From the Pastor's Pen


Grades 3/4: Brianna Godfrey, Kaden Lyons. Grades 5/6: Romi Landreth, Addison Lyons .... 3/18 Yanhui Hazzard. McKinley Lyons. 3/20 Lisa Franzen.

March 2018

From the Pastor’s Pen The brokenness of humanity was on full display on February 14th in Parkland, Florida as Nikolas Cruz, the man arrested and who has subsequently confessed to this crime, shot and killed 17 people at a local high school and sent 15 more to the hospital with wounds. I cannot fathom the pain that the families must be going through. I cannot fathom the senseless manner in which life was so callously taken. What were the circumstances of this young man’s life that led him to this point? What was poured into his heart that made him so disconnected and willing to throw his life away and to take the lives of so many others? We need to be careful about what we import into our lives. We should be judicious about what we read and watch. The old saying about computers – “Garbage in, garbage out” – is also true for our minds and hearts. Luke 6:45 says: “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” We are a broken people… a sinful and broken people. And it reminds us why we need a Redeemer, One to atone for our sins, One to make us anew and bring healing to our brokenness and our wounds. As we move towards Holy Week and Easter, that is exactly what we find – our Redeemer Jesus Christ. He paid with His life that we might have a new and restored life through Him. Occasionally, something happens to remind us of the evil that is capable of pouring forth from the hearts of human beings. It is not just an indictment of one particular person but of who we are before our holy God. Thank you God for the gift of Your Son, for the comfort Your presence can bring and for the cleansing forgiveness offered to us through Him! “Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

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Inside this issue: Ben’s Bulletin

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Sunday Servants

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Outreach —  Fill the Chancel Steps  WARM  Christmas in April  Save the Date

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Worship —  March Memory Verse

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Congregational Life —  JOY Group  CCC  Yard Sale  Garden Club  Mary/Martha  Yoga  Christian Ed  OCC  Deacon’s Doin’s

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Inspiration

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Just for Fun!

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March Calendar Birthdays and Anniversaries

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BEN’S BULLETIN

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Thankful I’m not “good enough” Luke 23:40-43 “But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Welcome to March! We are in the Lenten season leading up to the day when Christ Jesus was crucified between two criminals. One criminal rebuked Christ, but the other noticed the innocence of Christ and the magnitude of His innocent crucifixion, so in his last moments he chose to place his trust in Jesus. “Remember me” he said, and Jesus replied “today you will be with me in paradise.” There is a common notion throughout the world that if we are “good enough” and if our good outweighs our bad then we will get into heaven. I wonder how many people who believe this have thought this all the way through. If that worldview were true then there would have been no hope for either of the criminals on their crosses. If that worldview were true then there would be no hope for anyone past the age of 50 to change or find redemption. No matter how righteous they lived their life from 51 on they couldn’t tip the scale in their favor. What a flawed way of thinking and ultimately what hopelessness! Thanks be to God that we don’t have to be “good enough.” Thanks be to God for His grace! Thanks be to God for His mercy! Thanks be to God for eternal hope offered to anyone at any point in life. Pastor John Piper recently had a devotion on this same topic he called “The Eleventh Hour” and in it he remarks how great it is that the penitent thief, at the last moments of his life, was promised paradise with Christ. He didn’t have the time or opportunity to be good enough even though his heart had changed. Thanks be to God for hope in Christ! Isn’t that encouraging? Many of us know of and long for certain friends and family members to hear the call and turn to God in Christ Jesus. We long that they would receive the promise of paradise with Christ! Take heart friends, even if God has ordained them to wait until their last breath to turn to Christ they too shall have paradise. We are only good enough when we are in Christ because His righteousness is imparted to us. As we journey closer and closer to the cross with Christ Jesus, may we remember that we only have paradise because of God and what He has done for us, not because we have earned it or because we have been good enough to deserve it. Pastor Ben

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Patuxent Presbyterian News

Sunday Servants If you are unable to serve when scheduled, please attempt to trade with someone or call the coordinator listed for each role. Contact the office if there is a change. Empty cells are an opportunity for YOU to assist in worship! We are in need of a Children’s Church coordinator for the 11:00 a.m. services! If you are interested, please contact one of the Christian Ed Elders. Date

