After a hard, cold winter – Spring has finally arrived! Many of our church members and friends have suffered through colds, the flu, and other ailments during this winter season. Hopefully this newsletter finds everyone feeling happy, healthy, and joyful!
If you have not noticed – the work is now underway at the Silversmith’s House! The Session in February approved a contract with Seals Enterprises, Inc. to begin work on the renovation of this building north of our sanctuary. As you watch the work being done over the next several months, please continue to be in prayer for the many ways in which this structure may be used to further God’s ministries here in Ste. Genevieve.
Easter falls on April 1st this year which means the season of Lent began in mid-February. I have been offering and will continue to offer a few specific spiritual practices for church members and friends to try during Lent in 2018. Each Sunday of Lent (through March 25) I will be suggesting a specific spiritual challenge for that coming week – these challenges will be voluntary, of course. The three spiritual pillars we will be focusing on include: fasting, giving, and praying. Our spiritual challenges for the first and fourth weeks of Lent will concern fasting. The second and fifth weeks of Lent will be concerned with giving. The third week of Lent and Holy Week (the sixth week of Lent) will focus on prayer. I hope you will find these spiritual practices beneficial in your faith journey during the Lenten season.
The 2017-18 Youth Confirmation Experience began last Fall and continues through this Spring. There are six youth who are participating in this “experience” and I know the entire congregation is supporting their journey. The youth include: Kaden Buatte, Logan Moore, Blake Morganthaler, Drew Newman, Luke Terry, and Maddie Terry. This is a great group of young people and it is my pleasure to have the opportunity to work with them on a regular basis. We meet at 9:00 am on the first Sunday of each month for study, prayer, fellowship, and various opportunities to deepen our faith. We tentatively are scheduling April 29th as “Confirmation Sunday” during which these young Christians will be confirmed as full members of the church. Please be in prayer for the spiritual journey these young people are presently undertaking.
Gretchen Wolf and Bob Roth were married in our church during the month of February. Gretchen attended this church when she was a youth and has just recently relocated to this area. She had fond memories of her times in our church and wished to be married in our sanctuary. We wish Gretchen and Bob all the best as they begin their married life together!
Our presbytery office is officially moving from its current location to a new office space in City Place located in Creve Coeur. The new office complex will be more user-friendly and cost efficient for our presbytery. The move should be completed sometime in the month of April.
“Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!” In addition to our regular worship on Easter morning (April 1st), we will also have our traditional Maundy Thursday communion service on the evening of March 29th. This special service helps to focus our thoughts on Holy Week and the upcoming Resurrection of our Lord which we celebrate on Easter morning! Our youth also plan to present an Easter Sonrise Service early on Easter morning. This service is open to all (not just youth and their parents) and is a great way to begin your Easter celebrations.
The season of Easter begins on Easter Sunday (April 1st) and extends until the Day of Pentecost (May 20th). This also coincides with the Spring season where the flowers begin to bloom, the grasses and trees begin to green, and warmer temperatures greet us most mornings. I pray that as you embrace the beauty of Spring in 2018 you will also continually thank God for the many blessings you enjoy in this life! Be at peace, my friends.
Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all the nations . . . You are witnesses of these things.” –Luke 24: 45-48 (RSV)