A Message From Our District President
In preparing for Easter let us join in the
following devotion for Ash Wednesday as taken from To Live with Christ daily devotions by Bo Giertz.
“And when you fast, do not look
gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting
may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.” Matt. 6: 16
Ash Wednesday, this day marked the
beginning of the Lenten fast for the Early Church. Jesus fasted for forty days
in the desert. In memory of that, Christians fasted for forty days. But since
Christians didn’t fast on Sundays, because it was the day of resurrection, and
a day of great joy, they had to start on a Wednesday in order to fast for forty
days before Easter. The evangelical church doesn’t mandate a particular period
of fasting. The practice has disappeared without a trace from many Christian
we’ve read a portion of the Sermon on the Mount, which constitutes the ancient
Gospel reading for Ash Wednesday. Actually, Jesus says something obvious: “when
you fast….” Jesus Himself fasted. He spoke of prayer and fasting as a
powerful resource in the fight against evil. But He didn’t make a law of it. Read more!
Latest News in the District
SID Convention plans have begun.
Mark your calendar now to keep these dates open: February 12, 13, 14,
2015. Official notices, dates, etc. will be sent to all congregations in
the very near future.
for our First Ever Trivia Night at Unity Lutheran Christian Elementary School, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. $10 per person, includes popcorn and
drink. It wouldn't be a Trivia Night without bringing lots of your own goodies!
Doors open at 5:30pm, Questions begin at 6:00pm. Winners? $10 per person. Second
Place? $5 person Third? A nice pat on the back! Let us know if you are
registering for a table of eight, please! Park in the back parking lot to
enter. Call 618-874-6605 for more information.
Refresh and Renew Women's Retreat
The LWML group of Immanuel Lutheran
Church in Waterloo is hosting their 3rd annual FREE half-day mini
retreat on Saturday, April 26. The topic, “Waiting on the Lord,” is based on
the theme verse, Psalm 27: 14, “wait for the Lord; be strong and let your
heart take courage; wait for the Lord.”
Highlights include author and speaker Melanie Wilson, music and a
For more information and to
register, please call 618-939-6480 or visit us online at: http://immanuelwaterloo.sharepoint.com
. Past attendance has been close to 90 ladies; help us make the 100 mark this
year. Invite a friend! We can’t wait to see you there.
Best Practices Workshop for Congregational Ministries
The SID Board of Congregational
Support is planning a “Best Practices” workshop at Zion Lutheran Church in
Belleville on Saturday, March 1, 2014. President Scharr will share the topic
“Being Church in our Present Day World.” Sectionals will be available for
pastors, laypersons, and educators on various aspects of congregational
ministry: music, missions, stewardship, education, schools, and finance. This will be a great time to
focus congregational leaders on various aspects of ministry to their members
and communities. Click here to download the info and registration form Best Practices. You may fax your registration form to 618.234.4830. The deadline is February 24, 2014.
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