Here we are, moving through the season of Lent, which began with a new twist here at ACC. In addition to our traditional Ash Wednesday service, Pastor Jim “took to the streets” – rather, our circular parking lot. He took part in “Ashes to Go,” a national movement designed to reach more people who wouldn’t otherwise go to an Ash Wednesday service. That’s right – Pastor Jim administered the imposition of ashes and provided blessings to all those who drove up. And it was a success! A few people became overcome with emotion. For some, they hadn’t been to church in a very long time.
As we approach Holy Week, we pray that this Lenten season has brought you renewed hope. Jesus, as we know, understood he would be killed and knew he would be reunited with His Father and our Father in heaven. Here today, we might not know exactly where we’re going on life’s journey. There could be areas in our lives that need a closer walk with God. Perhaps an increased focus on meditation, scripture reading and prayer? Or maybe a more outward perspective could be honed, such as serving God in the world more definitively, or walking a path to heal a broken relationship. The answers, of course, are deeply personal for each of us.
As deacons, we take our responsibility seriously to help meet the needs of the spiritual life of the church. Please feel free to discuss with any deacon any issue you may have. And if you know someone who could use a prayer, please let us know. We can make this happen anonymously, if you desire.
Moving ahead, we look forward to our next Soup Sunday, March 11. Please sign up in Lovejoy Hall to bring a soup. We can never have too many! In addition, if you haven’t already, we’d love for you to sign up to bring food and serve it one Sunday this year, during the after-service social time in Lovejoy Hall. It’s not necessary to bring a wide array of goodies – a modest, un-fancy selection is perfectly fine. The deacons can answer questions and provide help.
We’re also picking up on our video project of interviewing congregants about their lives – not just from a church standpoint but also on how world events have shaped them personally. Let us know if you’d like more detail or would like to participate.
Speaking of the deacons, we’re thrilled that Jane Goodwin is back on the diaconate! We welcome her with open arms. After several years as a deacon, Mark Miller has decided to reduce his role (which remains very important and he’s such a professional!). Thankfully, you’ll still see him run Sunday services as a deacon from time to time. Vikki Quick is now co-leading the diaconate with Shirley Reed.
In joyful service, Shirley Reed, Vikki Quick, Joe Churchman Gloria Dodge, Jeanne Elliott, Sue Goodman, Jane Goodwin, Dina Williams and Mark Miller