Hey Friends!

The 40 day season of Lent has begun.  It’s a time of preparation, of repentance, of turning to God.  People often give up something for Lent – chocolate, Facebook, wine…church (just kidding).  Someone suggested just giving up for Lent! That might actually get closer to the whole point – to give up ourselves more fully to God. These coming weeks can be a time of taking spiritual inventory; or, something like a spiritual spring cleaning - giving us not only a heightened awareness of our human frailty and sin but making us more receptive to the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection and the gift of God’s grace as we approach Easter.

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The sermon text this Sunday is Luke 4:1-13 – Jesus temptation in the wilderness – which is a powerful way to begin our Lenten journey together. Jesus was tempted – not unlike us.  Take a look at the text and see what taps you on the shoulder, or maybe notice what you’ve never seen before, or even what kind of bothers you – and we’ll share in a sermon conversation together on Sunday.

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And whoops – I almost forgot – Daylight Saving Time is this Sunday!  So remember to Spring Forward one hour on Saturday night!

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One last thing: FPCS has the great privilege of hosting the NEXT Church Conference this week, a national gathering of mostly Presbyterians. We’ve got some 600 or so pastors, leaders and congregational folks coming in from all over the country to hear speakers and participate in workshops – all interested in trying to figure out how to do church for today and tomorrow.  Right up our alley, huh?!

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Look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi