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 “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,

  Who forgives all your iniquity,

Who heals all your diseases,

   Who redeems your life from the Pit,

Who crowns you with steadfast

   Love and mercy,

Who satisfies you with good as long

   As you live

So that your youth is renewed like

   The eagle’s.”

                                    Psalm 103: 1-5

 

 

      It will be good to see everyone in March.  We scarcely had time to visit with our church family in February, what with shoveling snow, adding blankets to the bed, and huddling near the warmest spots in our homes, even on some Sunday mornings.

     Inasmuch as Spring arrives this month, we dare to hope for a glimpse of the ground, and even, perhaps, something green.

     How little we appreciate the presence of our friends until we become isolated from them.  The conversations. Sharing the big and little things in our lives.  The facial expressions that go with shared thoughts.  The silent moments while working together on a project. 

     We take these blessings for granted, as we do with so many others:  good health, safety, the security of knowing that food, clothing, communications and all the things that make up our 21st century life styles, are all available so close by.  As with much in our lives, we don’t really think about, or give thanks for, so much.

     It’s the same with our spiritual state.  How easy it is  just to know that the Lord is out there, taking care of us, comforting us, just available, so close by.  His Word is always at hand, ready to guide, amaze and encourage us.  Do we, at the end of the day, give thanks for these  blessings – so many that we’re unable to count them?

     As we move through this season of Lent, spending some valuable time doing self assessments – and usually finding ourselves falling short – it would seem to be a time for not just giving thanks for His availability; but   a time for expressing our gratitude for the assurance of forgiveness that soothes our sense of guilt and removes  our feelings of hopelessness.

     Lent is the time when we should be coming face to face with our weaknesses and failures.  Not just coming face to face, but humbly confessing them to the God who already knows where we have stumbled.  It’s also the time when we look at the huge price that the forgiveness of our sins laid upon one Man – Jesus Christ.  With that knowledge, we prostrate ourselves before Him in humility and thankfulness.


 

 Our Church Family

At this time of the year, after a long endurance of winter weather, it’s nice to have something good to celebrate.  We hope all of the celebrants will have recovered from any lingering effects of bad things – like ice on the outside or sniffles on the inside.  Congratulations and best wishes from your Church Family.

 

2 -  Geoff and Amy Stanley wedding anniversary.

 

      10 – Eric Cashman birthday.

 

      18 – Patti Apgar birthday.

 

      26 – Anna Lippincott birthday.

 

      27 – Marilyn Trippeda birthday.

 

Here’s hoping each of you is embarking on another year of joy and blessings and the sustaining presence of the Lord.


 

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Happily, we’re able to report that Gloria Markle is making progress as she goes through a rugged cancer treatment regime.  Following the latest CT scan, she’s been told that her tumor is just about half of its original size, and there is no sign of spreading.  Gloria is very grateful for all the prayers and other acts of kindness from her church family, but we urge you to continue in prayer for the treatment to lead to complete recovery and for strength for her as she goes through it.

 

A, or probably several, bugs have been unleashed on members of our church family, taking slightly different forms and of varying degrees of severity.  Pastor Geoff had what sounds like the flu, son Isaac had a good old fashioned cold with sore throat, Diana Cashman developed double pneumonia, and Marilyn Trippeda had an annoying cough with her asthma.  All seem to be making a good recovery.  Praise the Lord.

 

 

Mike Hooper is making steady progress as he recovers from broken ribs from a fall.  He’s taking physical therapy three times a week and doing well.  Keep praying for a complete recovery and for the ability to return to his normal active life.

 

Keep Marcelle Figlo in prayer as she continues what has become a very slow recovery from her severe infection last summer.  Pray for relief from discomfort and for healing.

 

Keep all the folks in the military in prayer as they serve   in a world that has perverted or rejected God’s offering of unconditional love, but which rather has chosen violence and hatred.  Especially keep Kyle Trippeda, Paul Stofonak, Mark Washburn, John W. Potter and Alex Falkner – all dear to our church family – in prayer for protection and for a strong faith, in a troubled world.

 

Keep Holland Church in your prayers as it seeks to provide uplifting worship and meaningful outreach with its small congregation.  Give thanks for its willing workers and ask for encouragement and wisdom as it seeks to share the Gospel through an evangelical mission.

 

Pray for peace – in this world, in our homes and in our hearts and minds.

 

    

 

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Prayer Concerns
God Hears and Answers Prayer

Keep our shut-ins in prayer and also in contact.  Let them feel our concern and receive encouragement from we who are able to get out and about. 

