LENTEN RESOURCES. A few Lenten Calendars for children, teenagers, and adults left are available from the table in the office reception area. 40 Things to Give Up for Lent is available in the same place. These resources can deepen your Lenten journey.
LENTEN QUIET NIGHTS. The Lenten Committee invites you to join us in the chapel each Thursday at 6:00 pm for five weeks beginning February 26th for Lenten Quiet Night, a brief service of prayer and reflection. We will enter the chapel through the side door nearest to the Meditation Garden entrance. Our Meditation Garden is a place of beauty and peace. We invite you, if you have the time, to come a few minutes before the service begins and spend some time of reflection in that lovely spot. And after the service, we will join in a simple supper of soup and bread in Fellowship Hall.
LEONARD SCHOLARSHIP applications are available in the church office and on the church website at http://www.fpcsb.net/leonard. All applications must be turned in to the church office no later than February 28th. Any questions can be directed to Lynda Savage.
Fellowship of the Carpenter reminders:
- March Madness Registration forms and a $50 deposit are due to Stephanie Fletcher by March 1.
- We will begin Youth Sunday preparation during our regular FoC time on March 1.
COMPANIONS on the Inner Way Malibu Retreat. The next Companions retreat, The Path of Desire: Adventures in Spirituality, led by Dr. Lisa Fullam, Associate Professor of Moral Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, will be held March 1-6 at the Serra Retreat Center in Malibu. Online registration is now available at www.cotiway.org. If you haven’t yet been on a Companions retreat, it is a wonderful experience of prayer, study, discussion, contemplation, and fellowship. Scholarships are available, thanks to the Dodds Trust. Contact Christa Wallis for the exciting details.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GALA: This Church has been a supporter of Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino for over 20 years. On March 26th Habitat will be having its Annual Fundraising Gala. Tickets are $75.00 person, $125.00 for a couple, or $500.00 for a table of 8. Contact Tim Garcia, or Habitat at 909-478-1176 or www.habitat.org
PRAYER BREAKFAST. The Women’s Club of San Bernardino invites you to their 44th Annual Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, March 28th at 9:00 a.m. Tickets are $7.00. Proceeds benefit a spiritual values scholarship recipient.
PER CAPITA Apportionment for 2015. Per Capita is the money that we send to Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly for administrative expenses such as lay workers’ salaries, office supplies, etc. This insures that mission dollars are spent on mission. Session is asking members to pay $35.00 per member for Per Capita Apportionment, which is $1.60 more than the amount set by the Presbytery. Usually about half of our members are able to pay Per Capita, and this additional amount helps the church to pay the other half. Remember that it is per member, not per family, so if you have two members in your family, it would be $70.00 and so on. Thank you for your help.
HELP OUR FOOD MINISTRY PROGRAM: Could you drive once or twice in a three-month period to pick up groceries from Second Harvest in Riverside? If you have a Van, SUV, or pick-up Truck, that would be really helpful, but even a sedan can work. What we need most is your willingness to help in the Food Ministry Program. Please contact Sally Morris or Kathleen Ray through the church office.
ADULT CLASS: HOW JESUS BECAME GOD: In January we began a series of adult classes on the topic of How Jesus became God. The DVD sessions are based on a book of the same title by Distinguished professor of Early Christianity Dr. Bart Ehrman at the University of North Carolina. Discussions are being led by Dr. Wendy Lamb, Pat Morris Esq, and Dr. Ernie Garcia. We meet in the Fireside Room at
Adult Christian Education. There is also an adult Bible Study in Room 10.
SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY for women. Perhaps you have wanted to grow in your faith through Bible study, but just have not pushed yourself to become part of a study group. The Circle of Grace is waiting for you. We are a small group and meet the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. in the church library. Some of our members come directly from their workplace so we have “substantial” snacks while we meet (it can even substitute for dinner!) If you would like to give us a try, contact Laurie in the church office for further information.
Know someone who needs ENCOURAGEMENT? Our parish visitors co-ordinate our ministry of presence and care in times of need. Call Laurie Stafford in the office, or contact visitors Lynette DuClos Adelson or Mindy Rueda. Our prayer chain is always ready to hold you in prayer, contact Tommie Ann Freeman who will start the chain praying. If you know that someone needs encouragement and is shy to ask, please notify the church office. The answering machine can receive your call at any time. Thanks for helping us to love one another as Jesus calls us to do.