The CAUMC Family & Friendship Commission is requesting candy donations for the Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 9. Please make sure that all donations will fit into a plastic easter egg. Donations can be dropped off to the church office at your convenience.
Starting Tuesday, March 21, the College Avenue UMC offices will be open from 8:00 a.m. until noon and will be closed in the afternoon until further notice while our Administrative Assistant, Anna Kozak, continues to recover from knee surgery. The phones will be forwarded to her, as she will be working from home and will also still be accessible via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In case of emergency, you may reach Pastor John at 620-252-9622. Thank you for your understanding.
March 26, 2023, will be our Lenten Soup Luncheon. Please bring a crockpot of soup to share. If you are not a soup maker, bring crackers, cheese, bread, or any other side that will complement the meal! During our Luncheon, we will also celebrate Catherine Troy’s baby boy, due April 22. Catherine is registered at Target if you would like to bring a gift.
Chuck Marr just came in and updated me on the tech crew’s progress in addressing our livestreaming issues. I’m thankful to Chuck and the rest of the team for all their continued (and continuing) efforts.
My plan, this Sunday (March 19, 2022), is to preach on Psalm 23. Sometimes a new translation can help me see an old, familiar scripture in a fresh light. Frederick Buechner put a rough translation in the mouth of a monk named Elric in his novel Godric:
“God keeps me as a shepherd keeps his flock. I want for nought,” he said. “I bleat with hunger, and he pastures me in meadows green. I’m thirsty, and he leads me forth to water cool and deep and still. He hoists me to my feet when I am weak. Down goodly ways he guides me with his crook, for he himself is good. Yea, even when I lose my way in shadows dark as death, I will not fear, for he is ever close at hand with rod and staff to succor me.” 
 Frederick Buechner, Godric: a Novel (HarperSanFrancisco, 1980), 114
It’s almost too late, but I wanted to issue a friendly reminder that Daylight Saving Time begins tomorrow (Sunday, March 13, 2023). Don’t forget to move your clocks forward one hour (spring forward/fall back).