CHURCH CALENDAR THIS WEEK

MONDAY, March 23rd
10:30 am Angel Care Committee meets
TUESDAY, March 24th
8:30 am Coffee Bunch @ Travelers’
WEDNESDAY, March 25th
Newsletter goes in the mail
5:30 pm Lenten meal & program
7:00 pm Choir practice
THURSDAY, March 26th
United Way Food Drop @ New Life Church
NEXT SUNDAY, March 29th
Palm Sunday service led by Youth
10:00 am Worship/hymn-sing
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 am Easter Eggstravaganza

March is Minnesota Food Share Month
This morning we welcome Vicki Bump, Volunteer Director for the Douglas County Outreach Food Shelf. They started operations in July, 1982, and they are currently located at 1205 Lake Street in a building 96’ x 24’. In October, 2007, the ATCC students built a 24’x 36’ garage on site for storage. Staffed totally by volunteers, some have served for 20 years. As a rule, the Outreach Food Shelf serves 20-22 families a day. They are open 5 days a week and welcome visitors.

We are pleased to present Vicki with our Church check from the donations received at our Community Christmas Day Dinner in the amount of $1,150.01 along with some additional checks, for a total of $1,200.01.

Our Missions Committee has designated our Bountiful Basket collection for the months of February and March to benefit our local Outreach Food Shelf. Donations of cash or non-perishable items will be greatly appre-ciated by many in our own community. Thank you for caring.–Missions Committee

The Angel Care Committee will hold a re-organizational meeting tomorrow, Monday, March 23rd, at 10:30 am. Contact Daisy Stahlberg at 763-9461.

Our Lenten Series continues on Wednesday.
Everyone is invited to join us for a light meal at 5:30 pm which is hosted this week by our Missions Committee. The program will follow from 6:00-7:00 entitled, “What does my faith tell me to do?” Joanne Sylvander and members of her church’s Immigration Team will share their work on issues that reflect how we live and act in support of humane com-prehensive immigration reform to restore integrity to the U.S. tradition of welcoming immigrants. Come learn with us. Every one is invited. -Board of Spiritual Life

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday. Our Youth and Confirmation Students will be leading our worship service under the direction of Katy Mohabir and Pastor Scott. You, as the Congregation, will even have a part. We have an amazing group of young people in our congregation who are excited to practice their leadership skills in this special setting. Our Church choir will be involved and Margaret Kalina will be our organist. Come be a part of this special Palm Sunday Worship.

2015 Offering Envelopes: Boxes of offering envelopes for 2015 are available at the back of the sanctuary. Please sign your name on the line next to the number of the box that you take. Thank you.

Our Angels responsible for visiting and delivering blankets to those hospitalized or grieving in March are Ceil Campbell (763-5886) and Celesta Podolske (763-3079). Thank you, Angels. If you know of someone in the congregation who could use a caring visit, please contact one of the Angels named above.

Be a U-stream Sponsor. As of March 1st we have had more than 1,700 people view us on U-stream, our internet TV channel. We also have 17 regular followers who watch as well—snowbirds and homebound members who can’t get to worship, but wish to stay connected to the Church they love. The cost to us as a Church for this service is $99 monthly, roughly $25 per Sunday. There is enough money left in the “Enhanced Worship Fund” to guarantee 10 more months of broadcasts. Therefore, the Board of Administration is asking for your support. If you would like to underwrite a weekly broadcast in honor or memory of a loved one at $25, or for a month or more of broadcasts at a higher level, please contact Barb in the Church office. Board of Admin.

Notice to all Committees: Please prepare and submit your annual reports for the upcoming Programmatic Meeting to be held in May. Reports would be appreciated in the Church office by April 1st. Thank you. If you would like a copy of your previous year’s report, please just call the Church office. Thanks.-Barb, Church office

Take Two, Give One Away. Our Membership Committee has provided us with bookmarks. Please take two, one for yourself and one to give to a friend. The bookmarks may be found on the Visitors’ table at the back of the sanctuary where the visitor coffee mugs are located.

Watch Us on Charter Cable Channel 181. Charter Cable TV has updated their public access channel listing for our weekly Church service rebroadcast. We are now on Channel 181 at 9 am daily. Be sure to tune in to catch the service, and please do invite friends and family to watch. The most recent service is aired on Wednesday through the following week.
Our service is also on the Internet http://www.firstcongregationaluccalex.com/media/ –Tech Team

A Must Read – Copies of our revised Safe Church Policy and Conditional Attendance Agreement are available at the back of the sanctuary or from the Church office. –Council

We Still Need Worship Volunteers for April. There are sign-up sheets at the back of the sanctuary. Please consider participating in our worship services and sign-up for a Sunday that you could help. -Worship Committee

KXRA Broadcast Sponsorships Available—
As you may already know, our worship service is rebroadcast each 1st Sunday of the month at 11:00 am. Many of you have sponsored a monthly broadcast in memory of a loved one or to honor a special event. We have “openings” for the upcoming months of April through August if anyone is interested in sponsoring, partially or in full. The full price is $110, but some folks may like to share a particular date. Please contact the Church office if you’d be interested in this outreach opportunity. Thank you.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Annual St. Mary’s School Fish Fry will take place at St. Mary’s School this Friday, March 27th, from 4:30-7:00 pm. Adults are $9; Students/Seniors $7; pre-school $5. All are welcome.