Service

Children’s Church

Time for Young Disciples

8:30

Robert Portillo

Pastor Mike

OPEN

Pastor Mike

Anabel Eschenbrenner

Eileen Miller

OPEN

Eileen Miller

Ryan Kennedy

Rachel Portillo

OPEN

Rachel Portillo

3/4 11:00 8:30

3/11

11:00 8:30

3/18

11:00 8:30

3/25

Tim Unangst

Vincent Landreth Eliza Eschenbrenner

Tim Unangst

Anelisa Graessle Margaret Aaron

Vincent Landreth

OPEN Peter Schumacher

OPEN Karin Stewart 240-577-1023 (early service)

Nursery

Anabel Eschenbrenner

Jakob Wolter

11:00

Coordinators >

Acolyte

Rachel Portillo 301-863-2033

Tim Unangst

Sami Blottenberger

Laura Landreth 240-431-3763

Kim Hagan 240-925-9818

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Outreach Ministry Extend the outreach of the Church through a program of evangelism and Church growth, keeping in mind the Great Commission of Matthew 28:09 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

Recent Efforts Medical Benevolence Foundation service in Haiti presentation – Jeanette and Sam Wolter and Eileen Miller from our congregation served the Lord through a mission trip to Haiti from January 12–20 with the Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF). They shared their story with us on January 28th which was very inspirational and humbling. Help Needed Helpers Overcoming Problems Effectively (HOPE) in St. Mary’s County, is a food pantry actively supported through funds, volunteers and food contributions from our congregation. HOPE is currently in need of short-notice volunteers that can be called to serve. Please contact Mike Paul if you are interested in helping. The Service Makes Individual Lives Exciting (SMILE) Thrift Store in Lusby has an immediate need for volunteer help on Thursday's from 10-2 to help unload donations from donor’s cars. This work is primarily outside. The sales from the store are used to buy the food for the pantry. If you are able to help in this capacity, please contact Kathy Mazur. Upcoming events      

March 4 – Fill the Chancel Steps Kick-Off – Non-perishables for our local food pantries March 6– Outreach Ministry Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the church March 13—”Wrapping Arms ‘Round Many” (WARM) Training at Patuxent Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m. March 18-25– “Wrapping Arms 'Round Many” (WARM) at Patuxent Presbyterian Church April 3– Outreach Ministry Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the church April 28– Christmas in April

Patuxent Presbyterian Church tithes 10% of the budget for Outreach and Mission services. We support these services to share the joy we find in a God-centered life by reaching out locally, nationally, and globally to bring people closer to God. Below are highlighted ministries that we support: Local Ministry of the Month – Christmas in April St. Mary's County, Maryland, Inc. in partnership with the community, rehabilitates the homes of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly and disabled, so that they may live in warmth, safety, and independence. Patuxent Presbyterian Church’s participation and hard work on April 29th, 2017 for Christmas in April’s community project at Camp Maria Retreat Center was greatly appreciated. The volunteers worked throughout the day of service helping to spring clean cabins, readying them for the summer season as well as repaired and painted the cabin shutters and helped with yard work. Camp Maria Retreat Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and celebrated 80 years of service in 2017. Participation by the Patuxent Presbyterian Church volunteers was a huge gift to this ministry. International Ministry of the Month - Joey and Yisel Zorina support the Bridge Church Plant with the mission of making disciples of Jesus by building Gospel-centered relational bridges and multiplying gospel-shaped communities in Tokyo, Japan and the World. The Outreach Ministry has many opportunities to serve. Get off of that couch and contact Mike Paul ([email protected]) and Jeff Pinkel ([email protected] ) to learn how you can help. We are looking for volunteers to help with local events when you have time, so please contact us. You can make a difference!

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Outreach Ministry (cont.)

