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From the Pastor - Midweek News February 15, 2017

02.15.17 | News | by Vivian McCarthy

    Dear Friends,

    What a spectacular day of praise last Sunday! Our musicians, the History and Records Team, and those who prepared and served the brunch truly outdid themselves! We are all grateful for the celebration that lifted our spirits and encouraged us to run the race that God has set before us for this time in RUMC’s life. Many thanks to Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling for a message that will be remembered for a long, long time.

    Preparing for Lent

    It’s been a blessing this year to have a long period between Christmas and the beginning of Lent – time for celebrations and taking a breath. Lent begins just two weeks from today, March 1! I am delighted to announce that we will gather with five other UMC’s in our area (Glyndon, Pleasant Hill, St. Luke’s, Calvary in Gamber, and Ward’s Chapel) for a time of lunch or supper, devotions and discussion on 5 Wednesdays in Lent, beginning on March 8, the week after Ash Wednesday. Each week, one of the pastors will lead the devotional/discussion time, and the pastors have written Calls to Worship and Opening Prayers for all the Sundays in Lent. We will all be preaching on themes in the book Gospeled Lives which is available to RUMC members, courtesy of the Turnbaugh Trust. Please see the Worship article on our website at (Hint: it’s at the bottom of the page.) In addition to the weekly lunch/supper gatherings, we will all join together here at RUMC for Good Friday for Stations of the Cross, with creative contributions from each church in setting up the different stations.

    And last but by no means least, this Sunday, February 19, the Praise Band (8:30) and our special guests, The Johnson Male Chorus (JMC - 10:30) and Steve Stem, will lead us in a service of Singing Our Faith. The JMC is a group that sings African American Spirituals and Black Gospel music, and the message will weave the songs at both services with the faith tradition and life circumstances that shaped the song for the African American community.

    See you on Sunday!

    Blessings on you,