March 9, 2014 Announcements

Church Nursery News
We are very pleased to announce that we have hired two young women to work in our church nursery (for infants to age 5) on Sunday mornings throughout the year.  Please introduce yourself to them!

Sarah Bahn is a freshman at Tufts University, where she hopes to major in Peace and Justice Studies.  She is a member of the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church in Mercer Island, WA.  She has extensive experience as a nanny and a tutor in addition to leadership positions in teaching at her home church.

Isabelle Milanesi grew up at Clarendon Hill, and is a recent graduate of Bryn Mawr College.  She is currently working as a 5th grade teacher at the Prospect Hill Academy Charter School, located in Somerville, and is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Special Education at Boston University. She also has extensive experience as a day camp counselor and babysitter.

March 8th Spring Potluck
Sstarting at 6pm at Ruth and Parke’s house – All welcome! (Please note change of location!)

What could be finer than an evening of good friends, good food and good fellowship?!  Please join us on Saturday, March 8th anytime after 6pm at the home of Ruth Allen and Parke Rhoads in Somerville (see email for the address).  We’ll have several games there, or bring your favorite to share!  And please bring a dish or beverage to share (no nuts please!).  All friends and family are most welcome.  For any questions, please contact Ruth at 617-571-3621

Sermon:  “The Road to Joy”

Scripture:   Matthew 4:1-9

What is it that drives you?   Where are you trying to go with the time you have left on this earth?  Is the Spirit saying anything interesting or joyful to you about where you are in your life?   Focusing on these questions may help us understand something about what our passage this week is saying; in particular, what it is saying about what is important and meaningful to do and to be in this life.

Join us for worship on Sunday, March 9th at 10:30 a.m. and for coffee and fellowship after the service.

Prayer Group 
The Prayer group will meet in the Green room right after fellowship on Sunday, March 9th.  Jesus said, “When two or three are gathered in my name, I am there.” Bring your prayers about whatever joys or concerns you may have on your mind and in your heart. All are welcome to attend.

Lenten Season Adult Education:   “Deepening Our Faith” – Led by Rev. Fairfax

During the Lenten season, we will gather in the Green Room at 12:15 p.m. for a 3 session focus on enriching and deepening our faith.   I am drawing on a Lenten study from 2008 by Paula Gooder (“Lentwise  Spiritual Essentials for Real Life”), but I will be adapting her work for our needs and expanding on her offering.  Materials will be available for class preparation (read as you can), and will include various sermons that can be found online (e.g. youtube, watch as you can!) and that relate to the scriptures and topic for the week.  The sessions do not “build on each other” in a direct way, so please attend any (or all) that you can, and enjoy the richness of faith that we share with one another!

First Gathering (March 16th):   “Finding Direction”                     John 14:1-7
Second Gathering (March 23rd):   “Keeping Going”                   John 6:25-35
Third Gathering (April 6th):  “Living Water”                               John 4:5-18

The Session 
will meet on Monday, March 10th at 7:30 p.m.

Session and Deacons Retreat 
There will be a Session and Deacons retreat on Saturday, March 15th.

Listening and Discerning Fellowship
Mark your calendars!  The Elders and Deacons of CHPC are inviting the church community to a Listening and Discerning Fellowship event after church on March 30th, with a potluck lunch.  All are welcome. We will finish up by 1:00 p.m. that Sunday.   More details to follow!

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