On Ash Wednesday we remind ourselves of the consequence of sin, as the Lord announced it to Adam and Eve: “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” Death inescapably follows sin. Each of us needs that reminder of our mortality, not to cast us into despair, but that we might look to Christ for the answer. In him and the forgiveness he won, we have life even as we know we will physically die. Plan to begin the forty days of Lent with your brothers and sisters in Christ in a special service on Wednesday at 7:00pm.
Last Sunday, the voters considered a list of possible candidates to fill the vacancy caused by Mr. Wilson’s acceptance of a Call to Redeemer, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The Lord, through the voters’ assembly, extended a Call to Mr. Philip Adickes to serve as principal and sixth through eighth grade teacher in our school, to begin July 1. He has been notified of the Call; a packet of information arrived at his home on Wednesday. Mr. Adickes currently serves as principal and sixth through eighth grade teacher at Faith, Tacoma, Washington. Please remember him in your prayers in the coming weeks as he considers this opportunity to serve in another part of the Lord’s kingdom.
Women of Zion
All ladies are invited to the Women of Zion meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30pm. After a devotion and a business meeting, the women will tackle various cleaning projects and other tasks around the church. The hostesses for the evening are Michelle Krause and Anna Hering. Contact Michelle Krause with any questions.
Land Purchase Finalized
On Friday, February 21, the Rocky Mountain Lutheran High School Federation closed on the purchase of 23 acres at 104th and Landmark. (Ten of those acres will be used for the high school; eight will be held by a group of investors; and five will be purchased by Living Hope, a mission congregation currently serving Brighton.)
This spring the previously-purchased modular buildings will be moved onto the land and the necessary renovations will be made to prepare them for classroom use, with the first classes being held at the new site in January 2015.
The congregations in the Federation, in approving this purchase, committed themselves to providing additional financial support for this ministry to teens. If you would like to make a special gift, you may do so online (rmlhs.org) or by sending a check directly to RMLHS at 2300 W 90th Avenue, Denver, CO 80260.
All are invited to Rocky Mountain Lutheran High School’s Fourth Annual Gala and Auction under the theme, “Rock this Town.” The Gala, featuring a buffet dinner, entertainment, and silent and live auctions, will be held on Friday, March 28, from 6:00pm until 9:00pm, at Church Ranch Event Center (10200 Wadsworth Blvd, Westminster). Babysitting will be provided at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church and School (88th and Field Street in Westminster).
You may sign up online at www.rmlhs.org (see the Gala section on the home page) or by returning the form at the bottom of the invitation in your church mailbox. Reservations can also be made between services on March 9 and March 16 in the fellowship hall. The meal is $30 per person. Reservations must be made by Friday, March 21.
The Rocky Mountain Circuit of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) will be hosting its spring rally on Saturday, April 26, at Shepherd of the Hills in Greeley. Pastor Jared Oldenburg, serving Eternal Rock, a mission congregation in Castle Rock, will be the presenter. Look for additional details in the coming weeks.
Mission boxes are due by March 23. Please place them in Pauline King’s mailbox. Direct questions about the rally or mission boxes to Pauline.
The WELS Front Range Basketball Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, at St. Charles Recreation Center in Denver. The team entry fee is $90. If you are interested in playing, please sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board on the south side of the elevator. Direct questions to Pastor Krause.
Preparing for Next Week
Jesus, the Second Adam, came to undo the work of the first Adam. By his perfect obedience to the law in our place, Jesus gives us the righteousness we need to stand before the righteous God. Prepare for The First Sunday in Lent by reading Genesis 3:1-15 (sermon lesson); Romans 5:12-19; and St. Matthew 4:1-11.
Thanks to those who will volunteer their time and energy in cleaning the church in the coming weeks: Paul and Dani Lindholm and Bernie and Cindy Dull (March 8) and Sean and Christine Parsons and Anna Hering (March 15). Please contact the office to schedule a cleaning time.