We are now accepting applications for the 2015 College scholarship. The scholarship is for members of First Congregational Church of Lake Worth who are beginning or continuing college or vocational education. You can find the guidelines and application here or pick up a copy at the church campus.
In May, our own Faustina Appiah is returning home to Ghana. We want her to return home in style, so we are collecting items that she can use for housekeeping AND which she can use to stock a small shop she will be running to support herself. All during the month of March we will be collecting:
Personal hygiene products (mouthwash, toothpaste, tooth brush, hand sanitizers)
Canned meats – Sardine/Mackerel/Corned Beef/Tuna
Soft Drinks – Caprisuns, Juice Boxes. Etc.
Stationery (envelopes, pens, pencils, erasers, totes, glue, rulers
Paper Products (toilet roll, paper napkins, Kleenex)
The following may also be sent, please check with Steve or Grace Lipman or Carol Lewis before bringing:
Washer and Dryer, Microwave, Iron
Thank you to everyone who made our Second Annual Valentine’s Dinner and Dance such as spectacular event! Chef Christopher Lepard and his staff treated us to a lovely dinner, Allan Herbst provided wonderful piano music, and DJ Marcus spun some great dance music.Thanks to the sponsorship of the meal by Steve Schadle, in honor of his parents 40th wedding anniversary, over $2500 was raised for Studebaker Hall improvements.
Lent is an opportunity for great spiritual and personal examination, a time to study our relationship with God and others, a time to improve those relationships and make them more meaningful. But our desire for deeper connection to God, one another, and all of God’s creation this Lent has to compete with the rest of life. Our spiritual practices go up against our everyday lives, busy schedules, work and family demands, emotional trials, and more.
This Lent, we look to God’s creation to help us find our way on our spiritual journey. In the scriptures we see the links between the Lenten journey and Creation. Jesus is in the company of wild animals while he faces his tempter in the desert. God’s language – when addressing Abraham and Sarah directly and the people of Israel through Jeremiah – refers to the land, the mountains, and the very hearts of humankind. The psalmist looks for God’s glory in creation and refers to God as rock and redeemer. The Israelites face their fears of God leaving them in the desert and are strengthened for more of their journey. And Jesus rides a colt into Jerusalem – from the wilderness, through small towns, and now arriving in the city where he will face his enemies.
It is a sacred thing to bring the ancient practice of Lenten examination into the modern world. The Lenten scripture readings, which speak to our human desires and failures, help us see our own lives in a new way. This Lent there will be moments of stress and times when you might feel frustrated. Times when you don’t think you have enough time for Lent, or even times when you feel like a failure.
But the river – the divine – continues to flow. Even if our spiritual lives seem to be nothing more than a dried up riverbed, God is there with a trickle of water to refresh us. As life twists and turns, we flow – God flows – with it. Every turn is a chance to slow down, reflect, and then flow onward toward Easter.
During the Season of Lent, may you find not only moments for reflection, but moments for connection with others and all of God’s creation.
Here are some ways you can engage the season with your church family:
Wednesday, February 18th at 7:00 PM: Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesdays February 25th – March 25th 7:00 PM: Opening the Bible: Experiencing Scripture with Our Heads, Hearts, and Lives
Engage the scripture and find daily inspiration each morning with The Daily.
On Sunday, March 22nd following the worship service we will be hosting a picnic/playdate for our SpiritKidz Sunday School students and their parents. We’ll provide the food. This will be a great opportunity for the kids to play together and for parents to discuss how First Congregational United Church of Christ can best help them in the spiritual nurture of their children. We hope to see you there!
On March 23rd the members and friends of First Congregational United Church of Christ will be a part of a gathering of 3,000 people of faith doing justice in Palm Beach County. The annual Nehemiah Assembly is an opportunity to coordinate our power and make our voices heard. This year, we will be dealing with issues of youth arrest and immigration.
Our expectation is that we turn out for this one annual event the same number of people that we have in worship on an average basis. In our case, that is 90! If you would like to be a part of this event, you need a ticket. To get your ticket, please see Debbie Copeland, Allan Herbst, Johanna Castillo, Carol Lewis, Nelson Stone, Marilyn Stone, Grace Lipman, Steve Lipman, Nancy Lydon, Patricia Bellonci, Ruth Merchant, or Bobbi Marsh.
The Nehemiah Assembly will be held Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 PM at the Palm Beach Convention Center.
We will have carpools available from the church for all who want to attend but do not want to drive.
Join us for fellowship and lively conversation at our Renewal Book Group that meets each month. Even if you don’t have the opportunity to read all of the book you are welcome to sit in on the conversation!
Abundance, The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler will be discussed at the next book club meeting on Tuesday, February 17 at 6:30 pm in the parlor.
On Wednesday, March 18, Christine Brownstein will talk about her book, Along the Shore Path, Childhood Summers at the Lake. See Carol Lewis or Nancy Lydon to get a copy of this book of short stories by the author who resides in Lake Worth and summers in Lake Geneva, WI.
During the season of Lent this year, we will “open the Bible” and learn and experience ways that we are able to encounter scripture. We will learn some basic Biblical history and background, learn and practice ways scripture is engaged besides just studying it and talking about it, and ponder the ways the Bible impacts our individual and corporate lives. Curated and facilitated by Pastor Jason, this time together will include teaching, conversation, and practice. It is suitable for those who are very familiar with the Bible as well as for those who have never or rarely opened it. So invite your friends that are curious about the Bible and join us Wednesday evenings February 25th – March 25th at 7:00 in the church parlor.
Join us Wednesday evening, February 18th, at 7:00 PM as we gather to mark the beginning of the season of Lent. We will engage in scripture reading, music, prayer, and silence together. For those who wish, there will also be the offering of communion and the imposition of ashes. As we enter this season of spiritual attention, we will take the opportunity to be present to God and to one another.