Did you know that you can help keep our parish prayer list up-to-date? It’s wonderful that our members place people they know and love on the list so we can hold them in prayer during worship and in our private prayer time. Unless I hear someone’s circumstances have changed, I always opt to keep that person them on the list until I know it is OK to take him/her off. If you know someone on the prayer list is feeling or doing better and can come off the list, please let our secretary Rhonda know (firstname.lastname@example.org, 745-2096) so she can make the change. As helpful as it is to know the needs of those around us, it’s equally great to find out that a person is healed or finding peace in a troubling situation. As for the length of the prayer list, it’s perfectly fine for it to be long; I would worry if we had a very short list and what that would say about our awareness of those in need.
We have a couple of important events that will lead us into the season of Lent. First is the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper that will take place at Zion on Tuesday, February 17, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The cost is $6 for adults and $2 for children 4 to 8; children 3 and under eat for free. This year, the proceeds of the dinner will go to Floyd Young Life. Shrove Tuesday derives its name from the word “shrive” which means “repent.” This time before Ash Wednesday is also called “Mardi Gras,” which is French for “Fat Tuesday.” This refers to an old European custom of eating all the rich and fatty foods in one’s home in preparation for the fasting of Lent. Even if you’re not planning to fast, come on out and enjoy a delicious meal for a good cause!The following day, February 18, is Ash Wednesday. Two worship services will be offered: at 7:00 am at St. Mark and at 5:30 pm at Zion.
Please keep in prayer:+Paul Hill, who is recuperating from shoulder surgery at Skyline Manor in Floyd.+Joanie Smith, whose sister Amy is hospitalized in Michigan with an infection in her blood and the discs in her back.+Norah Mitchell (my mom) who is recovering from a chemotherapy treatment on Monday.+Chick Fox, who is struggling with breathing problems.+Phyllis Poff, who is preparing for surgery on February 16.+Dolly Marshall, who is recovering from pneumonia.+Ginny Gardner, who is recuperating from foot surgery.+The family of Michael Thurston as they mourn the death of their young son.
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but wisdom is with the humble.” Proverbs 11:2
”The way to Christ is first through humility, second through humility, and third through humility. If humility does not precede and accompany and follow every good work we do, if it is not before us to focus on, if it is not beside us to lean upon, if it is not behind us to fence us in, pride will wrench from our hand any good deed we do at the very moment we do it.” Augustine
Yours in Christ,