“Fill The Chancel Steps”

Please bring your nonperishable food donations to the chancel steps any time during the month of March This is a Patuxent Presbyterian Congregation opportunity to serve our community by replenishing the depleted food shelves of our local food pantries, Service Makes Individual Lives Exciting (SMILE) in Calvert County and Helpers Overcoming Problems Effectively (HOPE) in St. Mary’s County. Please place canned goods and any other non-perishable food items on the chancel steps in the sanctuary. We will make deliveries to the pantries as your generous donations accumulate, but we hope to literally “FILL THE CHANCEL STEPS”. Contact the Outreach Ministry (Mike Paul/Jeff Pinkel) if you have questions. Luke 3:11 ‐”And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.””

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WARM March 18-25 Every year for the past 6 years we have had the privilege of housing up to 25 homeless people for a week in the winter. The program is called WARM (Wrapping Arms 'Round Many) and it was started 9 years ago when a homeless person died from exposure on the steps of Lexington Park Methodist Church. Twenty two churches in our area take turns hosting and our week is March 18-March 25. In effect we set up a hotel in the Fellowship Hall for the homeless, providing dinner, a safe warm place for our guests to sleep, monitoring through the night, and breakfast the following morning. The setup process starts on the afternoon of March 18 at 1 p.m. (note this is a change in time due to an event in the Fellowship Hall in the morning), and the teardown and delivery of the cots and associated equipment takes place on the morning of March 25. There are over 150 opportunities to participate in our WARM week, so it's a large undertaking and many volunteer opportunities are still available. The hospitality and generosity of our congregation has been tested every year and we've always come through. Join us again this year as we work to support the less fortunate in our community. Signup is in the Narthex and we will be holding our second training session on Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The training is primarily aimed at those who may be taking on a new responsibility or for those who haven't Participated in WARM before. Our leadership team consists of Rachel Portillo (recruiting), Cherie Crescini (kitchen) and Bruce Dale (operations). For questions on the training contact Bruce Dale (301-904-4501), [email protected]

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Outreach Ministry (cont.)

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SAVE THE DATE CHRISTMAS IN APRIL 2018

Christmas in April, St. Mary’s County, Inc. is gearing up for its 26th year of improving the quality of life for the low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners in our community. As a church, Patuxent Presbyterian Church has been supporting this effort for several years, both monetarily and with volunteer workers to help with a number of housing needs. Whether it is siding, roofing, windows, flooring, wheelchair ramps, plumbing, electrical issues or yard work, volunteers are needed each year to work for one day to help improve one home.

The blessing you will receive from doing this work is far more beneficial to each one that helps than to those we assist. Volunteers must be 14 by April 8th. Anyone between 14 and 18 must have an adult chaperone. A sign up sheet will be in the Narthex. We must give Christmas in April a list of volunteers by the 14th of March in order for them to ensure crews are placed adequately. For more information please call Leon Anderson (301-904-2096) or Tim Springer (301-997-6955), with the Outreach committee. If you have the time on the 28th of April to help we urge you to sign up. You will be glad you did!

Footprints for Faith, Inc. (501c3) Fundraiser Kickin’ It Up for CuddleCots Friday, May 4th, 6:00 – 10:30 p.m.

Saddle up and put on your boots! Footprints for Faith presents “Kickin' It Up” for CuddleCots featuring John Luskey and Robbie Boothe! There will be great food catered by Personalized Touch Catering, fabulous entertainment, a cash bar, and an amazing silent auction ALL from local vendors. Kick up your boots, raise a glass, empty your pockets, and keep it local! All Proceeds to benefit Footprints for Faith, Inc. and the purchase of a CuddleCot for MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. For more information, please contact Patuxent Presbyterian Church members: Nancy Krasnesky - [email protected] or Erin Gaddis - [email protected] The mission of Footprints for Faith is to raise Awareness of the impact of poor prenatal diagnosis, perinatal loss/stillbirth, and neonnatal/infant loss by educating healthcare professionals, families, and the community at large through literature, trainings, and awareness campaigns. Foot prints for Faith provides resources, comfort, and support to families who have lost a baby, including preparation for compassionate care, remembrance gifts, and bereavement/grief support. A CuddleCot is an in-room cooling unit that is the size of a small humidifier disguised inside of a Moses basket. Research has proven having a unit available to parents while they are in the hospital encourages families to spend time with their baby. This gift of time allows precious hours for bonding, pictures and/or plaster molds to be taken, and other family members to come and meet the baby before the natural changes that occur in death become more apparent. Website: http://footprintsforfaith.weebly.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FootprintsForFaith/ Event tickets: https://kickin-it-up-for-cuddle-cots.eventbrite.com

