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ANNOUNCEMENTS


QUIET DURING PRELUDE – As you enter the sanctuary each Sunday and take a seat during the prelude music, please refrain from conversations that may distract others who are preparing themselves for worship. Use this as a time to quiet yourself in God’s presence.

SERMONS FOR LENT – The rest of the sermons for Lent and Easter will be first person narratives from the perspective of characters from the Passion narratives in the Gospels. Ryan Ahlgrim will depict the male characters and Mandy England Cole, former pastor of Ginter Park Baptist Church, will depict the female characters.

FELLOWSHIP MEAL – This Sunday, March 17, there will be a fellowship meal following the worship service. Everyone please bring a main dish. A-I also bring a salad. J-Z also bring a dessert. Thanks in advance!

COFFEE & FELLOWSHIP is this coming Tuesday, March 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Join us for a morning of fellowship, conversation, and breakfast treats!

SEEING OURSELVES: A SELF-EXAMINATION FOR LENT - Ryan Ahlgrim, Craig Wilson, Barbara Bowman and Joe Sprunger will lead a five-week series during Lent to help us understand ourselves and relate to others in a healthier way. The series will be on Thursday nights, 7-8:15, and will conclude April 11.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR CONSTANCE LONGACHER – There will be a memorial service held for Constance Longacher on March 23.  It will be held at 2:30 pm on Saturday, at the Park View Mennonite Church, 1600 College Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA, 22802.  There will be visitation with the family from 1:30 to 2:15, and a light meal will follow the service for out of town guests. If you think you are likely to attend the supper, email Deirdre Smeltzer at dlsmeltzer@gmail.com by 3/18/19 (tomorrow).

“INTRODUCTION TO RESTORATIVE JUSICE” - Are you interested in helping children, youth, and inmates learn how to handle conflict in a healthy manner, or in helping community members heal from crime?  The Virginia Center for Restorative Justice will be offering its “Introduction to Restorative Justice” class

on Saturday, March 30, from 9 am to 5 pm.  This training is free for volunteers.  Come learn about restorative justice and receive training to serve

as a volunteer with our programs in schools, prisons, and juvenile court.  For more information, please contact Daniel Foxvog at danielfoxvog@vcrj.org or 804-313-9596

EASTER PLANT ORDERS - If you are interested in ordering an Easter plant in honor or memory of a loved one, please take an order form located on the table in the lobby.  Place your order in Maggie Sprunger's mailbox.  The deadline for ordering is March 31st.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS STARTING IN APRIL – Starting in April, after the class on Judges ends, Craig Wilson will teach a class based on the book “Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn’t the American Dream.” Becoming Whole will help class members explore a theology of wholeness and the Kingdom of God and how a broader view of what it means to flourish as a human and a Christian impacts our understanding of wealth and poverty and how we respond to those in need. Please let Tina Eshleman know if you would like a copy of the book.

SAVE THE DATE! – Kaylee Ferguson and Ben Stern’s Wedding Shower will be on April 28th at noon.

MEALS NEEDED - Many of you are aware of the ministry within our church family to provide meals upon the birth of a baby.  This is a way to show our support and give a helping hand as transitions happen when a newborn joins a family.  Currently there are two meal delivery schedules set up for two families who recently gave birth to their second child.  The Long family moved to Richmond in November and have visited with us numerous times.  Their baby, Elliott, arrived on February 24.  The Lamb family has also expanded to a family of 4, with the birth of Colette on March 7.  If you didn't receive the email link to these sign-up schedules and are available to help out, please contact Rachel Beckler.  

 “AN AMERICAN LENT” - Arrabon, a local Christian ministry working at racial reconciliation, has created an online daily devotional guide for Lent called “An American Lent.” In commemoration of Virginia’s beginning 400 years ago—and the beginning of American slavery—this devotional guide is a journey through America’s history of slavery, segregation and racism. The aim is that through the prayers, reflections, and responses, the Holy Spirit will transform us individually and collectively to look more like Christ. Go to repentanceproject.org.

WHY FOLLOW JESUS? – A new booklet is on the Resource Table (next to the front door) for distribution to friends who may be asking this question.

ESHLEMAN EMAIL – Bob and Rosalie’s new email is w4dr@comcast.net. This was listed incorrectly in past bulletins.

FACEBOOK – Have you checked out FMC’s Facebook page? Do you want another way to keep up with everything FMC has to offer? Then head on over to Facebook and give our page a like! Follow this link to check it out: www.facebook.com/FirstMennoniteChurch/