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This Week (4/5)

Good afternoon all. Here are some things to keep in mind this week and in the days to come:

1. If you have signed up to participate in the Seder this Saturday, be sure and contact Jason and Sallie about what you need to bring…unless you already know. Then you can just come…you knew that…
2. Sunday morning prayer is at 8:15. Contact Lee and Laurie if you have any questions.
3. Sunday school is at 9am. The adults will hear from the Gildards, missionaries our congregation supports in France.
4. Worship is at 10am and it’s Palm Sunday! We’ll also begin a new sermon series on different themes present in our celebration of Communion.
5. Following the service we have our April potluck. Here is the link to sign up. During the potluck, be sure to chat with the Gildards. Also be sure and meet Michael and Emma. Michael is the intern who will be joining us this summer.
6. This year during Holy Week we will return to our Good Friday Tenebrae service (7pm here at the church). This is a somber and contemplative service in which we walk through the story of Jesus’ death. With each Scripture reading we extinguish a series of candles as we remember the darkness of Jesus’ suffering and death for our sin. When the service ends, we’ll leave our worship in silence as we wait on the great joy of Easter! I hope you are able to be here with us. For parents, children are always welcome and the cry room will be available. However, you might want to consider whether your children are able to participate in a service like this. It’s quiet and a bit dark so use your discretion. Either way, we love you and we love our kids.
I think that is it for now. I hope to see you this weekend.

This Week (4/1)

Although this is coming to you late this week, it is not an April Fool’s joke.

1. I made it back into town and was neither eaten by bears nor did I get (too terribly) lost in the mountains. I’m really grateful for the mini-sabbatical and for your prayers. I’m also really thankful for a fruitful trip and look forward to getting back into the saddle (so to speak..I was in Wyoming you know).
2. Tomorrow morning we have our regular Sunday school schedule beginning at 9am. The deacons will conclude their class on how we can minister in mercy to Madison. It is their hope (and mine too) that the discussion will continue after the class is done.
3. Worship is at 10am. This week our liturgy will be led by the core group from Resurrection Presbyterian church, our new sister-church plant in urban and university Madison. Matt Grimsley (the church’s planting pastor) will be preaching.
That is it for today. Next week I will send out the details for our Holy Week schedule. Don’t forget though that this year we will return to our Tenebrae service on Good Friday (7pm). More details to come.
I hope to see you in the morning!

This Week (3/22)

Good morning everyone. Here are some things to have on your radar:
1. Don’t forget about the “Mystery” Fellowship Dinners happening Saturday evening. A big thanks to Elise and Gloria for coordinating this. If you have questions about your sign-up let me know and I can get you their contact info.

2. Sunday morning prayer is at 8:15 in the conference room down the hall.

3. Sunday school is at 9am. The Deacons will continue leading the adults through our discussion of how we can engage Madison in works of mercy.
4. Worship is at 10am. Our sermon text is 1 Timothy 6:20-21 as we finish off our series in that letter.
5. On April 2nd, the core group from Resurrection Presbyterian will lead our service and Matt Grimsley will preach. It will be a chance for them to prepare for holding public worship as well as a chance for us to worship together as sister churches here in Madison.
6. I also want to say a quick “thank you” to all of you. Each year you give me a “study week” to use for conferences/retreats/etc. and this year I have decided to actually use it! For those of you who haven’t heard already, I will be leaving (rather quickly) after the service Sunday to catch a flight to Wyoming for a few days of rest and prayer. I am very grateful for your encouragement and for whatever the Lord has in store for me on this little retreat. I will be back in Madison Thursday evening, but if there is a pastoral need while I am gone, please be sure to contact Bob, Gary, or Jeff. If you don’t have a current copy of the directory let me know and I will send it to you.
That will do it for today. I hope to see you Sunday!

This Week (3/8)

Good afternoon everyone. Here is the update for this week:

1. Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday (he writes with some measure of grumpiness)! Don’t forget to spring your clocks forward before coming to church this week.

2. Sunday morning prayer is at 8:15.
3. Sunday school is at 9am. The adults will start a series with the deacons on how we can grow in our understanding of those in need in Madison, and what we can do.
4. Worship is at 10am. Our sermon text is 1 Timothy 6:11-15. Only two more weeks left in 1 Timothy, then we will have a little series on the various themes of Communion.
5. In the coming weeks I will get the full Holy Week schedule out to you with all of the details. As a preview though, our Tenebrae is returning this year on Good Friday…
I think that is all for today. I hope to see you Sunday.

This Week (3/1)

Good Ash Wednesday everyone. Here are some things going on this week:

1. Since it is Ash Wednesday and all, it is worth mentioning that the season of Lent has begun. While Lent is not required in the Scriptures, this season of fasting has developed in the life of the Church as way to reflect on our need of Jesus and to reflect on the sufficiency of his work for us. If you are looking for a way to start stepping into some of the things we talked about (or I talked about) in Sunday’s sermon, Lent might be an opportunity to exercise those principles.

2. Sunday morning prayer is at 8:15 in the conference room down the hall (the swivel chairs room). Contact Lee & Laurie if you have any questions.

