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Ash Wednesday Message

Ash Wednesday.
Two insights resound
on that day: One that
we are dust and to dust
we shall return. The
second is to remember
that God took the dust,
breathed into it, and
created life. God took
the bloodied bones of
Jesus and brought life and bought life for us. The Word that brought the universe
into being and the Word that will be spoken in the end is the same Word revealed
in Jesus.
I have mentioned my sister, Marlene, on occasion in services. She was not a
person well suited for our world. On Sunday, Valentine’s Day, she passed away of
cancer. She had let her symptoms go undiagnosed and untreated due. She lacked
confidence in hospitals and lacked the desire to hear what the doctors would say
to her. After being forced to go to the hospital, it was too late for treatment. She
was referred to hospice and passed at the home of her daughter, Marissa. Her
other daughter, Dedra, my brother, Jim, and my sister, Marcia, from Gustavus
Adolphus were all there with her. I and my mother were able to talk to her by
phone. She died within days of her departure from the hospital in the most
beautiful way possible at that point in her life.
Valentine’s Day seemed an appropriate day for her to bid this world farewell. She
was one who wanted all things to be loved, even wounded creatures. She would
bring them home as a child. She even had raccoons living in her home at the end.
Her desire was to be buried near my parents. In them, she found a place to lay her
weary and at times confused head. I was able to talk to the cemetery and
accommodate her wish. A memorial service is set for February 27. I do not feel
safe in flying. Dying in these times is complex. Only 40 can attend the memorial
service and I will be there via zoom.
I have decided to organize a family gathering in October where we can safely
celebrate her life and the 100th birthday of my mother.
For all the twists and turns in my sister life, it was beautiful ending. Love was the
first word spoken to her and the last one.
I was reminded of father’s dying days, family was also there. My sister, Marcia,
and my mother were there for months to encourage him daily and daily he would
tell them, “I love you.” Not a phase which came quickly, in those days, to the lips
those of German heritage. People just knew it. It was not just family members
who felt that love. There were boxes of notes and cards from people whose lives
he had touched as their pastor.
During the season of Lent we will be reading the entire gospel of John and
discussing it on Wednesday evenings.
We do not know the name of the author of the Gospel of John. Within the Gospel,
John is not named. The “Beloved Disciple” is often referenced along with the
names of other disciples. The one name missing is John. The one who rests his
head on Jesus shoulder at the last supper is the “beloved disciple”, John. He is
named John in the synoptic gospels. Thus, the name John for the gospel.
John knew where he could lean his weary head. In John 20:31, he gives the reason
for writing his gospel: “so that you may believe . . . and by believing you may have
life in Jesus’ name. He wanted other people to know where they could lay their
head. We can lay our weary head, even our wounded head, on the same shoulder
as the beloved disciple.
Leaning our head on Jesus and experiencing the truth that we are beloved of God,
then lending our shoulder to those whose heads are weary and wounded is what
Lent calls on our to do. The world came into being through the Word of God
revealed in Jesus. The world will end in that same word of Love. Lent is about
letting some things go so we can embrace and live out that Word of Love which
was and is and will be the last Word.
God Bless you!
Pastor John Bunge
WORSHIP – After consideration with the council, it was decided that for now is
likely safest still to be outdoors, unless it is raining or cold. Churches may worship
indoors, for now. Our hope is that on Palm Sunday we can enter the sanctuary
then remain there for Holy Week and Easter and the Easter season, if cases
continue to go down. So, Sundays at 10 am on our campus and via zoom.
The Zoom link each week will be
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89118792862?pwd=WUF6aHB3dmFHOXp5SWZ4ZnR
DVUtJdz09 You can also go into Zoom each week and enter Meeting ID:
891 1879 2862 with the Passcode: Faith. We also record the service.
UPCOMING DATES
Today Ash Wednesday, February 17 7 pm – Ashes and communion service 7 p.m.
We will be zooming from the sanctuary. If you would like to join us, you can
inside. We will be introducing the Gospel of John.
