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Sunday, March 12, 2017 Second Sunday in Lent

When Solomon built the first
temple in Jerusalem, there
was such respect for God’s
house that not even the
sound of a hammer could be
heard during its
construction. Stones and
boards were pre-cut
elsewhere, then brought to
the temple site and quietly
assembled. (1 Kings 6:7)

Fast forward to John,
Chapter 2. Things have
really changed!

The Sunday sermon is titled “Jesus – The Radical Redeemer.” This is
the story of Our Lord’s cleansing of the temple, as described in John,
Chapter2. This is probably one of Christ’s more significant actions in His
public ministry. A dramatic display of Holy Wrath!

If you read John 2:13-22, and then come to Sunday worship with an open
heart and an open mind, I believe you will learn what the temple cleansing
has to do with men and women in the 21st Century. This is an event in New
Testament – an event that has a message for today!

13 Itwas nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to
Jerusalem. 14 In the Temple area, he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves
for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. 15 Jesus made
a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. John 2:13-15 (NLT)
Don’t forget to SPRING FORWARD on Sunday, March 12, 2017!

Jesus Teaches Nicodemus
John 3:1-17 is the suggested daily Bible reading for Sunday, March 12, 2017.
(The 2017 United Church of Christ Calendar). This the story of Jesus and his
late-night meeting with Nicodemus.

3 There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious
leader who was a Pharisee. 2 After dark one evening, he
came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know
that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs
are evidence that God is with you.” 3 Jesus replied, “I tell
you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see
the Kingdom of God.”

4 “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can
an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born
again?” 5 Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter
the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the

6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. 7 So don’t be
surprised when I say, ‘You[d] must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear
the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of
the Spirit.”
9 “How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked. 10 Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish
teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? 11 I assure you, we tell you what we know and have
seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. 12 But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly
things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone to heaven
and returned. But the Son of Man[e] has come down from heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze
snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in
him will have eternal life.
16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him
will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the
world through him.
During the Lenten Season and leading up to Easter, the
paraments and altar linens are violet – the color of royalty.
They also symbolize the pain and suffering of Jesus.

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Living What We Claim to Believe

“Blog” (noun) A regularly updated website or web page, typically
one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal
or conversational style.

I’ve been “blogging” about church work and my life in
the ministry since arriving at Dearborn Congregational.
You can learn more about the Pastor and how he thinks,
by clicking on the link (picture) to the right!
On Thursday, March 9, 2017, we continue in our Bible Study on the Book of
James. We will meet in the Church Library at 7:00 p.m. If you missed the first two
lessons and feel like it’s too late … IT’S NOT! Bring your Bible (any translation)
and join our group. It’s fun. It’s instructive. It’s a blessing!

Prayer Requests
Rev. Norman Kirsch. Serious medical concerns.
Edith Schwartz. Now home and in hospice care.
Irene Moxon. Serious medical problems.
Marilyn Beardsley. Continuing medical concerns.
Pat Stacho. Continuing medical concerns.
Shirley Fedraw. Medical concerns.
Suzanne Van Ranst. Medical concerns.
Phyllis Preston. Medical concerns.
Pauline Gourlay. Medical concerns.
David Allen. Medical concerns.
Tom Schlaff. Serious medical concerns.
Frank Kren. This is Pastor Bill’s younger brother. Serious medical concerns.
Arthur Triplett. Sue Kren’s brother has a serious medical condition.
Marilyn Beardsley. Recovering from heart surgery.
Grant MacKenzie. Continuing medical concerns.
A complete list of prayer requests is also printed in the Sunday bulletin. If
you have a special request – please phone the Church Office: 313-271-
8552. You can also phone Pastor Kren at 313-344-9808.

Receiving Donations – Helping the Needy
We are now collecting non-perishable food donations that
will be delivered to the Fish & Loaves food pantry, in
Taylor. This organization was first launched by an
ecumenical group of churches, led by St. Paul United
Church of Christ in Taylor and their Pastor, Rev. Geoff
Fish & Loaves offers needy families and individuals a wide range of canned goods,
refrigerated and frozen foods, dairy products, and seasonal produce is offered at no
cost to clients. Since opening its doors in 2008, the Fish & Loaves Pantry has assisted
more than 9100 households and over 13,000 men, women, and children. They
distribute over two million pounds of food annually. The advantages of a client-choice
pantry are:
 A sense of dignity for clients and their families -- thanks to our store-like setting.
 Higher client satisfaction with food they are able to choose.
 Less waste and, therefore, less cost in providing food to clients.
 Greater opportunities for positive and supportive social interaction between Fish
& Loaves volunteers and clients.

Baby Bottle Fund Raiser!
Dearborn Congregational Church is
supporting The Lennon Pregnancy
Center! Pick up your empty baby bottle, fill
it with your loose change (bills and checks
are acceptable!) and return it to the Church
Office. Deadline is March 31, 2017!
Your donation will go a long way in providing services to women who elect
to continue their pregnancy. The Lennon Pregnancy Center is a 501(c)3
organization. Donations are tax deductible.

I’m looking forward to Sunday … see you at 10:00 AM!!


Pastor Bill