3. Sunday school is at 9am. Jeff & Elsa will be leading us as they talk about their upcoming return to Botswana. We’ll spend some time learning about their work there and how we can participate with them. We’ll also spend some time praying.

4. Worship is at 10am. Max will be preaching from Philippians 2:5-11.

5. Following the service, after a hiatus for renovations, it is potluck time! Here is the link to sign up ahead of time.

I think that is it for today. I hope to see you Sunday.

This Week (2/24)

It’s Friday so here is what is going on this weekend (and a little bit after):

1. Sunday morning prayer is at 8:15 in the conference room down the hall.

2. Sunday school is at 9. This week Diana will finish up her class with the adults on the Puritans’ daily lives.

3. Worship is at 10am. Our sermon text is 1 Timothy 6:2b-10.

4. Next Sunday (March 5th) Jeff & Elsa will share in Sunday school about their upcoming return to Botswana. There will also be a potluck after the service so it will be a big day!

I think that is it for now. I hope to see you Sunday.

This Week (2/16)

Happy Thursday to you all. Here is the news for this week:

1. I’m writing this from the now renovated worship space here at the church. The chairs are rearranged so come early and scope out your new seat. It will look different when you walk in so prepare yourself for that. If you are a musician, you’ll want to come a few minutes early this week too so that everyone can get wiggled into the right spots.

2. Sunday morning prayer is at 8:15.

3. Sunday school is at 9am. The adults will continue with Diana teaching us about the Puritans. Kids will be down the hall.

4. Worship is at 10am. Our sermon text is 1 Timothy 6:1-2.

5. Watch your inbox for the upcoming Mystery Fellowship Dinner. I’d put the details here but I thought it warranted its very own email.

That’s it for today. I hope to see you Sunday!

This Week (2/7)

Good morning everyone. I thought it would be good to send out the news for the week early. Here you go:

1. Sunday morning prayer continues on Sunday at 8:15.

2. Sunday school is at 9. This week the adults shift from thinking about current events to thinking about how our history shapes us. Diana will be leading us on a three week class about the Puritans. Diana notes that our understanding of the Puritans is often clouded by myths and stereotypes so the goal of these three weeks is to come away with a clearer picture of how the Puritans really lived and what they really believed. Hooray for church history! That last part is from me…although Diana probably agrees.

3. Worship is at 10am. Our sermon text is 1 Timothy 5:17-25.

4. There is currently no plastic up in our worship space so you can finally get a feel for what things will eventually look like. I’m excited (I mean, as excited as I get…). There is still some electrical work to be done throughout the week but by the time you get here on Sunday we should only have some flooring left to be completed. Thanks for helping to keep an eye open for kids and safety.

That is it for today. I hope to see you this weekend!

This Week (2/2)

Good morning everyone. There is plenty going on around the church these days so here is a quick run-down:

1. The Sunday morning prayer time is at 8:15am. Be sure and contact Lee and Laurie if you have any questions.

2. Sunday school is at 9am. The adults will finish up our class on loving and listening to our LGBTQ friends and neighbors.

3. Sunday worship is at 10am. Our sermon text is 1 Timothy 5:3-16.

4. The renovations of our worship space continue. I am hoping that the plastic will be down for Sunday but I can’t make any guarantees. One thing I am excited about is the extra light we will get. When the sun finally showed itself yesterday (after apparently being on vacation for most of January), the additional natural light in the worship space was significant.

5. Because the renovation schedule is still a bit tenuous we are not going to have a pot luck in February [insert sad trombone sound].

6. Finally… On April 29th we will have a “worship summit” at the church. The goal is to spend the morning discussing why and how we seek to form our worship at Lake Trails. It will part theology, part workshop, part Q&A, and part worshipping together. While music is one part of our worship, it isn’t a “music summit”. We will be looking at music, but also at other components to our liturgy as well as what it means to be a community of worshippers. If you are interested in learning more about worship at Lake Trails, come join us. Start time on the 29th is yet to be determined. Remember: this isn’t just for musicians.

That’s it for today. I hope to see you Sunday.

This Week (1/27)

Good morning everyone. Here is this week’s update on what is happening:

1. Construction continues at a good clip. This week when you come to church you will see a new wall at the west end of the building. Things will be in a little better shape than last week but please continue to help keep little hands and feet away from any messes. Today and tomorrow are going to be busy days up here as the workers will be finishing the drywall. If you are a musician, it would be great if you could come a few minutes earlier than usual to get everything situated. Right now all of the instruments are up against the wall and covered in plastic…

2. Sunday school is at 9am. The adults will continue in our class on listening to and loving our LGBTQ neighbors. This week the emphasis is on what we can do.

3. Worship is at 10am. This week’s sermon text is 1 Timothy 5:1-2.

4. Because of the renovations there will not be a potluck on February 5th. I’ll get back to you on when the next one will be.

5. Finally, tomorrow (Saturday) is the next meeting of the Wisconsin Presbytery. Please pray that it is a useful day for the sake of Jesus’ work in Wisconsin.

I think that will do it. I hope to see you Sunday.