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CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK  AHEAD   

First Sunday in Lent - Following Jesus
Into the Wilderness 


Sun.Feb. 22
 9:30 a.m. Worship and Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Fellowship Time
11:00 a.m. Grace Connexion -  Imam Speaks


 Mon.Feb. 23
7:00 a.m. Monday’s @7 Networking Group - Fellowship Hall
7:30 p.m. Church Council Meeting

Wed. Feb. 25
10:00 a.m. Ladies Morning Book Club- Library
 7:30 p.m. Pastor’s Bible Study - Library

Thurs. Feb. 26
3:30 p.m. Confirmation Class - Room 21
6:00 p.m. Church wide Lenten dinner & Fellowship - Fellowship Hall
8:00 p.m. Choir  Practice
 
Second Sunday in Lent - Following Jesus
Heading South


Sun. Mar.1
9:30 a.m. Worship and Sunday School 
10:45 a.m Fellowship Time
11:00 a.m.  Grace Connexion  -  Keep the Fire Alive #1:
                    Occasions of  Grace - Father Albert Haase
2:30 p.m. Sound Tigers Game - Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport

Mon. Mar. 2
7:00 a.m.  Monday’s @7 Networking Group - Fellowship Hall

Tues. Mar. 3
12:00 p.m. Westport Weston Clergy
7:00 p.m. Mission Committee meeting - Library

SAVE THE DATE

Feb. 26 –  Church Wide Fellowship and Lenten Worship
March 1 – Sound Tigers Hockey Game
March  4–  UM Lenten Worship - Jessie Lee UMC, Easton
March 6 - Movie Night, “The Way”
March  11–  UM Lenten Worship - Westport Weston UMC
March 14 – Planning Day led by Rev. Derrick-Lewis Noble
March 15 – Secret Pals Luncheon
March  18 –  UM Lenten Worship - Fairfield Grace UMC, Fairfield
March 28 – Mission Fundraiser and Cabaret
 
ANNOUCEMENTS

MUSLIM SPEAKER – As a conclusion to its current series on Islam,  Sunday at 11:00 a.m., Grace Connexion will feature Imam Nasif Muhammad, the leader of the Al-Aziz Masjid on Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. Imam Muhammad is on the CO-OP Center staff of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport and also serves as chaplain at the Bridgeport Jail.  All are invited to attend.
 
CHURCH-WIDE LENTEN PROGRAM AND FELLOWSHIP DINNER - February, 26,  6:00 p.m.. 7:30 p.m. The whole church family comes together to prepare our hearts for the Season of Lent through food, fellowship, fun, and worship. Don't miss it!
 
SOUND TIGERS ICE HOCKEY - Join us for a fun evening of ice hockey Sunday, March 1 at the  Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. Tickets  are $16.00 per person. We’ll meet at the arena at 2:30, game starts at 3:00 p.m. See the sign-up in the Narthex for full information, or contact George Hanze or Jim Hisey for payment and further details.
 
UNITED METHODIST WORSHIP– again this year we will worship on three Wednesday nights during Lent with two other local United Methodist Churches: March 4, 7:30 p.m. at Jesse Lee UMC in Easton, followed by March 11 at our church and March 18 at Fairfield Grace UMC.  All services will feature a sermon by one of the pastors (Ed preaches on March 4) and special music by the host choir (visiting choir members are welcome).  The themes for this year’s services is, The Wesleyan Way of Grace: Prevenient, Justifying and Sanctifying.  Everyone is welcome; refreshments and fellowship will follow each service. For more info, see Pastor Ed.
 
MOVIE NIGHT – On Friday evening, March 6, everyone is invited to a viewing of “The Way,” a movie about one man’s unexpected spiritual journey.  Martin Sheen plays a father who walks the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain to honor his son's desire to finish the pilgrimage. Written and directed by Sheen’s son, Emilio Estevez, the film is a sometimes amusing, sometimes surprising but ultimately inspiring story of the distance that Sheen’s character travels in his own inner life.  Through his unresolved relationship with his son, he discovers the difference between "the life we live and the life we choose."  The evening will start with a simple supper at 6:30 p.m., with the movie to follow.
 
PLANNING DAY – this year’s all-church gathering will be on Saturday, March 14, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and will be led by Rev. Derrick-Lewis Noble, the newly appointed Congregational Development staff person for our Annual Conference.  Everyone is invited to help envision the future of our church and to make plans for the year to come.
 
MISSION FUND RAISER - "Movie Music for Missions" Cabaret with Dinner and Live Auction, Saturday,  March 28th.  Family Fun in Fellowship Hall; bring children, family, friends.   WE NEED LIVE AUCTION ITEMS. Please contact Don Hazard with possible entries.  For Cabaret participation contact Bill Hall.
 
MONDAYS@7 NETWORK GROUP - Monday, in the Fellowship Hall  7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend. See Bob Trinka for any questions  www.Mondaysat7.org
                     
SECRET PALS ARE COMING…
Beginning March 1st !  Secret Pals is a very special event for our church family - children, youth, and adults to get to know each other better.  It is a wonderful way for us all to make new connections and create caring relationships that will last.  Each pal purchases or makes a small gift (no more than $5) for their secret person on March 1st and March 8th and leaves it in Fellowship Hall to be picked up by the recipient.  On March 15, each pal brings in a larger gift ($10-$15) to be given to the recipient at the Secret Pal Luncheon, where the Pal is revealed!  You get to sit next to your pal while you enjoy a lovely lunch (immediately after church) and get to know him or her even better.  If you have never been a part of it, please sign up!  It's a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day too.
 
CHILDRENS LENTEN STUDY SERIES – Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, during Lent - Study and fun will be from 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. with dinner from 6:30 - 7:00p.m. Join Heather for an exciting study of Lent with crafts, music and games. Appropriate for children ages 3 (with parent help!) to 6th grade.

M&M …that’s Music and Movement - Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Children ages 4 years through 6th grade. Join Heather for singing, instruments, dancing, creative movement and lots of fun. New and exciting things are coming!

Junior Church, Sunday March 1 - A worship service for children, by children!  We will begin worship in the Sanctuary as usual, and then during Sunday School time we will have our own worship sevice. Please see Heather to sign up to help serve in worship!

Scout Sunday - March 8 - We will be honoring all of our Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts on this day.  Please come, and wear your uniforms!
Friday Fun Pizza Night - for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.  Friday, March 13, 6:30-8:30pm.  You never know what kind of great games and food you might find!


COMING SOON!! Middle School Music Program. Sundays 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. We will sing and we will dance, so bring your instruments!
 
SAVE THE DATE!
Vacation Bible School is coming back!  - June 22-26, 2015, 5-7:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.  Appropriate for children ages 4 to 6th grade.  We also need helpers... ages middle school and beyond!  Everyone can be involved, and we will ALL have a blast.  See Heather Hisey or Karol Brumit for more details.
 


 
 
 

 
 

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