from Phil:

Dear Friends,

Holy Week and More Dates to Remember:

Palm Sunday – March 29
51st Annual Smorgasbord to Benefit Cancer Aid and Research at the Charlotte VFW from 11:30 to 3:30.

Maundy Thursday – April 2
Service of Footwashing and Holy Communion at 7 pm in the Chapel

Good Friday – April 3
Ecumenical Good Friday Service at 7 pm in the Sanctuary

Easter Sunday – April 5
Sunrise service at 7 am in the Chapel Continental Breakfast in the Chapel at 8 am
Service of the Resurrection at 10 am in the Sanctuary
Easter Community Dinner in the Bess Fulton Room from 12:30 to 2:30 pm

Sunday, April 12
The Senior Choir of First Congregational Church will join two other choirs for a concert at Olivet College at 3 pm.

Weekly Calendar

(also see our WEB Calendar HERE; March Chanticleer HERE)

Events for the Week:
8:30am – 3pm Tu-Fri Office Hours; Phil’s office hours – Weds 12:30pm – 4pm, Thurs 8:30am – 2pm, Fri 8:30 – noon

Tuesday, Mar 10
8am GFWC Choir
8:30am Clergy Group

6:30pm – Adult Study group


Wednesday, Mar 11

7pm Choir Practice


Thursday, Mar 12

12pm – Pastor Phil’s “Completing the Circle” – annex

2:30pm – Bell Choir – new ringers welcome!

7pm Quilters

7pm Pastor Tom’s “Completing the Circle” – cancelled

7pm Pack 45Cub Scouts


Friday, Mar 13

Mar 14
8am Mens Group


Sunday, March 15

8:15am Adult Bible Study – “Bible Character profiles”

10am – We Worship the Lord  – One Great Hour of Sharing

Preaching: Pastor Tom Jones
Liturgist:  Jeannine Scott
Ushers:  Lola & Jim Wilson; Dot & Ed Yoder
Flowers: Amy & Andy Smith in honor of Eagle Scouts Court of Honor
Nursery: Kaleigh Slot, Madison Eye
Toddler Room: Kate Jones
K-5th grade Sunday School: Kathy Johnson
Middle and High School meet after sermon with Curt Scott/Dale Dodds
Coffee Hour Host: Carol Ranville & Leila Klaiss

Counters: Dan & Maria

11:30am Outreach Board meeting

4 pm Eagle Court of Honor – Andrew Fulton & Austin Smith

7pm Crew 45

Monday, March 16
Office Closed

8:30am Olivet College Retreat

5:30pm HAHA

7pm Trustee Board

7 pm Troop 45 Boy Scouts

For Devotions and Further Reflection on “No Matter What”

Philip Melancthon, 16th century
“Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble.”

Victor Hugo, 19th century (in Les Miserables)
“Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.”

Meister Eckhart, 14th century
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”

Anne Lamott, 21st century
“Here are the two best prayers I know: ‘Help me, help me, help me’ and ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Mechtild of Magdeburg, 13th-century mystic
“When I can no longer bear my loneliness, I take it to my friends. For I must share it with all the friends of God. ‘Do you suffer?’ ‘So do I!'”