How wonderful to be in the midst of meaningful experiences leading up to celebrating Easter. Lent began March 6, with part of our commemoration happening “in the streets,” thanks to our second “Ashes to Go,” now a tradition. We received amazing, unexpected front-page coverage in The Eagle-Tribune, which highlighted the event’s premise: to give folks who otherwise wouldn’t go to an Ash Wednesday service the benefit of ashes and a blessing. Thank you, Pastor Jim, for bringing the Ashes to Go movement to ACC.
With Holy Week almost here, we’re reminded to pause and take time to reflect on God’s great love for us. His love is so fantastic that we can’t even come close to understanding it – we just know that it is. We also know that it’s our job to be fully awake in letting God know of our generous gratitude. It’s difficult to fathom that God brought Jesus to us, who ultimately died for our sins – and who offered everyone from that point forward the gift of eternal life, so long as we believe in Him. Wow. Those thoughts are goose-bump worthy every time we think of them!
As deacons, we take our role seriously to help meet the needs of the spiritual life of ACC. If you know someone whom we should reach out to, whether they’re sick, or down – or for any reason – please let any deacon know. We can also reach out anonymously, if desired.
Moving ahead, we look forward to our next Soup Sunday, April 14, which is Palm Sunday. We can never have too many soups, so please sign up in Lovejoy Hall! Before you know it, May will be here – when we’ll once again celebrate Mother’s Day with our third annual Ladies’ Hat Day, inspired by Gini Murphy.
We’re also continuing our video series of conversations. As an ongoing project, we’ve been delighted and inspired by the interesting lives of every congregant we’ve spoken with. We’d love to chat with you if we haven’t already. Please let a deacon know!
We’re also looking to start a new project that we hope will enable congregants to grow even more closer to each other. More information will be forthcoming in the coming months.
Finally, speaking of deacons, we’re thrilled that Dorothy Graaskamp and Mike Shaw are now part of our team – they’re naturals at this role! At the same time, we wish Jane Goodwin and Gloria Dodge the very best, as they graciously relinquish their active, deacon duties. That said, all deacons live by these words: once a deacon, always a deacon!
There’s a lot going on this time of year. It’s easy to grow weary or impatient. Think of this passage during times like these – doing so with a sense of humor may also help, even in a small way: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34
In joyful service, Shirley Reed, Vikki Quick, Joe Churchman Jeanne Elliott, Dorothy Graaskamp, Sue Goodman, Mark Miller, Mike Shaw and Dina Williams