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“When the Hungry are Fed” 2.18.18 – Pastor Kassebaum

LENTEN SERIES – “PULLING THORNS”
Thorns have a stubborn way of growing in the soil of our lives and choking off normal healthy growth. Mark 4 records a story about a farmer who sowed seed. Jesus said that the seed was the Word of God. Some people initially grab hold and embrace what they hear, but ultimately get sidetracked by life’s “thorns.” This Lenten season we are going to do some thorn pulling. Join us as we explore the thorns of comparison, expectation, apprehension, busyness and judgmentalism. Lenten services will use the well-loved Holden Evening Prayer. We hope that you will be present each week.

MEALS FOR MISSIONS will be served in between Lenten services in the Fellowship Hall. The cost of the meal will be $6 for one meal or $10 for two. Remember, the proceeds from these meals go to support the local, regional and global missions of Victory. If you find yourself without a partner, ask a friend to join you!
Thank you to all who brought dessert bars last week! We have plenty for this week and do not need any more at this time.

ANNUAL COFFEE DRIVE
It’s time for our annual coffee drive! Please bring your donations to the counter in the Fellowship Hall. We are unable to accept Kirkland brand coffee because the grind is too fine for our coffee machine. Thank you for keeping our fellowship coffee free of charge.

ENDING WELL: Exploring end of life issues from the Christian perspective
MONDAYS, MARCH 5-26, 9:30-11AM  (Led by Pastor Steve Lien)
Let’s admit it, most of us are in denial when it comes to our own mortality, thinking that we will somehow avoid having to deal with issues that are often uncomfortable.
This class will help you talk with your family, friends and doctors about what you would like to happen if you get very sick or have a bad accident, let them know your wishes so they don’t have to make hard choices without you, and make sure your needs are met. We will explore these issues in a light-hearted manner, studying the scriptures and providing a safe place, time and context in which to have some important discussions. Invite family or friends and SIGN UP at the Welcome Center in the lobby.

VLCW SPRING LUNCHEON – SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 11:00AM
Lois Magnuson will share her experiences of spending 14 years on the Navajo Reservation with her husband and three sons and serving as a volunteer with the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission at the Many Farms station. Lois is past president of the VLCW and currently serves as its Events Coordinator. Tickets on sale this weekend. Cost $10.

SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS NEEDED
This year’s Africa Fundraiser Dinner and silent auction will be held Sunday, April 15, 12:00pm. If you have an item, gift basket or gift certificate you would like to donate for the auction, please drop off by April 8th. All donations are greatly appreciated and all proceeds go to support this summer’s mission team (August 23-September 3). Interested in going? Talk to Pastor Lien.

“When Sin is Forgiven” 2.4.18 – Pastor Kassebaum

HERE’S A B.I.B.L.E. STUDY EVERYONE NEEDS!

FEB 25TH AT 3:00PM (OR) FEB 26TH AT 6:00PM

Note, this is not a normal Bible Study! We’re using the word B.I.B.L.E. as an acronym which stands for the words Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth. In other words, these 90 minute forums will help participants best prepare themselves for the last days and weeks of their lives and ensure that we do our best to continue blessing our families and loved ones even after our earthly lives end. We are going to gather a variety of resource people who can help all of us not only avoid choices and decisions that can cause unnecessary pain, division and added expense if not adequately addressed.

Set aside the time of 3:00pm on Sunday, February 25th OR 6:30pm on Monday, February 26th for your chance to make important new plans or review your old ones to make sure you don’t leave your loved ones with any unpleasant surprises. Here are some of the topics we will discuss:

  • What are some of the best reasons to pre-plan not only your funeral home plans but also your own funeral/memorial service? We’ll offer free resources to do that!
  • How can you avoid some of the biggest planning/financial mistakes people commonly make prior to their death?
  • Why do so many people leave their families a legacy of conflict and problems after their death? How can your planning minimize these types of problems?
  • How can you ensure that your children/loved ones are beneficiaries and not victims?
  • Did you know you might be able to triple or quadruple your retirement income by partnering with the church? Did you know you might also be able to increase the value of assets given to loved ones by first giving to the church?

This is an informational and inspirational event. We are hoping that everyone will leave feeling much more prepared to deal with these “realities of life” and an exciting “to do list” of things they can do to bless those they will leave behind!