Lots of good news to share this week. The scaffolding is gone from the sanctuary, the organ will be reassembled today, the piano will return next week, and cleaning will be completed next week. The stained glass window involved in the fire will not be repaired for some time. However, we will be back in our beloved sanctuary for Palm Sunday services on March 25th.
Many thanks to Rae Ann Butler, Jeff Schaeberle, Mike McGreevy, and Amy Aguilar for their efforts and guidance with the restoration efforts and serving as the liaisons with the contractors. All of this work was in addition to the work being done on the new project and their day-to-day responsibilities.
I also express my thanks to those who were able to come and participate in the ERUCC stay-at-home work week. There’s been a great spirit as people have been cleaning and organizing, painting, installing lights and ceiling tiles, replacing air conditioners, assembling cabinets, and so many other things. I’ve enjoyed watching people get-to-know each other as we have worked together on these tasks.
We have some unfinished tasks such as painting the front doors of the main church building and Trinity Chapel, replacing flooring in the basement of the main church building (Terry Logee will be leading this as soon as the flooring material is available), and small painting projects around the new air conditioners in Trinity Chapel. If you want to like to take on one of these projects on a weekend or an evening after work, let me know and we can make sure you have the materials and access to the buildings.
Sunday Worship Fifth Sunday in Lent
God’s Love is on Our Hearts
Jeremiah 31:31–34 “I will write it on their hearts.”
Jeremiah’s words in 31: 31-34 offer assurance that deep in our hearts we will know God’s word and ways. This is a week where we hear the words of hope spoken to a people wondering about their future. In John 12: 20-22 we look at covenant and recognize that being in relationship requires more than simply the legalities. Choices about living in God’s way are required. However, God’s grace is continually offered.
This morning the choir will be sharing Faure’s Requiem. The 3rd – 6th graders will be hosting fellowship in Trinity Chapel following the services. Please join them for a St. Patrick’s Day themed fellowship.
***Please note that for one more week the 10:30 service will be held in the Great Hall at All Saints Episcopal Church.
Adult Education, Sunday, March 18 “Let’s Talk”
We continue our discussion of Walter Brueggemann’s book, A Way Other Than Our Own. Lent recalls times of wilderness and wandering, from newly freed Hebrew slaves in exile to Jesus temptation in the desert. God has always called people out of their safe, walled cities into uncomfortable places, revealing paths they would never have chosen. Despite our culture of self-indulgence, we too are called to walk an alternative path one of humility, justice, and peace. Walter Brueggemann s thought-provoking reflections for the season of Lent invite us to consider the challenging, beautiful life that comes with walking the way of grace. This week we will be exploring Brueggemann’s themes as shared in pages 58 – 79 of the book.
Your Help is Needed! We are still in need of 5 people to help park cars on Sunday at the Home Show. If you are able, please CLICK HERE to sign up!
CLICK HERE to see this week’s video of the construction project:
Thanks to Jenna Duranko and Amy Aguilar for this week’s update.
Work continues on the Sanctuary. For updates, CLICK HERE.
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Work continues beautifying the grounds behind the Trinity Chapel: