MORGAN CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
Pastor Kent and Andrea Davenport
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
[Matthew 22: 37-40]
Wednesday - 6pm Activities for all ages! (Wed. Dinner at 5:30-6 pm, September through April)
March 3rd, 2024
Greetings Morgan Church of the Nazarene!
We had a great evening last night at our annual Pinewood Derby. I want to say a huge thank you to the several people who made it happen, both the event itself and the building of the cars over the past several weeks. It always brings me joy to work together with such great people! We had about 100 people present last night, including several unfamiliar faces. As always, the kids loved it! It made me smile to hear them cheering for one another's cars. It was just a great night.
The daily readings in Abide With Us continue to challenge me! While some of the questions may be a bit intellectual, the ones that encourage self-reflection are so helpful. Don't give up, keep pressing through, and trust that God is working in you, little by little.
Hopefully you have received an invitation to the Compass Weekend, March 22-23. This is a great event that brings the church together in fellowship, but also around the important conversation of discipleship - how do we become better disciples? How can we make disciples? Please make it a priority to participate, even if you can only make one day of the event, it is worth it. Dinner is provided Friday evening, and a light breakfast and snacks are available on Saturday. Please RSVP (via text, email, or sign up in the foyer) so we can plan accordingly.
This Sunday we will continue to consider what it means to carry our own cross as we follow Jesus.
9:30am - Sunday School
10:45am - Worship
Kids will go to children's church
Scriptures: Isaiah 53:1-7; Philippians 2:5-11
Partnering In Prayer (from the Leonine Sacramentary [AD 440], as found in Abide With Us pg 47)
Gracious Lord, we entreat your mercy with our whole heart, that as you defend us against things adverse to the body, so you will set us free from the enemies of the soul. And as you grant us to rejoice in outward tranquility, grant to us your inward peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Announcements: (For more details, see the bulletin, check out our Facebook page, or just ask!)
EASTER Choir/Ensemble If you are interested in participating in a choir or ensemble for our Easter service on Sunday, March 31, speak with Al Forbes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or let the church office know. Practices will be March 10, 17, and 24 at 1pm.
Meals at Rising Up: We have three dates in March to prepare meals for our homeless community at Rising Up: March 14th, March 23rd, March 28th. Plan to feed about 20 people, to be at Rising Up by 5:30pm. Please sign up in the foyer or speak with Richard Lapp to claim a date.
March 1 - TOMORROW - Youth (Teen) Game Night @ the Davenports' house! 5:30pm-8pm. Questions? Call Andrea Davenport @ (815)-549-8755
March 8 - Volleyball Night! Family Volleyball (all ages) from 5:30pm - 7:00pm; Ages 12+ from 7pm-8:30pm (kids will watch a movie)
March 22-23 - Compass Weekend - our annual all-church discipleship event; Friday evening 5:30-8pm (check-in begins at 5) and Saturday morning 8:00am - 11am. Children are welcome! Please RSVP
Baptism - If you have never been baptized before but would like to be, please let me know. Or, if you would like to reaffirm a baptism from long ago, I'd love to have a conversation with you about that.
March 31 - Easter Sunday - No Sunday School; Easter Breakfast - Details TBA
In Matthew 16 Jesus says, "whoever wants to be my disciple, must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." Let's follow Jesus together.
Grace & Peace,