ROB BELL LENTEN DISCUSSION GROUP SERIES
Beginning February 21, we will begin an exploration with the Rob Bell’s Nooma Film series. Sessions will include a short film on a topic of spiritual relevance and interest. Each film comes in a contemporary form that fits our world, addresses contemporary issues we care about and will be followed by group discussions which address related issues. Sessions will include a short (12-14 minute) DVD presentation. The series was written and narrated by Rob Bell, a Presbyterian pastor. Examples of two titles and topics are:
Dust: We believe in God, but does God believe in us?
Luggage: Forgiveness isn’t just about people who hurt us.
The group will meet for the six weeks of Lent from 7-8:15 pm and will run through Wednesday, March 28. Each session will be independent of the others, so it is not necessary to participate in a previous one for the evening to be a positive experience.
If interested, please let Diane or Pastor Alan know to facilitate planning.
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
Sometimes the thing that holds us back – sin, doubt, past experience, uncertainty, self-focus, etc. – clings too tightly to scrub off through prayer or spiritual practice. Sometimes we need to let it go through the “refining fire."
You are invited to join Pastor Alan for an Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, February 14 at 7:00 pm, where we will be invited to let go of those things which are holding us back. Our confessions will be converted into the ashes we use to mark our foreheads as we enter Lent this year.
The Board of Christian Action will be ordering the daily devotional Lenten booklets. They will be placed on the table by the name tags beginning February 4. If you would like a copy mailed to you, please contact the church office at 352-3448.
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE BLANKETS OFFERING
Sunday, February 11th
The Blankets Offering is a special mission opportunity to assist people in need around the world. This offering helps to provide blankets, tents and other shelter items.
Your contributions provide the means to transform lives and communities when they are faced with an emergency. Three years ago, one family in Kentucky hung the thick wool blankets donated to them in front of their broken windows - "to keep the heat in and the cold out."
Spencerport Food Shelf
Thanks to the students at BOCES, 3,000 food items were donated to the Food Shelf last month. However, corn muffin mix, canned stew, chili, hash, tuna fish and ham are in low supply. Thank you for any food you can donate.
Foodlink's Mobile Food Pantry will be in Spencerport on Tuesday, January 30th and Thursday, March 29th. It will be at the Cosgrove Middle School which is located at 2749 Spencerport Road between 5-7 pm. You may not stand in line before 4 pm. Bring your own box, tote or some means to pack and carry your food. You must carry your food to your vehicle yourself. Children must be attended to at all times. First come, first serve. I encourage the people in our congregation who know of anyone (friend, neighbor, coworker, acquaintance) that is in need of food, please tell them about this free service available to them.