Saturday Feb 13 - Chili Cook Off to support Lutherroad beginning at 5:30 PM. $7 per person and $2 for kids under 10. All proceeds go to support our Lutheroad week this summer.
Our chancel flowers are donated by the Schulz family, in memory of Terie Childs who joined the Church Triumphant 12 years ago. With love from Bobby, Steven, Mom & Dad.
Our missionaries are sponsored by Dru & Carl Yount, in honor of our grandson, Jackson.
Thanks to those serving this week:
Hospitality Team—8:30 Tom & Sandy Wise, 11:00 Perry & Denise McKain, Paul Anderson, Eric Pilkenton, Judy Madaus; Lay Assistants — 8:30: Chris Strom, 11:00: Charles Compton; Acolyte – Clara Lanning; Counters – Elaine Bruce & Laurette Saffy.
This week, we remembered in our prayers:
Adam Cerniglia, Anthony Coward, and Kevin McKeen serving in the military.
Ellen & Gene Ahlers, Dodie Anderson, Dianna Brown, Angie Carlson, Boyce Cockman, Ebb & Suzanne Culp, Cyril DeMars, Bill & Linda Dunsing, Ken Heckel, Vivian and Richard Hiller, Karl Kurtz, Tobie McKeen, Angel Perezhuerta, Virginia Simmons, and Bill Zuber, who are coping with illness; and our friends R. W. Helms, Pat Kenney, Gladys Potter, Lindsey Motley, John Turner, Bradley Cade & family, Judy Corbett, Ellen Ahler’s sister Grace & cousin Lee (& his wife Sudy), Margie Odom, and Debbie Cleveland who are coping with illness.
We pray that God’s comfort and healing be upon our members, friends,
and all caregivers.
THIS WEEK AT LCOS – TODAY: 8:30 Holy Communion, 10:00 SCS, 11:00 Holy Communion, 3:00 Spanish Worship with Holy Communion
Souper Bowl of Caring to support God’s Pantry (all services)
MON: 9:30 Pre-School Spanish (FH), 2:00-9:00 Lifetouch Photos (Parlor), 6:00 SMART recovery meeting, 7:00 Jubilate Handbells
TUES: 2:00-9:00 Lifetouch Photos (Parlor), 6:30 Mardi Gras
Ash Wednesday (no Kairos bible study)
Noon worship, with a light lunch following in the Fellowship Hall.
2:00 Visits to Homebound
6:30 p.m. Evening worship
7:30 p.m. Spanish service
7:30 Senior Choir
THURS: 9:30 Pre-School PE (FH), 10:00 Prayer Shawl, 2:00-9:00 Lifetouch Photos (Parlor), 5:30 Praise Singers; 6:30 Golden Group
FRI: 2:00-9:00 Lifetouch Photos (Parlor)
SAT: 10:00-5:00 Lifetouch Photos (Parlor), 4:30 Chili Cook-Off & Bake-Off
SUNDAY, FEB. 14 – Valentine’s Day: 8:30 Holy Communion, 10:00 SCS, 11:00 Worship, 12:30 Council Meeting, 3:00 Spanish Worship with Holy Communion
New LCOS Directory update: See Sandy Wise in the Narthex today if you haven’t yet signed up to schedule a photo session for the new LCOS Directory – photography begins tomorrow!
Mid-week Lenten Worship Services begin on February 17
Midweek worship services will begin at 6:30 each evening, with dinner in the Fellowship Hall following the service each Wednesday (February 17 & 24 and on March 2, 9 & 16). If you have questions about the meal or are available to help WELCA with the meal, contact Mary McKeen at 561-3229 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Pat George at email@example.com.
Kairos Bible Study, resumes on Wednesday, February 17 from 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Pastor Mark will continue our studies of the Lutheran way of being Christian, looking at the biblical basis for Lutheran theology and practice. Everyone is welcome to join us. Likewise, we will be using portions of Luther’s Small Catechism as our theme for Midweek Lenten Evening Prayer services beginning February 17.
Even the stones will cry out
The season of Lent begins this year on Wednesday, February 10—Ash Wednesday. In order to think about this season as a whole, I would like to call your attention to some words Jesus spoke during his entry into Jerusalem that we will celebrate on Sunday, March 20. This year we will be reading the passion narrative from the Gospel of Luke on Palm Sunday. In Luke’s Gospel, as Jesus is entering Jerusalem, the Pharisees become annoyed at the big ruckus that Jesus’ arrival has stirred up among the people. They say to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” Jesus responds, “I tell you, if these [followers of mine] were silent, the stones would shout out.”
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, and following through the Sundays in Lent and Midweek Lenten services, you will find a basket of small stones in the narthex. You are invited to take one of these stones and carry it with you throughout the Lenten season. You may carry it in your pocket or purse, or perhaps display it on your table at home. Indeed, if you would like to pick up additional stones throughout the Lenten season—each time you come to Sunday or Wednesday services—you are welcome to take additional stones.
You are invited to think about the burdens you carry around with you—fears and anxieties about the future; sorrow over your sins, failures, and disappointments; the hard hurts of strained or broken relationships. Then, during the reading of the passion narrative on Palm Sunday, you will be invited to lay the stones you have been carrying at the foot of the cross. Our Lord’s passion is to take all of our brokenness, all our heaviness of heart, all our hurts, failures, disappointments, and sins, and carry them to the cross with him, releasing us to live as people of the Resurrection.