To fill our hearts and minds with His stories and His truths.  We are called to walk with Jesus on that final journey to Jerusalem.

We have several traditional ways of experiencing Lent.

Lent is a time of giving up.  Fasting is a form of self-denial which traditionally involves the limitation of foods we eat or an abstaining from meat or favorite foods.  It is not a diet.  The omission of certain foods is to for the purpose of focusing attention on God’s presence in our lives.   Fasting has long been a practice of many Protestants. John Wesley thought this an important practice.  Fasting is not limited to foods in the 21st century.  One can fast from social media, from certain activities, anything that you feel is distracting you from focusing attention on God.

Lent is time for giving.  Almsgiving provides us the discipline of giving to others and can take many forms. We are called to give out of joy and thanksgiving for what we have rather than out of guilt we may feel over the poor and sick. Almsgiving during Lent can include money for missions such as One Great Hour of Sharing, hours spent in a food kitchen, or care packages for military serving overseas.

Lent is a time of honest reflection and moving closer to God.  Lent calls us to spend more time in prayer.  To confess our sins and ask God to reveal areas of our lives that need His transformation.

Get ready. Prepare. Commit 40 days to focusing your attention on God’s presence in your lives.  Easter Sunday is coming! Lent will prepare the way for a joyous Easter Celebration.  The resurrection is coming!

Blessings and love,

Pastor Dottie

 

Prayer Changes Things

Please remember to pray for those in need of prayer.  Hebrews 4:16 encourages us: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

 

Those in the Mission Field

Memduh and his family

Those in Ministry

Healing

Sue R., Dennis A. (Carol E.’s brother), Jane, Pat M., Roy C., Jodie, Lillian, Steph H., Gary F.

Continued Healing

Those who Mourn

The family of Bob Breed, the families of three teens killed in an accident in Monroe

Traveling Mercies

Wisdom

God’s Protection

Our children

God’s Provision

Mercy

Comfort

Dennis & Denise A.

 

Encouragement

Ryan W., Rachel W.

Peace

Praise

God answers prayer!

 

Thank You!

Dear Ones,

I want to take a moment to thank those who pray for our congregation.  Those prayers are what enable us to continue to do what God calls us to do.  To reach out, to provide comfort to others.  To have meaningful worship.  To share in fellowship.  And most importantly to move closer to God.  Thank you.

Blessings and love,

Pastor Dottie

 

The Poetry Corner

 

LIFE'S WEAVING

My life is but a weaving

between my God and me;

I may not choose the colors,

He knows what they should be;

 

For He can view the pattern

Upon the upper side,

While I can see it only

On this, the underside.

 

Sometimes He weaveth sorrow,

Which seemeth strange to me;

But I will trust His judgment;

And work on faithfully;

 

'Tis he who fills the shuttle,

He knows just what is best;

So I shall weave in earnest

And leave with Him the rest.

 

At last, when life is ended,

With Him I shall abide,

Then I may view the pattern

Upon the upper side;

 

Then I shall know the reason

Why pain with joy entwined,

Was woven in the fabric

Of life that God designed.

By Anonymous

This poem by an unknown author was part of our Confirmation Class’ lesson in February.  We were invited to look at the back of a piece of tapestry to see how a weaving seems to have no rhyme or reason from the back.  But when it is turned right side up, there is a beauty and grace to the tapestry.  There is a lesson of God’s love woven in these comforting words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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