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On Sunday, Rev. Ron preached about the story of Jesus walking on the water and being joined (briefly) by Peter in this mysterious defiance of the laws of nature. He encouraged us to focus on Peter’s boldness in stepping out of the boat (v. the other disciples who sat there like “boat potatoes”) and not his lack of faith which led him to start sinking. He also pointed us to the writings and podcast of Emily P. Freeman as we each consider the one next faithful step that God may be calling us to in our own lives. In her words, are we “being pushed by fear or led by love?”

The Annual ASP Talent/Service Auction to benefit the youth’s Appalachia Service Project will be held THIS  Sunday, March 24, 6pm. A variety of items already donated plus Brochures  #1, #2 & #3 are all in Fellowship Hall or at the Welcome Desk. The ASP Auction is a night of laughter, great desserts and enthusiastic bidding to win prizes and support our youth. Plan to join us and let Rev. Lee know if you have something that you can donate.

It’s still not too late for you to be part of one of our Lent Groups that are studying Adam Hamilton’s recent book, Simon Peter: Flawed But Faithful Disciple. Groups are being offered on most days of the week and both in homes and at the church. For a complete schedule of times and places, check out our Lent Brochure or Lent Page of the website. Contact Rev. Lee if you have questions. Thanks.

As spring approaches, we invite you to take a few moments to visit our stunning Memorial Garden, and participate in our spring clean-up on Saturday, March 23 at 8am. Anyone can volunteer an hour (or more) as we tidy up the garden for our Easter sunrise service next month. For more info, contact Lynnette Cloughley.

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling issued a Pastoral Letter in response to the recent decision of of UMC General Conference to affirm and strengthen our prohibition on pastors officiating at same gender weddings and the ordination of LGBTQ+ individuals. You can read her letter, learn more about the General Conference and  stay up-to-date with the pending Judicial Council appeal (coming in April) by visiting SPUMC’s resource page.