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Easter is On the Way

Lent begins Ash Wednesday, March 5th.

Please join us for worship at 7:00 pm.

Ash Wednesday is the traditional start of Lent. The historic focus of this day is to remind us of the pervasiveness of human sin and of the inevi-tability of human death. Ashes, the traditional sign of grief and mourning, have been adopted by Christians as a sign of our own sinful mortality.
 
Our service on Ash Wednesday will remind us of our sinful mortality and the grace God offers in forgiveness and acceptance. In keeping with the mood of the day, the service will be quiet and reflective. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is part of the service.
 
Our individual meditations during the service will be based on these scriptures: Isaiah 58:1-9a, Psalm 51, and Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21.
 
Please join us on Ash Wednesday for worship.

Heifer Mission Project

Our Sunday School children are again collecting for the Heifer Project through Lent. 

With gifts of livestock and training, Heifer helps families improve their nutrition and generate a sustainable income. The animals become "living loans" as families agree to pass on one of the animal's offspring to another family in need – creating an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.

Donations can be made in our tall tube for quarters or in the piggy bank at coffee hour.  We also hope the children will participate in selling animal crackers at the Vendor/Craft Fair on March 8th. Checks are also gratefully accepted.  Make a check to Pine Grove, put it in a pew envelope, and be sure to write “Heifer” in the memo section. Thanks!!

Summer Camping Opportunities

Registration for the Upper New York Annual
conference Summer Camping Program is now open. If a child or youth attended Camp last summer they should receive registration information in the mail. If they do not receive the information, or you have a child or youth that has not attended camp before, but may be interested, Dave Suits, the PGUMC camping coordinator has registration information available. The Conference has 5 camping sites located in various regions of the Conference. The one closest to the Albany area is Skye Farm Camp located just off Exit 24, Bolton Landing of the Northway.

Any camper having received the registration information who is interested in attending this summer should get their application to Dave Suits as soon as possible to help ensure they get their first choice of camp.

Pine Grove provides a campership covering 50% of the registration cost to all returning campers, and a campership covering the full cost for up to 3 children or youth from our church who have not attended camp in the past.

On Sunday, March 9th there will be a presentation about the camping program during the chapel time for Sunday School. Parents are encouraged to attend this along with their children. Camps for those entering 3rd grade through 12th grade run from Sunday afternoon to the following Friday evening. There are half week camps for younger children also.


Hope to see you on the 9th!
    

Sharing our Joys and Concerns – Prayers at Work

We are blessed in so many ways at our church. One of those be close to my heart is our Prayer Connections.  We have a prayer vine and prayer phone tree. Any time you check "Put on Prayer Vine" on the yellow Joys and Concerns pew slips, they are added to the email prayer list and prayer phone tree. Jan Potter coordinates our phone prayer tree. Sue Carroll sends out the email prayers. If you would like to be included on either chain, please call Jan Potter at 869-1277 or email Sue at scarrol1@nycap.rr.com

Thanks again for all who participate in these prayers




Please mark your calendars now for services on:

Maundy Thursday ~ April 17th ~ 7 pm
Good Friday ~ April 18th ~ 7 pm
Easter Sunday ~ April 20th ~ 10:30 am 

New Bible Study to Begin

A new Bible study, "Caring for God's Gift....Earth," will begin on Sunday March 9th,and run for 6 Sundays, ending on Palm Sunday. There are over 230 verses in the Bible related to the earth and the environment. We will look at many of these and talk about how they may apply to us today.

The study will be led by Dave Suits and will be Sunday afternoons 4 - 6 pm. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dave either Sundays in Church, or at 869-9436. He will see that you receive material related to the study.

Spring Vendor/Craft Fair - Saturday March 8th, 10 AM - 3 PM

Spring Vendor/Craft Fair, coordinated by Tina Bailey, is scheduled from 10 am - 3 pm.  There will be new crafters at this event – with over 25 booths and no room for more! By having these fairs, we receive approximately $600-$1,000 for the church each year. Please come out and support the people who are helping to support the church. 

There will be free prize basket drawings to enter.  If you have any questions, please contact Tina at 456-7130 or tbailey@nycap.rr.com. 

Volunteers in Mission Trip Opportunities

Rev. Jane and Dan Baker are participating in the Belfast Peace Project Volunteer in Mission Team. They will be travelling May 5 – 15, 2014.

A significant emphasis of this trip is to work with the organizations involved in the Peace and Reconciliation movement in Northern Ireland. Ways you can help to support this work will be publicized as more details of this year’s trip become available.
 
Dan Baker will be participating in a Volunteer in Mission trip to Salem, Maine July 26 – August 2, 2014.
Various work projects will be carried out through the Salem, Maine Economic Ministry. There are still openings for anyone who would like to participate in this trip. Dan will be happy to share further information about participating in this trip.

Volunteers Needed - Help AUMS Construct a Neighborhood Garden

AUMS is launching a Neighborhood Garden next door to the 340 First Family Community Center in Albany.
They are seeking volunteers from District churches to help gather supplies and build the garden from the ground up.


There are three workdays scheduled for April 5th, 12th, and 26th to build the garden. These dates are subject to change due to weather and more dates will be added as needed. Work will be scheduled for two sessions each day. The first will be from 10-12:30 and the second will be from 1-3:30. Volunteers are welcome to be part of both sessions. 

Volunteers can sign-up through their church or by emailing Allen Bower at abower@aumsny.org.
If members of our congregation would prefer to go as a group, please contact the church office at 869-6281 and the necessary arrangements can
be made.

For volunteers signing up individually, please provide the following information in your email ~   Name, phone number, email address, and what day(s) and session(s) you would like to volunteer.

MYF News

MYF will be hosting Coffee Hour on Sunday, March 16th, please come join us after Morning Service, for yummy treats and fellowship.   
 
There will also be a meeting of MYF on March 16th from 6-8 pm in the Senior Youth Lounge.

Calling All Pine Grove Historians!

The Welcome & Nurture Team is working on updating the "History of Pine Grove" and we need your help!  If you can answer any of the questions below, please call Jennifer Barbic at 518-429-1334 or email her at Jennifer.barbic
@hotmail.com.
  Thanks in advance for your help!

1.    When was the first service held in the new church?  Was anything special done to celebrate?   
2.    In what year was the old church torn down?
3.    In 1965, a new parsonage was needed.  Why?
4.    We know that the new parsonage cost $31,211 to build.  Who helped build it?  Are any additional details known?
5.    What is the history of the preschool program?  When did it start and when did it end?  Why did it end?

Coffee Hour Hosts - Consider Being One

Our Coffee Hour Coordinator (Sue Carroll) now has a helpful new handout detailing everything you need to know to host our popular coffee fellowship each week. You can make coffee with confidence now with Sue’s clear directions, know where to find trays and serving items … and much more. So please consider when you can take your turn in hosting coffee hour – we truly do need more volunteers.

   
Sunday Worship Schedule

9:30 - 10:30 AM

(July - Labor Day)

10:30 - 11:30 AM
(Labor Day - June 30th)

Our Mission:  The Mission of Pine Grove United Methodist Church is to model and proclaim faithful discipleship to Jesus Christ.
 

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