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Holy Vessels Lent – Holy Vessels: Healing & Wholeness

The Lenten Season invites us to live an Easter life – living as if death has no hold on us.  Each of us is created a precious vessel of God's love.  Each of us has experienced hurt in some way, bringing a sense of brokenness.  To move toward healing is to offer the gift of life and wholeness (or wholi-ness), not only for ourselves but also for others as we come to see each person as a holy vessel, and as we come to desire that wholeness for all of creation.  The image of a vessel in the form of beautiful glass containers and broken glass in the form of tumbled beach glass are visual metaphors for the season.

March  5, Ash Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. - "Shattered"
March  9, 10 a.m. - "Treasure"
March 16, 10 a.m. - "Safekeeping"
March 23, 10 a.m. - "Stories,"
March 30, 10 a.m. - "Different Pictures"
April   6, 10 a.m. - "Restoration" & Holy Communion
April  13, 10 a.m. - Palm Sunday

April 17, Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. - This Holy Week service offers us a chance to immerse ourselves in the story through the writings of a 4th century pilgrim to Jerusalem named Egeria.  She wrote a journal on her sojourn to the Holy Land to take back home to Spain and share with her “sisters.” This ancient historical document gives us a flavor of the drama and devotion of pilgrims of that time. Our “one-night” re-enactment of the week’s events will begin in the garden and travel through the “Temple chambers” upstairs, ending in the sanctuary with the shadows of the crucifixion and a reaffirmation of baptism.  We will be joined by members of West Springfield UMC. 

A once-in-a-lifetime historical worship event using the rituals of early followers.

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The Methodist Messenger.
The April issue is now on line.

Adult Studies

Our Lenten study (March 5 – April 16) is Animate: FAITH.  This adult course imaginatively explores central topics of Christianity.  In each session, we watch a video featuring a leading voice from the Christian faith, spend time on personal reflection and journaling, and share ideas with the group.  Each session delves into a faith topic: God, religion, Jesus, salvation, the cross, the Bible, and church.

Wednesdays at 6:30 - soup and study at the parsonage.  Register with the office (study journals are $14).  Or choose the Sunday option beginning March 9 at 8:40 a.m. in the parlor.

Adults meet in the St. Marie Parlor most Sunday mornings during the school year to engage contemporary Christian issues and traditions. 

See today's Devotional Reading at The Upper Room, or get devotionals via email, or a Mobile Roadie App for your mobile device.

link to Alive Now website Listen to a guided meditation each week from Audio Lectio.

SPACE AVAILABLE at ELUMC
August 1st

Up to 4 classrooms for childcare or school.  Approx 1500 sq ft.
Kitchen and social hall available for activities.
Large outdoor play area.
For details contact Paul Kinney 413-525-4565

THIS WEEK’S CALENDAR
Note:   Office hours are 9–2:30   Mon. thru Thu. Link to the whole month's calendar

Saturday, May 10th, 8am–2pm 
We will also have grilled food, baked items and beverages for your enjoyment.
Come and join us for a great day of fellowship!
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Crafters and vendors:
apply now for your space.

Space is limited, so apply early to assure a spot.
( Click here for a crafter/vendor application form. )

Pastor Kelly Greetings
from Pastor
Kelly Turney

We invite you to join us each Sunday in worship where the inclusive love of the gospel is proclaimed in word, music and ritual. We’re a growing congregation of all ages, with nursery care and Sunday School during worship for the young ones or rocking chairs for nursing mothers right in the sanctuary. Designated a “safe sanctuary”, we are dedicated to providing a safe place for our children. More...

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While you're there, check the sidebar to see some of her favorite bloggers.

... and visit our “GPS” page for ideas to
help your soul navigate today's world
with Growth, Prayer and Study.
(A new GPS guide is posted most weeks.)

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