Our Church Week

TUESDAY, March 17th
8:30 am  Coffee Bunch @ Travelers
9:30 am  Admin. Board meets
WEDNESDAY, March 18th
5:30 pm  Lenten meal & program
THURSDAY, March 19th
9:30 am  Morning Circle meets
1:00 pm  Circle II meets
3:00-6:00 pm  Local Harvest Market
6:30 pm  Church Council meets
NEXT SUNDAY, March 22nd
10:00 am  Worship
11:00 am  Fellowship
11:15 am  Confirmation Brunch

Our Thanks to Pastor-in-Training, Kathy Hodges, for leading our worship service this morning while Pastor Scott is away.

Our Lenten Series continues on Wednesday
Everyone is invited to join us for a light meal  at 5:30 pm which is hosted this week by our Congregational Life Committee. The program will follow from 6:00-7:00 entitled “Raising Our Voices,” by Jennifer Nelson, Statewide Organizer, Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC). Once we have learned about complex issues that need a legislative fix, what steps can we take to keep moving forward and make our voices heard? What are the most effective methods for building relationships with our legislators to ensure we have a voice at the table as policy decisions are made?  What is the role of faith communities in this process? These are some of the questions that will be addressed as we explore how to move from awareness into advocacy.

JRLC is an interfaith social justice advocacy coalition of the Minnesota Council of Churches, the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Islamic Centre of Minnesota, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota that has been engaging people of faith in legislative advocacy in the state of Minnesota for over 40 years. It was also the first interfaith public interest lobby group in the United States.

Come learn with us. Everyone invited. -Board of Spiritual Life

2015 Offering Envelopes:  Boxes of offering envelopes for 2015 are available at the back of the sanctuary. Please sign your name on the line next to the number of the box that you take. Thank you.

Our Angels responsible for visiting and  delivering blankets to those hospitalized or  grieving in March are Ceil Campbell (763-5886) and Celesta Podolske (763-3079). Thank you, Angels. If you know of someone in the congregation who could use a caring visit, please contact one of the Angels named above.

Be a U-stream Sponsor  As of March 1st we have had more than 1,700 people view us on U-stream, our internet TV channel. We also have 17 regular followers who watch as well. Snowbirds and home bound members who can’t get to worship, but wish to stay connected to the Church they love. The cost to us as a Church for this service is $99 monthly, roughly $25 per Sunday. There is enough money left in the “Enhanced Worship Fund” to guarantee 10 more months of broadcasts. Therefore, the Board of Administration is asking for your support. If you would like to underwrite a weekly broadcast in honour or memory of a loved one at $25, or for a month or more of broadcasts at a higher level, please contact Barb in the Church office. Thank you -Board of Admin.

Notice to all Committees:  Please begin  preparing and submitting your annual reports  for the upcoming Programmatic Meeting to be held in May. Reports would be appreciated in the Church office by April 1st. Thank you. If you would like a copy of your previous year’s report, please just call the Church office. Thanks.

Get One, Give One Away. Our Membership Committee has provided us with bookmarks. Please take two, one for yourself and one to give to a friend. The bookmarks may be found on the Visitor’s table at the back of the sanctuary where the visitor coffee mugs are located.

Our Missions Committee has designated our Bountiful Basket collection for the months of February and March to benefit our local Outreach Food Shelf. Donations of cash or non-perishable items will be greatly appreciated by many in our own community. Thank you for caring.

March is Minnesota FoodShare Month
There are only 15 days left in our Minnesota FoodShare campaign. March is the only month in 2015 that qualifies for this bonus. Check out the Bountiful Basket on your way out of Church. We need to do some work to fill it up. It takes each person in our congregation. Let’s show how much we care -Missions Committee

Watch Us on Charter Cable Channel 181
Charter Cable TV has updated their public access channel listing for our weekly Church service rebroadcast. We are now on Channel 181 at 9 am daily. Be sure to tune in to catch the service, and please do invite friends and family to watch. The most recent service is aired on Wednesday through the following week.

Our service is also on the internet on U-stream any time. Go to firstcongregationaluccalex.com/media    –Tech Team

A “Must Read” – Copies of our revised Safe Church Policy and Conditional Attendance Agreement are available at the back of the sanctuary or from the Church office. –Council

Lay Readers and Ushers needed for March 22 & 29 and then we will need for April. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the sanctuary. Please consider participating in our worship services and sign-up for a Sunday that you could help. Thank you. -Worship Committee

Pastor on Vacation:  Pastor Scott will be out of the office until Tuesday, March 17th. Pastor Steve Johnson is on emergency call until that time and may be reached at 320-759-2199.

KXRA Broadcast Sponsorships Available
As you may already know, our worship service is rebroadcast each 1st Sunday of  the month at 11:00 am. Many of you have sponsored a monthly broadcast in memory  of a loved one or to honour a special event. We have “openings” for the upcoming months of April through August if anyone is interested in sponsoring, partially or in full. The full price is $110, but some folks may like to share a particular date. Please contact the Church office if you’d be interested in this outreach opportunity. Thank you.

The Angel Care Committee will hold a re-organizational meeting on Monday, March 23rd, at 10:30 am. Contact Daisy Stahlberg at 763-9461.