Music: Nancy Wiedmeyer 920.488.6663
Prayer Chain: Anna Baiocchi 262.673.6071 abaiocchi@hotmail.com
Family Promise: Dennis & Jean Albrecht (D) 414.254.1606; (J) 414.254.6144
Faith Ed: Linda Kavanaugh 262.224.0832

Liturgy presiders:
Rev. Donald Wright 231.884.4497
Rev. Kathy Vandenberg 262.547.5665
Rev. Francis Baiocchi 262.673.6071

LENT STARTED LAST WEDNESDAY, MARCH 01
Last Wednesday was the official beginning of the season of Lent, the time of the church calendar year when we focus upon the Suffering Servant of God, Jesus the Christ, in our Eucharist Liturgies and in our spiritual lives. Lent is the six-week season when we are invited to dedicate ourselves to deeper prayer, to fasting and to increased charitable works. It is a time of faith growth when we “put on the mind and heart of Christ” and focus upon what that means for each of us as we look ahead to the joy of Easter Sunday.

To help in this endeavor, copies of the booklet Refresh & Renew Your Life have been given/mailed to each member of the community and to the friends of JOS. This booklet contains daily Lenten reflections, practices and prayers to help make this your best Lent ever! Ashes will be blessed and given at the
start of our Eucharist Liturgy this morning!

March 19th: AN END-of-WINTER CELEBRATION !
Mark your home calendar for Sunday, March 19th. That's the date the community is presenting an “End-of-Winter” Celebration downstairs in the Chapel Hall right after the 9:30AM Liturgy. The meal features a Chili Cook-off with three chili recipes & toppings, homemade corn bread, salsa & dip, a variety of cheeses plus desserts. Come one, come all! There's no cost!

NOTE; If you need to confirm your 2016 JOS charity donations for tax purposes contact Nancy Wiedmeyer at nwiedmeyer@hotmail.com or 920.488.6663.

“The charm and lesson of history consist in the fact that from age to age nothing changes, and yet everything is completely different.” – Aldous Huxley (novelist and essayist)

Point to ponder “The Zen master would say if you want to change the government, you have to aim at changing the corporations, and if you want to change the corporations,  you first have to change the consumers. Whoa! Wait just a  minute! The consumer? That's me. You mean I'm the one  who has to change?”     – Yvon Chouinard
1st Reading from the Book of Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7
The first consequence of knowledge for Adam & Eve is a deep sense of shame. What an unexpected development! These two humans tasted fruit expecting marvelous results. What might they learn? The secrets of creation? The power controlling the world in which they found themselves? How to fly like birds, blaze like the sun or glimmer like the moon? What they did learn was profound embarrassment. As with all lessons, there is something there to be learned. But knowledge should be accompanied by a deep humility. Venturing unto holy ground (which is surely what understanding entails) must be done in a spirit of reverence, not arrogance. What we today call “original sin” might have been “original grace” if humankind had chosen to grow with God rather than apart from God. – adapted from the writings of Alice Camille

A Prayer for Every Day – adapted from SOAR
Loving God, thank you for the gift of this day. Give us the wisdom to be alert to Your amazing graces in our lives, graces to be discovered in each moment of each day – in our joys and smiles, in our worries and sorrows. In our busyness, give us rest. In our loneliness give us peace. In our anxiety give us trust. As you walk with us today, guide our steps so we can be genuine gifts to other people, especially to those in need. Amen!