There are two activities I want to highlight as we begin the month of March:
1. Panera Night
Last Friday, the missions and outreach committee coordinated a fundraiser through Panera Bread in Ranson. We held a “Spirit Night” to benefit our Save the Steeple campaign. When this was first scheduled, we told Panera management that 50-75 attendees was a realistic expectation. By the end of the night, the manager informed me that 200 people had turned in the spirit night form in support of the event!
It’s likely about one third of that 200 were people who are not connected to CTPC but graciously agreed to support our event. But that means well over 100 people were there either from our church or because they know someone in our church! Well done! We want to be sure to highlight the hard work of Allen Peacher and Barb Greene (a friend of Allen’s), who put many hours into the success of this event! We haven’t heard yet how much money we raised, but
based on attendance alone, we know the event was a success!
2. Ash Wednesday
The season of Lent is upon us, beginning with Ash Wednesday worship this Wednesday, March 6, at 7pm. This service will be very introspective and feature the imposition of ashes. The season of Lent is my favorite season of the Christian calendar. The season of Lent affords us six weeks to consider our own devotion to Christ as we prepare to celebrate his passion and resurrection during Holy Week. I encourage you to join us for worship on Wednesday.
This winter has been busier than usual for us. In addition to the activities mentioned above, we have the music ministry workshop next Saturday, church family bowling next Sunday, Spring Fling after-church luncheon Sunday, March 24th (no early worship service), a church work day (9-Noon) and Bible Challenge game night (6pm) on Saturday, March 30, Paint night on Saturday, April 13, Maundy Thursday Service April 18 (7pm), Spring Concert on Friday, April 26 (7pm, refreshments at 6pm) and the Yokefellows barbecue on Saturday, April 27 (4:30-7pm). And that’s just the next two months! In the summer we have Vacation Bible School and the mission trip to look forward to.
As you can see, there is quite a bit going on. May the Lord bless us as we seek to glorify him in everything we do.