Pastor Nikki's Round-Up February 20, 2023

Special Activities for Lent at DPC

Dear Friends,
Lent is a very special time of year on the Church calendar. It happens in the 6 weeks leading up to Easter, and is meant to be a time for us to prepare ourselves to commemorate the death of Jesus and to celebrate his rising. Traditionally, Christians have prepared themselves for these special days by praying, by giving of their material goods and by fasting. The idea is to eliminate things that will prevent us from hearing God's voice, and also to spend time listening to the divine voice speaking to us. To help us in Lent, we have some special events and services planned, and we are using some of our regularly-scheduled events to help us focus on Lenten themes. Here's a calendar with all of the various special things we have going on for Lent at DPC. Mark your calendars for anything in which you'd like to participate!

    Ash Wednesday. This special day kicks off the season of Lent. It is a day for repentance and remembering our own morality. On this day, DPC will have a soup supper at 5:30 PM. Everyone is invited (but not required!) to bring a soup or bread to share with the group. The soup supper will be followed by a service, which will include the imposition of ashes. The service begins at 6:30PM. You're welcome to attend either or both of these events.

    First Sunday of Lent. We will start Lent out with special educational events for children and adults. Our Sunday School class will receive special fish-shaped banks, which they are encouraged to fill up all throughout the season of Lent. They will return their banks on Easter Sunday, as a part of our One Great Hour of Sharing offering, which supports Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program and the Self-Development of People Program. Giving is an important part of Lent, for Christians of all ages! Our Sunday School class will also bake bread, as they discuss communion. They will serve their bread for communion on March 5.
    Our adults will have the opportunity for Lenten education in the conference room at 11 AM. We will explore the question "Does God hear us when we cry out?" through the lens of Exodus chapter 3.

    Second Sunday of Lent. On this day, our Sunday School class will participate in our worship service, sharing their hand-made bread for communion.
    Additionally, DPC's Pop-Up Choir will share a song to help us reflect on God's goodness.
    This is also loose change Sunday, which gives us chance to practice the Lenten practice of giving! On this day, all cash that goes into our offering plate that's not in an envelope will go toward missions at DPC. Make sure to be generous!

   Third Sunday of Lent.  Because prayer is an important part of Lent, DPC's Sunday school class will lead our church in praying the Lord's Prayer during the service on this day. They'll also show us how to sign the Lord's Prayer in ASL.
    DPC's Adult education Bible Study will meet on this day at 11AM. We will discuss the topic of grief, using Lamentations, chapter 3.

    Fourth Sunday of Lent. On this day, DPC & KMUPC's joint handbell choir will be sharing their musical gifts at KMUPC.

    Fifth Sunday of Lent. Our final Lenten Adult Education Bible Study will be at 11AM on this day! We will explore the problem of suffering, through the lens of 2 Kings 25.
    Due to public schools' spring breaks, our Sunday School class will also take a spring break on this day, but, as always, children are welcome to join us in worship!

    Palm Sunday. We will have a very special service. We will remember Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem with a Palm parade, and proceed to explore other stories about Jesus' betrayal, trial and death throughout the rest of the service. 
    DPC's Sunday School class will participate in our palm parade, and then leave the service to dye Easter eggs and prepare some other special treats to share with the congregation during fellowship hour.
    As a part of our Lenten giving, we will collect a special offering for the One Great Hour of Sharing Campaign, mentioned above. If you can't make it on Palm Sunday, we'll also be taking up this special offering on Easter Sunday!

    Maundy Thursday. This is the day when Christians around the world remember Jesus' last supper with his friends, focusing on his final wish, that they love one another as he has loved them. There will be a brief evening service, beginning at 5:30PM on this day.

    Good Friday. This a somber day for remembering Jesus' death by execution. This year, DPC and KMUPC will combine forces for an evening Seven Last Words Service. We are currently recruiting people to share a brief reflection on one of Jesus' seven last words. If you think you might like to give it a try, talk to Pastor Nikki. More details about the time and location of this service are forthcoming.

   Easter Sunday. Lent ends on this day! Of course, this will be a special day in many ways. One thing of note is that our Sunday School class will be invited to return their fish banks, filled with the money they've collected throughout Lent, as a part of the One Great Hour of Sharing Campaign, mentioned above. We will also be taking an offering from the congregation at large for One Great Hour of Sharing.

Volunteer Training for Family Promise's Shelter Program

Good Afternoon!
Below is a link for the online training for Family Promise Shelter Partnership.  Volunteer 101 and Volunteer 102 are required and the DEIA is encouraged but not required. Those who have completed both online trainings will be able to sign up for the in-person training. This training gives you a great overview of the program. It is easy, short and sweet. If you think you can volunteer at the shelter, even one or two times, please consider taking the training. I will probably go with you each time so no worries if you are new or hesitant to volunteer. It can be great fellowship time along with being involved in helping with families who need a “hand up.” IF you are making meals, you don’t need to take the training but it can give you an overview of what happens at the shelter.
Let me know when you have completed the training!!
As always, text or email me with questions..
Enjoy the Super Bowl..
Thank you!
Jane Lurvey

Bringing Back Book Club!

As DPC continues to bring back programs we lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, a group has decided that it's time for book club to return! Nina Wulff has graciously stepped up to coordinate this book club. If you're interested in participating, please get in touch with her. You can also help her to start getting organized by sharing your answers to the following questions:
1).     What kinds of books do you like to read….fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, historical fictional, etc.  Do you have any favorite authors?

2).     Would you like to recommend books?

3).     What time of the day would you most prefer to meet?  Is there any time that simply does not work for you?

4)    Do you have the ability to meet via zoom?  Do you need assistance?

5)     Would you like to take a turn leading the discussion?  In my past experience with a book club, we have used questions provided either by the author or other sources online to direct our discussion, but a leader is still needed.

5)    How often do you want to meet?  Once a month?  Less often?

6)    The Delafield Public Library is able to put a hold on our selected books, gather up the number of copies that we need and either check them out to me to distribute at church, or hold them for you to individually pick them up from the library.  Would you like me to reserve a book for you and where would you like to pick it up - at church or at the library.  If you prefer to read on a kindle or similar, you certainly can manage that on your own.

7)    Do you have any questions, suggestions, thoughts that you want to share? 

Little Dresses for Africa

DPC's sewing group for a cause will meet on Wednesday, March 1 from noon to 4PM in the conference room. All levels of sewing ability are invited!

Rummage Sale!

DPC's rummage sale is on its way! That means it's time for you to clean out your house! Please bring any items for the rummage sale to the foyer, off of the fellowship hall. It will be sorted out and  priced and stored in the youth room, until it's time to sell it! If you have questions, talk to Carol Buech.

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