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FEBRUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER

WHAT TIME WAS THAT, AGAIN?

As we are now a month into 2020, it is a good time to talk about how the church council has agreed to schedule evening events. You may have noticed over the years that all our morning services are at 10:45 a.m., even if they’re not on a Sunday. The reason is simple: people get used to having the service at a certain time, and if we moved the Christmas Day service back to 10 or forward to 11, it would confuse people needlessly.

When we began our fall Bible studies, it put a wrinkle in everything. Previously all our evening services had been at 7:30 p.m., but we wanted to create a Bible class with a preceding supper. And so we agreed upon a 6 p.m. supper followed immediately by the Bible class at 6:30 p.m. But what would this mean for Lenten services and Holy Week services? Would they also be at 6? And would they have a supper preceding them, thus making the service somewhat later?

We finally settle on a plan that should make things clear:

  • If it is a SUPPER, then it will be at SIX.
  • If it is a worship SERVICE, then it will be at SEVEN.

So, from now through February 19, we will have a supper at 6 p.m., followed immediately by a Bible class at 6:30 p.m., which will end around 7:30 p.m.

But when Lent begins on February 26, we will have a supper at 6 p.m. for those who want to come early (anytime between 6 and 7), but the service will begin at 7 p.m. During Holy Week there will be no suppers before the services on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil; those services, like all the rest, will begin at 7 p.m.

THEOLOGY TODAY DISCUSSION GROUP

Today (January 26) we are picking up again our discussion of Robert Kolb’s Nicholas von Amsdorf: Champion of Martin Luther’s Reformation. Today we will discuss the second chapter (pages 43-85), and then on February 23 we will look at the third chapter (pages 87-125).