The story that takes place in this week’s gospel comes at a crucial point in Jesus’ ministry. He has been with the disciples for some time, and they have seen and learned much along the way. But now he describes to them a picture of the future that they can barely understand, let alone accept. He tells his friends that in the days to come he will face rejection and suffering, and finally, even death. Following Jesus where he is headed will require more than they realized. The way of life he offers means letting go of the life we thought we had. The text for Jonathan’s sermon, “Necessary Losses,” is Mark 8:27-36.
We are pleased to receive a number of new persons into the church family. At 8:30, we will welcome Linda and Chad Fester as well as Camille Wall. At 10 a.m. Christel Bochard, Howard and Margie Caterson, Dale Harbour-Day, Britta and Bill Latto, Sandy Martinovich, Penny Raab and Betty Taylor will join our congregation. At 5:30 we are glad to welcome Cheryl Ann and Dick Zimmer. We give thanks for God’s grace, at work in and through these new friends, and look forward to growing and sharing together.
After 3rd service, don’t forget Taco Night, with all you can eat chicken, steak and pork tacos, rice and beans, chips and salsa, and something to drink for just $5/person or $15/family! We hope no one gave up tacos for Lent!