Join our Lenten Journey – Ash Wednesday to Easter
• Wednesday, March 5 – Ash Wednesday Worship Service – 6 p.m.
• Sunday, March 9 – First Week of Lent – 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship Services - Remember to turn your clocks forward
• Wednesday, March 12 – Lenten Bible Study and Soup Supper – 6–6:45 p.m.
• Sunday, March 16 – Second Week of Lent – 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship Services
• Wednesday, March 19 – Lenten Bible Study and Soup Supper – 6-6:45 p.m.
• Sunday, March 23 – Third Week of Lent – 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship Services
• Wednesday, March 26 – Lenten Bible Study and Soup Supper – 6–6:45 p.m.
• Sunday, March 30 – Fourth Week of Lent – 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship Services
• Wednesday, April 2 – Lenten Bible Study and Soup Supper – 6-6:45 p.m.
• Sunday, April 6 – Fifth Week of Lent (Communion) – 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship Services
• Wednesday, April 9 – Lenten Bible Study and Soup Supper – 6-6:45 p.m.
• Sunday, April 13 – Palm Sunday – 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship Services
• Wednesday, April 16 – Final Lenten Bible Study and Soup Supper – 6-6:45 p.m.
• Thursday, April 17 – Maundy Thursday Service (Communion) – 7 p.m.
• Friday, April 18 – Good Friday Vigil – noon – 3 p.m.
• Sunday, April 20 – Easter Sunday – Resurrection of the Lord – 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Worship Services
Reflections From the Pastor
Lent is upon us. For the next forty days we will re-examine
our faith and commitment. Normally, this is a season of sacrifice, of
self-deprivation. Most people will give up something for Lent. Some
will refrain from eating their favorite foods, such as Three Musketeers Bars, or Ice Cream—you know, the real sins in our lives. I know a person who loves Lays Potato Chips and French Onion Dip. During Lent he still ate the chips, but he gave up the dip. Some will
take advantage of the season to go on strict diets in order to lose
The season of Lent was established by the church as a time of
reflection on our sinful nature and the Holiness of God. However,
over time our choices have made a mockery of discipleship. We
need to rediscover the proper understanding of Lent. We need to
look at what should be the attitude of a Christian.
Though the earliest traditions are unclear, Lent apparently
evolved as a time for training, particularly as a time of final prepa-
ration of candidates for baptism at Easter. Lent also became a time
for renewal of the faithful, as well as a time for the excommunicated
to prepare to return to the community of faith.
The Lenten journey from the ashes of death to resurrected
life begins on the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday. The ashes on
the forehead are a sign of our humanity and a reminder of our mortality. Lent is not a matter of being good, and wearing of ashes is not
showing off one’s faith. The ashes we wear symbolize the dust and
broken debris of our lives as well as the reality that eventually each
of us will die.
We hear of the power and possibility of the passion ministry
and the way of the cross. The journey to Easter must take us to Cal-
vary and the Cross. We cannot get there any other way. During
Lent we are reminded that our possessions, our rulers, our empires,
our projects, our families, and even our lives do not last forever.
During the next forty days, I challenge you to reflect upon
what is important in your life and how much room is there for God
in Christ. Take time to study the Word, to pray, and yes, even to
fast. This is not a time for mourning or giving up potato chips.
Rather, it is a time to renew our devotion and service of the Kingdom.
As we journey toward the cross, we invite you to come to the
church on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:45 pm for study. Soup
will be provided. So come, and let us grow in faith and devotion.
Are you new to the Presbyterian Church (USA)? Are you a frequent worshiper
at South Plains Presbyterian Church? Is church membership something
you are considering? Then I have a Sunday School Class for you!
Beginning Sunday, March 2, and running for 4 consecutive Sundays, Pastor Kevin will be teaching a New Member’s Class, in the second Adult Sunday School Room in the basement of Kirk Hall. Items for discussion will include how the Presbyterian Church came into being, Worship and Sacraments, Why We Do What We Do (government), and South Plains in Particular.
Anyone interested in learning more is welcome to attend.
Massanetta Springs 2014
Mission @ Massanetta
A Fantastic Mission Opportunity for Middle and High School Youth
Mission@Massanetta is reaching record numbers for 2014! Praise the Lord! This program is a fantastic mission opportunity for middle and high school youth. Rebuilding homes, working at the Volunteer Farm, serving at a childcare center, painting low income housing facilities, touching lives for Christ. Over 330 youth and adults are already making plans to come and serve others in the Shenandoah Valley this summer.
We have room for more “mission minded” youth and adults.
Call 540-434-3829 or 888-627-7774 to arrange your work camp.
Glory to God is the title of the new Presbyterian Hymnal. This will be the theme of the upcoming Bible Conference and Church Music Conference. The Bible Conference, a retreat of preaching, teaching, and praise, is powerful and inspirational. The Church Music Conference is one of the finest in the nation, offering training for all church musicians.
The conferences provide programming for all ages - children through adults. This allows Bible Conference adults to attend the Bible study led by the Rev. Dr. Patricia K. Tull entitled Creator and Creation in the Psalms and workshops on a variety of current issues. It enables church Music Conference adults to participate fully in the clinics that hone skills in choral, hand bell, harp, and organ music.
Uplifting and life-changing preaching anchors worship that is filled with musical gifts offered to the glory of God!
A grant has been made available to enable FORTY UNDER FORTY pastors - single or married, including families - to attend. Contact the center for more information.
Monday, April 21 – Friday, April 25, 2014
Massanetta Springs Camp & Conference Center Invites
Pastors, Associate Pastors, Educators, Commissioned Ruling Elders, Musicians, Church Administrators, and
Families to Be Our Guests
Are you ready for a break following Easter? Most pastors, associate pastors, interims, and Commissioned Ruling Elders find that life is pretty busy from Ash Wednesday through the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Would you enjoy a time of rest and respite?
Please come and be our guests. You and your family are welcome to join us anytime between Easter Monday morning and Friday morning, April 21 – 25. You may arrive on Monday and stay as long as you would like. We provide lodging and a free buffet breakfast on Tuesday morning at 8:30. You are welcome to take your meals in the city of Harrisonburg which offers numerous restaurants within five minutes of the center.
You deserve a time for restoration and wholeness. Let Massanetta provide that place of grace and hospitality to you and your family.
To accept this offer (first come, first served), please call Massanetta Springs at 540-434-3829 or toll-free 888-627-7774. You can also reach us at
BITS ‘N PIECES
Camp Hanover is now accepting reservations for Summer Camp 2014. Campers grades 1-12. Call church office for more information or Camp Hanover at 804-779-2811 (www.camphanover.org)
Wal-Mart cards, donations, and best wishes were taken to Union Run Church for the O’Donnell family and for Sadiqh Hussein from South Plains members and friends.
- Charlottesville/Albemarle Relay for Life is a team-based family friendly event and will
be held May 3rd, from 4pm-6am at the Albemarle High School Track. If you would be
interested in creating a Relay Team for this worthy fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, go to the website: www.relayforlife.org/cvilleva.
Our Cents-Ability offering totaled $460.28 this month. This money serves our community and the Presbytery of the James. Thanks for your generosity.
Presbyterian Men’s Conference, July 18-20, Massanetta Springs Conference Center
Middle School Conferences, June and July: www.massanettasprings.org
Thank you Mike Roane for your wonderful photography for our newsletter.