Pastor's Weekly Update
 
Good morning and greetings from Abiding Peace,
 
"Questions God asks...and answers" is our theme for the Sundays in Lent this year at Abiding Peace.  Last week we were in the Garden of Eden to hear God ask: "Where are you?"  Adam and Eve were lost in sin, hiding in fear. God answered his question by bringing them near to him for forgiveness and hope through the promise of a Savior.  
This Sunday God asks: "Where is your brother Abel?"  Come Sunday and hear the answer.
 
Communion is offered this Sunday.  To prepare, consider using your Catechism and turn to the Lord's Supper section, or use the hymnal for prayers and "Christian Questions."
 
Prayer Notes:
- Let's join Rich and Jean Martin in giving thanks to the Lord as they look forward to celebrating the marriage of their daughter Jamie to Kyle Porter tomorrow evening.  God bless the couple as they make their promises to each other, and God grant them many years of love and happiness.
- We join Anne Hunter and her family in giving thanks to the Lord for good news in her battle with cancer.  She reports: "I'm cancer free and am now in prevention mode - medication and standard visits here and there."  
 
Other Notes:
- The chili cook-off is Saturday, starting at 5:30 p.m.  Those who are competing, please try to bring your chili to church 5-10 minutes early to get set up.
- Saturday morning (10:30 a.m.) is "Coffee with Christ" for 20s/30s group at Maple Street Biscuit downtown.
- After both services on Sunday there will be an usher "refresh" meeting to review some information and guidelines.  
- The teens will meet at Vicar Stein's house on March 2nd (6:00 p.m.) for a Wii tournament.
- A new Bible Information Class begins Sunday, March 3rd (11:35 a.m.).  We'll meet in the Fellowship Hall.  Sign up on Sunday.
- See the purple table in the entryway on Sunday to:
  • Get a Lent calendar (like an Advent calendar) and count down the days to Easter.
  • Sign up to purchase Easter flowers to beautify our Easter worship.  You can take them home after Easter.
  • Pick up an information page about the season of Lent
Those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries the week of February 25-March 2 (to extend a greeting, if you wish):
"Happy Birthday" to: Michelle Braunschweig (25), Mary Maciejewski (26), Logan White (26), Cade Cheek (27), Carter Cheek (27), Nathan Knapp (28), Lisa Grimstad (1), Raelynn Schmitz (1), and John Vostiar (2).
"Happy Anniversary" to: Rich & Jean Martin (26).
 
That's all for this week.
God's blessing on your day.
- Pastor Duane