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CAROLYN’S CORNER

It was in the news last week that March 13th was the anniversary of the Hesston tornado. Memories immediately flooded my mind. I was at work, in Newton, and the tornado sirens began their warning song. Children were just getting home from school, so all the parents in my office left immediately to get home.

 

I remember glancing down streets to see the monster cloud as I rushed home. It was so big that it seemed like it could bear down on Newton any moment. It veered north; half of Hesston was wiped out. A couple of evenings later, Ken drove us through the dirt county roads to see the damage. I was sorrowed to see so many trees snapped, as if they were twigs. I remember a comment of someone who was living in Hesston that they knew something ominous was about to happen because all the grass had laid down. It was flattened to the ground. She knew immediately to get to shelter. The trees that seemed so strong were broken by the storm, but the grass was standing back up afterward.

 

Henri Nouwen makes this observation:

Flexibility is a great virtue.  When we cling to our own positions and are not willing to let our hearts be moved back and forth a little by the ideas or actions of others, we may easily be broken.   Being like wild reeds does not mean being wishy-washy.  It means moving a little with the winds of the time while remaining solidly anchored in the ground.   A humorless, intense, opinionated rigidity about current issues might cause these issues to break our spirits and make us bitter people.  Let’s be flexible while being deeply rooted.

 

Grace and Peace,

     

 NEXT MEETING: SUNDAY, APRIL 19TH

5PM AT THE HOME OF BILL AND PAM DELANEY

14715 SIEFKES, WICHITA     67230

DISCUSSING:   Ordinary Grace by William Kent Bruegger

Please read ahead of time in order to discuss!

Snacks and beverages provided.

Pastor Carolyn

ORDER YOUR PVCC POLO SHIRT NOW – LAST SUNDAY – MARCH 22

The polo shirts identify us as a group when out in the community.  When we host events at church, a PVCC shirt helps guests identify church members. Costs are based on number of shirts ordered and size.  Ball park figures are $18.50 to $22.50 (XS to 3XL).  Shirts tend to run a little small so talk to Muffin about sizing and do not hesitate to try on the samples available. Contact Muffin or Carolyn if you need a scholarship/payment for shirts. WE NEED A MINIMUM OF 7 SHIRTS TO PLACE AN ORDER and currently we have 5.

Faith Sharing/PR Spirit Team

WORSHIP SERVICE ON SUNDAY, MARCH 22 ~

Pastor Carolyn will share the message titled “Broken Justice” week five of Lent. Reading from our tradition “John 19:1-16″. Special music to be by Epiphany “Blowin’ In the Wind.”

APRIL 5TH IS EASTER SUNDAY

There will be an Easter Breakfast serving 9:15 am to 10:00 am. Come and enjoy.

Hospitality Team, Cheryl Roy

SEEKERS CLASS NEWS (Updated Weekly)

Join us Sunday, March 22, for a special event.  Bill Delaney will moderate a discussion on Broken Justice as related to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln.  Patrick Cantwell, a distant relative of Lincoln, will share his thoughts as well as bring the Gettysburg Address.  To prepare for this round-table discussion bring a tidbit on civil war history, racial injustice and/or Lincoln’s presidency to share.  Healthy snacks will be available with your cup of coffee, tea or water.

GARAGE SALE

It’s time to start cleaning out for our annual garage sale. This year the sale will be Thursday, April 30th through Saturday, May 2nd. We will start setting up on Sunday, April 26th.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING FOR 2015 PVCC MISSION TRIP

We will hold an organizational meeting after our regular church service on Sunday, March 22, to discuss a PVCC Mission Trip for 2015.  The meeting is open to all, and will focus on determining interest level, preference for the type and location of the activity we undertake, timeframe for the trip, etc.  All are welcome to attend.  Watch the announcements for further details about the meeting location.

 

SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT MEN’S MEETING

South Central District Men’s 5th Tuesday will be held on March 31.  The host church is New Hope CC at 1400 S. George Washington Drive. The Menu for the evening is Meatloaf, Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, Seasoned Green Beans, Dessert & Drinks; the cost will be $7.00 at the door. Registration starts at 6:30 with dinner at 7:00. Rev. Dr. Dave Henion, head of the Wichita Police and Sedgwick County Sheriff Chaplains, will be speaking on the Chaplaincy programs. Please RSVP your reservation to the District Office 316 775-1236 .If you have any questions you may contact Dave Roy at 734-7793 or lloydroy@att.net. Hope see you there.

Dave Roy

EASTER LILY PLANTS

We are once again decorating the Great Hall with Easter Lily plants for Easter Sunday, April 5th. The cost per plant this year is $8.00. To donate a plant(s), complete the order form received on Sunday designating the number of plants with your payment attached.  Deadline date is Sunday, March 29th. You may dedicate your Easter Lily plant in honor or memory of someone, if you would like.

 

CAROLYN’S CORNER

“Lent is a spiritual “spring cleaning”: we enter the inner places where we are stuck or muddled, and we clear away the clutter so that God moves a little more freely through us.

When we look at ourselves deeply and honestly, we all meet our own clutter. In this work, we first find ourselves alone and exposed to the inner elements: our vices, our confusion, feelings we’d prefer to mute. And this is the way it must be; to explore and heal ourselves, we must meet ourselves head on, alone, in what may feel like a very wild place.

Open your heart and mind to your entire self — both good and bad — and quietly name what you find there. And remember that you are not alone in this work. God goes with you, moving gently and compassionately through your inner world, guiding and nurturing your Lenten journey.”

How can you clean out the dust from your soul this Lent?

(found in –Alive Now, March/April 2012)

 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Carolyn