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                                                                                  MARCH Newsletter

Fear of Faith – How do you face death?
One woman commented after the death of her child:  “I still ache when I remember my son.  I miss him every day.  Some days I can’t stop wondering what he would be like. I have gotten angry. It’s just not right that children die. But I don’t blame God. He didn’t bring death into this world.
“My son is not dead.  He’s as alive as you or I at this very moment.  Jesus said, ‘Whoever believes in me will live even though he dies.’  Death entered this world when the first human beings sinned against God, but death cannot rob me of my son – he’s safe with Jesus.”
Because we all are sinful by nature, we all deserved to die eternally. But God in love sent His Son to suffer the punishment of our sin and die in our place.  On the third day He came back from the dead.  Knowing what Jesus did for us gives that mother peace. When she thinks of her son in faith, she remembers that he is living with God now.  By that same faith she is looking forward to seeing her son in heaven!
All God’s promises are ours – for the believing.  His Spirit gives us this true faith through the Bible’s message about Jesus. That‘s why we make the time to regularly worship and study the Bible with our Christian congregation. We will also have special services during Lent, Wednesdays, March 6 – April 10, 6:30 p.m. Join us to see the full measure of God’s love in His Son’s suffering and death – to defeat sin, death, and the devil, and give us the victory of everlasting life!
Pastor Jonathan Schultz

Lent Worship March 6-April 10, 6:30 p.m. “Three Words of Truth” is our theme. Each service focuses on a poignant three-word phrase from the record of Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection. Ash Wednesday, March 6, includes the Lord’s Supper as we begin our Lent journey of repentant faith in Jesus.
Soup Supper Ash Wednesday we’ll have a soup supper at 5:45 – 6:30. Please sign the list on the counter to indicate whether you will attend and whether you can prepare and serve.
Meditations The new quarter of these daily devotions is available in your boxes. Extras to share are on the counter. This year’s Meditations apply the gospel lesson we hear in our worship services throughout the week.
Daylight Savings Begins Sunday, March 10. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night and retire early so you are well rested for worship on Sunday morning!
Be Ready to Defend Your Faith Several members are attending the Be Ready conference, March 8 & 9 hosted at Foothills Alliance. The conference will help us learn how true science agrees with the teachings of the Bible and how to communicate the relationship between God and Science. Keynote speakers include PhD Astrophysicist Jason Lisle from the Biblical Science Institute, Phd Biochemist Fazale (Fuz) Rana from Reasons to Believe, Brett Kunkle from Maven Truth, and Sam Allberry, author of Is God anti-gay? (Questions Christians Ask).  A number of outstanding breakout speakers will round out the program. To register and for more information visit: bereadyalberta.ca

Ministry Meeting Dates:
Council:  March 11 – 7:00 p.m.
Elders’ Committee:  March 5 – 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School Teachers:  March 24 noon
Potluck Fellowship Meal  Join us on March 17 for fellowship time and bring a main or side dish to pass.
Sunday Bible Study topic  Lutheran Spirituality
Women’s Bible study topic Sip, Savour, and Drink Deeply:  Receive God’s Overflowing Gifts’
Grace Hmong OutreachMay God continue to bless the spread of his Gospel. Our deadline for participating in the offering through our congregation is April 12th (cheques payable to MVLC). For further information see www.wels.net/vietnamhmongoutreach
Vacation Bible School will be July 8-12, 9:30 - noon. Save the Date! We’ll need teachers, craft helpers, and classroom assistants. In addition we’ll need help with playground supervision, registration, snacks, and clean-up.  Consider serving the Lord through our VBS. Watch for opportunities as we make announcements in the future.