Dear Community of North Coast United Methodist Church,
We are currently in the heart of our journey in the celebration of Easter and the resurrection. As I write this message to you, it is Ash Wednesday, and I have had a beautiful day communicating that everything has a beginning and an end, I also have had the opportunity to celebrate with you that some endings birth a resurrection of newness.
I had the blessing to share ashes with members of our Oceanside community as I spent the morning at Buccaneer Park and shared ashes with members of our community and many members of our church community. This afternoon many of our church family joined together in a worship gathering in our sanctuary, all with the focus of beginning a time of study, prayer, and preparation to celebrate the resurrection that surrounds us daily.
This year in our Lenten journey, we will have extra opportunities to join together and support each other in study and prayer as we move through this time of Lent. This past Tuesday night, we had a community gathering to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. At this meeting, I saw the youngest and more seasoned members of our community spend time together and enjoying the presence of each other as a family of faith. We will continue that practice through Lent. Each Tuesday night, from 5:00 to 6:30, we will continue to meet and work through the devotional study What Makes a Hero? With the same focus of community building and community support, we will look at the images of Christ's hero nature and how they have been displayed through other historical and literary figures.
As we move closer to Easter, we will have other opportunities to work and grow together (please listen to the Sunday Announcements and watch your emails) as we move to our Easter celebration on Sunday, April 12. We will have one service on that Sunday, beginning at 10 am. Please begin to invite your family, friends, and neighbors to this time of celebration. The focus of the sermon this year will be Easter isn’t a date, it’s every day. As we grow through the living images shared in What Makes a Hero? we will celebrate the reality that the resurrection is a daily celebration that sparks a grace we share with the greater world.
As we go on this journey together, you are in my prayers. As we see our place as the hands and feet in sharing the resurrection story, hopefully, we will see how we are the heroes that open the doors of hope for others.
God is Love,
Pastor Drew Davis
Dear Families of NCUMC,
We will have our next Kids’ Club gathering following our 10:30 worship service on March 8. We will have a time of "show & tell your collection" at this meeting as our main program, with lunch and some playground time. Please contact Pastor Drew at email@example.com if you can attend!
Lenten Bible Study
Beginning on Tuesday, March 3, and each Tuesday from 5:00-6:30 pm through Lent, Pastor Drew will be leading a study called What Makes A Hero? There will be something for all ages.
From the Cokesbury website:
"How does Jesus redefine what it means to be a hero?
What Makes a Hero? offers us an image of what it looks like to be victorious over trials and temptations. Looking at pop culture heroes and others through the lens of faith, Matt Rawle shows how Jesus turned the concept of hero on its head. In keeping with his theme, “Pop in Culture,” the book examines how good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, and overcoming adversity are fundamental to how Christians understand salvation. Heroes help us discern the good, fight for what’s right, define identity, execute justice, spark revolution, and save lives.
Dear North Coast Family,
This email is asking for your participation and commitment for the fast approaching Bi-Annual hosting of the Interfaith Regional Revolving Shelter program alongside the Church of Jesus Christ LDS Del Mar. Phil Angelotti will be in the narthex immediately following first service on Sunday, March 1, to answer questions and sign up volunteers. Please consider how you would like to participate in supporting our 12 guests during their two weeks stay beginning Sunday April 5. LDS will serve meals and nightly hosting the first week beginning March 29 – April 4, NCUMC congregation meals and hosting begins Sunday April 5 - Sunday morning/ Easter, April 12, 2020.
How you might help:
We are asking for 14 volunteers for night time hosting, 2 individuals from 6:30 PM to 6:30 AM each night starting Sunday April 5 through Saturday night April 12.
In addition, we are asking for individuals to bring home cooked meals for 18 individuals starting Sunday. April 5. MaryLou Castoro will be coordinating meal schedule. We encourage teaming with one or two other families or individuals to supply main course meal, salad / side dishes as well as dessert. Home cooked meals greatly appreciated. Dinner served at approximately 6:15 PM each night. Please plan on staying for dinner.
Donations of quarters for laundry are needed as well as laundry soap.
Additionally, we will need a team of individuals willing to relieve nightly host each morning from Monday March 30 through Saturday April 11 at 5:30 AM to 6:30 through the 14 days, If each interested individual could take 3 mornings that would be great.
We will need food donations for daily sack lunches and breakfast, such as peanut butter, jelly, bread, fruit snacks, chips and cookies. Breakfast foods, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, toast, juice and milk, all managed on a daily basis.
Thank you for your participation in this ministry of love.