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How exciting! I hope to see several of you on March 29th. Not only will there be a congregational meeting, that Sunday is Palm Sunday and as Christians and followers of Christ, we should all be in church on Palm Sunday. Holy Week will be very special here in Kanab – at our church, at the Lutheran church, at all of the churches here in the community. And I'm sure there will be sunshine and some dark clouds and some amazing starlit nights ... doesn't it always seem like nature is taking part in some way?
I actually stood on the hillside near the garden and looked out at Jerusalem and down the road that Jesus took that day so long ago. In fact, our tour guide showed us the gate where the donkey was waiting for Jesus and showed us how the path was lined with palm leaves. In a way I feel like I am looking down a road into the future – for the community, for the church.
I said last month that I was claiming this Lenten season as a time of preparation for this United Church of Kanab-Fredonia. The timing is pretty amazing, yes? Continue to prepare your hearts and souls as we prepare for Easter and our future. See you soon!
With joy, your sister in Christ,
Please mark your calendar for the Special Congregational meeting to be held on March 29th immediately after the service. Congregational meetings are a time when we gather together as a family to take stock on where we are and where we are going as well as transact business. Normally, we meet annually to do this. This special meeting is a time for family to come together for the purpose of voting on a recommendation to fill the position of permanent pastor, so please attend. Your participation is especially important at this time in the life of our church body.
Lent continues with Wednesday Soup Suppers and Vesper services, as well as the opportunity to go to the Lutheran Church at lunch. There will be a prayer vigil on Good Friday, so please sign up for a time to come and pray for an hour. And then…Easter! Choose a sunrise service at the Lutheran Church or our service at the normal time. This will be a time to be together to worship the Risen Savior!
This Tuesday is St. Patrick’s Day, and with both the Catholic and LDS churches, we are putting on this year’s dinner. The food will be great! There will be vegetarian offerings. And the funds raised will go to our brothers and sisters at St. Christopher Catholic Church to support the re-modeling of their Sanctuary. I find it exciting that the dinner this year is the work of three churches, working together to put on the event. It should be fun! Thank Shirley for all her hard work!
Check out the calendar for other events and happenings that you can participate in. Come to the church council meetings. They are open to all, and we would love to have you there.
See you Tuesday, March 17th at 6:00 pm for the St. Patrick's Day Interfaith Dinner at the LDS Church Cultural Hall on Center Street. Hosted by the United Church of Kanab-Fredonia, St. Christopher Catholic Church and the Kanab Stake Center. The funds raised will be used for the St. Christopher Catholic Church Sanctuary remodel. Music, entertainment, and conversation with our neighbors. Take-out available!
Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organized by World Wildlife Fund. Earth Hour was famously started as a “Lights-Off” event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns in 162 countries worldwide and this one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement to engage a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues. The Lights-Off event encourages individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.
This year Earth Hour is Saturday, March 28th from 8:30 to 9:30 PM. United Church will be hosting a very informal Earth Hour social gathering at the Council Ring that evening for those in our congregation and the community who want to share this hour together under the stars (weather permitting). The moon will be in the 1st Quarter that evening - so wear warm clothing and bring your own chairs and blankets – and don’t forget your flashlight! (In the case of inclement weather, we will instead gather in the Sanctuary.) The Earth Hour organizers certainly do not advocate turning all lights off - cautioning participants not to turn off safety lights in public places, traffic and aviation lights, security lights, night lights and other necessary safety measures.
Invite your neighbors, family and friends to join together at United Church on the night of March 28th for a celebration of the spirit of Earth Hour and to commit ourselves anew to do our part to continue the blessings of this bountiful gift of God - our home – our Earth.
For more information on the Earth Hour movement, please check out the website – www.earthhour.org.
The Church Council has called a special congregational meeting of the United Church to be held on March 29th, 2015 immediately after the service for the purpose of voting on a recommendation to fill the position of permanent pastor. Marcia Meier will be presented as our candidate.
With spring arriving, please share your fresh flowers on Sunday mornings.
A sign-up sheet will be in the narthex. A bouquet every Sunday would be lovely!
New Hours for Pastor Marcia
Office hours (usually)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10-11:30 am
Friday and Saturday 9-3ish
Sunday 7:30-9:30 am, 1:00-3:00 pm
By appointment as needed!
Whenever my car is at the church!
(303) 884-1106 personal cell
Music is being provided by a lovely trio of Kanab High School students. Services last 30 minutes
Doors open at 5:30, we eat at 6ish. If you would like to provide soup, please email email@example.com
Tuesday March 17th
Special soup supper with Cathy Silton from Denver. We will be eating Matzo Ball soup and Cathy will be sharing some of her understanding of the Jewish Seder meal and Passover. Cathy is a friend of Pastor Marcia's and will be visiting. Please rsvp by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Cleanup Day Sign-up sheets will be posted soon!
Arvel Bird will be leading worship.
10:00 am Gaye Rowan's home. Christ the Psalms, a Stonecroft publication.
Monday 10:30 am Cathie McCormick's Home, Tuesday 10:00 am and 6:30 pm in the Upper Room
Friday 7:00 pm Upper Room
March 23rd - Educational Class Identity Crisis, "Who Am I" 5:30 – 6:30 pm United Church Fellowship Hall
April 2-3 A Canyon People's Portrait, Kanab High School Auditorium 7:30 pm Information and tickets at www.acanyonpeoplesportrait.com
May 2 Symphony Spring Concert Kanab High School Auditorium 7:00 pm
For additions to the calendar, please email email@example.com
Earth Hour 8:30 – 9:30 pm
Palm Sunday Worship at 10:00 am
Special Congregational meeting following worship
Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 pm
24 Hour Prayer Vigil
Please hold the transition from Good Friday (the Crucifixion) to Easter (the Resurrection) with prayer.
There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex. We want to insure that someone is intentionally praying every minute of the 24 hours. The church sanctuary will be open from noon on Friday to noon on Saturday or you may pray from home.
Even if you don't sign up for a 1/2 hour, please make time to pray.
7:00 am Sunrise Service at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church
10:00 am Worship at United Church of Kanab-Fredonia