Looking Forward to Lent and Palm Sunday Celebration
By Pastor Neal
Lenten Fasting Calendar
Is your opportunity to forgo a meal completely (no preparation – no eating – no clean up – no expense) as an act of faith, taking that time and putting it to some higher purpose – dedicating yourself to deepen your faith (prayer or study) or to offer yourself in service to another in the love of Christ. Get creative church.
There is a central calendar for signups in the church office which will be available at all 4 services Sunday March 1st. You may do this as a family of one or many. Call the church office if you want to claim your place practicing the spiritual discipline of fasting. Should you choose to also make a gift of what the meal would have cost, please share that with a cause of your choosing or your church home.
You will also have an opportunity to share your insights and experiences of fasting and what came of it in worship by writing them down from now to the end of Lent. Coming closer to and even having an encounter with the holy is possible.
Palm Sunday – SINGLE SERVICE
We – we 9 am folk – we 11 am folk – we 1 pm folk – we 6 pm folk – will gather as one and worship together on Palm Sunday March 29th at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary! It will be a festive service followed by a Potluck Meal in the Fellowship Hall and back yard.
Technically speaking, Sundays are not part of Lent – rather they are Sundays in Lent which technically frees one for the day from their self-imposed disciplines of Lent. I am not sure exactly what the potluck will look like – but now you know it is coming! I hope we have to open the doors and windows and set up chairs outside.
Family PreSkills Academy – Academia Familiar
The Family Pre-Skills Academy (Academia Familiar) teaches children from ages 2 years, 9 months to Kindergarten age the skills necessary to prepare them for Kindergarten.
There is no cost or tuition for this faith based program. Because this is a family based program a parent or parents attend with the child or children.
Leadership is provided by a credentialed teacher and a doctoral student.
Sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 11:30 am in the classrooms of the Ministry Center at 3357 Point Pleasant Road, Elk Grove, CA 95757. Contact the church office at 684-2033 for more information.
Thanks for your Help!
By Linda Harrell
I wonder how many SSP groups have the church family support we do – I bet not many. Starting on Wednesday, February 4th and ending Saturday evening the 7th, you, our church family, were there – to unpack trailers – (which you lent us), to unpack boxes & bags you donated, sort and organize them, to pick up furniture and even delivered some.
You were there to help spread tarps, then brought more and even lent us your pop ups when the rain came. You moved furniture over and over again so folks could see them. You sold and sold and even bought some things. Then you helped pack up the leftovers and load them into the Goodwill trucks. WOW –THANK YOU seems so inadequate ………
Due to your generous donations & hard work we raised over $4600!
SSP Fundraiser and Auction
By Linda Harrell
The Sierra Service Project’s “Dos Manos Burrito Dinner & Auction” is coming to Pt. Pleasant United Methodist Church.
We’ll all go south of the border, Saturday, March 7th in the Fellowship Hall at PPUMC, starting at 5:30 to 7:30pm for a scrumptious and fun fundraiser dinner. The burrito dinner will be “built” to your specifications as you watch, starting with a giant tortilla with your choice of different kinds of meat, two kinds of beans, rice, fresh veggies, salsas, sour cream, guacamole and cheese. Chips, salsa, beverages and dessert round out the meal. The cost is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.
Anytime during dinner, you can wander around the Hall and check out the items in the silent auction. Bid high, bid fast, bid often! Have fun outbidding your friends for those special items you just have to have. The bidding on the silent auction will continue on March 2nd after each of the worship services. The winning bids will be announced following the Evening Celebration, and the winners will be called to claim their prize. If you have a donation for the silent auction, please let Linda Harrell know. Come join in all the food, fun and fellowship. See you there!
All Church Service at March Project 61
Saturday, March 28th is the date that PPUMC will be providing the entire meal for Project 61’s guests at the North Sacramento United Methodist Church’s parking lot. During the past year the location has been at North Sacramento UMC and it has become a welcome fixture in the North Sacramento/Del Paso Heights area.
Since serving at NSUMC, the number of monthly guests has gone up. Not only are the area’s homeless being fed a hearty meal, but many families with parents working minimum wage jobs are taking the edge off their hunger with the food and sharing provided by Project 61 servants.
This location is a great partnership between North Sacramento UMC, Project 61, and PPUMC. The North Sacramento UMC is where Wendy Weller pastors and the Tongan Fellowship worships. Both Pastor Wendy and the Tongan musicians and families are frequent attendees of the 6pm Evening Celebration.
