A WORD FROM THE PASTOR: WORRYING
“Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair; it gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” I think Bernice used to say that as much to herself as she did to the other members of our Bible study. And it wasn’t just because she was a little forgetful and wasn’t sure if we had heard it before; we had. For her—a woman who had buried two husbands and who struggled perennially with anxiety and depression—it was a mantra that attempted to keep her mind at ease: “Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair; it gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.”
Jesus had a few things to say about worrying, too. He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25 NIV) Our Father takes care of us so well that we can simply relax and enjoy life in his favor.
But the command to stop worrying is a tough sell for a chronic worrier, like Bernice. To some, “stop worrying” sounds like “stop breathing.” So let me make a humble suggestion to all the worriers out there—chronic and otherwise: Don’t just sit in the rocking chair of worry, but direct your worries to God. Some people call that meditation, and it takes practice. But the worry warts among us actually have a head start on this vital spiritual discipline! The next time you start worrying about something, start addressing your concerns to God, because He is listening and He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). Instead of saying to yourself, “I don’t know what I’m going to do with my kids!” say instead, “Lord Jesus, I commend my kids to your perfect care.” Over and over again, if necessary. Don’t say to yourself, “We’re not going to make it to the next paycheck,” but say, “Father, please take care of us, as you always have.”
If you can master that subtle change, the rocking chair of worry will become the private room of prayer and meditation (Matthew 6:6). And then we may truly focus on seeking first God’s kingdom and his righteousness. And as an added bonus, all that other stuff we were worrying about will be given to us as well! (Matthew 6:33)
May you experience a blessed and holy Lent, filled with prayer and meditation.
The Session will have its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
The rhythm of the church year is leading us to our annual pilgrimage to the cross and to the empty tomb. This year, you are invited and encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities for spiritual growth in our congregation! Here are some stops along the journey:
Lenten Suppers: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28
The suppers will be served at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Come, and bring the kids! Easy supper plans! (Please sign up at the Opportunity Table to provide food.)
Prayer Services: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28
The prayer services will start at 6:45 p.m. in our sanctuary. Just to create a different experience, the services will be based on the Orthodox Great Vespers. The “sermon” will be from Ed’s Story (www.edsstory.com). (Youth groups will continue to meet, as usual, at 7:30, following the service–except for 3/14, which is the Confirmation field trip.)
Maundy Thursday, 4/5: Communion service at 7:00 p.m.–details to come.
Good Friday, 4/6: community service at 12:00 noon–details to come.
Please, please, please make time in your schedule to participate in our Lenten journey! Invite a friend, and come expecting to meet Jesus.
CONFIRMATION FIELD TRIP
The Confirmation class will visit Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Sioux City (900 6th St., www.holytrinity.ia.goarch.org) to participate in their Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, which starts at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14. The car pool will leave our church’s building at 4:45 p.m. and return immediately after the service.
The High School Youth Fellowship will meet on the following Wednesdays during March: 3/7 and 3/21. The Middle School Youth Fellowship will meet on Wednesday, 3/28 (but not 3/14, due to the Confirmation field trip). Invite a friend! Both youth groups meet from7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Youth Room.
The Presbyterian Women will have their monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. Please note the day change as there are Lenten Services on Wednesday. There will be a short business meeting followed by Bible Study ~ Lesson 6 of our study. The leader will be Martha Svoboda, and hostess will be Karen Johnson.
Sewing Souls will meet on March 20 (Tuesday) at 6:30 p.m. and the hostess will be Karen Johnson. Bring your projects!
INTRO TO KNITTING & CROCHETING
On Tuesday, March 27, at 7:00p.m., there will be an Intro to Knitting, Crocheting, Sewing, Etc. class. If you are interested in learning to do any or all of these techniques, please come! Your hostess will be Judy Lindberg. Please note the day change, due to the Wednesday night Lenten activities.
It’s that time of year again to update the church directory! So, if you have any new information (address, phone numbers, e-mail addresses), please jot it down on the sheet provided at the Opportunity Table, or e-mail the church at firstname.lastname@example.org . Sonya will be working on the 2012-2013 directory and will try and have it completed by the end of April.
CAMPUS MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY
CrossPoint Campus Ministry will be hosting two forums during March: Women in Church Leadership on March 13, and Sexuality and the Bible on March 27. Both meetings will feature a dinner at 5:00 p.m. and the discussion at 5:30 p.m. We need your help preparing and serving the meals! If you can help, please contact Pastor Ray.
WAYNE CAMPUS & COMMUNITY HEALTH, WELLNESS & RESOURCE FAIR
The Wayne Campus & Community Health, Wellness, & Resource Fair will be on Thursday, March 22, from 3:00-7:00p.m. at the Wayne City Auditorium. The Fair will include a wide variety of booths and activities to cover all areas of wellness and basic needs. If you are interested in participating, please contact Kris Hinnerichs at 402-375-7160 or email@example.com .
DON’T FORGET TO SPRING AHEAD ONE HOUR on Sunday, March 11! It’s time to move those clocks!
“SHE WAS ALWAYS SMILING”
On Monday, February 20, we said goodbye to Faye Peck (Anita Fuelberth’s mother) at the John Huss Presbyterian Church in Thurston. In attendance was Tim Gallagher of the Sioux City Journal. Mr. Gallagher has written a lovely tribute to Faye in the February 21 online edition of the Sioux City Journal.