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Calendar of Events for the Week of February 17, 2024
Monday - 5:00pm - Karate
Tuesday - 10:00am - Stephen Ministry Supervision; 1:00pm - Willing Workers
Wednesday - 11:00am - Bible Study; 6:00pm - Lenten Covered Dish Dinner Discussion & Devotions; 7:00pm - Bible Study    
Thursday - 1:00pm - Choir Rehearsal; 5:00pm - Karate; 6:30pm - AA Meeting
Friday -     
Saturday -        

CONGREGATION MEETING - An important Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday February 25th following the 10:30am service. This meeting will have reports from all the Committees for 2023 and a final treasurer’s report of the year plus news from the Call Committee.  Please plan to attend this meeting! 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS / “THE WAY OF THE CROSS" HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONAL - We would like to have the Stations of the Cross set up for Holy week as in two previous years for use by our family of faith and people in our community.  We hope to have this meaningful devotional available as a self-guided prayer (printed guide) for use anytime between 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday of Holy Week. We also wish to assemble and travel “the way of the Cross” for a Responsive prayer service, lead by worship leaders on Good Friday at Noon. To make this happen, help is needed with initial setup of some of the station heavy tables and chairs outside after worship on Palm Sunday. Volunteers are also needed to help place treasured and delicate items outside in the morning @ 8:30 am and to take some items indoors in the evening at 5 pm each day of Holy Week. If you can help one or more of the times/days please put your name and phone number on the signup sheet in the parlor.  See Br. Fred Jaxheimer for additional information.

FIRST COMMUNION INSTRUCTION CLASSES - Instruction claases for students in 2nd grade and older if you have not yet received your First Communion will be held on Sunday March 3, 10 and 17 during Sunday School time. First Holy Communion will be administered to those young people on Sunday March 24th. Please see or get in touch with Cindy for more information or any queations you have.
CHOIR REHEARSALS - Choir rehearsals are Thursdays at 1pm to prepare for the Lent and Easter worship services. Join us each week or talk with Patt about singing with the choir. 570-956-2068. Come and sing praises to the Lord!!

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY DAFFODIL SALE - A sign-up sheet is in the table in the parlor to order 5” pots of daffodils. Cost is $12 per plant. Orders are due by February 23rd and the plants can be picked up March 23rd.
BEAR CREEK CAMP - Registration for Summer Camp is now open. See the poster on the bulletin board in the parlor for dates and take an information packet that shows costs phone, e-mail and other information. Financial help is offered to campers from our congregation (see Cindy).
WILLING WORKERS MEETING RESCHEDULED - The Willing Workers will meet on Tuesday, February 20 at 1:00pm.  We will be discussing and planning for events in the upcoming year, including getting ready for our Spring Fling on March 23 from 9:00 to 2:00.  Yearly membership dues of $5.00 will be collected.  All women of the church are invited to attend. For more information, contact Deb Jones at 570-233-7675 or msjonesncc@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LENTEN GATHERINGS - Everyone is invited to Wednesday evening Lenten gatherings in Roth Hall beginning on February 21st. The evening starts at 6:00 PM with a ‘covered dish’ or ‘potluck’ dinner followed by time for discovery, discussion, and brief closing worship ending by 7:30 PM.
WILLING WORKERS INDOOR YARD SALE - This event will take place on Saturday March 23rd from 9am-2pm. Here is how it works: Congregation members may purchase a table for $10. You MUST STAY at your table and sell your items. The proceeds are yours to keep. Unsold items may be donated to the Apple Fest Flea Market in October (except clothing, books and electronics that you had at your table). Food will be available for sale and a bake sale will be held. Donations of baked goods are appreciated. Several vendors will have displays (TBA). For more information or to reserve a table call Sue Oliver at 570-788-4292 or the church office at 570-788-1572 as soon as possible as space is limited. Set-up will be Friday March 22nd from 10am-2pm and 4pm-7pm.

VALLEY FOOD PANTRY EASTER BASKETS - We have been asked to donated boxes of instant mashed potatoes. Coffee and tea are always needed, too. Please place these specific donations on the table in the parlor. The Food Pantry is currently serving 64 families. Donations are needed by March 17th!

BIBLE STUDIES - Wednesday night Bible Study is each week at 7pm. As long as the roads are clear, we will have class. Currently, we are wrapping up Exodus and will be starting Leviticus shortly. Wednesday morning Bible Study meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 11am. We use the “Wired Word” current affairs material and discuss how it relates to the Bible and our lives.
FAMILY FUN & GAME NIGHT - The next game night will be Sunday March 10th at 5pm. Bring your favorite game and a snack to share. Everyone is invited.

2024 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).
DEVOTIONS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE - Have you seen and read the devotional prayers that are posted periodically on our congregation’s Facebook page? Hopefully, when you read them, you will find encouragement and a sense of God’s peace as you go about your daily life,
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED - Dates are open for volunteers to teach Sunday School in 2024. Open dates are: April 14, 21 & 28 and May 12, 19, & 26 for the Pre-K-4th grade class and February 18, March 10 and May 12 for the 5th-7th grade class. Please consider helping by picking one of the dates. All material is provided. See the sign-up sheet on the table in the parlor.
NEED A RIDE? - Would you like to come to church or go to a church event but are unable to get there on your own, especially at night? Currently, this need is being assessed. Please call Dawn Whitfield (570-788-3256) or Betsy Fisher (570-788-6611) if you would be interested in getting a ride. Also, if you are willing to possibly help provide transportation, let Dawn or Betsy know.
LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE - LDR is asking for gifts to help with the recent disasters and wars. The survivors need our support. Checks may be sent to:

Lutheran Disaster Response
P. O. Box 1809
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009
If you send a check to our church, please make sure it is marked for LDR.

STEPHEN MINISTRY - Would you like to become involved in Stephen Ministry? This one-to-one lay caregiving ministry is named for Stephen, one of the first seven laypeople called by the church to assist the apostles in caring for others. (You can read Stephen’s story in Acts 6 and 7.) Stephen Ministry is truly ministry—that is, service to others, caring for others in Jesus’ name, doing the work that God has both called and gifted his children to do. Do you feel a calling to care for others who are hurting? Do you desire the personal joy that comes from sharing Christ’s love with people? If you’re interested, contact Deb Jones or any of our Stephen Ministers for more information.
COMMUNITY EVENTS -

Easter Crystal Sale at Christ UCC – deadline to order is March 3rd-/pickup date is March 23rd 10am-Noon $14.00per box. Call 570-788-3246
Spring Craft & Bake Sale – St. John’s Lutheran in St. Johns on Saturday March 9th – 8am-3pm stjohns@epix.net – 570-788-2685 or 570-436-2168
Valley Interfaith Council Community Meal – Friday April 26th from 5:30pm-7pm ay Black Creek United Methodist. More info to come.
 
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