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A Note from Worship

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Sunday Communion Service: March 4th 8:30 intinction 11:00 plate 8:30 intinction 11:00 intinction (Easter Sunday) April 1st Maundy Thursday Communion Service: March 29th 7:30 p.m. intinction Looking ahead: Talent Show Saturday, March 3rd 6:30 p.m. (Visual Arts open at 6:00 p.m.) HMC Singers Sunday, March 18th 11:00 a.m. service Holy Week (See details below) March 25th-29th Easter Sunday April 1st 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Community Church Choir concert to benefit Hope and SMILE Saturday, May 5th

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Talent Show and Visual Arts: Our Annual Talent Show is being held on Saturday, March 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. This is a fun filled night that lets us celebrate and enjoy the multi-talents of all ages in our congregation. Plus, this also includes our 2nd Annual Visual Arts Show. The visual arts will be on display in the Fellowship Hall. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. Plus, the displays will remain up for enjoyment through Sunday morning. One Great Hour of Sharing Donation: One Great Hour of Sharing is an offering that makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict, or severe economic hardship, and for those who serve them through gifts of money and time. This is an ecumenically supported outreach facilitated by our denomination. Special offering envelopes will be in the seat backs on Sunday, March 11, 18 and 25. For more information, or to donate online, please go to: (http://onegreathourofsharing.org) Easter Week Services: Sunday, March 25th - Palm Sunday - 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. services. Marking the day Jesus entered the streets of Jerusalem, palm branches distributed at this service symbolize His ‘future’ (Easter) victory over death. th  Thursday, March 29 - Maundy Thursday - Communion Service 7:30 p.m. This day commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with His disciples, on the night in which He was betrayed. This event recorded in Luke 22: 19-20 is the biblical basis for Communion. th  Friday, March 30 - Good Friday - 7:30 p.m. Tenebrae Service reflects the suffering and death of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, on the cross. This service of candles and darkness is an especially moving time for reflection in our own hearts. st  Sunday, April 1 - Easter Sunday - 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. This is a glorious celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, our Living Lord and Savior! The darkness from Friday has been replaced with the visual beauty of lilies and azaleas, and the choir’s rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus is not to be missed! 

The Worship Ministry Needs your help! Sunday mornings are filled with music, joy, and the love of God as we gather together to worship Him in our lovely sanctuary. There are MANY people contributing to make this possible, and we are always happy to add new volunteers! Your efforts and ideas are welcome – want more information? Just contact Cindy Johnson or Kathy Mazur. Audio System Operators Needed: As part of our audio-visual team, you will have the opportunity to sign up in advance for dates to work the soundboard system. Not sure what this is all about? A training class will be provided to all interested so you can determine if this is an area in which you’d like to serve. Please contact either Tim Springer of Geoffrey Engel for more information about the next training session. Video System Operators Needed: Do you like working with computers? Then we need your help during Sunday morning services to assist with the video presentations. Training will be provided. If interested, or for more information, please contact Pastor Ben Garris at the church office. New team members for both Audio and Visual are especially needed at the 11:00 a.m. service! Please prayerfully consider if this may be for you. (Service learning hours can also be provided for the schools if needed.)

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March Memory Verse “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:17

Congregational Life JOY Group Gathering What:

Ward Virts Concert Series featuring Michael Kannen, Cellist

Where:

College of Southern Maryland in Prince Frederick 115 J. W. Williams Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678

When:

Sunday, March 11, at 3:00 p.m. The concert is FREE. No reservations are required

After the Concert Meal:

Time:

Salsa’s Mexican Café in Lusby Shopping Center 11787 H G Trueman Road Lusby, MD 20657 Between 4:30 – 5:00 p.m., depending on length of concert

Reservations: Call Barbara Engle (301-475-3710) or send an email message to [email protected] by Thursday, March 8, 2018. I will need to call the restaurant with a count.

