It’s been one year (last March) since our “marriage” as pastor and congregation, here’s a few marriage anniversary chuckles.
“I love you more than carbs but less than cheese!”
“I love you. Thanks for killing all the spiders this year.”
“If love is an amazing dream, then marriage is the alarm clock.”
“The four most important words in any marriage: I’ll do the dishes.”


Listed below is both our Wednesday Lenten Bible Study outline (Soup 6 pm in Fellowship Hall with Bible Study in Sanctuary 6:30) & Sunday Favorite Scriptures sermon series with activities in March.


Wed. March 1 – Lenten Bible Study # 1 Last week of Jesus (earthy) life Matt. 21 PP w/handout


Sun. March 5 – Lent # 2 Fav. Scriptures 1 Corinthians 13 “God is Love” – Communion


Wed. March 8 – Lenten Bible Study # 2 Last week of Jesus (earthy) life Matt. 22-23 PP w/handout


Sun. March 12 – Lent # 3 Fav. Scriptures Jer. 29:11 “Grow where you’re planted” – Bell choir performing – New Member Recognition – Wearing green for St. Pat’s Day – Kid’s Sunday School – Breakfast


Wed. March 15 – Lenten Bible Study # 3 Last week of Jesus (earthy) life Matt. 24-25 PP w/handout


Sun. March 19 – Lent # 4 Fav. Scriptures Joshua 1:9 “God’s Solar panel”


Wed. March 22 – Lenten Bible Study # 4 Last week of Jesus (earthy) life Matt. 26:1-25 PP w/handout


Sun. March 26 – Lent # 5 Fav. Scriptures 23rd Psalm “The Lord is My Shepherd” – PJ Sunday (Kids & Adults) – Kid’s Sunday School


Wed. March 29 – Lenten Bible Study # 5 Last week of Jesus (earthy) life Matt. 26:26-75 PP w/handout


Pastor Michael


·         World Day of Prayer, March 3, 2023

·         Daylight saving time begins, March 12, 2023

·         First day of spring, March 20, 2023

Lighthearted Blessings

  • May the hinges of your friendship never grow rusty.
  • May the luck of the Irish lead to happiest heights and the highway you travel be lined with green lights.
  • As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way.
  • May you be in heaven a full half-hour before the devil knows you’re dead!
  • May good luck be your friend in whatever you do, and may trouble be always a stranger to you.
  • May the good saints protect you and bless you today, and may troubles ignore you each step of the way.

Limiting Distractions

Getting a cell phone is a major milestone for kids — and a huge decision for parents. Despite our boys’ complaints, we made them wait longer than most of their peers. We emphasized accountability, monitoring and time limits. Out of curiosity, I checked my own phone usage. It was more than double the limit we set for our kids! I came up with reasons (excuses, really) why I needed more time.

But God stopped me in my tracks and prompted me to use a “time’s up” notification. It helps me be intentional about removing distractions. What diverts you from God’s best? Are you listening to him and then redirecting your attention? God, speak clearly — and prompt us to listen!  —Janna Firestone

A God Who Knows

It is easy to dismiss or ridicule the idea of God on a cross. But I would have a hard time following a philosophical abstraction. At some points in our lives, we may need a God who has entered our darkest places of uncertainty and depression. A God who can comprehend the fear of a death without significance. A God who knows the silence of God. —Michael Gerson

I Wear it When I Dust

Some churchgoers chatted about their customized T-shirts from a service project, sharing compliments they’d received while wearing them in public. One chimed in, saying, “I wear mine when I dust.” Two nearby staff members raised their eyebrows, likely thinking it wasn’t the outreach strategy they had in mind.

Jesus gave us all a “service project” via the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). Tasks include telling people about Jesus, baptizing and teaching his commands. In a way, we all received a Great Commission T-shirt at our baptism. When do you wear yours? And how are your projects going? Whether you’re serving in the community or at home (even by dusting), remember Who you represent!  —Julie Lee


Consider the lilies of the field whose bloom is brief:
We are as they; like them we fade away, as doth a leaf.
Consider the sparrows of the air of small account:
Our God doth view whether they fall or mount, he guards us too.
Consider the lilies that do neither spin nor toil,
Yet are most fair: What profits all this care and all this coil?
Consider the birds that have no barn nor harvest-weeks;
God gives them food: Much more our Father seeks to do us good.  —Christina Rossetti

God Among Our Brokenness

I am not the only one who sees the underside and God at the same time. There are lots of us, and we are at home in the biblical stories of antiheroes and people who don’t get it; beloved prostitutes and rough fishermen. …

It was here in the midst of my own community of underside dwellers that I couldn’t help but begin to see the Gospel, the life-changing reality that God is not far off, but here among the brokenness of our lives. And having seen it, I couldn’t help but point it out.  —Nadia Bolz-Weber, Pastrix

March Mission of the Month:  One Great Hour of Sharing UCC