March will soon be upon us, and I expect we are all looking forward to warmer days and increasing sunlight. This winter has seen some of the coldest days in years, along with some of the warmest winter days on record. Many families have been hit with colds and an especially nasty strain of the flu. I have friends who live in warmer climates than ours, but I am one who loves living in a place with distinct seasons. Somehow it makes me more appreciative of the beauties of nature. In due time, crocus buds will peak out of the ground, green leaves will reach upward, and birds will start to chirp. Winter coats are already giving way to lighter jackets and spring sweaters, and we will soon be able to leave windows open.
March is a transitional month. While Easter sometimes falls in March, this year the entire month of March is the season of Lent, with Palm/Passion Sunday falling on March 25. At FUMC, we have a number of ways to participate in this special season:
- This Sunday, March 4, Connie Palmer is the preacher, while Kathryn Bager will be the Lay Reader. Kathryn is a Confirmation student and Connie is her mentor.
- March 11 we receive new members into our church, and will baptize Michael Kraven son of Erin and Ryan Kraven, and grandson of Randy Greasham.
- March 18, we will look at the passage from John where Greeks from outside the faith came to Philip and said, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”
- March 18, in the afternoon, the Oratorio concert will take place in our sanctuary
- March 21, is our next 3rd Wednesday evening, mid-week service
- March 25 is Palm/Passion Sunday, when the crowds cheered Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, where in less than a week he would be put to death.
- March 29 and 30 will be evening services for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
These worship and musical opportunities are just part of what is happening at FUMC this month. Read the rest of the Messenger for other additions. It’s a busy month in the life of the church, and I know it will be a busy month for many of you. I pray that you make time for yourself this month to pause and consider the biblical truth that no amount of stress, hardship, sorrow, or sin can keep God’s love from us. After all, God’s only Son went to the cross for our sake, and for the sake of this world in need of healing and redemption.