Chapel Chat

Chapel Chat is a weekly publication of the Squaw Valley Chapel, United Church of Christ

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March 21, 2019

FROM PASTOR JAMES        We are another week into the season of Lent and I thought I’d share a bit more about the invitations and opportunities we find in Lent.  Here’s a helpful suggestion from the UCC: “No matter what your spiritual pathway is, or how you explore and deepen connections to your Sacred, take time to assess your spiritual health.  Discover ways that the entrapments of this world burden you – whether in the ongoing and seemingly insatiable pursuit of baubles that attract, or in the simple fact that such baubles, once acquired, only serve to distract us from our higher callings.

Open yourself up to the ancient rituals that invite us to turn away from things that distract us from, or learn anew spiritual disciplines that focus us on, spiritual awakening.

During this season of Lent, may you be encouraged to lighten your load if it be overladen with excesses that distract; may you be invited into times of spiritual wholeness that come when you are less distracted; and may the Eastertide find you ready to celebrate once again the joy of life overcoming death.  May you deepen your relationship with your Sacred on this, your journey Into the Mystic.”  Let’s share our stories when we come together!

HIBERNATION ENDS!   Effective this coming Sunday we are OUT of hibernation!  Hopefully, this has been a time of rest, renewal, and inspiration.  It will be very good to gather again on March 17th but it will probably be wise to wear warm clothes and good boots!  It might also be a good idea to carpool if possible.  The parking lot is substantially smaller with the huge piles of snow.  Fortunately, it looks like the weather will be great so no one will have to shovel their way out.  Here are some upcoming dates with important information for your calendar:

  • March 24 –Worship services (starting at Noon)
  • April 14 (Palm Sunday) – Resume worship at 10:00 am
  • April 21 (Easter Sunday) – The 8:00 am service at High Camp is confirmed and we will have our 10:00 service in the Chapel.  As always, check the weekly Chapel Chat for any changes! 
Pancake Breakfast Buffet

All you can eat pancakes, eggs, sausage,

bacon, fruit and more!

Sunday, April 7

Truckee Donner Senior Apartments

8 – 11:30 AM

$10 – Adults

$5 – Children/Seniors and

Senior Apartment Residents

Sponsored by Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner

Music provided by Heidi Kuzma from the

Tahoe Truckee School of Music

All proceeds to benefit Meals on Wheels

Sierra Senior Services | 530/550-7600 | PO Box 4152, Truckee, CA 96160 www.sierraseniors.org

ARE YOU SPENDING THE WINTER AWAY FROM TAHOE-TRUCKEE?  We record the worship service each Sunday and post it on our web site: www.squawvalleychapel.org  Go to the menu and then to “Worship”.  You can listen to last Sunday’s sermon or choose from a few recent ones.

LEADERS AMONG US:

Many thanks to these people for helping with worship on Sunday, March 17:  

Scripture Reading: Denise

Refreshments: Nancy

Greeters:  Open

PRAYERS: Please continue your prayers for; Bill and Susie Steele, Emily Miller, Sharon Poland, Diane Morrison, Gail and Bob Okano, Marie Clukey, Gisela Steiner, Diane and Brad Harris, Peggy Wiseman, and Beth Wiseman.

IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES:

WORSHIP Sunday, March 24 at noon

Palm Sunday, April 14 – resume 10:00 am worship time

Easter Sunday, April 21 – 8:00 am service at High Camp, 10:00 am service in the Chapel

Sunday, April 28 at 1:00 pm – Memorial Service for Leonids Maktenieks

Gathering Prayer:  Thinking about our return to worship this Sunday, I found this prayer that reminds us of God’s gathering nature.  We call it community; God may think of it as family reunion!  This prayer comes from the Christian Aid website. http://www.christianaid.org.uk/.

O God, you are the gathering one

who calls us into community

with each other

to love and work,

to support and heal. 

You are the gathering one

who calls us into community

with all people;

to bring justice and hope,

freedom and truth.

You are the gathering one

who calls us into community

with the whole of creation;

to live in harmony,

to cherish and renew.

Let us gather this Sunday to worship the God

who makes us one.  Amen.

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Chapel Chat is a weekly publication of the Squaw Valley Chapel, United Church of Christ.  The Chapel is located at 444 Squaw Peak Road, Olympic Valley, CA  96146.  To comment or to ask to be added or removed from the e-mail list, please contact Dave and Rita Holtebeck at holtebeck@sbcglobal.net or call 530-587-5086.  OR……….Pastor James Kosko: revjames121@google.com