Welcome to March.
Starting March 4, 2019 at 6:00 there will be an evening Bible Study on the Book Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson. This study will be six weeks long. It really looks to be a new way of looking at our challenges that lie before us. If you cannot make the evening it will also be offered at 10:00 AM on Wednesdays.
Ash Wednesday is March 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM. There will be a dinner before this event. That starts at 6:00 PM. Come and receive a blessing not only for the Food but for the Ashes.
March 15, 2019 Annual Fish Fry will start at 6:00 PM. This is for the Community as well as our members. Invite your friends. Donation only. The money raised will be used for the purchase of a new bus for our church.
Near the city of Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, is a remarkable facility. Twenty years ago the Brazilian government turned a prison over to two Christians. The institution was renamed Humaita, and the plan was to run it on Christian principles. With the exception of two full-time staff, all the work is done by inmates. Families outside the prison adopt an inmate to work with during and after his term. Chuck Colson visited the prison and made this report:
"When I visited Humaita I found the inmates smiling - particularly the murderer who held the keys, opened the gates and let me in. Wherever I walked I saw men at peace. I saw clean living areas, people working industriously. The walls were decorated with biblical sayings from Psalms and Proverbs .... My guide escorted me to the notorious prison cell once used for torture. Today, he told me, that block houses only a single inmate. As we reached the end of a long concrete corridor and he put the key in the lock, he paused and asked, 'Are you sure you want to go in?'
"'Of course,' I replied impatiently, 'I've been in isolation cells all over the world.' Slowly he swung open the massive door, and I saw the prisoner in that punishment cell: a crucifix, beautifully carved by the Humaita inmates - the prisoner Jesus, hanging on a cross.
"'He's doing time for the rest of us,' my guide said softly."
-Max Lucado, In the Grip of Grace (Dallas: Word Publishing, 1996), 113.