Sunday February 21 – Dealing with Temptation
February 23 – Edith Lokker turns 100 years old. Let’s shower her with birthday
cards: Her address is 10622 Bryant Street #2, Yucaipa, CA 92399. Send her
birthday wishes. Also, if you can join in a drive-by birthday celebration, we
will be meeting on the 23rd @ 10 am in the church parking lot to drive to
her mobile park to do a drive by BD. Signs, noise makers, balloons are
appropriate. Edith is a long-time member of Faith having given years
making quilts, baking, being a part of Women’s Bible study groups, and
steady support of Faith.
February 24 – March 24 at 5 p.m. Wednesdays night Bible Study via zoom on the
Gospel of John based on the book: John: The Gospel of Light and Life by
Adam Hamilton. You have two resources. One is the Gospel of John. You
will have an assignment each week so we can discuss it together via zoom.
The second resource is Hamilton’s book, it is available on Amazon for
around $7. I think it best to order it on your own. But if you would like us to
buy it for you, let the office know. I look forward to discussing our reading
together with a warm bowl of your favorite soup. In the comfort of your
home or office. Our new days in the office here at church will be Tuesday
and Wednesday beginning the week of the 17th.
February 28 – Farewell and God’s speed to Vicki Rollins. This will be her last
Sunday at Faith before moving out of state with her daughter and
family. Do join us for coffee on the patio after the service to wish her well
with a thankful heart. She will likely be back from time to time to visit us
and relatives nearby.
Reminder — people who have Thrivent, remember to designate your 2020 Choice
dollars before the end of March. Designating them to Faith means thousands of
dollars for Faith – $450 has been received thus far. You can also contact the office
to coordinate requesting Action Teams. The Action Team of $250 each goes
along ways to help our Ministry.
MEMBER UPDATES AND CONTINUAL PRAYERS
• Pray for Jerry Mills who will be in surgery on Friday at UC Irvine for
pancreatic cancer surgery.
• Pray for the families those who passed of COVID.
Jose Hernandez, father of Jesus Hernandez who is our gardener.
Daniel Armenta’s family, friend of George and Pat.
Cesar Guevara’s family. He lost his sister, Ciria, and nephew, Esteban. The
funerals were last weekend.
Claudia Gambino, who passed of COVID January 10, friend of Carol and Ed.
Tom Grimes who passed in December.
• Continue prayers for Lynda for healing.
• Michael Shea’s daughter, Rebecca.
• Carol Fultz’ sister, Barbara Colangelo, still in in rehab.
• Friends of the Halls who have COVID Denise, Braxton and Mandy.
THANKS
Landscaping improvements will be continuing out front; the next area will
be the northwest section of the front.
Our next pantry day is this Saturday, February 27. We could use pasta sauce
as we have a lot of pasta.
Eleanor Diaz has completed four quilts.
Jason Mills, son of Jerry and Bonnie is assisting the church in a legal matter
regarding a contract.
You are special people! We are a special congregation of FAITH!

We move ahead in our
reading from Mark this
week. The most
beautiful moment in
the ministry of Jesus
occurs on the mountain
top. It is a moment of
refreshment prior to
the difficult days of Lent
that lay ahead.
This Sunday at Faith will
be a Sunday of Ashes
and Roses. Ashes to
prepare for Lent and Ash Wednesday. Roses for Transfiguration and Valentine’s
Day. We are all the Beloved of God Wedded to the Destiny of our Brother Jesus.
Many of you know I am a Chiefs’ football
fan, having spent some joyful years of
ministry there. Thus, this past Sunday, I
watched the whole surprising blowout. For
Buccaneers’ fans this was a joyous day after
years of drought. For Tom Brady it was ring
number seven. Chiefs’ players and fans
were disappointed, after last year’s
celebration. The NFL, in the end, rewards
only one team out of 32 with the Vince
Lombardi trophy each year so on the whole
there is a lot more disappointment than
celebration.
When I was a pastor in Lincoln, NE, the Nebraska Cornhuskers were a top ten
national football team. Year after year they came close to being number one, but
in the end Oklahoma or some Florida team would take the crown. When they
finally did secure the number one ranking at the end of a couple of seasons, the
highlight reels ran for decades. Nebraskans certainly knew how to remember the
good years.