If you plan to join us for the meal, you need to make a reservation. Your choice: Join us just for the concert Join us just for the meal Join us for the concert and the meal

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Congregational Life Cont.

Creative Christian Cooks’ Morsels

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Garden Club News

The Creative Christian Cooks will not be meeting in March to cook because our regular cooking week is the same as the week of WARM at the church. In February we prepared and froze meals to deliver in March so St. Mary’s Caring and Three Oaks will still receive their regular deliveries. We will resume cooking on the third Wednesday of April. For more information, call Becky Stevens at 301-481-0521.

Saturday, MAY 5th Pax Pres Indoor Yard Sale! Doing your spring cleaning? Just moved or about to move? We need the stuff you don't! We accept clothing (all sizes), children's toys, books, electronics and small appliances (working condition), household items, small-sized furniture. Regretfully, we do not accept exercise equipment, large appliances, and video tapes (they just don’t sell). We will begin accepting donations Sunday, April 29th. If you are looking for an opportunity to get involved--this is it! It's a great way to meet people. There will be a Yard Sale sign up sheet in the Narthex beginning in April. We will need the most help on May 3rd, 4th, and 5th sorting, pricing, arranging, and then selling. No previous experience is needed. Also, later on the 5th, we are very appreciative of those who can help haul away yard sale leftovers.. Please save your plastic grocery bags, paper bags, and cardboard boxes (around 10x12x8 inches), extra large Ziploc bags or drapery/linen packaging (bags with zippers). If you have a portable clothes rack that we can borrow for a week, please let us know. Please contact Cindy Romano at 301-737-2381 or [email protected] for more information. Hope to see you!

The Mulch is coming! The Mulch is coming! Your hard-working Garden Club needs your help on Saturday, March 24th to help put down the mulch in all the landscaped beds! This is in conjunction with the Church Work Day, so please plan on helping! No experience required! Got any houseplants that you’re tired of? Got iris or liriope taking over your yard, and you want to dig them up and try something new? Donate them to the Garden Club Plant Sale! It will be held in conjunction with the yard sale on May 5th. Come by and look for something different! Also, if you are willing to snip off shoots and root them to grow new plants, please get those started NOW, otherwise they may not be strong enough to be transplanted in time. Although the Groundhog might not agree, it appears that spring is coming early this year! All around the church daffodil bulbs and day lilies are pushing up through the grounds and the weeds will not be far behind! We’ll be starting our regular “weed patrol” March 13th, and every Tuesday morning for a few hours trying to prevent those weeds from taking over! Please join us for 15-30 minutes or longer on any Tuesday. ALL ARE WELCOME! Questions about any of this? Contact Ken Reamy ([email protected]) or Patsy Schumacher ([email protected]). THANK YOU! We hope you enjoyed all the various and delicious treats the Garden Club provided while hosting Coffee Break on February 11th! Special thanks for the beautiful arrangements of flowers in the pink “watering cans” on the tables, provided by Hazel Stotler and Alicia Smith. Adding to their tasteful and tasty contributions were: Rita Reeves, Ken & Jean Reamy, Gloria Brady, Coralie Adams, Glenda Lytle, Patsy Schumacher, John Dixon, Diane Kleinschmidt, and Betsy Kebaugh (Hope we didn’t forget anyone!). We also took down the Christmas lights on February 10th! We were so grateful for the help from the Eschenbrenner family; very helpful to have younger people to climb the trees and untangle the lights that have been blowing around for several months. A special thank you to Jack Landreth, Ken & Jean Reamy, and John Dixon who helped remove the stumps of the junipers by the church sign, on a very cold and windy February 17th! They are real troopers!

