Dear Friends –
On the last day of last month, I went to LAX to pick up my daughter. Two airplanes had carried her across miles and time zones to bring her from Brazil for a visit to Southern California. In anticipation of her arrival I laundered sheets and towels, purchased her favorite food, and set aside time to enjoy her company. Happy occasions provoke us to anticipation and preparation.
So it is now in the season of Lent. Happy occasions are ahead of us in the form of various opportunities for learning, service, and spiritual growth; family gatherings; concerts and special worship services; time for contemplation and renewal; and then the thrill of Easter Sunday on April 1. Arrangements to plan, promote, and support these events are even now being made. I am looking forward to all of it, and in particular our “Focus on Youth” Sunday, which will be observed on March 18.
Focusing on youth means we will welcome the leadership of young people in worship and we will offer parents a chance to strengthen their skills and abilities for navigating the older elementary and middle school years with their sons and daughters. Kristin Rekc is helping the youth prepare their contributions. Michelle Dexter will share her wisdom and expertise by leading the parenting workshop. Debra DeLuca is making plans for the children to have good experiences in Sunday School, as well as arranging for a fun program for the kids whose parents stay for the after-worship workshop. Each is receiving great support from an array of church staff members and volunteers. We are encouraged by the knowledge that the whole church recognizes the value of the mission.
I am grateful that our entire community of faith can join in the anticipation of being touched and inspired by the grace of God at various points throughout the month to come. Happiness shared is happiness multiplied, especially when the sharing is with people that we treasure. You all are special to me. Thanks for being such wonderful companions for the journey to Easter!
God’s peace to you,