We have now entered the final phase of Looking Forward with the refurbishing of the pews and new carpet in the sanctuary. This phase of restoration is being done during the weeks of February without any interruption of Sunday worship. Our total gifts/pledges now equal the total cost of all projects, $314,000. Additional gifts to Looking Forward are appreciated in giving us some wiggle room. We will be receiving pledged and non-pledged contributions through September. Any excess will be applied to our need of replacing the nearly twenty year old gymnasium carpet (estimated cost $75,000).

Our pray.study.grow daily devotional resource has enjoyed a great run at Schweitzer as members and staff have contributed to its work for over ten years. The final issue of pray.study.grow will be provided this Sunday through February 18. We are grateful to all current and past contributors to this devotional material. Beginning the week of February 19, we will be utilizing THE DAILY TEXT, a resource of Seedbed. All those who currently receive pray.study.grow electronically will begin to receive THE DAILY TEXT without interruption. No paper materials will be issued so if you currently are not receiving electronically pray.study.grow, please go to sumc.co/news/pray-study-grow to subscribe. I have personally found THE DAILY TEXT provides five minutes of devotion which stimulates my thinking as well as helps center me in my relationship with Christ. I encourage you to use this new rich resource and look forward to hearing your thoughts about it.

If you are new to Schweitzer, and have questions about Jesus, the church, or would like to know how to get better connected, join me, February 19, at 12:00 noon in Memorial Hall. We will feed you great bbq, offer you a tour of the campus and get you headed home by 1:30. Childcare is available. To sign up, email Pastor Jim jmason@sumc.co.

The Conquer Series is a five week 90-minute session on Tuesday nights in the Schweitzer Youth Room beginning February 28 at 7:00 p.m. for men of all ages addressing pornography. Learn more and sign up at sumc.co/conquer.

Revelation Bible Study
Are you interested in going deeper in unpacking a book of the Bible? Darrell Decker will teach a class on the book of Revelation on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Room 102/104 (Messengers Sunday School room) beginning March 1st.

With Jesus in the Upper Room
Experience the season of Lent with daily reflections on the final lessons of Jesus with the disciples. Join group discussions Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning March 1 or Sundays at 5:00 p.m. beginning March 5th. Both groups meet in rooms 204/206.

To sign up for either class or for more information, contact Jeff Fugitt, jfugitt@sumc.co.

Women’s Conference
Join us, March 3-4, for this global gathering of women across denominations, generations, and cultures – as we come together in the name of Jesus. For more information and to sign up, visit sumc.co/ifgathering.

We conclude our series of the Apostle Paul this Sunday as we follow him to Jerusalem and look at the events which led him to Rome. Once more we will see parallels between Paul’s journey and our own. See you in worship!

Bob Casady
Lead Pastor

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