The Bell Ringer – March 20, 2022

The Ward Hill Church Bell Ringer

March 20, 2022

Third Sunday in Lent

Happy Spring!

Starts at 11:33 this morning!

Neighborhood Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 9 (day before Palm Sunday) at 11 am.  Spread the word!

Midweek Prayer & Book Study – Wednesdays at 7 pm

We are studying David Teague’s Godly Servants: Discipleship and Spiritual Formation for Missionaries.   In person or on Zoom!

Midweek Schedule through Lent

Mar 23 Prayer & Book Study—Ch 12    Apr 6    Prayer & Book Study—Ch 14

Mar 30 Prayer & Book Study—Ch 13    Apr 13  Break for Holy Week Services

Lord’s Day Schedule through Easter Sunday

Service – 10 am; Christian Fellowship and Education – 11 am

Holy Communion celebrated every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month

Facebook Live Simulcast at 10 am on 1st Sunday of the month

Facebook Live Online Service at 8 am except on 1st Sunday of the month

* includes Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

Mar 27 4th Sunday in Lent         Apr 10  Palm Sunday

Apr 3    5th Sunday in Lent*       Apr 17  Easter Sunday

Church Calendar & Lectionary

Season:           Lent – 40 days of fasting and 6 Lord’s Days

before Easter Sunday (March 2 – April 16, 2022)

Color:              Purple – for repentance

This Sunday: Third Sunday in Lent

Sun., Mar 27:  Fourth Sunday in Lent

Lectionary:     Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Hymns:           263 – Lift High the Cross; 479 – Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling; 245–As Jacob with Travel Was Weary One Day

Monthly Prayer Focus for March

Local Church Focus:  Sacred Hearts Parish, Bradford – John Delaney, pastor

Missions Focus: Somebody Cares New England – Marlene Yeo, director

Community Resources – Food, Clothing, Shelter, & Other Help

www.communityactioninc.org/phocadownload/resource_guide_english_october_2017.pdf          National Suicide Hotline:  1-800-273-8255

Refugee Ministries: Interserve USA (interserveusa.com); Emmanuel Gospel Center’s Greater Boston Refugee Ministry (http://www.egc.org/refugee)

Global Crisis Help:  World Relief – worldrelief.org

Information on Persecuted Christians: Open Doors USA – opendoorsusa.org

Monthly Scripture Memory for March

Romans 5:6-8 (ESV) – 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Catechism: An Outline of the Faith

Q.  What is the mission of the Church?

A. The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.

Q.  How does the Church pursue its mission?

A.  The Church pursues its mission as it prays and worships, proclaims the Gospel, and promotes justice, peace, and love.

Q.  Through whom does the Church carry out its mission?

A.  The church carries out its mission through the ministry of all its members.

Q.  Who are the ministers of the Church?

A. The ministers of the Church are lay persons, deacons, and pastors.  Note: Deacon literally means a ministering servant. Pastors are referred to as presbyters (elders) and bishops (overseers) in the Bible.

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