WORSHIP WITH US
March 2 You Are How You Believe
March 9 Prayer From the Deep
March 16 Lessons From the Cross
March 23 From Death to Life
March 30 Commissioned to Serve
Serving the Church in March:
Date Lay Readers Greeters
March 2 Bob Fullagar Necia Smith & Pat Ames
March 9 Stan Ovens Pat Ames & Brittany Griffin
March 16 Lily Scheel Fran Morse & Judi Gibbs
March 23 Shelley Bicksler Pat Ames & Family
March 30 Marge Moulton Bob Faery, Cliff LaBarr & Pat Ames
BIRTHDAYS in March
1 ~ Nancy Tharp 11 ~ Tammy Miller 21 ~ Mark Scheel
2 ~ Lisa Wood 17 ~ Mehan Fuqua 23~ Richie Taylor
8 ~ Nancy Marion 18 ~ Charlie Miller 26~ Tom Burke
8 ~ Barb Stewart 21 ~ Kathleen Bently
On a clear and sunny day in mid February, it seems odd to be thinking of the doings of March. But the calendar is a stern reminder that March, with its many activities will soon come. As I look ahead, I see a Disaster Relief training event in West Virginia, a Diaconate Retreat with Rev. Scott Kavanaugh, the Men’s Prayer breakfast on Palm Sunday, the Easter egg hunt, Maundy Thursday worship, Good Friday ecumenical service, early and traditional Easter services, board training in Newark, America for Christ offering, and early in April - white water rafting and a mission trip to Utica. Somewhere in all of this we need to tune in to what God is saying to us and our church. Many of us live our lives at a fever pitch and just slowing down to smell the roses doesn’t seem like an option. In fact, if there is some spot of unclaimed time, it is usually because we forgot something.
Greg Marion was talking about a recent trip which he had taken with the aid of a GPS device. It is one of those little screens that stick to the windshield that shows what turns to take and has a voice saying how far ahead one should expect the turn to be. They are very helpful when driving in a strange place. He noted, however, that when he took a turn which was not part of the prescribed route, the female voice of the GPS seemed to take on a more irritated tone.
In time when there are “wars and rumors of wars”, economic concerns important elections, saber rattling around the globe, and an uncertain future for our land, we need GPS - God’s Plan of Salvation. The book of Isaiah has many spiritual gems but one of the greatest is found in chapter 30:19-21:
“The Lord is compassionate and when you cry to him for help, he will answer you. The Lord will make you go through hard times, but he himself will be there to teach you and you will not have to search for him any more. If you wonder off the road to the right or the left, you will hear his voice behind you saying, “Here is the road. Follow it.”
Only a very few times did Jesus say we should believe in him, but he said many times that we should follow him. That is what Lent and Easter are all about. We look to our Master and Guide so that we can do more than find the way. We are to help others find the way as well.
By all means examine your heart and soul during this season, but take the next step too, prepare for the work of bringing others to the peace and life which is in Christ.
“Reaching Spiritual Depth” is the topic that the Deacon’s of our church will explore when they attend a special retreat just for them here at FBC on Wednesday, March 12. Leading them through this journey will be Rev. Dr. Scott Kavanaugh, pastor of Syracuse First Baptist Church.
Keep in mind that Easter comes early this year - March 23rd.
We would like to have the altar adorned with the Easter flowers on Palm
Sunday. If you wish to place your flowers in memory of loved ones or in
honor of someone special, please notify the church office so that your remembrance may be noted in the Easter Sunday bulletin.
White Water Rafting Trip
Our annual trip down the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon is scheduled for April 5. This year we have 15 spots available. The cost is $13 per person and includes lunch. To reserve your spot we must collect money when you sign up. For more information stop into the church office and pick up a copy of “Rafting Attire and Information on the Trip”. Remember to reserve your spot early!
Update Your Address
From time to time it becomes necessary to take a look at updating our address files. If you have a new address, phone or e-mail address for yourself or someone you know who receives or would like to receive our newsletter please call the church office. This is also important to keep our office records current. Thank you.
GROUPS for the LADIES
The Mary & Martha Circle meets on Tuesday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. Erma Mullins will provide dessert for the group and will lead in devotions. Bring your own sandwich and bring along someone who could use some company!
The Fellowship Class will meet on Wednesday, March 19, at noon. Please bring your own sandwich and invite someone new!