College and Grad Student, Young Professional Lunch/Devotion, 12:30pm: Today’s focus will be on the meaning of Lent; taking something on and giving something up as a Gospel sacrifice. Lunch will be provided.
Taking Stock during Lent (chicken stock, beef stock—any soup base will do…): Mid-week Lenten services are scheduled every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., now through March 25. There are two opportunities remaining to show your soup chops—March 18 and 25. Volunteers provide soup or a one-pot meal on the stove by 6 p.m. and we also could use folks to assist the chef du jour to help with clean-up (washing dishes, storing leftovers). The sign-up sheet is in the narthex.
Lenten Devotions: Lutheran Hour Ministries online Lenten devotions, “The Light Shines through the Darkness,” is available at www.lhm.org. Look for “Today’s Daily Devotion” and follow the links to subscribe.
Lenten Sacrifice: As Pastor Dutzmann noted last week, under the Gospel we are not required to give up anything for Lent. However, it is a useful discipline. So he’s asked us all to hold him accountable for his sacrifice, which is “I will give up complaining for Lent.” Here we are in Week 3: how many synonyms do you know for the word “complain”?
Lutheran Essentials: Wednesday, March 11, 8:15pm: “The Spirituality of the Cross,” written by Gene Edward Veith, Jr., explores the author’s journey to becoming a Lutheran. The book, as well as the Book of Concord, are provided free of charge. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor, the Elders or Paul Edmon.
Happy Campers: There are two unique opportunities for people of all ages to learn and grow, worship and play:
“Cultured Christians, Secular Culture, Pop-Culture and Christ’s Church,” April 10-11, Trinity Lutheran Church, Springfield, MA. Led by Pastor Rich Heinz of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chicago, the weekend looks at navigating through the many “cultures” that seem to tear down families, celebrate sin, and ignore Christ and His Church. For junior high and high school students 7th grade and above, Felix and Jessica Loc are chaperoning this trip, which includes participation by our Pastor Dutzmann. Visit www.higherthing.org/retreats/registrations and contact Felix at email@example.com for more info.
“Lutheran Winni Week 2015,” July 5-11, Geneva Point, Lake Winnipesaukee, NH. Join Pastor as he helps lead another weeklong, family oriented vacation Bible study on the shores of New Hampshire’s largest lake. The week’s theme, led by New Jersey District Mission Executive and District President Rev. Dr. Anthony Steinbronn, is “The Stories That Really Matter.” The challenge for every human being is that making sense of one’s life story is not that easy to do and the vast majority of the world’s population never does figure out the meaning of life and the way of salvation in Jesus Christ (Matt. 7:13-14; 13:1-9). Vacation Bible School for kids. Young adults meet for discussion and reflection. And, adults gather to listen and discuss the week’s theme. For more information, visit www.lutheranwinniweek.org, contact the church office, or speak with Pastor.
Bach’s Birthday On March 21, FLC hosts the 330th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach, celebrated throughout the world with performances of his music. Boston Bach Birthday 330 is the 7th annual, all-day (morning to late afternoon) series of Bach concerts, presented free and open to the public. With more than eight hours of concerts, BBB330 musicians (including our own Minister of Music and close friends of FLC) will treat listeners to the beyond-time realm of hearing Bach’s music today and, simultaneously, to inspiring wonderment at Bach’s compositional feats three centuries ago. The opening event at 9:00 a.m. is Peep the Piper, especially for children. Volunteer opportunities abound! See Balint.
A Special Request from Holy Trinity: Little Blessings Daycare and Preschool at Trinity Lutheran Church in West Roxbury could use your help! They are looking for a double stroller and two office desks. If you are able to donate these items, please contact Maria at Little Blessings. (Phone: 617- 327-1800 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)