Upcoming Events

March 21: 
Lenten Worship
11:00 AM & 6:30 PM
Lenten Lunch 11:30 AM

March 24            
500 Card Club Fellowship

March 29            
Maundy Thursday
(First Communion 6:30)
11:00 AM & 6:30 PM

March 30            
Good Friday
11:00 AM & 6:30 PM

March 31            
NO Saturday Night Worship

April 1                  
Easter Worship 
8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 AM

April 2:
Church Office Closed
Preschool in Session

April 21:
Run2Grace 5K & Kids Fun Run
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Key Verse:

““Jesus said ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ Luke 23:34

"Serving Means Doing What is Needed"
By Pastor Jon Haakana

In Lent we sometimes refer to the use of the spiritual disciples, even though you cannot find the actual term in Scripture. The closest use of the word “discipline” in the Bible to how “spiritual disciplines” is generally used in Christian circles can be found in 1 Timothy 4:7 where the Apostle Paul exhorted Timothy, “train yourself to be godly.” The New American Standard Bible words it, “discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.” It uses the Greek word “gymnazo” from which we get the English word “gymnastic.” Hence, this kind of discipline is more like training, practicing, or exercising to become “spiritually” fit.

So, what are the spiritual disciplines? Lists vary, but most agree there are twelve. There are the Disciplines of Self-Denial. These are ways of denying ourselves something we want or need in order to make space to focus on and connect with God. They are: solitude, silence, fasting, sabbath, secrecy and submission. Then, there are the Disciplines of Activity. These are ways of connecting with God and other people, conversing honestly with them in order to love and be loved. They are: Bible reading, worship, prayer, fellowship, personal reflection and acts of service.
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