Of note this week: Junior and Senior High groups will be meeting this Sunday at 5pm to help spend Spaghetti dinner profits on a “Cleaning Connection” project. We will be putting together the supplies for cleaning with buckets to be donated to Housing Services of Mid-Michigan to give to families who have been homeless & are moving into a home. We will also be making a very special cleaning product that is more environmentally-sound, affordable, and effective, under the supervision of Judy Johnson.

If you would like to learn more about how to keep your home clean without wasting a lot of money on dangerous chemicals, this is your chance to learn & share ideas!

Next week is HOLY WEEK, which includes Maundy Thursday Service, Community Good Friday at our church and the Easter Celebration.

On Maundy Thursday, we will gather at 7 pm in the Chapel, and we will remember, in works and in deeds, the night of the Last Supper, including both footwashing and Holy Communion.  For those who wish to participate in the footwashing, here are a few tips:

  • Please have clean feet.  The washing, while real, is largely symbolic.
  • Please wear clean socks and easily donned/doffed footwear.  No hose, please.

The following description of Footwashing comes from the Book of Worship of the United Church of Christ:

“In footwashing the church recalls the example of Jesus’ humility as Good Friday drew near and Jesus performed this menial domestic chore for the protesting disciples. It was the custom in the ancient world that provision be made for the feet of guests to be bathed when they arrived at the home of their host. This task was ordinarily done by servants or people of low rank in the larger family. The Gospel of John (13:1-17), where the story is recounted, does not tell why this act of hospitality was omitted when Jesus and the disciples arrived for the meal. It is clear that no one but Jesus volunteered to rise from the table and perform the servile but gracious act. Jesus waited for others to remedy the oversight, but none did. It was during the meal that Jesus rose from the table and began the task in silence.

The church observes footwashing because Jesus offered it as an example whereby Christians may mutually observe the place of humility and service in the Christian life. It is not itself the only or highest example of humility and service, but symbolically it demonstrates them in great power.”


Weekly Calendar
(also see our WEB Calendar HERE)
Events for the Week:
8:30am – 3pm Tu-Fri Office Hours; Phil’s office hours

Tuesday, Mar 24
8am GFWC Choir
8:30am Clergy Group

6:30pm – Adult Study group

Wednesday, Mar 25
6:30 pm Scout Leader Meeting
7pm Choir Practice
Thursday, Mar 26
12pm – Pastor Phil’s “Completing the Circle” – resumes
2:30pm – Bell Choir – cancelled for this week
7pm Pastor Tom’s “Completing the Circle” – resumes
7pm Quilters
Friday, Mar 27

Mar 28
8am Mens Group
1pm Outreach Shut In Connection Planning
Sunday, March 29
8:15am Adult Bible Study – “Bible Character profiles”

10am – We Worship the Lord
Preaching: Rev. Phil Hobson
Liturgist: Chris Reist
Ushers:  Jan Shall & Brenda Bly; Don & Judy Johnson
Flowers: Brenda Bly
Nursery: Susan Barnett
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: Outreach Board

Counters: Eric & Bill

5pm CLEANING Collaboration – Jr & Sr High

Monday, March 30
Office Closed

5:30pm HAHA

7 pm Troop 45 Boy Scouts


For Devotions and Further Reflection on “Into Jerusalem” HERE
Blood-stained kindergarten leaflet with the day’s prayer when 4 girls were killed in church bombing in Atlanta in 1963
“Dear God, we are sorry for the times we were so unkind.”

William Blake, 19th century
“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.”

Verna J. Dozier, 20th century
“The important question to ask is not, ‘What do you believe?’ but ‘What difference does it make that you believe?’ Does the world come nearer to the dream of God because of what you believe?”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 20th century
“The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy that recognizes the dignity and worth of all God’s children.”

Woody Allen, 20th century
“To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love.”

G.K. Chesterton, 20th century
“The Christian faith has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult, and left untried.”

Brennan Manning, 21st century
“For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change….He had no romantic notion of the cost of discipleship. He knew that following Him was as unsentimental as duty, as demanding as love.”