February 23rd, 2017 ENote
Dear State Street Church Family,

I hope this eNote finds you well in every way!I do not want to jinx anything, but in case you are keeping track, we are now
less than a month away from the official first day of spring!

I want to thank those of you who were able to
attend this past Sunday's Called Church Conference related to our State Street parking lot across from our church, in front of Mellow Mushroom. The vote was 89-24 in favor of selling the lot to a downtown developer for $290,000 and a deed restricted cross-parking agreement for 100 parking places for our church. Our Trustees are working with a small group of attorneys in our church family to draft the contract and execute it on behalf of the congregation. Again, thank you so much for all of you who were able to stay and participate in the church conference!

Just a reminder that
tomorrow night from 5 - 7:00 p.m. at Christ UMC, 716 Cave Mill Road, will be the first ever The Wesley at WKU's "Thaw Break" Fundraiser. Meal, Silent Auction, Music by the Wesley Praise Band, Door prizes for those of us 18 and up--all to benefit and support the campus ministries of the Wesley Foundation at WKU. Tickets at the door will be Adults & Youth-$10, Children 10 & under-$5, Children 3 & under-Free. Like you, I am so thankful that as United Methodists, we are committed to vital campus ministries on our college and university campuses. I hope to see you there tomorrow night!

This Sunday in worship, I will conclude my February Sermon Series,"Dear John Letters: Love Lessons from John." As we have learned in this series, the writer of the Gospel of John and the Letters of John have more to say about "love" than any other writer in the Bible.

This Sunday's sermon
, "Love's Marching Orders" comes from John 15:9-17 where Jesus tells his disciples, "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." It has always been interesting to me that Jesus calls love a "commandment." What does he mean by this? How is this different from the way love is spoken of in most of the rest our culture? What does it mean to understand "love as a commandment"? In fact, Jesus said it was the greatest of all the commandments. I hope you will invite someone to worship with you this Sunday who does not have a church home as we consider and discover together "Love's Marching Orders."

Finally, I want to give you once again a heads up about one of my favorite annual worship experiences at State Street-Ash Wednesday Service with Rev. Joshua Hale and our friends from Taylor Chapel AME Church. I cannot believe that Ash Wednesday and Lent is about to begin, but it is. Our Ash Wednesday Service with Taylor Chapel AME Church will bethis next Wednesday,March 1st at 6:15 p.m. As most of you are aware, we host the service (as always their choir will be singing) and the potluck meal before the service at 5:30 p.m.***Since our friends from Taylor Chapel will be our guests for the evening, please prepare extra food for the potluck. This is such a holy and enjoyable night. I hope you will plan now to attend as we begin the season of Lent with these dear friends.

Do keep in mind one other
very special addition to this year's Ash Wednesday and Lenten season that I am so excited to share with you is "March Mondays Lenten Bible Study" led by Rev. Joshua Hale at Taylor Chapel AME Church. As I shared with you in last week's eNote, in previous years, Joshua and I have tried to think of a way that our church families can do something else together in addition to the annual Ash Wednesday Service, ideally something that they could host at their church.

As we talked about it this year, I discovered that Joshua leads a
Monday evening bible study at 5:00 p.m. and would like us to participate the Mondays of March in Lent-March 6, 13, 20 & 27. Actually, I sort of, kind of, well, to be honest, I just asked him if we could "crash" the bible study during these Mondays in March and he was happy to have us come. So, this year, mark your calendars for the Ash Wednesday service this next Wednesday nighthere at State Street and the Mondays of March Lenten Bible Study-the 6th, 13th, 20th& 27th at Taylor Chapel AME Church, 503 Clay Street, led by Rev. Joshua Hale. Should be a great time of learning and fellowship for us all!

I sure hope you have a great weekend. As always, I am proud and thankful to be serving Christ with each of you at State Street. I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday and concluding
my February sermon series, "Dear John Letters: Love Lessons from John" with the final message "Love's Marching Orders."

Much grace and peace!
Dr. Jay

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