Where is God doing something new in the SC Synod ? CHeck this video out :
We will not have chancel flowers during Lent.
Our missionaries did not have a sponsor today!
PLEASE sign up on the poster in the narthex.
Thanks to those serving this week: Hospitality Team—8:30 Tom and Sandy Wise, 11:00 Perry & Denise McKain, Paul Anderson, Eric Pilkenton, Ramona Hopper, Lay Assistant — 8:30 Connie Gawne, 11:00 Dianna Brown; Acolyte – 11:00 Mattison Scott; Counters – Geneva & Bob Larson, Robbie and Tom Rohrer
Attendance 02/15/15: Emergent - 18, 8:30 – 20, 11:00 – 93, Spanish- 24
General Fund $5,255.51 Facilities Support $385.50 God’s Pantry $227.00
THIS WEEK AT LCOS – FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT - 8:30 Holy Communion, 10:00 SCS, 11:00 Worship, 12:00 Blood Pressure Clinic, 3:00 Spanish worship with Holy Communion; MONDAY – 10:00 WELCA, 6:00 SMART Recovery mtg, 7:00 Jubilate Handbell Practice, 7:00 WELCA; WEDNESDAY – 9:15 Day School Chapel, 11:00 Kairos Bible Study, 2:00 Visits to homebound members, 6:30 Lenten worship followed by dinner, 7:30 Choir practice; THURSDAY -10:00 Prayer Shawl Ministry; FRIDAY - FH reserved in p.m.; SATURDAY – 3:00 Praise Band Practice, 4:30 Carnival Games, 5:30 Emergent Worship, 6:30 Chili Cookoff; SUN. MARCH 1 –8:30 Worship, 10:00 SCS, 11:00 Holy Communion, 3:00 Spanish Worship with Holy Communion
This week, we remembered in our prayers: Will Anderson, Adam Cerniglia, Anthony Coward, Brandon Field, and Kevin McKeen serving in the military, Ellen Ahlers, Dianna Brown, Stewart Bruce, Bob Chesebro, Vivian Cockman, Cyril DeMars, Jaime Fivecoat, Carl Kurtz, Jim Lee, Diane Tunila and Annette Weaver who are coping with illness and our friends Margaret Anderson, Virginia Coleman, Carolyn Lonkey, Gladys Potter, Christian Slater, Lindsey Motley, and Bradley Cade & family. We pray that God’s comfort and healing be upon our members, friends, and all caregivers.
LENTEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE NARTHEX. Pick yours up today!
A LIVEWELL Summit will take place on Saturday, March 7 from 9 until noon at Pelham Medical Center. Contract Joan Riley ASAP if you would like to go. We will car pool from the church at 8:30 a.m. Cost for lunch is $5. Please RSVP to Joan Riley 268-4650. Plan to attend – have fun and learn a lot!!
See Ms. Terri in the nursery today to order your WORLD’S FINEST CHOCOLATES for Easter.
LADIES – come to WELCA Bible Study tomorrow at 10 a.m. and/or 7:00 p.m.
Spring cleaning? Mark a box for donations and save them for the LCY YARD SALE to be held here at LCOS on April 25th. Beginning Sunday April 19th, the fellowship hall will be open for donations of your gently used items that need to find good homes. So start setting things aside now.
Calling all chefs! Mark you calendar for Saturday, February 28th for our annual Winter Carnival Chili Cook-Off!
Interim Healthcare is offering grief support classes in the upstate area, beginning in March. In the Greenville area, weekly classes begin Wednesday, March 4, running from 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Mackey Corporate office. Address is 5 Century Dr., Suite 220. This is near the corner of Keith Dr. and Century Dr., down the road from the Mackey Mortuary. Final class is May 6. Contact Chris Strom at church for more information. Sign up by contacting Tonya Taylor at 864-721-4131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEALTHY LIVING TIPS:
Not a fish fan? Get omega-3s from plants. The fatty acids found in cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel and herring help maintain optimal levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol. But if you're not a fish eater, you can take an algae-based omega-3 supplement that contains the same omegas as fish oil.
Break your multivitamin in half. To get a steady supply of vitamins and minerals all day, take one-half of a multivitamin with breakfast and the other with dinner. Don't take them right before bed—the B vitamins can disrupt your sleep. If your multivitamin has less than 1,000 IU of vitamin D, take a D supplement as well—and read the label carefully to make sure it's D3, the most easily absorbed form.
CHOIR MEMBERS NEEDED – especially sopranos! Choir practice is held Wednesday evenings at 7:30. WE NEED YOU!
LENTEN MEALS will be served following midweek worship on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. A love offering will be collected to help cover the costs. Help is always appreciated – cooking, set-up and clean-up.
February 25th - Baked Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, fruit, pie
March 4th - Soup, sandwiches, fruit, cookies
March 11th - Mac & Cheese, green beans, fruit, brownies
March 18th - Soup, salad, fruit, cupcakes
March 25th - Baked potato bar, rolls, fruit, dessert
Into the Wilderness
At Jesus' baptism the sky is torn, the Spirit descends upon him like a dove, and a voice from heaven calls him "Beloved." Immediately afterward, the same Spirit drives Jesus out into the wilderness.
The Bible is full of stories about people who go into the wilderness. In Genesis, Hagar is sent into the wilderness with her son Ishmael, and they receive divine protection when it seems all hope is lost. The Israelites wander in the wilderness for decades after fleeing from slavery in Egypt, and they too receive divine guidance and protection. Before Jesus' ministry, it is the wilderness where John the Baptist appears, proclaiming the coming of one greater than himself, who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.
In our own lives, it can be hard to find a true wilderness in the natural world. But there are times in life when we experience a sort of spiritual wilderness. We feel separated and isolated from the people around us, even people we see every day. We feel far away from any sense of certainty or protection. It can feel like God is far away—or even absent—and we find ourselves wandering in a spiritual wilderness.
The wilderness is lonely. It can be a place where you feel separated from all the things that once seemed sure, certain, and true. But it may also be a place where we discover deeper truths about ourselves, and it may be a place where we encounter God. Time and again, scripture shows us that when we go into the wilderness, we are not alone. We can trust that God hears our prayers and meets our needs. We can trust that God will not abandon us. We can trust that we will be brought out of the wilderness transformed by the God who makes all things new.
The Staff :
Senior Pastor: The Reverend Mark A. Cerniglia email@example.com
ELCA Mission Developer : Alejandro Mejia
Pastor Emeritus: The Reverend Gary L. Safrit
Council Chairperson: Clint Eastham
Director of Music: Robert Chesebro
Organist : Rahab Hackett
Asst. Music Director: Anne Marie Cummings
Jubilate Handbell Director: Donna Kinsler
Children's Choir Director: Anne Marie Cummings
Nursery Attendant: Terri Vanselow
Secretary: Karen Fivecoat firstname.lastname@example.org