The March “Gazette” is now available in full color! Besides news of upcoming events in the life of the church for the Lenten/Easter season, it contains the annual financial reports from our January congregational meeting. Click on the link below.
LENT is the season in the life of faith that comprises the six weeks before Easter. It begins with Ash Wednesday, an occasion to confess our need for forgiveness and renewal, and continues through the holy days of Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter), Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter), and Good Friday.
Culminating with the remembrance of Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday, Lent presents us with an opportunity to reflect upon our lives — our hopes and dreams, our failures and short-comings — and how they engage with the Lord’s great plan for new life in Jesus Christ. At Laurel, we offer several ways in which people of faith may partner on this journey. Beyond Sunday morning worship, we offer “Grace Groups,” small groups that meet on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm and Thursdays at 10:00 am, that guide us in fellowship, study and prayer. (For more information, email us at email@example.com)
In addition, on Sunday mornings at 8:45 am, we’re starting a six-class series entitled, “Pausing on the Road to Jerusalem,” (Sunday, February 18) highlighting crucial interactions between Jesus and ordinary people in the ancient world. Class members are encouraged to read a four-page background paper each week (available at the “Adult Studies” tab on this website.)
The Ash Wednesday service of worship celebrated on February 14 at 7:00 pm is a brief but meaningful gathering, where we affirm our relationship to our Creator as frail children of God, gratefully seeking God’s mercy and support.
On Palm Sunday, March 25, at 10:00 am the Laurel Choir will inspire us with a lovely Lenten choral work during worship. On that Sunday, we’ll also vividly recall the triumphant procession of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem met by waving palm leaves, ancient symbols of heavenly royalty.
On Maundy Thursday, Mary 29, at 7:00 pm we celebrate the Lord’s Supper intimately at the front of the sanctuary recalling Jesus’ last moments with his disciples as he shared bread and wine (“My body broken for you… My blood poured out for you.”)
We hope that you might join us for one or more of these spiritually enriching activities during this Holy season!
On the second Sunday of each month at Laurel Church, every member of the worshipping congregation gets a chance to be the preacher! That’s the one Sunday a month when Pastor Mark steps back from his pulpit and invites open discussion about the Bible text of the day. There are no dumb responses or questions, only examples of the Holy Spirit inspiring men and women, boys and girls to share their feelings about what the Bible might be saying.
On this coming Sunday, February 11, we’re looking at the story of Jesus’ healing of “The Man Born Blind” from John 9:1-41. First comes a man regaining his sight, and then the aftermath that reveals a certain amount of “blindness” among the religious leaders. The story comes today as a mirror to remind us of ways in which we may also miss the grace of God working in our midst. Attached is a study sheet which can help to prepare you for the morning. A paper copy will also be distributed in worship.
Join us, and let’s see what the Holy Spirit may be chomping at the bit to say through you!
With news of special opportunities for study and worship in the season of Lent here’s the February Gazette. Click on the link below.
Due to anticipated very low temperatures in the morning on Sunday, January 7, we’ve decided to cancel the Adult Sunday School Class that meets at 8:45 am., but our worship service where we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper will still be held at 10:00 am. Scheduled meetings of the Session Ministry Teams that ordinarily are held on the first Sunday of the month may be rescheduled at the discretion of the Elder Team Leaders. Hope to have you join us for worship!
Check out the activities at Laurel in our January newsletter. Click on the link below.
JOIN US FOR CANDLELIGHT COMMUNION WORSHIP ON CHRISTMAS EVE! 5:00 pm. Experience the ancient story of hope and miracle retold in word, song, image and sacrament. The hour-long service is designed for the whole family and so bring the kids: a special portion of the service is prepared just for them!