A Message from the Pastor . . . . . . . . .
On March 5th, we begin our yearly Lenten journey toward the cross that Jesus had to suffer. You may have already been thinking about what sort of treats to give up this year for Lent. Sweet tea, chocolate, and soda are always good and popular choices. But why do we give things up during Lent? There is no Scripture verse that commands it. The only things John Calvin had to say about Lent were negative. So why are we giving things up? The goal of Lent is not to starve ourselves, tempt ourselves or do anything to earn favor with God. Instead, the goal of Lent is to prepare our hearts for Easter, to focus on Christ’s passion as he moves towards his death on the cross for us. In as much as giving up something for Lent turns our focus away from ourselves and towards Christ, it is a worthwhile discipline.
Even more worthwhile than giving something up during Lent, however, is adding a spiritual discipline to our already busy schedules. What better way to prepare your heart for Easter than additional prayer, Scripture reading or Bible study each day. I hope that this year, whether you give something up or not, that you would consider adding a spiritual discipline to your daily routine in order to focus your heart and mind on what Christ has done for us. Who knows, maybe those new spiritual disciplines will touch your heart and find their way into your everyday routine after Lent as well…
2nd Cents-Ability & Communion
3rd Miriam Circle Meets
5th Ash Wednesday Dinner @ 6:00 & Service @ 7:00
8th Cancer/MS Benefit @ the Calypso Fire Dept.
9th Shower for Lauren & Mike
10th Session Meets @ 7
12th Daughters of Eve Meet @ 7
24th Committees meet @ 7:00
7th Miriam Circle Meets @ 7:00
9th Daughters of Eve meet @ 7:00
13th Palm Sunday
14th Session meets @ 7:00
17th Maundy Thursday Service @ 7:00 (Communion)
18th Good Friday @ 7:00
April 20th Easter Sunrise Service @ 7:00 (hosted by Calypso Baptist)
Easter Service @ 11:00 (Communion)
28th Committees Meet @ 7:00
Lenten Lunches will start on March 5th at Faison Presbyterian Church @ 12:00. Our date to provide lunch is March 26th.
Jelly Bean Prayer
Red is for the blood He gave,
Green is for the grass he made.
Yellow is for the sun so bright,
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sins we made,
White is for the grace he gave.
Purple is for his hour of sorrow.
Pink is for our new tomorrow.
A bag full of jelly beans is yummy to eat,
It’s a picture, a promise, a special treat,
To help us remember Jesus’ work complete,
Gives us hope beyond any earthly sweet.
HOLIDAY TRADITION & LEGENDS
“THE EASTER LILY”
Each holiday is marked by cherished traditions that bring joy, comfort, and warmth, and provide continuity from one generation to the next. Easter has its share of traditions: egg decorations and hunts; gift baskets and chocolate bunnies, sunrise church services, parades, and, of course, the Easter Lily. For many, the beautiful trumpet-shaped white flowers symbolize purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life – the spiritual essence of Easter.
History, mythology, literature, poetry and the world of art are rife with stories and images that speak of the beauty and majesty of the elegant white flowers. Dating back to Biblical lore, the lily is mentioned numerous times in the Bible. One of the most famous Biblical references is in the Sermon on the Mount, when Christ told his listeners: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin; and yet….. Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
Often called the “white-robed apostles of hope,” lilies were found growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ’s agony. Tradition has it that the beautiful white lilies sprung up where drops of Christ’s sweat fell to the ground in his final hours of sorrow and deep distress. Churches continue this tradition at Easter time by banking their altars and surrounding their crosses with masses of Easter Lilies, to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and hope of life everlasting.
Since the beginning of time, lilies have played significant roles in allegorical tales concerning the sacrament of motherhood. Ancient fables tell us the lily sprang from the milk of Hera, the mythological Queen of Heaven.
The pure white lily has long been closely associated with the Virgin Mary. In early paintings, the Angel Gabriel is pictured extending to the Virgin Mary a branch of pure white lilies, announcing that she is to be the mother of the Christ Child. In other paintings, saints are pictured bringing vases full of white lilies to Mary and the infant Jesus.
The legend is told that when the Virgin Mary’s tomb was visited three days after her burial, it was found empty save for bunches of majestic white lilies. Early writers and artists made the lily the emblem of the Annunciation, the Resurrection of the Virgin: the pure white petals signifying her spotless body and the golden anthers her soul glowing with heavenly light.
In yet another expression of womanhood, lilies had a significant presence in the paradise of Adam and Eve. Tradition has it that when Eve left the Garden of Eden she shed real tears of repentance, and from those remorseful tears sprung up lilies. The spiritual principle held here is that true repentance is the beginning of beauty.
A mark of purity and grace throughout the ages, the regal white lily is a fitting symbol of the greater meaning of Easter. Gracing millions of homes and churches, the flowers embody joy, hope and life. Whether given as a gift or enjoyed in your own home, the Easter Lily serves as a beautiful reminder that Easter is a time for rejoicing and celebrating.
March 2 – Michael Marcin
March 9 – Alex Sarantos
March 16 – Tyler Schoolcraft
March 23 – Emilee Marcin
March 30 – Will Story
April 6 – Karli Schoolcraft
April 13 – Michael Marcin
April 20 – Alex Sarantos
April 27 – Tyler Schoolcraft
2014 Collection Dates:
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
Adele Baker Patty Blackburn
Andy Greer Kelly Kornegay
Grey Morgan Peggy Parks
Tom Reaves Cynthia Reynolds
Lee Sexton Alan Story
Sunday School @ 10:00
Worship Service @ 11:00
(Nursery provided from 10:00-12:00 on Sunday mornings)
Youth Group 6:00 pm. Sunday Night
Wednesday Night Live
(First & Third Wednesdays of each month, except June, July & August)
Supper @ 6:00 pm.
Classes available on WNL @ 7:00
Children & Adult
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“Sunday School Challenge”
The 3rd-6th grade Sunday School Class enjoyed a night out on Saturday, Feb. 15th at Adventure Landing in Raleigh. All four Sunday school members met their goal of 8 Sundays in Sunday School. We played laser tag and raced go-karts for nearly four hours. Despite our arrival back home at 11 pm, all four were in Sunday School the next morning! They are looking forward to meeting another goal and invite any other 3rd-6th graders to join them.
Joys, Announcements and Special Recognition: Happy Birthday & Anniversary to March and April folks. We hope your special day will be full of blessings!
Military Personnel and their families, Chad McCullen, Karen Malcolm, Rose Beavers, Carol Cameron, Eddie Smith, Gerald & Connie Myers, Mariah Chavis, Anita Armstrong, Carol Taylor, Doris Holland, ,Noah Stroud, Jerry Gardner, Wendy Murray, Mike Nevling, Allison Thomas, Jerry Grimes, Arlene Talton, Hazel Roberts, Rose Family, Marcia Lewis, Mary Harper, Mary Kornegay, Tommy Allen, family of Stephanie Alphin, Family of Sarah Roberts, Family of Buck Driver and the Family of Glen Davis.
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