For this meal, the congregation is asked to donate canned soda, bottled water, oranges, individual bags of chips, snacks and cookies. These items can be brought to the church anytime during office hours or on Sundays. All donations must be brought to the church by Saturday, March 28 at 11am. Watch for more details on this meal in the announcements and E-News. Any questions, please contact the church office.
Women's Retreats - SPA Anyone?
By Leanna Schulz
God calls us to "come apart", to leave the ordinary and enter the extraordinary...to step into a sacred space of soothing colors, fragrant scents, rippling fountains and enter the SPA, the place of Spiritual Pampering and Awakening.
Once at the SPA, you’ll experience rest...connection...music...prayer...laughter...renewal...scripture....contemplation…art.
A journey to wholeness doesn't happen in one weekend, but we will begin by taking steps that bring us focus, relaxation, insight, an opportunity for healing at the feet of God, nurture for our souls through prayer and worship and pampering for our bodies.
We will do Spiritual Personal Assessments that will help us look at our personal need for resting in God's presence, deep cleansing, body image perspective, spiritual cardiotherapy, and internal make-overs. There will be time for solitude, for gathering, for taking walks, for looking at the stars, for creating, for reconnecting and renewal.
All women are welcome to join us at one of two opportunities for SPA. The SPA will be featured locally on April 17-19 (from Friday evening to Sunday 1 pm) at PPUMC. The cost is $80 and will include meals, and materials for thoughtful study and creative expression. Childcare is available for this retreat, but reservations must be made in advance.
The SPA will also be offered at an away location, in a bed and breakfast type facility at Silver Spur Retreat Center in Sonora on April 24-27 (Friday dinner through Monday noon). The tuition for this retreat is $215 and includes 3 nights stay, 8 meals, and materials for thoughtful study and creative expression in the scenic mountain location.
There will be opportunities to have a 30 or 60 minute massage at this away retreat for an additional cost. Reservations for the massage are required with registration. There is a maximum of 20 women for the SPA at Sonora.
Please prayerfully consider joining us and bringing a friend. I can promise you that it will be time well spent. Please find the Gift Certificate Invitation enclosed in this newsletter and bring it with you to be redeemed at any of the church services at PPUMC. Sign-ups will begin March 1 and close on April 1. Contacts for questions are Leanna Schulz at 916-684-2242 or Cindy Capel at 916-685-1731.
Men’s Fellowship Game Night
by Ed Young
Hey guys, now that the holidays and Valentine’s Day are over, it’s time for a night out with “the guys”.
Join us at Ed Young’s home on Friday, March 6th at 7pm. We will be playing games and eating lots of junk foods (no salads allowed that night).
So, bring your game faces, some friends and guy food to 8759 Cypress Creek Way, Elk Grove. For more information, please contact Ed Young at 895-4291 or Barry Nicholson at 690-6867. See you then!! And as stand up comic Russell Peters would say, “BE A MAN!”
By Leanna Schulz
For those of us in the church family that are over 60 years old, it can sometimes feel like we've already given our best gifts to the church and community earlier in our lives when we had more energy and ideas. Is tithing all that is left for us to contribute? NO!! Since I retired 2 weeks ago (!) God has been giving me heartburn -- literally a burning in my heart, about what I have to offer at this stage of my life. He filled my mind with questions like these: When have you ever had less responsibilities, less time constraints??? When have you ever had more life experiences, more well-developed skills, more wisdom, more resources?
Since I am confident that I am not the only one in this situation, I would love to begin the process of developing a data base of the kinds of gifts we have to offer to our church family and to our community; everything from baking a great pie, putting a new plug on a table lamp or arranging flowers, to a willingness to talk about how I walked through grief, what helped me cope in a difficult relationship, parenting skills that paid off, how I survived a crisis of faith...I believe that God puts us in families and church families so that we can learn the skills of living honestly and transparently together; so we can share skills and stories, pies and promises, as we journey together. We, as older adults, have the opportunity to become prayer partners with younger families in our church, to stand in as a parent or grandparent, to read stories to little ones or pray for a young person who is struggling in middle school. We can also develop a data base of what others in our family are longing for- someone to talk with, answers to health questions or insurance forms, how to write a resume, someone to pray for them each day during the work day...there are so many ways we can support and encourage each other and bind our church family together with cords of caring. In the words of a current song, "God put a million doors in this world for His love to walk through...and one of those doors is you."
Don't let this sacred season of retirement be wasted only on yourself! Let's think of this "re-tire-ment" as in putting on new treads, new tires, for the adventure ahead!! Give me a call if you're interested in helping with this ministry at 684-2242. I look forward to serving with you in this adventure as God calls us to ENCORE performances!