This week’s road in the GOSPEL HIGHWAY series is The Hard Road (Matthew 7:14). Mark’s sermon will try to convince us that though the road of authentic discipleship is hard it is worth the taking because God stands at the end of it. The Handbell Choir will be playing this week, and the time with children will explore the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer.
MARCH MADNESS . . . Selection Sunday
The Mission Committee’s March Madness Food Drive begins this week with Selection Sunday. The goal this week is to collect 68 items for the Verona Area Needs Network food pantry. That is one item for every team selected for the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Help us reach the 68-item goal by having every member of your family bring their favorite non-perishable food item to the church.
The March 18 midweek Lenten service will focus on the men who did not throw stones (John 8). Come hear about people Jesus inspired to change for the better. A story like this can be full of insight, especially for days like these when angry crowds quickly gather. The service begins at 7 in the fellowship hall and goes for about 45 minutes.
TENEBRAE READERS for MAUNDY THURSDAY
Four more readers are needed for the Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service, April 2. Please let Mark know as soon as possible if you are interested in being one of these readers.
FAITH ON THE MOVE: Mapping Our Future
The challenge goal for our 2015 stewardship drive is $295,000. Just imagine what reaching that goal could mean for the life of our church! Missing the goal will only get us as far as we have gotten so far, and that is still short of where we believe God wants us to go. Return your pledge sheet if you have not already done so, and be part of a stronger, more effective, and farther reaching Salem.
Sherrol and Laura Yurs invite all the ladies of the church to attend a baby shower for Lena (Yurs) Woodis to be held on Sunday, March 15, at 2 in the afternoon in the fellowship hall. Lena and Adam are expecting Rya Isabel at the end of April – or the first week of May, if Grandpa has any say. (The Yurses wish to clarify this is a shower Rya’s grandma and aunt are hosting, not the Fellowship Committee; those showers are for church members currently active.)
Will you help keep an eye out for a donkey? March 29 is Palm Sunday and the donkey who has led our procession in recent years in no longer available. Can you help us find one?
MORE PALM SUNDAY
We will be walking through all of Holy Week on Palm Sunday. Following the procession in the streets, re-enacting Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, those returning to the church will find our building transformed into a series of stops along the way that tell the story of the last days of Jesus on earth. All this will take place during the Sunday School hour March 29. All are invited, both young and old. Bring your friends. No story is more important than this, and the church lives to speak it or it does not live at all.
SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING
The Annual Meeting of the Southwest Wisconsin Association of the United Church of Christ will be held Saturday, April 11, at First Congregational Church in Madison, starting with registration at 8:15 AM. The day begins with worship led by the Reverend Franz Rigert, our new Wisconsin Conference minister. Following worship, we have a day full of presentations by representatives of SW Association congregations. Come hear about McFarland’s “Messy Church”; Paoli Zwingli’s experience with Appreciative Inquiry; Dodgeville Plymouth’s Multicultural Outreach Program; and Platteville/Zion’s work with homeless families in rural southwest Wisconsin. Registration deadline is March 28.