WORSHIP: Sunday February 21st – The First Sunday of Lent
This Sunday, we begin our Lenten series focused on finding freedom. Our series is based on the book “The Ultimate Exodus: Finding Freedom from what Enslaves you” written by Danielle Strickland.
The scripture this week is from Exodus 1:6-2:10 and the sermon title is, “The Midwives who Started the Exodus”
The theme for this week is FAITH and the object of focus for this week is a SEED – We encourage you to have that seed with you during worship.
LIVE STREAM WORSHIP REMINDER: During worship this Sunday, we’re going LIVE! February 21st, our service will be lived streamed for the very first time. Worship will begin at 10:45 am on our YouTube channel. If you can’t tune it at 10:45, our worship service will still be available on our YouTube channel anytime after 10:45 am on Sunday morning. If we have any technical problems, we will get the service on YouTube as soon as we can.
Prayer for First Sunday of Lent From our Lent Devotional
Written by Jim Bane
O Loving God, We confess that we are impatient and want instant improvements in our lives, our church, and every part of our world. We don’t like to take the long view. But Lent is a time to slow down and to set hurry aside, to recall that most of the significant things in life don’t happen overnight but over time.
Help us to learn the value of planting seeds – even seeds that will be harvested by someone else. Help us to recognize and celebrate the small changes and little improvements that we can make week by week. These small adjustments can lead to seismic shifts if given enough time.
Even your son began as a developing fetus in his mother’s womb and didn’t leap into our world as a thirty-year-old. Moses was a baby floating down the Nile River well before he emerged from the desert as the liberator of your people. And countless people played a role, both large and small, in assisting them with their chosen tasks.
So help us be patient yet also aware that our choices today can lead to big changes over time. May this Lenten season be an opportunity to see you at work in big but also small ways in our lives and our world.
In Your Son’s Name, AMEN
NHCC WOMEN’S GROUP ZOOM MEETING: Every Wednesday evening during Lent, from 7-8 pm, Ali will be leading a Zoom gathering for the women of NHCC. We will spend an hour together checking in with one another and discussing the Lent theme for each week. The Zoom link will be sent out the day before our meeting. It will also be posted on our Women’s Group page on Facebook. Our group on Facebook is private and our information and posts are not visible to anyone outside our group. If you would like to be connected to our women’s group page on Facebook, have the Zoom link emailed to you or you have any questions, please let Ali know. Our first Zoom gathering will be this Wednesday, February 24th.
A NOTE ABOUT NOMINATIONS: In the next week or so you’ll be receiving information about elder nominations, the budget and how congregational voting will take place this year. We’ll share more in the coming days but hope to have things sent out to you soon. Our goal is to have voting completed by March 5th.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR VIC DESURE: Monday February 22 – Calling Hours from 5-7 at Newcomer Funeral home across from the church.
Tuesday February 23 – Calling Hours from 11-12 at New Horizons Christian Church and the Memorial Service is at 12 at the church as well. The service will be recorded an available online on our YouTube channel later in the afternoon on Tuesday.
Burial at 2 at the Western Reserve National Cemetery, with a meal to follow at the Hungarian Club in Barberton. If people want to bring food that is cold, it can be brought to the church and the family will transport it to the Hungarian Club. Hot food should go to the Club directly.
If you have any questions about anything, feel free to reach out to Jim or Ali anytime.