This Week – March 23, 2017

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We open ourselves to God’s Spirit in worship, prayer and study, holding each other
in community and encouraging one another to grow in the Spirit.
We reach out in generosity and compassion to the people around us.

Sunday, March 26, 2017
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
Adult Choir Rehearsal
10:15 a.m. Worship – Joke Sunday
VEAP’s March Food and Fund Drive (Personal Care Items)
11:15 a.m. Lenten Devotion Discussion

Scripture: John 9: 1-39
Sermon: “Meeting Jesus and Keeping It Simple”

Serving Our Church This Sunday:
Liturgists/Humorists: Susan Brauer and Gene Booker
Greeters: The Kerr Family

House of Charity – Volunteers Needed – Saturday, April 8th
Our next volunteer opportunity at House of Charity is Saturday, April 8th from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

House of Charity is located at 510 South 8th Street in Minneapolis. Sign-up sheet is on the table by the mailboxes.

breakfastPalm Sunday Breakfast – Sunday, April 9th
Please join us for our annual Palm Sunday Breakfast at 9:15 a.m. Egg casseroles, french toast, cheesy potatoes and fruit.

Suggested donation of $5/person or $10/family to benefit Christian Education missions.

Sign up in the Narthex.

two old womenApril 9th Book Club Selection…Two Old Women, by Velma Wallis
All are welcome to join the conversationon Sunday, April 9th – Following Worship.  We’ll take a few minutes following worship to get a cup of coffee/tea and then we’ll meet in the north classroom upstairs.

Maundy Thursday (April 13th)
Two Services Again This Year!
• 2:00 p.m.
At Vernon Terrace – 5250 Vernon Avenue South, Edina
• 6:30 p.m.
At Chapel Hills – Begins with a meal, followed by Worship at 7:00 p.m.

The worship service includes music, scripture, reflections, and communion.

Sign up for the meal in the narthex or notify the church office (952-935-3025). A main dish is provided. We invite you to bring a favorite dish to share with the friends you will find at the table.

Lenten Devotion Discussions
Please join us following worship each Sunday during Lent to delve into the thought provoking, Driving Lessons, Lenten devotions.

Thank YOU for YOUR Generous Donations to

veapVEAP’s March Food & Fund Drive!
This Week: Please consider donating Personal Care items  (soap, razors, toothbrush, shampoo, etc.)  Financial donations are also welcomed and appreciated!  Make your check payable to Chapel Hills UCC and write VEAP on the memo line.

Pilgrim Point Camps & Retreats
Is a ministry of the MN Conference located in beautiful Alexandria, MN. Many events throughout the spring, summer, and fall are open to everyone. Here’s the link to the camp offerings http://uccmn.org/pilgrimpoint/conferencecamps/.

Spring Yard Clean-Up – Volunteers Needed
Leaf it to spring. Improve your health while helping a senior citizen remain independent in their home! Volunteers choose the date and time to rake and clean up the yard. Perfect for individuals, groups, and families; youth age 7+ welcome when chaperoned. Seasonal: starting in April (depending upon the weather). This is a one-time unpaid fun, flexible activity on weekdays or weekends. Feel free to sign up multiple times!

Exact location TBD in Minneapolis or suburban Hennepin County, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. Ongoing unpaid volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeanne the Household & Outside Maintenance for Elderly (HOME) Program’s Volunteer Coordinator at scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org or call 952-767-7894 for more information.

The HOME Program number is 952-746-4046 or home@seniorcommunity.org , if a senior age 60+ needs spring clean-up or other services in Hennepin County. Senior Community Services is a nonprofit organization with five programs serving elders and caregivers statewide. For more information please visit www.seniorcommunity.org or call 952-541-1019. Seniors outside of Hennepin County should contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for information about services in their area. Thank you!

Looking Ahead
March 26 Joke Sunday
Lenten Devotion Discussion – Following Worship
March 28 Tai Chi – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
March 29 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
March 30 Londonderry Townhomes – Annual Meeting 7:00 p.m.
April 2 Lenten Devotion Discussion – Following Worship
April 3 Board of Deacons Meeting – 5:30 p.m.
April 4 Church Council Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
Tai Chi – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
April 5 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
April 8 House of Charity – Volunteers Needed
April 9 Palm Sunday
Book Club (Two Old Women, by Velma Wallis) – Following Worship
April 11 Tai Chi – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
April 12 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
April 13 Maundy Thursday Service – 2:00 p.m. @ Vernon Terrace & 6:30 p.m. @ Church
April 16 Easter

Worship This Sunday
Scripture: John 9: 1-39
Sermon: “Meeting Jesus and Keeping It Simple”

Along with the jokes, we have in the Gospel reading a story that raises 2 issues that will always be with us:

1. our quite usual reaction to seeing a person with a disability or a disease or who is in some kind of trouble; we try to discern what they did to get themselves into this situation and

2. our mind’s almost infinite capacity to ignore all new information that would challenge an idea we have or an opinion we have formed about the world and what is right and wrong, good and bad; we now call this “confirmation bias.”

In the bible it is sometimes referred to as hard heartedness. In my less kind moments, and particularly when it is not my own bias I am considering, I like to refer to this activity and condition as invincible ignorance.

Prayer
Jesus set his face toward Jerusalem and went that way, stopping to teach and heal but never losing sight of his journey’s end. So set our face toward you, O God. Give us the grace to stop and respond to human need and the wisdom to not lose sight of our goal. Amen.