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Elim Extra for Sunday February 25, 2024

Pastor’s Reflection

 

Lent has begun and you are invited to recharge your batteries at sung evening prayer tonight (and every Wednesday night till Holy Week). Join us from 5:30-6:00 for an intimate, contemplative time in our beautiful sanctuary.

 

It’s very Lutheran to pray more during Lent, but you may have noticed we are doing “less” in our Sunday worship now. As part of Lenten minimalism during this penitential season, our liturgy has gone “lower” (and the A-word is nowhere to be found). I am hoping we might get a few more volunteers to serve as new assisting ministers, so that we can go “high” again after Easter. Please contact me if you would be willing to serve! Training will be provided by our worship team.

 

with love, Pr. Chelsea

 

–Worship team meeting Sunday March 3rd.

–Some Lenten song recommendations for your Spotify/Youtube: “Heal” by Tom Odell; “Loosen” by Aly Halpert; “Plowshare Prayer” by Spencer LaJoye; “Nothing to Fear” by The Porter’s Gate (thanks to Heather for recommendations)
–Please stay after worship this Sunday to help finish Elim’s timeline!
–More soup signups needed for March
–Mary’s Circle luncheon is next Tuesday

Elim Extra for Sunday February 18, 2024

Pastor’s Reflection

Happy Valentines Day! Our Ash Wednesday service at 5:30 is designed to be short so you can still make it to a Valentines dinner afterwards, if those are your plans. So don’t rend your clothes quite yet! In fact, we know that God loves a good outfit. Last week on Transfiguration, we heard that God gave Jesus a fashion makeover on the mountain with some stunning white robes. In Genesis tonight, we will hear that God even sewed the very first clothes for humans!
But no one ever said that God was a romantic. “From dust you are and to dust you shall return” was God’s message to the original couple, Adam and Eve. Any couple knows that love requires realism and repentance in addition to hearts and flowers. This Lent, we will be focusing on the image of cloth to guide us in our journey of reweaving. So much needs mending in our spirits and world these days. In our midweek sung evening prayer during Lent, we will practice turning all things over to the Great Weaver for mending. Please join us on Wednesdays at 5:30!
Make a holy Lent,

Pr. Chelsea

Church becoming meetings the next two Sundays: Making a timeline of Elim!

March 13 at 7 PM – Installation of Pr. Lisa Mensinger at Good Shepherd Episcopal in Ogden!

April 25-27 – Synod Assembly and bishop election in Loveland, CO. Lucille and Craig will be representing Elim, but all are welcome to attend!

Registration link: https://tithe.ly/event-registration/#/8333189

Elim Extra for Sunday February 11, 2024

Pastor’s Reflection

Lent is coming! Mark your calendars for a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper on February 13 at 5:30 (bring a favorite topping to share), Ash Wednesday on February 14 at 5:30, and a midweek evening prayer service every following Wednesday at 5:30. There are signup sheets in the hallway to bring soup for our Sunday lunches during Lent. If you can’t make it to church at 5:30 on February 14 but would like to receive ashes, Ascension Lutheran is offering “ashes to go” in their parking lot during the lunch hour; or please contact me to arrange a visit at home. I love Lent!

This Sunday wraps up our Epiphany season, when we have been basking in the light of Jesus’s various manifestations of holiness: divine vulnerability, divine grief, divine belovedness, divine vigor, divine destiny (as I shared with the Boy Scouts last week), and now this week on Transfiguration Sunday, divine transformation! It is fitting that Epiphany ends with a blinding flash of light on the mountaintop, so that the glory of Christ may light our way through the dark valley of Lent.
This Lent we will continue to explore grief and loss through the Psalms of Lament, and also hear many readings from the prophet Jeremiah, the champion of lament. I invite you to stay after church on the last two Sundays of this month, to help build a timeline of Elim’s past and do some nostalgic remembering and grieving together. Christ will light our way!
with love, Pr. Chelsea
Events:

February 11 – Council Meeting
February 13 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner 5:30 pm
February 14 – Ash Wednesday at 5:30 PM & Valentine’s Day
February 18 & 25 – Church Becoming workshops (building a church timeline)
February 18 – Lenten soup luncheons begin – Please sign up to bring food!
February 19 – Presidents Day
February 21 – First Lenten evening worship @ 5:30