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  • Writer's pictureMemorial Fernandina

It’s been a minute since I’ve written a pastor’s note and I feel blessed to send this one as we are closing in on the last weeks of 2024’s Lenten Season.  I’ve been wondering how these weeks have been for you.  There was a time I thought of Lent as that time to give up coffee or chocolate, and lots of us still give up something we enjoy as a small personal sacrifice to honor Jesus’s unmatchable sacrifice for us.  One of my younger relatives rationed his phone use, and it’s a sign of the times that rationing or giving up something of technological pleasure is today’s one way today’s younger generation can remember Jesus’s sacrifice.  


This Lenten season has been one of self-reflection for me – going deep and asking for spiritual light to shine on the dark corners of my heart that need a good cleansing.  How about you?  I’d love to hear how you’ve made this Lenten season meaningful for yourself. 


My hope and prayer is you haven’t let this opportunity to intentionally grow your faith pass you by.  But if you’ve procrastinated, it’s not too late – there’s still a couple of weeks left for you to decide how you might draw closer to Jesus in some way.  Here’s a couple of ideas for you.


If you haven’t yet participated in the Wednesday with Wesley events or the noon day ecumenical Lenten worship services, you have two opportunities next Wednesday for the finale for both.  Come worship at noon with our fellow community Christians at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and hear the word proclaimed by First Presbyterian’s Reverend Julie Higbee.  The last Wednesday with Wesley is March 20 in Maxwell Hall and it’s a community potluck to boot!  Arrive at 5:00PM and bring a side or dessert to share and have your tummy and heart warmed by the lesson at 6:00PM, the fellowship, and the food! 

Hope to see you too on Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, for worship and another potluck following the 11:00AM service!


Blessings,

Pastor Alyce

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  • Writer's pictureMemorial Fernandina

This week Pastor Rachel started her maternity leave – she will be off now until Sunday, June 9th. At the time of writing this Pastor's Note we have not yet heard any news of baby’s arrival but rest assured that we will let you know when we find anything out and have permission to share the news. In the meantime. I know you will be praying for Rachel, Nick, and Austin as their family of three becomes a family of four.

 

Our Lenten journey this year has been great so far. As is our habit, we have joined with most of our fellow downtown churches to have noon-time services each Wednesday.  If you have not been able to make it to one yet, I highly recommend them as an excellent opportunity to gather with our brothers and sisters from First Presbyterian, Trinity UMC, and St. Peter’s Episcopal Churches. They really are an encouraging and uplifting time together.

 

The other highlight of our Lenten journey has been our Wesley Wednesday Night Dinner and Lesson sessions. Each week we have enjoyed a wonderful meal (seriously – the food has been really good!!), great fellowship, and a teaching and discussion time focusing on one of the Means of Grace. So far, we have been learning about the importance of hymn-singing, bible reading, and prayer as means of drawing close to God in the Wesleyan Way.  This coming Wednesday we will learn about the important place of the sacraments in our connection with Christ. It’s going to be another great time, and it is never too late to join in, so why not plan on joining us for the last couple of sessions. You’ll be glad you did!

 

As always, there is lots going on at Memorial – so many ways for you to connect with God, grow in faith, and live out your calling!

 

See you Sunday!

Pastor Charlie

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  • Writer's pictureMemorial Fernandina

When I think about the patterns of ministry I have observed and experienced in the churches I have served, I can reflect on having had both the best and the worst of times. There have been times of growth, vitality, and encouragement, and there have also been times of decline, divisiveness, and discouragement. As always, “every day’s a school day,” and there have been lessons to learn in the good times and the bad.

 

Right now, Memorial is in a healthy, vital, growing season. God is at work within and through our grace-filled family. I see this in our amazing children’s and youth ministries. I see it in the many ways we are reaching out to make sure #loveshowsup in our community and world. And I see it in the growth we are experiencing growth.

 

This growth was evident last Sunday as we welcomed 18 new members into the church family. All 18 had been part of a group of 21 people that came through our New Member’s Class in January and February (the other three will come into membership in the coming weeks.)  This growth will also be evident on March 16th when we gather at Main Beach to baptize four people who have experienced God’s grace anew in their lives. Isn’t that such exciting news? I hope that  you will plan to join with others from our church family on that day as we celebrate Christ’s new life and welcome these four into the family of God through baptism.

 

It really is a great time to be a part of what God is doing in and through the grace-filled family at Memorial!

 

See you Sunday!

Pastor Charlie

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