Dear Friends,

I have several items to share with you and encourage you to add them to your calendar.

February Communion Offering – Sunday, February 3
The Justa Center here in Phoenix will be the beneficiary of this offering. The Justa Center began in 2006 by Pastor Scott Ritchey and members of the United Methodist Church. It started with a need for homeless seniors to have a safe, out-of-the-weather place each day. The Center now provides various services to homeless seniors including efforts to find appropriate housing for its clients. The population of homeless seniors has risen 149% in the five year period of 2014 to 2018. This offering needs to be generous in support of this ministry.

Scouting Sunday – Sunday, February 10
We are excited to host Scout Sunday on February 10 at both services. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, their leaders, and families will be recognized and their their work celebrated. As “servant leaders,” the scouts will participate in the services and collect food donations for our pantry. A food needs list will be distributed on February 3 so that you can donate what’s needed.
Prayer Service in Support of General Conference – Wednesday, February 20

February 23 – 26, United Methodist from around the world will meet in St. Louis to consider “A Way Forward” as to the unity of the denomination around issues of human sexuality. This Conference needs to be in our prayers and we have scheduled a brief prayer service for Wednesday evening, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel.

Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, March 6
We begin the Lenten season with our Ash Wednesday service on March 6 at 6:15 p.m. The service will be preceded by a soup meal served from 5 to 6 p.m., and tickets will be available. Join us as we contemplate our personal shortcomings and prepare our hearts to walk with Jesus through the season of Lent. We hope to see many of you at this important service to begin our Lenten season.

In Christ, Denny