Special prayers

 

            Carrie Shaffer

            Dave Derbyshire

            Madeline Templeton

            Sandy and Irene Nauman

            Pauline Search

 

 

 
Email us with your prayer requests

          Could we with ink the ocean fill,

         were the whole sky of parchment made;

          were every stalk on earth a quill

          and every man a scribe by trade;

          to write the love of God above

          would drain the ocean dry;

          nor could the scroll contain the whole,

          though stretched from sky to sky.

 


Indulge for Lent?

   Rather than sacrificing something for Lent – especially something easy and spiritually insignificant, such as chocolate – Patty Kirk, in Guideposts magazine, suggests finding new ways to indulge in God’s presence.  Surely one can do this by having extra devotions or attending Lenten worship services.  But Kirk offers these ideas:

     *Spend time outdoors, sensing God’s magnificence.

     *Spend time with others, extending generosity and   

         compassion.  Remember Jesus’ promise that

         when you care for others, you care for Him

         (Matthew 25:31-46).

      *Pray, even for the “little things”, coming before

         God in childlike trust and feeling His peace.

      *Watch attentively for God’s answers to prayer, and

         receive them as reminders of His presence.

      *Turn anxiety into prayer.  As you frame concerns

         as prayers and entrust them to God, you

         “sacrifice” the tendency to wallow in worry.

 

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Christ be with me, Christ within me.

             Christ behind me, Christ before me.

             Christ beside me, Christ to win me.

             Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me.

             Christ in quiet, Christ in danger.

             Christ in hearts of all that love me.

    Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

                                                                                Hymn attributed to St. Patrick

 

 

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   On Palm Sunday, March 29, at the morning worship service, we'll have the Distribution of the Palms and sing Faure's The Palms.
   In the afternoon, at 3:00 p.m., you're invited to come to a special video program featuring "A Promise Kept", a film from Focus on the Family.  Following that, everyone is invited to enjoy light refreshments and good fellowship.
 
 
 
 
Keep our Scholarship students in prayer....

Joseph Lewis, grandson of Bob and Nettie Rainey, who will be a sophomore at Western Connecticut State College, studying Music.
 
Amanda Smith, granddaughter of our organist, Linda Schuerle, who will be a junior at Penn State, and is studying Elementary Education.
 

We’re happy to be able to assist these two in getting their education, and we wish them well through this coming year. 
 
 
 

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The March Soup Sale will be held in the Christian Education Center on the 25th from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Soup will be sold for $6:00 a quart for take-out or come and enjoy a light lunch of soup and sandwich for the same price.   
 
The first Sunday of each month is Loose Change Sunday.  What does that mean?  A large jar will be waiting as you enter the church.  This jar will have an opening just large enough to accept your loose change.  Where does it go?  When sufficient funds have accumulated, the deacons send it to an organization that converts the money into phone cards for our men and women serving in the military.  What a great idea!  So empty your pockets, pour out your loose change jar and clean off the bureau so that our servicemen and women can call home and let their loved ones hear their voices. 

 

 
 

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 Once again this month, we send a great big shout of thanks to those who kept the white stuff confined to ever larger piles around our parking lots and sidewalks in February, even when we cancelled church services.   

If you have any doubts about whether services will be held due to the weather, call 908-995-4359 or 610-838-7776,

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Holland Church note cards are now available.  Five notes with envelopes for $6.00.  Featuring a lovely painting of Holland Church, you’ll want to use them often.  See any deacon.  They’re really nice! 
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Four high school students, afflicted with spring fever, skipped their morning classes.  After lunch, the boys told their teacher they’d had a flat tire. 

Much to the boys' relief, the teacher smiled and said, "Well, you missed test, so take seats apart from one another, and take out a piece of paper."  Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down.  Then she said, "First question:  Which tire was flat?"

 

  Dare we set our hope and hearts in the hands of a small-town Jewish carpenter?  The answer rests in the Jerusalem graveyard.  If Jesus’ tomb is empty, then his promise is not.

 

The rich man is not one who is in possession of much, but one who gives much.

 

 

If the Lord Jesus Christ has washed you in His own blood and forgiven you of all your sins, how dare you refuse to forgive yourself?

 

 

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.

  

 

  A cartoon in the British publication Punch portrayed a man praying at his bedside.  He said to the Lord, “Is there some way you could help me, but make it look like I did it all myself?” 


 

 

 
 A message from Meals on Wheels in Hunterdon:

Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers in your area. Serve your homebound senior neighbors a hot noontime meal. The commitment to drive is only once a month. It will take only an hour or two once a month to get that good feeling of giving. Call our office at (908) 284-0735 to offer your time or for more information. Help us, help others. Many thanks.