THIS SUNDAY - MARCH 24th
After our beginning time in the Sanctuary, our Sunday School children will dismiss and continue in LENT this week by focusing on how Jesus grew as a child, into his role as the greatest messenger of God's love. Our lessons will be art and games this week.
MARCH SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Our monthly spiritual practice activities are creative ways to connect to God, and can help with the hectic day to day stress of schedules and dominance of technology. May these 'practices' bring balance, as you and your family cultivate new ways to engage with God and each other.
We are now in the season of LENT.
Oftentimes, the practice of fasting is implemented during these 40 days of reflection leading up to Easter. Fasting usually conjures up thoughts of giving up chocolate and sweets.
Maybe this Lent we can give something up that doesn’t negatively impact our waistline, but rather our spirits. Perhaps we can give up complaining, or being overly critical, or being less argumentative? And once we give those things up, ask ourselves what we might ‘fill up’ with in return? Can I give up complaining and fill up my time with encouraging?
This GIVE UP/FILL concept is popular within some church circles and is what our kids in Sunday School will be doing in their prayer time this month, while contributing to their classroom GIVE UP/FILL UPcontainers. Try this as a family at home to encourage ways of healthy thinking, proactive behaviors, and to facilitate reflection this Lent.
UPCOMING CONFIRMATION CLASSES
Confirmation 2 (10th gr): THIS MONDAY, 3/25, 7pm in Griswold Hall.
Confirmation 1 (9th gr): Mon, 4/8, 7pm in Grisowld Hall.
YOUTH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The usher team is looking for any youth volunteers who might be interested in helping on Sunday mornings in the months of March and April. Please reply to this email if you are available!
PILGRIM FELLOWSHIP (9th-12th grade)
Pilgrim Fellowship is a Youth Outreach Ministry of First Congregational Church of Guilford, and meets most Sunday nights. For more information, please contact our PF Director, Judi Wallace.
LENTEN BIBLE STUDY WITH MILTON - 3/11, 3/18 and 4/8
Milton Brasher-Cunningham will be leading 3 lenten bible studies on March 11th, 18th, and April 8th at 7pm. Meetings will be in Rev. Ginger's office in Spencer House. Please reply to this email if you'd like to attend.
WILCOX LECTURE SERIES WITH TERRI HERSHEY, 3/29-3/30
On Friday, 7-9pm and Saturday, 10am-12pm at the church. Please reply to this email for more details.
PALM SUNDAY, 4/14
Meet at 9:30am on the steps to walk to the Green for a short Palm Sunday service with our other faith communities on Sunday before our own church service. Palm Cross Making and Seed Planting events after service in Coffee Hour at 11am!
MAUNDY THURSDAY, 4/18
Maundy Thursday Service in the Sanctuary at 7pm.
GOOD FRIDAY, 4/19
Sanctuary doors open 12-3pm.
HOLY SATURDAY, 4/20
Breakfast in Fellowship Hall, 9-11am.
EASTER SUNDAY, 4/21 - 3 SERVICES
Sunrise Service at Jacob's Beach, plus 9am and 11am services in the Sanctuary. Children Nursery age through 6th grade are invited to partake in our annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10am after the 9 o'clock service on the Lawn. Don't forget to bring your Easter basket! **These are Family Worship Services (No Sunday School), but childcare available at both services for children through 3 years of age.
Children's Choirs meet on Wednesday afternoons at the church during the program year. Please email Gail Etter, our Cherub Choir director (K-2nd gr), or Liza Catino, our Junior Choir director (3rd-8th gr), with any questions.