5th Annual Chili Cook-Off
Our 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off is Sunday, February 24 at 11:30 AM in the Social Hall. For a $10 donation, ($5 for children 17 and under) Sample as many chili entries as you wish, along with salad, bread and drinks. AND....get 5 votes for the chili contest! Additional votes are available for $1 each. All proceeds benefit Cal/Nevada Conference Disaster Response. For those wanting to make chili for the cook-off look for a sign up sheet and information packet Sunday mornings starting 1/27. We are only taking 10 entries so sign up early! For more information or to register your chili contact Kathleen Toth 209-850-0122 or the church office 209-668-3000.
Mardi Gras - Pancake Tuesday!
Fat Tuesday, also called Pancake Day, Pancake Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras, which is French for “Fat Tuesday”, is the last day of feasting before Lent. We are going to celebrate by having a Mardi Gras Pancake Feast, Tuesday, March 5. Pancakes will be served between 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm. You may bring your favorite topping to church on Sunday, March 3 to share at this event. Toppings can be whatever you enjoy on your tall stack, syrup, fruit, whipped cream, sprinkles, CHOCOLATE…..etc, but not required to attend. Wear a festive mask, beads, or even a costume and enjoy great music, food and fellowship. Who will be crowned the King of the festival? Come and enjoy!
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. The first day of Lent marks the beginning of a period of reflection and penance. We begin the preparation for the understanding of the death and resurrection of Christ. The particular symbolism of ashes for this day comes from a practice in which the ashes from the palms used in the preceding year's Palm Sunday celebration are blessed. With these ashes pastors on the first day of Lent marks a cross on the forehead of each worshiper. Join us Wednesday, March 6 at noon in the Sanctuary as we gather in preparation of Lent.
There are many ways to serve your church and give back some of the joy received when one attends regularly and is involved in Christian fellowship. Whether teaching Sunday School, serving occasionally as liturgist or providing flowers for the alter, each one of us has the opportunity to contribute.
Listed below are the names and descriptions of some of the jobs that help our church run smoothly. If you are looking for an opportunity to give back to the church and our Christian community, this is a good place for ideas.
Liturgist - Read scripture during worship
Greeter- Greet folks as they arrive at church
Usher - Hand out bulletins and take offering
Acolyte - 5th-8th grade students light alter candles and post cross
Fellowship Host - Serve cookies and coffee after worship
Sexton - Help lock/unlock the church facility
Nursery Attendant - 7th grade and up assist our Nursery Supervisor
Sound Technician - Work our sound board during worship
Sunday School Teacher - Help our children learn more about God
Leader for a Youth Group - Provide a safe, fun learning space for youth
Choir - Sings during worship
Handbell Choir - Play quarterly in worship
Few things say as much about a congregation as a warm smile and a friendly welcome for folks as they come to church on Sunday morning. It really is essential to who we are as a church family!
Now our Welcome Team is seeking new greeters to assist those who are already providing a hearty welcome at our worship services. If you have never considered being a greeter, now is a great time to come on board. It’s a wonderful way to meet people, and to put names with faces. There’s no need to know everyone’s name ahead of time. In fact, greeting provides a structured way to say “hello.” It’s also a great family activity, and the Welcome Team will teach you everything you need to know.
We’re now taking sign ups for new greeters. Speak to Priscilla Faria or Ruth Terry sometime in the next few weeks to be part of our new rotation. Or simply call the church office (668-3000) and say “I’d like to be a greeter!” We’ll say to you, what we hope to say to every attender on Sunday morning: “It’s great to have you with us!”
Sound and Video Opportunity
Are you interested in learning something new? Do you want to have our own reserved seat In church? Consider becoming part of the sound and video team. Advance training, tutoring and on-the-job training all cheerfully provided. If you are interested in seeing what this is all about, please leave a message with the church office at: 209-668-3000.