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                        Hopefully spring has sprung.  Is it possible that the ground hog could have been incorrect in his assessment?  I am sure that we have all been hoping for warmer weather, and with March closing in, the days will get longer and warmer.  Remember we need to adjust the time on Sunday March 11th.  We need to spring ahead.

We will be wrapping up our Andy Stanley Series, Christian.  We have two more lessons, and then we will begin another short video series for Easter.  It is entitled the Bad Boys of Easter, and this is another Andy Stanley Series.  Our Wednesday evening bible studies have been very well attended.  The curriculum has been very well received, so if you are not attending, please come out. 

Volleyball has been a great evening of fellowship.  On February 16th, we had right around 20 people playing, and that was the last one that we had on the schedule. Hopefully we can pick up one or two more sessions in March.  I have had several people ask if we were going to continue to play.  I am hoping Shippensburg COB will allow us to play one or two more times.  The fellowship has been tremendous.

Our Sunday School class had a clothing drive at the beginning of February which I thought went well.  We were able to assist quite a few families not only with clothes, but we also were able to share food from the food pantry.  We shared the love of Christ to quite a few from the community that were in need.  Thanks to everyone that assisted with the clothing as well as the food pantry.

We had 11 guys go to the Brandt's cabin for the men's retreat on February 23 and 24.  The weather was quite wet, but we still had some opportunity for some outdoor activities.  Our weekend study centered on what Biblical accountability looked like in both the vertical sense and horizontal sense.  Of course when men get together at a cabin, there is always plenty to eat.  No one went away hungry.  I appreciate everyone's attendance and all the assistance that allowed the weekend to go well.  A special thanks to the Brand’s for the use of their lovely cabin.

I look forward to a busy March.  On March 3, we have trivia night, March 15 we have congregational business meeting, March 17, we have work day at the church, March 24 is the Easter egg hunt, and on March 25, we have love feast.  Please try to attend as many church functions as your schedule allows.

On our men's retreat, one passage in particular stuck out for me.  Hebrews 4:12-13 reads, "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account."  The truth in that passage that "nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight" carries real significance for me.  All of our actions and words will be accounted for.  Even though we've accepted Christ as Lord, we will still give an account for what has been said and done.  There is nothing that anyone in Christ can do to lose their salvation, but we still have to give an account.  I believe that truth should cause each of us to reflect on our words and our actions. 

~ Blessings,