from Rev. Dr. Paul J. Kirbas
Today we welcome our guest preacher Sarah Thebarge. Sarah is the author of the book The Invisible Girls. Her writing has appeared in Everyday Health, Relevant Magazine,BurnsideWriters.com, Christianity Today, Sojo.net, Red Letter Christian and Huffington Post. Her writing for Christianity Today’s “This is Our City” project won first prize from the Evangelical Press Association in 2012. Sarah led the Women’s Retreat yesterday, and we are grateful to have her in our pulpit today.
Today is also the day for our Annual Congregational Meeting. I hope you will join us in the sanctuary at 11:30 AM for this important meeting. We will elect our church officers, review our financial report and the 2017 budget, and entertain a motion concerning the sale of our south parking lot to Westminster School.
This Wednesday, March 1, is Ash Wednesday. I hope you will join us for our Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary. This service will include the imposition of ashes as a visible reminder of the beginning of the season of Lent.
I want to thank all of you who attended our recent Pastor’s Class series Inside Islam, which finishes today, and for all who attended our Wednesday evening class on the life and teachings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The large attendance at both events demonstrates the desire of this congregation to deepen our understanding and strengthen our discipleship in the world today.
To that end, I am happy to announce that Dr. Randall Spindle has accepted my invitation to teach the Pastor’s Class during the four Sundays of March. It is wonderful to welcome Randall back to the teaching podium, which he occupied so faithfully until his retirement. I hope you will join him for his classes beginning next Sunday.
Today is Transfiguration Sunday. The day we are invited to climb the mountain and gain a glimpse of Jesus Christ in all His splendor. Then, we meet the Spirit of that Christ at the Communion table. So let us prepare our hearts to worship God!
In God’s Love,
Dr. Paul J Kirbas
Pastor/Head of Staff