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Week of 3/8/2020

Altar Flowers: Thank you to all who signed up to donate flowers for 2020. There are dates still dates Available.

Easter Lilies:  Help celebrate Easter Sunday and beautify the Worship Center by purchasing a Lily. We need 32 members to place their orders and payment by Sunday March 29. The cost is $9.00 and you will receive your Lily at the end service on Easter Sunday. Order forms are available please turn your completed forms and money into Lynne Blalock or Karen Brentley or place into the offering basket.

A NOTE FROM THE HEART:  Rev. Jéaninne L. Walker and New Vision UMC, thank you so much for the beautiful service for my Cousin, Anna Powell.  The remarks from her church family were touching.  Thank to you, Rev. Walker and congregation for all you have done for Anna and our family.  Prayers in love Donna Boyd, Anna’s cousin

Follow Along – We will now be using the Christian Standard version/translation of the bible. This is the translation which we currently have at the church. So, now everyone can grab a bible and follow along.

Join us for “A PERFECT LOVE” BIBLE STUDY this Lenten Season.  It will be offered on Thursdays at 11:30 am beginning March 5, 2020 and on Tuesday at 6 pm beginning March 10, 2020.  Please join us if you can.

Lenten Sacrificial offering: The Lenten season is here and we are asked to reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus made for our lives.  We are challenged to see what sacrifices we can make in honor of Jesus sacrifice for us.    We have all experienced the turmoil of the beginning of this year with personal loss, church and family loss, home expenditures and unexpected church expenditures, health challenges and other life changes.  How can you honor God?  Envelopes will be available through Lent for you to donate to our church to help with some of these issues.  We will have a major effort to help with the debt for the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning system (HVAC).  We also have to complete our lighting in some of our main areas.  Whatever is on your heart, please search yourself for what you can do to support our church at this time.  Thank you.

LEAD TEAM: The Lead Team Meeting is March 19 at 6 pm.

New Vision you are invited to:  Our next choir outreach program will be at the Taft Museum of Art. Our choir has been asked to sing at the House Party event , on Thursday March 12, 2020. It will be a wonderful community event, featuring, music, food, art and art making activities. The free event is from 5:00-8:00 pm. Location 316 Pike Street Cincinnati Ohio 45202. Web: taft museum.org Our music program will begin at 7 pm with an original poem reading by Eileen Thomas, then our New Vision Choir will sing 3 selections. The music program will echo the spirit of creativity from our ancestors highlighted in the exhibition titled, “Journey to Freedom”. Ramon will be driving the Church Van. Please contact Ramon or Marchelle to confirm a seat on the New Vision van at 739-7607. Contact Cynthia Lockhart if you have any questions about the event at 324-7901.

It’s a NEW VISION for our children and youth.   Our young people ages 3 to 18 and their parents are invited to be here on March 14th from 3-5 pm for food and fellowship. SAVE the DATE for the 2020 kickoff of our New Vision Children and Youth Ministry.

UMW:  The pledge cards for the UMW are located at the Welcome Center please pick one up.  Pledge cards may be returned to Helen Merritt or Geraldine Calmeise or at our next meeting March 14, 10 am.  There will be a continental breakfast and a guest speaker.  Please plan to attend.

UMCOR SUNDAY March 22:   your contribution ensures UMCOR’s response in time of crisis.  Please give generously.

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning system (HVAC):  The Leadership Team has confirmed the contract with the Trane Company to purchase and install replacement equipment for our entire HVAC system.  The total cost is $87,834 over 5 years.  The first phase is our new 30 Ton Air handler unit and our new system controls.  This will be completed within the next 5 weeks.  We also have a maintenance agreement for 5 years on the equipment. We looked at temporary heating solutions and they are very costly.  We appreciate everyone’s support in managing upstairs temporarily.  We will do everything we can to improve on the schedule.  We had to take out a $30,000 loan to make the down payment and we would like to pay this down as quickly as possible.  We will have monthly payments to pay the balance of the equipment.    Many people have asked how to support this effort.  The time is now.  Please designate your contribution for the HVAC system on your envelope.  We thank those who have already contributed. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Ron Coleman, Kathye Lewis Norman or Ken Parker.

SAVE THE DATE:  Evening Of Elegance Fundraiser 2020, Friday July 19, 2020, 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.

The CEG annual GALA will be held on June 26, 2020 at the Sharonville Convention Center.  There will be information available at the Welcome Center desk.  The Keynote speaker will be Dr. Deforest B. Soaries, Jr., Pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, Somerset, NJ.  More information will be upcoming.

FOOD PANTRY:   Donations for the month of March Jell-O and Chicken Vienna sausages.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER:

A Lifetime of Giving

What will your obituary read?  Will people be able to say that you gave to help others?  With so many deaths surrounding us, sometimes you find yourself reflecting on what you have done in life.  God encourages us to give, in His word and He prescribes how to give to his church. We are to make sure we handle our gifts following His word.  Our tithe of 10% is a baseline and our gifts over and above are our blessings overflowing. Leaving a legacy is also important.  Many people include the church in their legacy gifts.  This is a time of awakening.  We all have much to be thankful for and we also have much to give.  If we keep love first in our hearts, giving will be our best reward.