Normally, I might be writing you a letter in February about love, or about the real St. Valentine, or something related.
And while this applies, I want to talk to you about something else.
It's a leap year! When is the last time you lept?
Leaping is generally reserved for the young, or frogs. I am neither. But not all leaping involves our legs.
I want you to consider leaping into the arms of the One who knows you best and loves you most. I want you to consider taking a leap of faith. When was the last time you did that? As I get older, I can tell that I am more cautious in many ways than I was before. Which is wise and prudent on the one hand.
But when it comes to faith, when it comes to love, God challenges me- and us- to throw caution to the wind. To trust him completely. To leap into his arms.
Maybe you did that once. Maybe it has been a while. I don't think it is something we do just once. I think it is an invitation he extends to us every day. And oh the joy I get when, against my fears and better judgement, I leap, and he catches me!
It's a leap year. Take a chance. Take several. Take one a day. Leap. He's waiting to catch you!
February 2020 Calendar
Sundays - Every Sunday: Worship Service at 10:30 am
2/2 - Communion Sunday and Installation of Board Members.
Wednesdays - Every Wednesday - Bible Study - 6 PM - Fellowship Room - Everyone invited!
2/26 - Ash Wednesday - Lent begins.
Thursdays - 2/6 - Church Board Meeting - 7 PM - Fellowship Room
2/27 - Community Dinner - 5:30 PM - Poplar Grove Church - Come to eat and/or serve.
Saturdays - 2/8 - Margaret Lamont's Memorial Service - 11 am - followed by lunch in the basement.
Church Board - The board for 2020 consists of Deacons: Mark Zellman and Barb Kohl, Trustees: Curt Moore, Bob Lyford, and Dave Kohl, Communion Helpers; Rita Gillette and Deb Zellman, Financial Secretary: Nathalie Lyford, Treasurer: Dave Walker and Moderator: Pastor Gary. Tim Murphy is the member at large for helping fill next year's slate. Officially we are to have 3 Deacons, so please pray that we could fill that last spot.
Help Needed - Please talk to Judy Murphy if you would be willing to help with the lunch for Margaret Lamont's memorial service on Feb 8. Help is needed to provide some of the food and/or to help set up and serve lunch.
Southern Breakfast - The House of God in Rockford is having its annual Southern Breakfast on Saturday, February 8. The menu is usually eggs, biscuits and gravy, grits, ham, coffee, and juice. Serving starts at 7:30 am. They are located at 840 Brooke Rd. Come early to eat before heading to Margaret's service. Talk to Gary and Jennifer if you are interested. Cost is $10.
Prayers and Praise - Praises for the wonderful long life of Margaret Lamont who passed away at the age of 100 on January 12. Please pray for her family at this time of sorrow. Praises that Mark Loewecke is now at home and continue to pray as he is treated. Continue praying for Dylan Dossett as well.
Flowers - There are still openings to provide flowers, or a plant, or candle for the front of the church. Sign up for a month on the signup sheet in the fellowship room. Thanks again to everyone who provided for this last year!
Refreshments - Keep in mind that our Sunday morning fellowship following worship is potluck style treats. Please think about bringing something this month! Chocolate perhaps to celebrate Valentines' Day?
Communion - We offer communion to all believers. You can choose a gluten-free option for the bread and we use grape juice for our cup.