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Patuxent Presbyterian News

Congregational Life

Women’s Ministry Mary/Martha Circle of the Presbyterian Women The Mary/Martha Circle met on Thursday, February 1st. Reverend Jones came to visit our Circle and led us in prayer. Our treasurer, Barbara Engle, gave the January report of deposits and expenditures. New greeting cards can be donated to support the Kairos Prison Ministry in Troy, North Carolina. Please put the cards in the red and green plaid box on the front table in the narthex. Please continue to support the food pantries of HOPE and SMILE by bringing canned foods such as soups, veggies, fruit, jams, jellies, and peanut butter. The bins are by the front office door. Patty Smith led our lesson entitled “Joy in Christ’s Righteousness” based on Philippians 3:1-11 in our study book “Discovering the Joy of Jesus”. Patty told us that she will be returning to the mission field and going to Lima, Peru at the end of March. We thank her for serving as our moderator and leading us in our monthly Bible studies. She always interspersed memories of her years as a missionary in numerous countries around the world with the scripture that we were studying. We truly appreciate all that she has done for us and we will surely miss her. Support for the annual Blanket Drive for Church World Service has been great. The final total will be available at a later date. Mary Martha Circle will be hosting Coffee Break after each worship service on Sunday, March 4th. We look forward to seeing everyone there. We will also help to support the WARM program which houses and feeds the homeless from March 18th to March 25th. Our next meeting of the Mary/Martha Circle will be held on Thursday, March 1st, in room 108. We gather at 9:30 a.m. for coffee, tea, and refreshments. At 10:00 a.m. we will have a short business meeting. Please read lesson 6 entitled “Joy in God’s Will” based on Philippians 3:12-21. We will conclude our meeting with a salad luncheon to honor Patty Smith. We welcome all ladies to join our Christian fellowship!

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YOGA Classes Monday nights in the Fellowship Hall 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Join us for a while on Monday evenings to de-stress your mind, while stretching and strengthening your body. Whether you have done Yoga before or not, the class is suitable for all levels. The cost is $12 per session or $60 for a six-week session (March 5 th through April 9th is the next session) Our certified and registered Yoga Instructor is Gina Guffey. Any questions, please contact her at 301-475-7960 or the church contact, Marci Turner at 301-373-4280.

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Patuxent Presbyterian News

Christian Ed

Congregational Life (cont.)

CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Is Sunday School Important? Life can be hectic, and it can be a challenge to get your child to Sunday school. However, having the support of Sunday school can be very beneficial in teaching your child God’s word through Scripture. 1. Learn About God—Children will be taught ageappropriate lessons to meet their comprehension level and interest. 2. Find Mentors—Sunday school teachers working as mentors to children can provide another source of guidance in a child’s spiritual education. 3. Make Friends—As children play and learn together during Sunday school, they will be able to form healthy friendships with children whose parents have the same priorities as you. 4. Form Good Habits—Consistently taking children to church when they are young will help them learn the good habits of church attendance. They will benefit from the knowledge they gain in Sunday school throughout their lives. Congratulations to the following students for perfect attendance in January. 3 -Year Olds: Grades 1/2: Grades 3/4: Grades 5/6: Grades 7/8:

McKinley Lyons Henry Jones, Emma Smith Brianna Godfrey, Kaden Lyons Romi Landreth, Addison Lyons Josh Blottenberger, Sydni Kronewetter, Vincent Landreth, Ashley Smalley, Anelisa Graessle High School: Peter Schumacher, Margaret Aaron, Samantha Blottenberger, Cole Kronewetter, Jacob Blottenberger, Cara Correll, Jay Tracy Upcoming Events Palm Sunday: 3 year olds– 2nd grade students will participate in the “Palm Sunday Procession” during the 11:00 a.m. service. nd

Scripture Easter Egg Hunt: 3 year olds-2 grade students will have a Scripture Easter Egg Hunt during Sunday school on Easter Sunday. (Thank you for your egg carton donations!)

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Operation Christmas Child (OCC) Shopping ideas for March (emphasis on items for 2-4 yr. old boxes). 

