Lent Is ...

A Season of the Heart

          Lent is a gift to the Church. In the season, we are invited to prepare ourselves to take in the miracle of the Resurrection. In the early Church, it was set apart for people getting ready to join the Church. Easter was Baptism Day, and you had 40 days to get ready.

          It has always involved surrendering things. We give up things that cloud our view. Most of them are in our heads, in our preoccupations, in our involvement in the world. We clear the way for God to find our hearts, and for us to receive the gift.

          And so, we remove barriers to love. The noises that distract us, the anxieties that consume us, we remove, perhaps one at a time. At the end, our hearts are open, to Maundy Thursday, to Good Friday, to Easter Vigil, to the Day of Resurrection.

          To symbolize this visually, keep your eyes on the floral arrangement in the chancel. Its dark, subtle colors, bespeak the things that cloud our inner vision. They will diminish, slowly, through the season, until the chancel is bare, and our hearts are open. Let this be a prayer window for you, as you move through this holy season.


March 17th Wesleyan Church 6 pm

March 24th First Presbyterian Church 6 pm

March 31st Grace Presbyterian Church 6 pm

April 7th Pardeeville United Methodist Church 6 pm

April 14th St. Mary’s Catholic Church 6 pm

April 18th Maundy Thursday 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall

April 19th Good Friday, North Scott Baptist Church 12pm

April 19th Good Friday Tenebrae Service 7 pm Pardeeville United Methodist Church

Change of Category Title

As material comes in that we want to place on our website, we sometimes need to reorganize a bit.  Judy's granddaughter Madison has written a very insightful essay about Alzheimer's, and we wanted to share it here.  In order to do that, we had to find a place for it.  Since we couldn't find a place, we made one.  We have changed "Fellowship" to include "Congregational Life", and that's where you will find Madison's essay.  Thanks, Judy, for sharing this with us.

The Kellys in Mexico

See "Fellowship/Congregational Life"

New Book for Sunday Morning Study Group!

The Sunday morning book study group is now discussing Hope and Other Superpowers, by John Pavlovitz.  The group meets at 9:00.  Hope to see you then! 

Mission Brunch

The next Mission Brunch will be May 19.  Hope you will join us! 

Book Club

The next book selection is She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb, and will be discussed on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 PM at Dino's Restaurant in Portage.  Contact Lila Waldman for more information.


Mar. 24
     Ron & Sandy Pulver
Mar. 31 & April 7
     Trudy Burkert & Don Honaker
April 14 & 21
     Judy Skaar & Chris Kelly


Lay Liturgist

Mar. 24 -- Jean Porter
Mar. 31 -- Audrey Holt-Grosnick
April 7 -- Sandy Pulver
April 14 -- Lila Waldman

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