New Mexico Mission Trip Planned for Spring

A mission trip is being planned for April 26 to May 2, 2015 to McCurdy Ministries in Espanola, New Mexico.    Cost is approximately $400, which includes transportation, meals and housing.  Interested parties must contact Linda Polson immediately at lpolson1966@gmail.com or 918-342-3700.  The trip is less than two months away!

If you have ever wanted to serve on a mission team but didn’t feel you could handle some of the physically demanding tasks required, this trip may be for you.   Some of the volunteer opportunities available are office work, assisting teachers, tutoring, working with the maintenance department and helping with Campbell’s soup labels program.  This trip is well suited for retired teachers and others who enjoy working with children and youth.

McCurdy Ministries includes the McCurdy preschool, Project Cariño (mental health counseling program), after school care, and Camp Stars summer camp program.  The ministry is also landlord to the two-year-old McCurdy Charter School which educates 543 students in grades K-12.

Volunteers on this mission trip will be housed in the Pilling Retreat Center.  Rooms feature two twin beads per room in a suite arrangement with two rooms sharing one bath.  There are also some RV spaces with hookups available for $20 per night.

Safe Sanctuary Training is required for the trip but is available online for a cost of only $30.

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24 Hours That Changed the World

Beginning this coming Sunday, March 1, we will be going on a journey through the last day in the life of our Lord.  I hope you will join us for this seven-part series leading up to Easter.

  • March 1- The Last Supper
  • March 8- The Garden of Gethsemane
  • March 15- Condemned by the Righteous
  • March 22- Jesus, Barabbas, and Pilate
  • March 29- The Torture and Humiliation of the King
  • April 3 (Good Friday)- The Crucifixion
  • April 5- Christ the Victor

I pray that you and your family will experience the presence of Christ during this holy season of Lent.

Striving to be faithful,

Dr. Ray Crawford

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Class Offered on Fasting and Prayer

A ten-week class on fasting and prayer will be offered beginning Wednesday, February 25.  Two classes will be offered, one at 10:00 a.m. and one during Wesley Wednesday at 6:30.  There is an $11 study guide for the class.  If you want to be part of a powerful new adventure, you need to take  the new class on fasting and prayer!

Through fasting and prayer, we can humble ourselves before God, dedicate ourselves to God and express our love for God.

Through fasting and prayer, we can strengthen our prayer live and seek God’s guidance.   Fasting and prayer are avenues by which we can draw near to God.  James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and God will draw near to you.”  According to the Christian ministry CRU, fasting is the single-most powerful discipline a Christian can have in their lives.

This class will be an exciting and powerful adventure for your presenters, Dean Selvy and Marilyn Roberts, and for you, when you take the class.  The class is based on the book Fasting:  Opening the Door to a Deeper, More Intimate, More Powerful Relationship with God, by Jentezen Franklin.  For more information, contact Marilyn or Dean.

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Message from the Pastor

Lent serves as a call to repentance, and an offer of forgiveness.

“Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly.  Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.”         Joel 1:14

Wednesday, February 18, is Ash Wednesday.  This day marks the beginning of the Christian season of Lent.   Lent is a period of forty days preceding Easter, which has served across the centuries as a time of spiritual reflection and renewal.   Lent is a time to ask important questions:

  • Am I striving to be the person God wants me to be?
  •  Am I consistent in the way I live my faith?
  • Do my priorities reflect my commitment to Jesus Christ?
  • Is some change needed in my life in order for me to live more faithfully with God?
  • Is the Holy Spirit urging me to repent, to “turn around” and go God’s way?

This coming Ash Wednesday, February 18, I am asking us to all join in a night of fasting, prayer, and worship!  Fasting quickens the soul, helps us identify with the suffering of Christ, and frees up resources for those in need.  Instead of eating supper that night, I invite you to join your church family in worship from 6:00-7:00P.M.  Our service will include the prayers, music, and message of this holy and important season.  Fasting quickens the soul, helps us identify with the suffering of Christ, and frees up resources for those in need.  During a time of special offering, you will have an opportunity to share what money you might have otherwise spent on food for the evening meal.  That offering will then be given to our Good Samaritan Ministry and the church’s food pantry to feed hungry neighbors.  The service will also include an imposition of the ashes for those who wish to participate.  (Using ashes from last year’s Palm Sunday branches, one of our ministers will place the mark of a small cross on your forehead.)  After the service, this year’s confirmands will meet their mentors for the first time!

I pray that this season of Lent will prove to be an enriching experience in your walk with Jesus Christ.

Striving to be Faithful,

Dr. Ray Crawford

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What is Ash Wednesday?

What is Ash Wednesday? Here is an entertaining explanation from Chuck.  We hope to see you at our Ash Wednesday service at 6:00 on February 18.

The ashes we use in our Ash Wednesday service are from the palm leaves the children waved during our Palm Sunday service last year.  Our confirmation class burned those dried leaves this week in preparation for the service.

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