Weekly Update

Greetings, everyone –

 

40 DAYS OF GIVING – FINAL UPDATE

Huzzah!! Final figures as of today have congregational donations of $4,083.05 added to the endowment fund challenge match of $3.095.72 for a grand total of $7,178.77!! That means that we raised just over 7.5% of World Hunger’s $95,000 goal for this project. Our gifts to ELCA World Hunger help congregations and community organizations provide food, clothing and care to refugee families and unaccompanied minors, meeting their immediate needs. For more information on this work of our church, click here.

SYNOD OFFICE HAS MOVED

Their new address is 245 E 13th Ave, Suite A, Spokane, WA 99202. They are on the second floor of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane offices in an historic home near the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Stop in and say hi when you’re in the area! I’m sure Cathy would love the company!!

 

THIS SUNDAY AT CENTRAL

 

Van Driver: No van service this Sunday.

 

Education Hour: Explores the text for the day in the Fireside Room at 9:45am.

 

Coffee Hour: Here’s a first! PIZZA PARTY! Les Ames is turning 99 and he wanted to celebrate in a special way. He’ll be providing pizza and soda and there might even be a sing-along happening! Plan to stick around and help Les celebrate!

 

In Worship: The image of the Good Shepherd shows us how the risen Christ brings us to life. It is the relationship between the shepherd and the sheep, one of mutual knowledge and love, that gives the shepherd authority. The shepherd’s willingness to lay down his life for the sheep shows his love. First John illustrates what it means to lay down our lives for one another by the example of sharing our wealth with any sister or brother in need.

 

Readings and Psalm

Acts 4:5-12

Salvation in the name of Jesus

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. (Ps. 23:1)

1 John 3:16-24

Love in truth and action

John 10:11-18

Christ the shepherd

 

Life Laid Down

How does faith in the risen Christ call one to live? What shape does one’s life take?

 

The readings for this fourth Sunday of Easter are rich in their imagery, and at the center is the image of the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep. Five times in eight short verses Jesus mentions laying down his life for the sake of the sheep.

 

The First Letter of John picks up the same theme: “We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?” (1 John 3:16-17). Laying down one’s life for another might take many forms, but it at least means this: extending help, as much as you are able, when another is in need.

 

A friend tells the story of her grandfather, a faithful man who earned a modest income. Each year when tax time rolled around, he was audited. According to tax records he earned so little and gave away so much. The astounded auditors questioned him, wondering why he gave so much of his income to the church. Incredulous, he responded, “You can’t outgive God.”

 

The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep, and joined to the risen life of Christ, the lives of the baptized are shaped by generosity and sacrifice. Giving one’s life, resources, gifts, or whatever one holds most dear for the sake of another is both a witness to the love we have first been shown and an act of faith. Hearing Jesus’ words in this Easter season reminds us that laying down one’s life is not an act to be feared; rather, it is an act that defies death, as we trust that, washed in the waters of baptism, we already live in the resurrected life of Christ.

 

EXPLORING FAITH (Tuesdays at Noon)

In 2007, A. J. Jacobs published “A Year of Living Biblically” in which he Chronicles (see what I did there?) his commitment to living 100% by the Bible for a year. And not just the big rules but the little ones, too, like “don’t wear clothes of mixed fabrics” and “stone adulterers” (okay, that might be a big one). Now his book has been brought to TV in the show “Living Biblically.” What better way to “explore faith” than to walk with someone who tried to “do it perfectly.” The show is a mix of modern comedy and religious insight. It approaches the subject seriously and the characters are earnest, including the main character’s “God Squad” of Father Gene and Rabbi Gil. We will watch the show together and then discuss our own impressions of living by the Bible. Watch the show (CBS, Mondays), or read the book, or just come join us!

 

SPRING TEA

The weather may not feel like spring is here, but it is and so is our Spring Tea. It will be held on Saturday, April 28th @ Noon. There will be three different courses, each featuring a different tea. Entertainment will be a fashion show, with all fashions being provided by Christopher & Banks.  We are in need of 6-8 models to help with the fashion show – please contact Colleen Gilbert if interested.

 

Tickets for the tea are available for a $10 donation from any of the CLCW Board members (Sharon Smith, Colleen Gilbert, Joan Schmitt, Edna Karjalahti and Elvira Henderson). All proceeds will be given to a local charity. Come join us for a fun afternoon!

 

And, don’t forget…

 

WOMEN OF THE ELCA SPRING TRI-CLUSTER GATHERING

April 21, 2018

 

St. John’s Lutheran Church

223 S. Hallett, Medical Lake

 

9:00 A.M. Registration & Refreshments

(Cost: $5.00 which includes lunch)

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT EQUIPS AND POWERS US

“When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. ‘Why are you sleeping?’ he asked them” (Luke 22:45-46). Jesus was exhausted too. After all, he was human. He got hungry and tired, just as his disciples did. We are prone to shake our heads at those lazy, disloyal disciples, but how often do we say we’re too tired to serve, too poor to give, too inadequate to help? With Pentecost on the horizon, it is good to be reminded that we, like the disciples, have been transformed by the Holy Spirit who equips, enables, and energizes us to be God’s stewards.

Prayer: Our gracious heavenly Father, you have given us the message and the power to proclaim the Gospel. Give us joy and courage in our task. Forgive us when we fail our responsibility. Thank you for your Son who has lived the perfect life of stewardship for us. Through him we ask these things. Amen.

Blessings on your stewardship journey!

See you in worship!

 

Peace,

Pastor Dave

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