Monthly Memory Verse:
March: "“This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’" ~ Matthew 6:9-13
A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR:
As you are probably well aware today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the first day of the season of Lent. Throughout the history of the Church Christians have used this forty-day period (46 days including Sundays) to prepare their hearts for the celebration of Resurrection Sunday. While the specific observances of Lent vary among traditions, and the actual observance of Lent is not mandated from Scripture (see Romans 14:5), it does present an excellent opportunity to refocus our attention and re-prioritize our lives on Christ and his finished work on the cross.
With that in mind, each year for the past several years we have resolved to do something as an encouragement to renew spiritual discipline and reorient our lives to the gospel. This year our primary opportunity comes by way of a Lenten Prayer Guide. This a concept widely used among Christians and not at all unique to us. This particular guide is based largely on a guide that another put together, but has also been adapted in several ways to better fit our context.
Here’s the basic concept: each day there is some kind of guided reflection and prayer on a particular passage of Scripture, as well as an additional suggestion of someone else to pray for. But there’s also an additional twist. Each week, beginning this Sunday, there’s a suggested weekly fast. This presents us with the opportunity to eliminate something from our everyday lives as a means of reorienting our priorities where they need to be.
Once again, this guide is merely presented to you as an opportunity without any obligation or requirement. Please prayerfully consider how you might use this guide – or some other means – to increase your affections for Christ. This, after all, is our goal – not to clothe ourselves with the righteousness of religious devotion, but to more keenly appreciate the righteousness that has been given to us through the death and resurrection of Christ. As we begin this wonderful season of the year may God grant to us a fresh appreciation for all that he has done for us through his Son, and may he use it for our good and for his glory.
P.S. A PDF of the Lenten Prayer Guide is attached to this email and downloadable from our website. Printed copies will be available on Sunday at the back of the sanctuary.
THIS WEEK AT FAITH:
PRAYER MEETING: TONIGHT at 7pm!
PRAYER MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR TONIGHT. We will continue to meet weekly NEXT WEEK (Wednesdays, 7:00pm) for prayer in the Prayer Room at the back of the sanctuary. All are welcome to join us in praying for the needs of our church family!
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME: This Weekend!
Don't forget to set your clocks ahead by one hour this Saturday night! If you forget to "spring ahead" then you'll be late for our worship service!
CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED: Only 2 More Weeks!
For two more Friday nights (this Friday and March 14) from 6-8pm we'll be meeting for Christianity Explored - a Bible study designed to explain more fully the good news of Jesus Christ. This 7-week course has been walking us through the Gospel of Mark and helping us to understand what Christianity truly is all about: the good news of Jesus Christ. Thank you to all who have supported this effort so far by praying and providing meals. Please continue to pray!
EXTREME FAITH YOUTH GROUP:
Youth group will be meeting at the regular time of 4:30pm.
LENTEN PRAYER GUIDE:
We've put together a Prayer Guide for Lent that is available for download here. There will also be hard copies available on Sunday at the back of the sanctuary.
PENNY CRUSADE OFFERING: Begins March 16
Beginning next Sunday, March 16 and continuing for 7 weeks until April 27, we'll be conducting our annual offering for "Penny Crusade." This weekly collection will go to support the missions work of our denomination. Start saving your pennies (and dollar bills!) so that we can help support God's work around the world! Once again we'll have a collection competition between Team A-K and Team L-Z (divided up by last name).
AC WITNESS SUBSCRIPTION: Due this Sunday
If you receive the AC Witness magazine through the church or would like to, please speak to Janet Duck ASAP and turn in your $14 annual subscription fee.
SAVE THE DATE
Penny Crusade: March 16-April 27
Spring Work Day: TBA
Journey to the Cross: April 13
Good Friday Service: April 18
Easter Sunday: April 20
Heritage Conference Annual Meeting: April 26
'Pinny Crusade': April 26 (tentative date)
Mother's Day Breakfast: May 10
Interested in a copy of the message from Sunday? Email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see that you get a copy. Past sermons are available at www.faithchurchac.org/sermons.