Dear Congregational Family,

1. Lenten Services and Soup & Sandwich Suppers: Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will be having our last Lenten Supper and Service together for the season. These have been wonderful times of fellowship together! (Even if you come for the 2:00pm service, you can return for the Lenten Supper!)

2. Holy Week: This Sunday is Palm Sunday and begins Holy Week. Please be in prayer for all of our services for the week as we journey with the Good Shepherd to the Upper Room, to the Garden, to the Cross, to the Grave, and join in the celebration of resurrection on Easter Sunday! Invite someone on the journey with you!

3. Call Committee: A number of you have asked about this. Last night at the Council meeting, the members of the Call Committee were approved. The Elders will be revising the Assistant Pastor position description over the course of this next month as well.

4. Church Pictorial Directory: This Sunday, you can continue signing up for having your picture taken for our new directory! It has already been five years since our last directory. We want everyone to have their picture taken!!! The directory helps us to stay connected together within our congregation. Pat Lutz, our administrative assistant will be signing you up, by the elevator.

5. The Pilgrim’s Progress: This classical book has finally been produced as a movie and is being released next weekend. It is based on the book “The Pilgrim’s Progress” which was written in 1678 by John Bunyan while imprisoned in England for his faith. It is an allegorical story of “Pilgrim” who is journeying through this life on the way to heaven. I have read the book and it is excellent! Perhaps we could show this movie at church in the future??

6. Cynicism & Curiosity: Carey Nieuwhof, in his book “Didn’t See It Coming” writes, “Cynics are never curious, and the curious are never cynical.” We live in a cynical world, and the church can get cynical as well. Why? It’s not because we don’t care, but because we do care. But along the way, we get burned and disappointed, and cynicism creeps into our heart and hope gets squeezed out. Sometimes we grow a callous over our heart or we might even close it, to protect our heart from further hurt. Thankfully disappointment, despair, and death don’t have to have the last word! Jesus came to bring hope, love and life back to us. Become intentionally curious about what God is doing in your life, in the lives of others, and in our church. Everyone who is in Christ, is a new creation! This Spring/Easter Season, keep your eyes and hearts open for signs of new life!

7. The Haining Family Trio: A number of years ago, the Haining Family came for a concert at Ruthfred and it was a wonderful evening of song and fellowship. Three of the adult children are now touring the nation on their own and they will be coming to Ruthfred on the Sunday evening after Easter (April 28th). Mark your calendar now, as this will be a great evening together!

God bless you as we continue,

“Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God”

Pastor Carlson