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PLAN NOW TO JOIN US for a “Shrove Tuesday pancake breakfast on Sunday” Sunday, February 11. Youth and adults going to Bangor, Wisconsin to work at Children’s Vision Int., Inc. in June will serve breakfast before and after worship at ENL. Come one...come all.

FIRST COMMUNION CLASS FOR FIFTH GRADERS (AND OTHERS) WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY AFTERNOONS–March 4, 11, 18, 25...All fifth graders (and others) and their parents are invited to take part in First Communion instruction which will take place on four consecutive Sunday afternoons, following worship. On March 4, 11, 18, 25 we will meet for a light lunch at ENL, and continue with instruction until about 3pm. On March 25 the students will bake the bread for their first communion. The students will be invited to commune for the first time on Maundy Thursday, March 29. Parents (and others) are also invited to attend these classes to renew their appreciation of the sacrament even as they help prepare their child for receiving this great gift from God.

THE TRADITION OF IMPOSING ASHES...Ash Wednesday is named for the practice of imposing ashes. The use of ashes as a sign of repentance is an ancient practice, often mentioned in Scripture. The early Christian church accepted the use of ashes from Jewish practice as an external mark of penitence. Why do we use such an ancient symbol now? Ashes symbolize several aspects of our human experience.

1) They remind us that we are mortal and finite. God said to Adam and Eve, “Dust you are and to dust you shall return.” (Gen. 3:19)

2) Ashes suggest cleansing and renewal. In ancient times, ashes were used in the absence of soap. On Ash Wednesday the ashes are a penitential substitute for water as a reminder of our baptism. Just as water both drowns and refreshes, so too ashes are a symbol of both death and renewal (as fields are sometimes burned in the spring to prepare for new growth.)

3) Ashes suggest repentance.

On Ash Wednesday, February 14, worship will begin at 7:00pm. Ashes will be offered, but are not required.

 

SAVE THE DATE! You are cordially invited to an evening of love, friendship, family and fun at the Norway Lake Lutheran Parish Valentine's Dinner. Sponsored as a fund-raiser for the "Hustlin' to Houston" youth attending the National Youth Gathering, this evening event will be held Saturday, February 10 at First Lutheran Church. Seating will begin at 6:30pm. You and your guests will be treated to an elegant sit-down meal, sparkling beverages and a delectable dessert. There will be entertainment provided, as well as a photo booth with each guest receiving a printed photo, and a special door prize for a lucky guest. This is a perfect event for sweethearts, a group of friends or families looking for an evening of wonderful food and fellowship. Please call the parish office to sign up. The cost is $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased through Feb. 4. Please indicate the number in your party so a table can be reserved for you.

Could you SPARE some change to support a confirmation student who would like to Bowl For Hospice on Saturday, February 24? Each bowler is asked to raise a minimum of a $20.00 donation which enables them to bowl two games and they will receive a t-shirt. You could STRIKE a deal with them (with no SPLIT decision) by leaving a contribution in the basket in the narthex on February 18. The donations will then be divided among the confirmation student bowlers. All donations will go toward direct patient care for Rice Hospice patients. Mange Tusen Takk!
 

LOOKING AHEAD TO THE LENTEN SEASON....Our 40-day journey of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday worship on February 14 at FL, at 7:00pm. Supper will be served by the youth beginning at 5:30pm. Confirmation classes will not meet during the Lenten season, but students will be invited to volunteer to help with meals, assist with worship, and are expected to attend worship.

Supper will be served from 5:30-6:30pm followed by worship at 7:00pm. Our Lenten theme is “Word Alone...Grace Alone...Faith Alone” based on the Apostles’ Creed. 

**We would also like to spend time before worship – about 6:40pm, reading a children’s book based on the evening’s theme. This will be done in the front pews of the sanctuary. Adults are also welcome to listen in and to volunteer to be readers! Here is the midweek Lenten schedule:

February 14 – Ash Wednesday Worship with Holy Communion; Imposition of Ashes

5:30p Supper served by the NLP Youth at FL

7:00p Worship at FL

February 21 – “Word Alone...I believe in God the Father Almighty”

5:30p Supper served by the ENL Altar Guild

6:40p Books: “Creation” by Cynthia Rylant; “What a Wonderful World” by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss

7:00p Worship at ENL

February 28 – “Word Alone...Creator of heaven and earth”

5:30p Supper served by the Youth travelling to CVII Bangor, WI

6:40p Book: “We’re All Wonders” by R.J. Palacio

7:00p Worship at FL

March 7 – “Grace Alone...I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son.”

5:30p Supper served by the Norway Lake Bobbers

6:40p Books: “God’s Dream” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams; “Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You” by Nancy Tillman

7:00p Worship at ENL

March 14 – “Grace Alone...Jesus Christ...our Lord”

5:30p Supper served by the FL Altar Guild

6:40p Book: “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein

7:00p Worship at FL

March 21 – “Faith Alone...I believe in the Holy Spirit”

5:30p Supper served by “Hustlin’ to Houston” Youth Group

6:40p Books: “You’re Here for a Reason” by Nancy Tillman; “Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox

7:00p Worship at ENL

March 29 – Maundy Thursday Worship with Holy Communion

5:30p Parish Potluck Supper at ENL

7:00p Worship at ENL

March 30 – Good Friday Service of Tenebrae (Darkness)

7:00p Worship at FL

April 1 – Easter Sunday, Holy Communion

7:00a Sunrise worship at FL

8:30a Easter Breakfast at FL

9:30a Festival Worship at ENL