A group of people from our church are planning to go on Mexico Mission Trip March 8 – 13 to build and help install wood burning cooking stoves with The Little Chapel by the Lake in Ajijic, Mexico.
We will also be distributing children’s shoes and underwear in the village of San Juan Tecomatlan.
Please help us by donating children’s tennis shoes and sandals (new or used if they are in good condition) and underwear in toddler through sizes for a 4th grader. There is a basket in the foyer in which you can put your items. If you prefer to make a cash donation, please put in in the offering and designate it for the Mexico Mission trip. We would like to have all donations in by Sunday, March 5.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Plan to join us next Sunday, Dec. 18, at 6:00 pm for the Children’s Christmas Pageant “Happy Birthday, Jesus.” The festive evening will end with carol singing, followed by cake, hot cocoa, and cider. Come join us!
Lent is a church season where Christians identify with Jesus’ suffering and humiliation. This is often done through fasting, almsgiving, service, and other practices of spiritual renewal. These practices last for 40 days, which corresponds to the gospel accounts of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert (Matt. 4:2). At one time Lent was viewed as a period meant for converts preparing for baptism on Easter Sunday, but later the season has become a general time of penitence and reflection for all Christians.
The forty-day preparation period for Good Friday and Easter begins on Ash Wednesday and continues through the Thursday before Easter, not counting Sundays which are reserved for celebratory worship.
We use the color purple in the sanctuary during Lent. The color symbolizes both the pain and suffering leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus but it is also the color of royalty, and so anticipates through the suffering and death of Jesus the coming resurrection and hope of newness that will be celebrated in the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
The City of Alameda recently began a program that seeks to help those citizens who use our ambulance system frequently. The intention is to work with them to alleviate the problems that cause their frequent need for 911 assistance.
They found that often these people need more than just medical assistance, so they carry a bin in their van that is filled with clothing items. In support of this program, the Deacons will have a bin in the church foyer where you can place your donations.
Items that you can donate are
- Socks – new, all sizes
- Underwear – new, all sizes
- Jackets – all sizes, gently used and clean
- Clothing – all sizes, gently used and clean
- Shoes – all sizes, gently used