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Sharing God's unconditional love and promise in Jesus Christ with all people. Becoming known as a progressive, inclusive community of faith. 
Follow Jesus into the wilderness.
Break bread with fellow followers.
Commit to 40-days of prayer, fasting, and giving to the poor. 
Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Meal is to begin at 5:45 pm
Worship is at 7:15 pm

Resources for Lent from the Southeastern Iowa Synod:

Lenten Daily Devotions
Jesus is the Christ because he reveals the whole of Love. He is the whole Love: the living, the dying, and the rising again. Not a victory march, but something much better.

So next time we sing “We have seen the Lord,” remember Bob dying and Sandy and Hannah’s funerals. The mistakes and exhaustion and infuriations. The betrayals, yours and others’. Jesus stays and loves, even when it’s hard. And when we’re ready to let go, Jesus will be there to catch us.
Thanks be to God.
Pastor Clark Olson-Smith
Faith Question For The Week

“One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God,” said Jesus to the devil.

What if “every word that comes from the mouth of God” is what God speaks within us? And what if listening to God-within-us is as important as eating? 

Notice, for example, that the devil quotes scripture at Jesus! We must heed this warning: the external voice of authority is not God’s voice. Jesus was in touch with an inner voice. How else could he have accessed true wisdom to resist scripture-based lies?

God speaks to you in the same humble way: through your own thoughts, feelings, imagination, and desire. Though often, not through those on the surface, but those, as Richard Rohr says, from “the deepest and usually hidden self where most of us do not go.”

More from Richard Rohr’s The Universal Christ:

“Intuitive truth, that inner whole-making instinct, just feels too much like our own thoughts and feelings, and most of us are not willing to call this ‘God,’ even when that voice prompts us toward compassion instead of hatred, forgiveness instead of resentment, generosity instead of stinginess, bigness instead of pettiness. ...As Joan of Arc brilliantly replied when the judge accused her of being the victim of her own imagination, ‘How else would God speak to me?’”
Perhaps this is a temptation encounter you recognize: Jesus utters the voice of grace and the devil, the voice of shame. Which to trust? Ask God’s help to live by words of grace and to challenge words of shame.

Reminder, News, Events
Order forms for Easter Lilies can be picked up at the church.

VBS 2020
VBS will be July 20-23, 2020
Next planning meeting will be Sunday, March 8th in the lounge at 10:30 am. 
If you are interested in helping this year,
contact Donna Jean Holste.
Easter is coming fast this year! We hope that everyone is looking forward to this special day on April 12, and we pray that everyone is ready to be as wonderfully generous as you have been for so many years in collecting, preparing and delivering Easter Baskets! In remembering others who do not have the means to provide a happy Easter for themselves and their families, we have a wonderful history  of providing food  baskets for people in our community. 

A list of needed items will be provided at church. Please take this list and purchase what you decide. Items will need to be at the church by Sunday, March 29. The more items you can bring to the church the less items that Service Committee and helpers will need to purchase. The shopping trip for basket items will be March 31 this year. We also welcome donations of monetary gifts to purchase additional items.  We also welcome you to sign up to be one of our helpers. Thank you for your generosity. 
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This weeks events at
St. Paul

Sunday, March 1
Worship 9:15 am

Tuesday, March 3
Men's Breakfast 8:30 am Jenny's Dinner
Service Committee 2:00 pm
WELCA Board Meeting 3:00 pm

Wednesday,March 4
Universal Christ Study 12:00 pm
CCC Choir 4:15 pm
Hope in Action 5:00 pm
Learning Committee 5:15 pm
Tintinnabulum 5:15 pm
Vocal Choir 5:15 pm
Universal Christ Study 6:00 pm
Lent Evening Prayer 7:15 pm

Sunday, March 8
Worship 9:15 am
VBS Meeting after Worship

February Epistle Click Here
Click here for February 23, 2020 Worship
This Weeks Readings


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