Lent 3

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is called to be in meaningful relationships with Christ, with one another, and with the community.” This first half of our mission statement is what we strive for every day. This weekend we will hear the story of the 10 Commandments. These words, given by God to Moses to share with the Israelites, remind us of the relationship that God establishes with us. The laws given to us are not laws to punish us, or to keep us separated from one another. They are laws focused on maintaining and build relationships with God, with others, and with our community. God wants us to be in relationships with one another, and by following these commandments, we have a “blue- print” as to how these relationships are to be formed and maintained. This upcoming June, the vans, trucks, and trailers will be loaded once again as we set off on our annual mission trip to Marion, Virginia. This will be our 11th year becoming the hands and feet of Christ as we complete home repair projects through Project Crossroads. Through our actions, hundreds of lives have been directly impacted through the relationships we have formed. We have been called to share our resources with those less fortunate than us. By traveling to Marion every year, we are reminded of how, through our actions, we share God’s love and strengthen the relationships we have built over the years not only with the residents of Marion, but also with each other. On behalf of the entire Mission Trip Planning Team, I invite you to join us for this year’s trip. If you are able, please join us at 9:15 a.m. this Sunday in the Parlor for an informational meeting, where we will go over some of the details as well as be joined, via Skype, by Mark Stransky from Project Crossroads. If you are unable to come to the meeting, but would like information, please come talk to me or grab a trip brochure located at both of the Welcome Centers. Together in Christ

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