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Calendar of Events for the Week of March 26, 2023:
Monday - 5:00pm    Karate
Tuesday - 9:00am    Stephen Ministry Training    
Wednesday - 6:00pm    Lenten Covered Dish, Discussion & Devotions
Thursday – 1:00pm    Choir Rehearsal; 5:00pm    Karate; 6:30pm    AA Meeting
Friday - 
Saturday -     

LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPSONSE - is accepting donations for the recent earthquake in Turkey & Syria. Donations may be sent to:

Lutheran Disaster Response
P. O. Box 1809
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009

GIVE IT UP FOR LENT! Wednesday Evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 - Why do we (or don’t we) give something up for Lent? After a wonderful covered dish dinner we will explore reasons to make sacrifices (or not) and then look to scripture for examples of giving something up and what, if anything, might replace what we have lost. Each week we will end with brief evening devotions.

Everyone is invited to attend! If, for any reason, you are unable to attend the meal, please consider participating in the discussion and worship which will start about 6:30. It’s okay if you can’t attend every Wednesday, come when you can for an evening of good fellowship, interesting discussions, and calming devotions.
March 29
Zaccaeus Gives In
Luke 19:1-10
April 5
Peter Gives Up - Jesus Doesn't
John 18:15-27
 
 
John 21:9-19
FAMILY FUN AND GAME NIGHT - All are invited to attend a Family Fun & Game Night on April 16 from 5pm-?? in Roth Hall. This will be our third get-together and we have a really great time. Feel free to being your favorite game, a friend, and a snack to share. All ages are welcome-we hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact the Fryes (Church & Jean) at 570-788-5700 or Deb Jones at 570-233-7675.
EASTER LILIES - Envelopes to order an Easter Lily are on the table in the parlor. Please make sure all the information is clear on the envelope. Cost is $12.00 per plant. Order deadline is March 26th.
THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS - Thrivent members are reminded to designate their Choice Dollars to our church by March 31st. In 2022 our church received $1,132 in Thrivent Choice Dollars. Go to Thrivent.com or call 1-800-847-4836 and say ‘Choice Dollars’ at the prompt.
EVENTS AT VFW POST 8161 (VALLEY VETS) - An All-You-Can Eat Breakfast will be held at the Post, 75 Banks Avenue, on Sunday April 16th from 7am-Noon. Cost is $10.00.
WILLING WORKERS - The Willing Workers will meet on Tuesday, April 11 at 1:00pm for our regular meeting. Following our meeting, Marty Kellow will be giving a presentation on Current Trends in Antiques and Collectibles.  Marty will provide an overview of items that are currently valuable in the world of collecting, as well as addressing collecting areas that have lost value in recent years.  Marty is not a licensed appraiser and will not provide appraisals of any items.  However, feel free to bring along a cherished treasure you may have to see where it fits in the world of antiques and collectibles!  All women of the church are invited to attend. For more information, contact Deb Jones at 570-233-7675 or msjonesncc@gmail.com. 
EMMAUS ROAD DRIVERS NEEDED!-  We are in dire need of drivers to take our travelers to grocery stores, the Valley Food Pantry, and to routine medical appointments. Some of our most dedicated drivers are unavailable due to having surgery, physical rehab or other acute health issues or needing some time off the roster to be family caregivers. We need a larger pool of drivers to meet the needs of those we help and also so as not to overload our ministry team. This valuable outreach ministry which brings the Gospel to life out in the community could possibly collapse if we do not increase driver availability.  Please consider if the Spirit is calling you to work with us to help provide access to food and medical services for those who have no or very limited access to transportation. To find out more or request an application, call or email Brother Fred at 570-956-5991 or f3jaxheimer@gmail.com
2023 FLOWERS AND BULLETIN SPONSOR CHARTS ARE AVAILABLE - Look for the sign-up charts on the bulletin board in the parlor to choose your dates to sponsor. Special flower pieces need to be ordered through the office (i.e. altar piece). Open dates for flowers are July 23 & 30, September 10, November 12 and December 31. Open bulletin dates are March 26, April 16, May 14, 21 & 28, June 4, July 2 & 23, August 27, September 3, October 15, November 5, 12, & 26 and December 31.

STEPHEN MINISTRY
Over the last few weeks, the Stephen Minister trainees have been learning about the process which will enable them to assist their care receivers.  “A Process Approach to Caring,” provided the key understanding that the most effective care giving happens when we focus on the process of care—not the results we hope to see. Stephen Ministers don’t fix the care receiver’s problems; instead, they continue providing the best possible care while relying on God to bring about the results.  We learned about “Assertiveness: Relating Gently and Firmly” which explored the Biblical foundation of assertiveness.  We discussed and applied the principles of the book Speaking the Truth in Love: How to Be an Assertive Christian, which used Jesus as the model for assertive behavior. Our next topics covered “Maintaining Boundaries in Caregiving,” “Crisis Theory and Practice,”  and “Confidentiality.”  These topics are essential to Stephen Ministry as we learned about the importance of boundaries to protect ourselves and our care receivers while ensuring the best possible care, how the effects of a crisis affect people’s lives and how to help them move through the crisis toward greater wholeness, and the importance of confidentiality in order to build a safe environment of trust and acceptance between the Stephen Minister and the care receiver.
Please continue to keep our trainees, Stephen Ministers, and Stephen Leaders in your prayers as they continue to learn to be equipped to bring Christ’s care to hurting people and continue to lift them up as they nurture their gifts and expand their knowledge as they grow in their ability to provide caring ministry on behalf of our congregation.  Please contact Deb Jones at msjonesncc@gmail.com or 570-233-7675 for information on Stephen Ministry.

 
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