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Mild bar soap (can use soap from hotels; also Walmart and Target have 3-packs of Ivory soap for $1.00-1.25. Proctor and Gamble often has Ivory soap coupons at https://www.pgeveryday.com/ add a washcloth (these are cheaper when you buy them in multi-packs) School supplies- Crayons or markers and paper is all a 2-4 year old really needs. A pair of scissors can be helpful for developing fine motor skills. You don’t need to buy a special coloring book or drawing pad. You can make your own! A toothbrush (we are soliciting donations again from local dentists) Clothing: You can find great deals on 3T, 4T and size 4 clothing on the clearance racks at Kohl’s, JC Penney, Walmart and Target. Since their clothing is so small, any type will fit. WOW items include stuffed animals, dolls, larger balls, pre-school sized cars and trucks, and musical instruments. Keep in mind you should remove packaging if possible—it’s easier to fit in a shoebox and less trash for the recipient. Check for 50% off Easter items the first week of April. Filler items include: Reusable plastic containers: cup, water bottle, plate, bowl, blunt-edged utensils (Consider filling an empty container with nonliquid items such as hair bows, bracelets, sunglasses, colorful Band-Aids or washcloths to maximize the space. Keep bringing in your empty shoeboxes! We can use shoe boxes of all sizes to get our packing started early.

Would you like to be part of the Operation Christmas Child Team? Contact Rachel Portillo at [email protected] to find out how you can help.

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Patuxent Presbyterian News

VBS 2018!! Leaders still needed for this year! Please prayerfully consider contributing to this outreach. Check for needs by the display in the Narthex or contact Laura Landreth at: 240-431-3763 or [email protected] NEXT PHASE: Station & Guide volunteer sign-ups (first come, first serve). Sign-up sheets will be placed in the Narthex on Sunday, April 8th at 9:40 a.m.

Deacons’ Doin’s “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10

Lenten Challenge: 40 Days of Service The Deacons thank all those who were able to join us for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. This season of Lent, we would like to challenge our church family to commit to 40 days of service. Take someone a meal (5 Loaves), visit or call someone (Human Connection), offer to drive someone to their doctor’s appointment (Transportation), help someone with simple household repairs (James Gang), pray for a friend (join e-prayer). Also, there are great service opportunities with WARM. Look for the sign up table in the Narthex. Please contact Patsy Davidson at [email protected] and join us at the next Congregational Care Ministry meeting on March 6th, 6:00 p.m. in the church parlor.

“This is the time, no more delay, This is the acceptable day, Come in, this moment, at his call, And live for him who died for all.” –Charles Wesley

Save the Dates:

March 18-24, WARM May 3, Thursday, National Day of Prayer May 12, Saturday, Blue Crabs Game June 3, Sunday, Church Picnic, after the 2nd Service, at the Church

Congregational Care Ministry, “The body of Christ doing the mission of Christ” The Congregational Care Ministry places Abbey Press Care Notes in the Fellowship Hall entrance near the elevator. They cover a variety of topics such as dealing with loss, health, and aging. Please take them for yourself or to share with others. Submitted by Cindy Romano, Deacon Secretary, [email protected]

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Torch The torch primarily represents the Passion of Christ, perhaps because he was arrested and tried during the night, when the Temple guard would have used torches for light. The torch also can symbolize spiritual enlightenment, or martyrdom for the sake of the gospel.

“Wind of God” Tiny breeze or mighty wind, swirling round as God commands. Hats go flying. Branches bend. Little seeds spread through the lands. God Almighty makes the wind; great big gusts can shape the sands. Awesome is the power of God, when even wind obeys his plans. —MaryAnn Sundby

Making the common sacred First Corinthians 10:31 (ESV) reminds us, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Author E.M. Bounds describes this mind-set as a “spirit of devotion” that “puts God in all things … not merely in our praying and churchgoing.” He writes: “The spirit of devotion makes the common things of earth sacred and the little things great. With this spirit of devotion, we go to business on Monday directed by the very same influence, and inspired by the same influences, by which we went to church on Sunday. The spirit of devotion makes a Sabbath out of Saturday and transforms the shop and the office into a temple of God.” 'Inwardly Strong Through Christ Outwardly Focused for Christ'

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8:30 am Worship 9:45 am Sunday School 11:00 am Worship

