This Week at Esther

Sunday, February 28th – Second Sunday in Lent

9:00 AM: Sunday School

10:00 AM: Worship in person and Zoom Log In:  552 542 497.

Wednesday, March 3rd

10:00 AM: New Year Coffee Hour:  We’ll gather via Zoom with your favorite beverage for fellowship and what Luther would call the mutual conversation and consolation of the saints. All at welcome!  Zoom Log In:  552 542 497

7:00 PM: Mid-week Lenten Service in person and Zoom Log In:  552 542 497

Sunday, March 7th Third Sunday in Lent

9:00 AM: Sunday School

10:00 AM: Worship w/Holy Communion in person and via Zoom Log In:  552 542 497

NEWS AND NOTES

For those families that have had the First Communion class: We are inviting you to contact Sue (via cell at 320-808-4920 or secretary@estherlutheran.net) to schedule a date for First Communion for your family. Typically, we have communion on the first and third Sundays – let us know which Sunday works best and we’ll put it on the calendar.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Urbank will be having drive-thru Fish Fry suppers on the following Fridays during Lent: March 5 and March 19 from 5-7 pm.  Serving fish, potatoes, vegetable, coleslaw, bun and dessert as a takeout meal for $10.  Everyone is Welcome!

Easter Flowers: There are order forms on the table in the narthex to order plants for Easter Sunday. Please fill out a form and make a check out to “Esther Lutheran” and put both of them in the envelope. The last day to order plants is Sunday March 21st.

Many of you know that our neighbors to the south have been impacted by storms that they were not prepared for, and have been devastated by. 

From Lutheran Disaster Response:
Beginning Feb. 14, a polar vortex descended over the United States. It is responsible for subfreezing temperatures and heavy snow across the country, impacting millions of people. The harsh conditions severely impacted Southern states, such as Texas, which lack the infrastructure to handle the freezing temperatures and record-setting snow and ice. This has led to power, food and water shortages throughout the region. At the peak of power shortages, 4.5 million homes and businesses in Texas were without electricity and heat. Around 13 million Texans are also facing water disruptions due to bursting pipes and damaged water systems. As temperatures rise, melting ice and snow is expected to cause even more water damage.

Lutheran Disaster Response is communicating with and standing ready to support the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, the Southwestern Texas Synod, the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod, and Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response. Congregations are already conducting relief efforts such as supplying water, food and generators to those in need and opening their doors to serve as shelters. With such extensive damage, long-term recovery may include repairing water-damaged homes, disaster case management and supporting vulnerable populations.

To give through Lutheran Disaster Response:  https://community.elca.org/us-storms
When asked how to help, Bishop Gronberg said: “Send $$ for disaster relief. Each synod has its own fund. Most issues are pipes in buildings. Helping churches recover. Material supplies aren’t as needed. We still don’t know extent of damage.”