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  This Weeks Happenings for March 9, 2018

Rev. Timothy Gilbert

Good Morning Congregational Church of Union, UCC,


I am looking out the window, watching it snow yet again!  We just received 16-18 inches of snow, and today we are getting snow they say.  More snow on the way for next week.  Winter is back, just when Spring was about to show itself!  There are so many people who are without power, and we hope and pray that the electric companies can get the power back up and running.  I saw a post on Facebook where someone said, "You have been without power for two days, and the people of the islands have been without power for six months!"  Where is your patience, people?  When we are without our most basic needs, our tempers run high, and we want our heat, our lights, our basic comforts back.  We don't want frozen pipes, cold children, and spoiled food.  Once again, we see neighbor helping neighbor, borrowing generators, coming to one another's homes who have a wood stove, heat, and a grill to cook food.  The spirit of giving never goes away, even in the most dire of circumstances.  Goodness will always shine through.  God is good.  We just need to look to those who answer the call, who help their neighbor, and make sure their neighbor is okay.


The reading for this Sunday is John 2: 13-22.  The sermon title is "A Temple Is...".  This Sunday is One Great Hour of Sharing, and there will be envelopes for this special collection.


We are beginning our flower intentions for Easter.  If you wish to have a plant  put in memory of, in honor of, or to the glory of, please let either Rev. Tim or Amy Blank know.


We are having a Spaghetti Supper on Saturday, March 24th, from 4:30-7PM, in the church hall.  Take out meals will be available.


We continue to collect food items for the local food bank.  The food items we are focused on in the month of March are pasta and sauce.  Thank you for your response to this much needed ministry.  The two baskets in the back of the sanctuary are full, and ready to deliver!


We need readers for both Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday.  If you would like to read for either of these services, please let Rev. Tim know.  Maundy Thursday is on Thursday, March 29, at 7PM, and Easter will be on Sunday, April 1st, at 10:45AM.  All are welcome!


Sunday, March 25th, is Palm Sunday.  Children will be waving the palms during the opening hymn, and palms will be handed out during the service.


Thursday, March 29th, is Maundy Thursday, with a Service of Tenebrae.  The service will begin at 7PM.


There will be no Good Friday Services.


Easter will be on Sunday, April 1st, at 10:45AM.  There will be flower intentions for spring flowers, beginning 2-3 weeks prior to Easter Sunday.


Pentecost will be on Sunday, May 20th.  There will be flower intentions for geraniums, beginning 2-3 weeks prior to Pentecost Sunday.  Two Young People will be Confirmed on this day!


Children's Sunday is June 3rd, at 10:45AM.  The children will be doing the service.


There's a lot going on in the church over the next months, isn't there?


That's all I have for now.  God bless you until we meet again.



Rev. Tim