5:45 pm SMYOC Choir rehearsal, Choir Rm

10:00 am Tuesday Morning SG, Rm 110

6:30 am Men’s SG, Parlor

10:00 am Prayer Group, Sanctuary

6:15 pm Yoga—FH

5:45 pm Volleyball, FH

5:00 pm SMCR Executive Committee Meeting, Rm. 108

8:00 am GS Troop 1678 Training, Downstairs CR

5:45 pm Handbell Practice, Choir Room

7:00 pm Session Meeting, Rm 108

6:00 pm MS YG, JH

9:30 am Mary Martha Circle, Rm 108

6:00 pm Indoor Soccer, FH

7:00 pm Indoor Soccer, FH

8:00 am Men’s Prayer Breakfast, FH 12:00 pm A.A. Meeting, JH

7:00 p.m. Choir Practice, Choir Rm.

6:00 pm Church Talent/Art Show, Sanctuary & FH

7:15 pm HS YG, JH

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8:30 am Worship 9:45 am Sunday School 11:00 am Worship

5:45 pm SMYOC Choir rehearsal, Choir Rm

10:00 am Tuesday Morning Bible Study, Room 110

5:00 pm SMCR Board Meeting, Parlor

6:30 am Men’s SG, Parlor

10:00 am Prayer Group, Sanctuary

5:45 pm Volleyball, FH

6:00 pm Indoor Soccer, FH

7:00 pm Indoor Soccer, FH

11:00 am COSMIC Concert, Sanctuary & Choir Rm.

7:00 pm Ministry Meetings, Classrooms

6:00 pm MS Youth Group, JH

5:45 pm Handbell Choir, Choir Room

6:15 pm Yoga, FH

7:00 pm Choir Practice, Choir Rm. 7:15 pm HS Youth Group, JH

12:00 pm A.A. Meeting, JH

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2018 Sun 11 Daylight Savings Time Begins 8:30 am Worship 9:45 am Sunday School 11:00 am Worship 12:00 pm Youth Group Lunch, JH

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5:45 pm SMYOC Choir 10:00 am Tuesday rehearsal, Choir Rm Morning SG, Rm 110 6:15 pm Yoga—FH

5:45 pm Handbell Choir Practice, Choir Room

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8:30 am Worship 9:45 am Sunday School 11:00 am Worship—HMC Singers to perform

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5:45 pm Volleyball, FH

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6:00 pm Boy Scout Roundtable, FH & Classrooms

6:30 am Men’s SG, Parlor

10:00 am Prayer Group, Sanctuary

6:00 pm MS YG, JH

7:00 pm Indoor Soccer, FH

10:00 am VanMeter Eagle Court of Honor, Sanctuary & FH

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5:45 pm SMYOC Choir 10:00 am Tuesday Morning SG, Rm 110 rehearsal, Choir Rm

12:15 pm New Members Luncheon, FH

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12:00 pm A.A. Meeting, JH

7:15 pm HG YG, JH

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6:00 pm MS YG, JH 7:00 p.m. Choir Practice, Choir Rm.

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6:30 am Men’s SG, Parlor

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10:00 am Prayer Group, Sanctuary

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9:00 am Church Work Day, Churchwide 12:00 pm A.A. Mtg, Joshua House

7:15 pm HS YG, JH

5:45 pm Handbell Practice, Choir Room 25

Palm Sunday W.A.R.M.

8:30 am Worship 9:45 am Sunday School 11:00 am Worship 5:45 pm Handbell Practice, Choir Room

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5:45 pm SMYOC Choir 10:00 am Tuesday rehearsal, Choir Rm Morning SG, Rm 110 6:15 pm Yoga—FH

5:45 pm Volleyball, FH

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29 Maundy Thursday

5:00 pm SMCR Executive Cmte Mtg, Parlor

6:30 am Men’s SG, Parlor

6:00 pm Indoor Soccer, FH 6:00 pm MS YG, JH 7:00 pm Choir Practice, Choir Rm. 7:15 pm HS YG, JH

7:00 pm Indoor Soccer, FH

30 Good Friday Office Closed 10:00 am Prayer Group, Sanctuary

31 12:00 pm A. A. Mtg, Joshua House

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