Some weeks and months around a church are expected to be busier than others; Advent/Christmas/Epiphany and Ash Wednesday/Lent/Easter. Occasionally, a busy time comes when it is least expected and one of those times is the next few weeks. So, consider this my attempt to pass along as much pertinent information as I can.

By the time you read this, we will have welcomed the Al Heeti family into our community for resettlement. They are from Iraq. The father worked with the US Army during the conflict there. His wife is well educated and they have a young adult son. All three speak English. They will be living in an apartment on Goldsmith Lane. We also anticipate the opportunity to work with a Syrian family who arrived in Louisville in December, but did not have a church to co-sponsor their resettlement. We will assist them as they continue to adjust to life in their new country.

On Saturday, February 25, the Jeffersontown Ministers are sponsoring the Community Prayer Breakfast. Our speaker this year is Scott Davenport, coach of the Bellarmine’s men’s basketball team. Coach Davenport is a fine speaker and a devout Christian who will share with us some reflections on his faith and how it has informed his life’s work. We are very fortunate to have him during the season. Tickets are $6 per person. Please see me this Sunday before they are gone!

On Sunday, February 26, we will observe the Week of Compassion offering. This special offering is used to provide emergency aid during disasters, continued help during recovery and long term investment. Nearly 100% of the dollars given to WofC are used to provide humanitarian aid with a small percentage used for administrative and promotional purposes. This arm of our church mission and outreach works around the world; in 2016 the WofC provided aid to well over 150 places on 5 continents (including two places in Kentucky!) There is a WofC envelope with your offering envelopes, please be generous.

Tuesday, February 28, is the night before Ash Wednesday and we will be having a pancake “breakfast” that evening, our own little Mardi Gras before Lent begins. We’ll have sausage, bacon, syrup, butter and more as we prepare for the somber days leading to Easter. More on this later.

The Kentucky Womens’ Chorus will be here for their annual retreat, March 3, 4 & 5. They will practice, eat, and have devotions in the Fellowship Hall and sanctuary before leading us in worship on Sunday (sermon that morning through music!) We will need some folks to help with logistics, but that is well worth the reward of having Linda Jo Jones bring the chorus here!

The next day, Monday, March 6, at Cliffton Pizza, the Joyful Spirits Band will host a fundraiser to help cover the costs of helping resettle refugees. There will not be a silent auction, but there will be opportunities to contribute to the cause! Tickets are $15 per person for the pizza buffet and soft drinks. Please buy your tickets early as it helps the owner of Cliffton’s to prepare for us.

As if we haven’t been busy enough, (we will be in Lent as well) our youth will be preparing for their summer mission trip. “Dancing with the Stars 3” will take place at the Community Center on March 12. Tickets are available from Ben or the church for $15 per person including dinner and entertainment. We have six members who will be dancing with professional partners…this is too good to miss! Come support the youth!

 WOW! Talk about a full and exciting month! We are a part of a caring, loving, generous and busy community of faith, folks following the teachings of Jesus and making a difference in the lives of others. Praise be to God.