February 2017
News and Notes

Our Lenten Journey

 Ash Wednesday – February 14
Our Lenten journey begins as we gather for worship at 12:00 noon and 7:00 PM.  Through the imposition of ashes, we remember that “we are dust and to dust we shall return” – facing our mortality and our call to spiritual renewal during this holy season.

Sessions of Individual Confession Available
Ash Wednesday – February 14
Sometimes in our faith journey our sense of guilt and shame prove to be too much for us to let go.  We participate in confession in worship but it goes by so fast that we can’t fully engage in reflection, much less internalize God’s forgiveness.  In my ministry, I have come to recognize the importance of naming our sins, speaking them out-loud, and hearing a personal proclamation of God’s forgiveness.  Used in situations of deep shame or grief over sin, the act of individual confession in God’s sanctuary can be a power experience both spiritually and therapeutically.

So on Ash Wednesday, the pastors will be available in the Sanctuary for 30 minute slots to hear your individual confession.  This is not a departure of our Lutheran theology.  We firmly believe that God freely grants forgiveness to all who ask for it directly.  This is simply an optional way to name, and then let go of ,your past sins.  All confession will be held in the strictest confidence.

If you wish to participate, please send a confidential email to Pastor Terri to establish a time.

The Wednesdays of Lent ~Lord, Teach Us to Pray
Prayer is an essential component of a Christian’s relationship with God.  But how one prays differs from person to person, based much on one’s personality.  Join us on Wednesday evenings as we explore a variety of way to pray, from the expected to the surprising.  Prayer will serve as our topic for worship and two expanded discussion groups held each Wednesday evening.

Wednesday Evenings, February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21
Discussion Group 4:30 to 5:30
Dinner 5:30 – 6:15
Worship 6:15 to 7:00
Discussion Group 7:00 – 8:00

Upcoming in Worship

Ludwig Symphony Orchestra Concert
Reception following

Sunday, December 10
COL Children’s “Rehearsal-Free” Christmas Program
Participating families arrive at 3:00 to prepare
Program is at 4:00
Reception following

Sunday, December 17 at 4:00 pm
Church Christmas Caroling
Meet at the church to go to local Senior Living Centers

Tuesday, December 19 at 11:00 am
Service of Comfort and Hope
Luncheon following

Upcoming in Worship
February 4
The Fifth Sunday of Epiphany
John 4:1-42
Installation of Beth Jordan at 8:00 and 9:00
New Member Reception at 11:15
Scout Sunday

February 11
Transfiguration Sunday
Matthew 17:1-13

February 14
Ash Wednesday
Worship at 12:00 noon and 7:00 PM
Sessions for Individual Confession Available

February 18
The First Sunday of Lent
John 8:1-11

February 21
Wednesday Lenten Programming

February 25
The Second Sunday of Lent
John 8:31-38

February 28
Wednesday Lenten Programming

Installation of our new Music Director  Feb. 4
Join us as we install our newest staff member, Beth Jordan, at 8:00 and 9:00 worship services.  There will be a cake reception at 10:00.  Then she will be joining Cross of Life at 11:15 worship!  Welcome Beth!

Super Bowl Party
Join us February 4 for fun and fellowship as we gather at a member’s home for the Super Bowl.  Everyone brings a snack to share, we provide pizza, and there are multiple TV’s and gathering spaces to accommodate both the serious football fans and those who are more interested in the commercials!  The party starts at 5:00, kick-off is 6:30 – come whenever you are able.  Contact the church office for details.


Step Up for El Salvador!
Sign up for our mission trip June 9 – June 16, 2018 has begun! This is not a firm commitment, but there is planning ongoing as well as fundraising. If you are interested in being a GOER or a SENDER, please indicate your interest by signing up online, on the poster in Fellowship Hall or the COL office.

Hot Breakfast on February 11
Each month we gather for food and fellowship on the 2nd Sunday – enjoying a feast of pancakes and sausage from 8:30 to 10:45.  Please join us!

Visitor’s Breakfast with Pastor Terri
If you have been visiting with us and would like to meet for informal conversation, Pastor Terri will be available at the pancake breakfast on February 11.  Just show up!

Town Hall Meeting – February 18
Our quarterly Town Hall Meeting will be held on Feb. 18 at 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary.  Please join us for updates on our ministries, to give and receive feedback, and support of our partnership in ministry.