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Elim Extra for Sunday March 17, 2024

Pastor’s Reflection

Can you believe Easter is only 2.5 weeks away? We will practice a bit of time travel and hold a combined Maundy Thursday/Good Friday service, on Friday March 29th at 7:30 p.m.
We are also doing a little time travel this Sunday, March 17th, and using our bulletin from March 3rd, which we printed before the snow came. I will do a gospel telling to present this Sunday’s new gospel, but otherwise we will be using the same bulletin to wrap up our “Reweaving” Lenten series with a final installment called “Changing our Patterns.” After stretching our muscles, refreshing our nets, expanding our wineskins, and mending our ties, changing our patterns should be a cinch!
Just kidding… we all know that change is the hardest craft to master. This Sunday, please bring photos, clippings or memorabilia to decorate our Elim Historical Timeline in the fellowship hall. A lot has changed in 136 years!

with love,

Pr. Chelsea

Prayer request:

Please hold Kay Cook in your prayers.

Announcements:

–Easter breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Setup volunteers are needed! Requested potluck items include pastries or fruit.

–Council will meet after church this Sunday.

–Pr. Lisa Mensinger will be installed tonight at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Wednesday March 13th at 7pm, and Pr. Bill Ledford will be installed at Prince of Peace in Logan this Saturday, March 16th at 4pm.

Elim Extra for Sunday March 10, 2024

Pastor’s Reflection

It’s daylight savings time! Don’t forget to adjust your clocks this Sunday or you will miss out.

In our Holden Evening Prayer on Wednesdays at 5:30, we have been using tactile and sensory prayer to process the ways we feel tangled, shredded, flattened, bent, or wrinkled and worn after our long winter. The good news is, spring is coming!

The fourth Sunday in Lent, Laetare Sunday, is a little burst of joy in the middle of Lent that mirrors the hesitant early bursts of springtime in the Northern hemisphere. Can you believe Easter is only three weeks away?

Please see below for a beautiful Celtic poem by Northumbrian writer Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909) that captures the mood of this season. And please join us for Celtic Worship this Sunday!

with love, Pr. Chelsea

Announcements:

Church Becoming meeting on Sunday – finish Elim’s historical timeline!

Not one but two joyful installations….Pr. Lisa at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd on Wednesday March 13th at 7pm, and Pr. Bill Ledford at Prince of Peace in Logan on Saturday March 16th at 4pm!

Holy Week schedule:

Maundy Thursday at Ascension 7 pm

Communion service at People’s Church Thursday 7 pm (open communion)

Good Friday Tenebrae Service of Shadows at Elim 7:30 pm

 

Atalanta in Calydon
For winter’s rains and ruins are over,
And all the season of snows and sins;
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins;
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover,

Blossom by blossom the spring begins.

Elim Extra for Sunday March 3, 2024

Pastor’s Reflection

At our Annual Meeting on January 28th, we (re-)elected the following Church Council Members. President – Craig Bjorklund Vice-President – Stephen Wright Secretary – Lucille Rossbach Treasurer – Joan Tonn Member-at-large – Leslie Ortiz Member-at-large – Suma Anson. Please thank them for their willingness to serve the congregation on the council! Their formal installation will occur this Sunday during worship.

On Sunday we will also post Elim’s scrapbooks and timeline in the social hall, so you can look back over God’s hand in Elim’s history and bring your own memories to the table. In Lenten worship, we are remembering truths about our relationship with God, allowing God to hold us and refresh us. Please join us on Wednesdays at 5:30 to join in singing Holden Evening Prayer, or if you don’t sing, come and let the music wash over you.

with love,

Pr. Chelsea

 

More listening suggestions for Lent: 

“New Again” by Brad Paisley and Sara Evans

“There Was Jesus” by Dolly Parton and Zach Williams

(Thank you Rob for these recommendations!)

 

Upcoming events:
March 3 – Worship Team meeting after worship; soup luncheon

March 6 – Midweek Evening Sung Prayer at 5:30 pm 

March 10 – Celtic Worship; Church Becoming Meeting after worship to finish Elim’s historical timeline

March 13 – Pr. Lisa’s Installation at Good Shepherd at 7 pm 

 

Before you go, a favor to ask:

Because facebook no longer supports live-streaming in horizontal format, we are considering switching to YouTube for streaming our Sunday services. However, we need to have at least 50 subscribers to our YouTube channel in order to allow streaming. We are accumulating sign-ups, but as of the date of publication we still need more. If you would be willing to subscribe, please go to YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/@EELCOUT) and click the “subscribe” link. Note that we have TWO channels; the second URL ends with “3066.” Don’t subscribe to that one. We will stream to the first channel. Thanks for helping, if you are able. 

https://www.youtube.com/@EELCOUT