Announcements – March 22, 2009

REMEMBER IN PRAYER: Bob G. suffering from injuries received in an accident at work.

WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE DURING LENT Band Practice, 5:00 pm; Jr. Confirmation class, 6:00 pm; Men’s Ensemble Practice, 6:00 pm; Youth Group, 6:00 pm; Women’s Class, 6:00 pm

MIDWEEK LENTEN SERVICES The season of Lent, which will continue until Easter, has been a part of the church calendar for many, many years. It is a time when we focus on the suffering and death of Jesus and ponder again what it means for our life and salvation. We are having midweek Lenten services on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 during the Lenten season. Portions of the Passion story of Jesus will be read during each service. You are encouraged to attend.

“GOIN’ GREEN POTLUCK” Next Sunday, Duke Mason will start off the Sunday evening get-together with his always very enjoyable vocal performance in the sanctuary at 5:30 pm. We will then head downstairs for a great Irish pot-luck meal. The meat and drinks will be furnished. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish, and of course, wear green. Hope to see everyone here!

LWML MARCH MISSION PROJECT Our mission project for March is to provide supplies for the Carthage Crisis Center. They are in need of consumable products such as: toilet paper, dryer sheets, bleach and all purpose cleaners. They also need twin mattress pads, booster seats, alarm clocks, and towels for both bath and kitchen. If you would like to help with this local mission project, please leave your donations on the back bench in the narthex. We will collect donations through the month of March. Anyone is welcome to donate. Thank You!

EASTER LILIES If you would like to puchase an Easter Lily to help beautify our sanctuary on Easter, please use the signup sheet provided in the narthex. The price is $6.00 each.

EASTER BASKETS FOR KIDS IN NEED The Youth Group is gathering items to make Easter baskets to give to children in need. These baskets will be distributed through agencies such as the Carthage Crisis Center and Children’s Haven in Joplin. If you would like to help with the project, please place items such as small toys, books, school supplies, candies, or toiletries in the big blue bin in the narthex. Monetary donations will be used to purchase an Easter book to be placed in each basket, sharing the beautiful story of Jesus’ resurrection.

EASTER BREAKFAST PREPARATIONS Check out the sign-up sheet in the narthex to see how you can help with food and/or supplies for the annual Easter morning breakfast. Last year over 175 folks enjoyed the combination of breakfast casseroles, fruit, sweet rolls, etc. A free will offering will be taken and the money will possibly go toward a new coffee maker for the church. Our present one is starting to show its wear and not always working properly. The LWML will be responsible for the breakfast set-up and clean-up.

PORTALS OF PRAYER are available at the information center in the narthex.

TAPES OF THE SERVICE Audio tapes of the service are available after the 8:15 am service each Sunday. Tapes of the previous Sunday are also available. Contact an usher.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING If you are having a hard time hearing the service, assistive listenening devices are available from the ushers.

BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS are available in the narthex after each service. You will be given a small form that can be carried in your wallet which will include medical information and a log of your blood pressure readings.

NURSERY A staffed nursery for small children is available downstairs during the late service. Should your child become distressed or distract others during the early service, the furnished nursery is downstairs for your use. Please ask one of the ushers if you need directions.