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Pastor Ralph's
Weekly Update
February 14, 2019


Greetings, CHLC family and friends!

This coming Sunday, February 17, is the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany. Our Gospel reading is Jesus' teaching on the "level place" from Luke 6 - a little different from the beginning of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5, Jesus shares four beatitudes and four woes. In the spirit of Mary's Magnificat from Luke 2, there are some challenging words here for those of us who have wealth and like to laugh. Join me as we make the connection with the first lesson in Jeremiah 17, the image of those who trust in God being like a tree planted by water, whose roots stretch out into the stream.

Our hymns this week are:
In The Garden - chosen anonyously
When Peace Like a River - chosen by Thama Logan
Blest Be the Tie that Binds - chosen by Joanie Anderson
Beautiful Savior - chosen by Nancy Labuhn

This Saturday, February 16, is our monthly Community Meal at 5:30 p.m. in the education unit. Sloppy Joe and bbq pork sandwiches will be shared along with salad and other delicious items. Anyone is invited to come out for this time of food and fellowship.

Even though Lent and Easter are later this year, we are still getting closer, so it is time to prepare for our "Pre-Fast Pasta Feast" on Transfiguration Sunday, March 3. The youth will make the homemade sauce and meatballs, and will serve the meal along with salad, desserts and drinks continuously until 12:30. It is all you can eat for a free-will offering, and as always, carry-outs are available. This year the proceeds will go to the CRC, who are facing some significant funding challenges as a result of resent United Way cuts.

Ash Wednesday is March 6, and we will team up with our fellow Lutherans at North Community one last time for our Lenten and Holy Week worship opportunities. Mid-week services at 11:30 a.m. will be here at Clinton Heights and at 7:30 p.m. will be at North Community. On Ash Wednesday we will offer the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion at both services. Beginning March 13, a light soup lunch will be shared after the mid-week service at Clinton Heights.

I also wanted to thank the Christian Education committee for hosting the fun Intergenerational Fellowship time last Sunday - I know I enjoyed the bingo, and it was good to have about 25 or 30 people together for fun and laughs. Look for more of these opportunities in the future.

As you know, we are always looking for folks to teach our young ones on Sunday mornings. We only ask for one Sunday commitments at a time, and you will receive the materials in advance to prepare. Please check out the link below to the Sign-Up Genius, and let us know when you can serve in this capacity.


I will see you in worship!