Life, like sports, offers moments of celebration and sorrow. The shade can
overwhelm the light. We are currently living through a time when many
experience shadows. I would urge you to remember the days of light as well. Take
time this week to remember the bright days of dawn – Jesus needed this moment
– we do as well.
On the mount of Transfiguration, Elijah and Moses join Jesus and are bathed in
Light. For Moses, this is the first time we read about him standing in the Promised
Land. For Elijah it was a return to earth after a fiery chariot ride took him out of
Elisha’s sight. As part of our replay reel, liturgical churches return every year to
this mountain top moment. We do not want to forget the moments of beauty.
Their wedding day would be a day they point to as a day of Light for many people.
Jesus talked of heaven being like a wedding feast. For his first miracle, Jesus is
talked into turning water into wine, so the wedding feast is not cut short. He
added 120 to 180 gallons of fine wine to the event.
This Sunday, we are offering
couples the opportunity to
remember their vows, to replay
that highlight reel. But for all of us,
Transfiguration Sunday is a day to
remember what is good and right
and beautiful in this life. Those
moments are the truest reflection
of the New Day when God’s
kingdom will come. We have roses
among the ashes.
God Bless you!
Pastor John Bunge

WORSHIP – It is likely safest yet to be outdoors, unless it is raining or cold –
churches are allowed to worship indoors, if the numbers are not too high. Either
way Sundays at 10 am on our campus and via zoom.
The Zoom link each week will be
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89118792862?pwd=WUF6aHB3dmFHOXp5SWZ4ZnR
DVUtJdz09 You can also go into Zoom each week and enter Meeting ID:
891 1879 2862 with the Passcode: Faith. We also record the service.
UPCOMING DATES
Sunday, February 14 – Transfiguration and Renewal of Vows.
Sunday is Valentine’s Day this year. There will be artificial roses to take
home, along with ashes for Ash Wednesday for everyone. Let us know if
you would like ashes mailed to you. After the service, couples are invited to
a short renewal of vows service.
Ash Wednesday, February 17 7 pm – Lent starts with a worship service
Wednesday at 7 p.m. – we will be zooming from the sanctuary if you would
like to join us you can. We will be introducing the Gospel of John. Let us
know if you would like to have ashes mailed to you.
Wednesdays in Lent, February 24 – March 24 at 5 p.m. Wednesdays night Bible
Study via zoom on the Gospel of John based on the book: John: The Gospel
of Light and Life by Adam Hamilton. You have two resources. One is the
Gospel of John. You will have an assignment each week so we can discuss it
together via zoom. The second resource is Hamilton’s book, it is available
on Amazon for around $7. I think it best to order it on your own. But if you
would like us to buy it for you, let the office know. I look forward to
discussing our reading together with a warm bowl of your favorite soup. In
the comfort of your home or office. Our new days in the office here at
church will be Tuesday and Wednesday beginning the week of the 17th
.
February 23 – Edith Lokker turns 100 years old. Let’s shower her with birthday
cards: Her address is 10622 Bryant Street #2, Yucaipa, CA 92399. Send her
birthday wishes. Also, if you can join in a drive-by birthday celebration, we
will be meeting on the 23rd in the church parking lot to drive to her mobile
park to do a drive by. Signs, noise makers, balloons appropriate. Edith is a
long-time member of Faith having given years making quilts, baking, being
a part of Women’s Bible study groups, and steady support of Faith.
February 28 – Farewell and God’s speed to Vicki Rollins. This will be her last
Sunday at Faith before moving out of state with her daughter and
family. Do join us for coffee on the patio after the service to wish her well
with a thankful heart. We hope she visit us from time to time.
Reminder — people who have Thrivent, remember to designate your 2020 Choice
dollars before the end of March. Designating them to Faith means thousands of
dollars for Faith – $350 has been received thus far.
You can also contact the office to coordinate requesting Action Teams. The
Action Team of $250 each goes along ways to help our Ministry.
MEMBER UPDATES AND CONTINUAL PRAYERS
• Pray for the families those who died of COVID.
Jose Hernandez, father of Jesus Hernandez who is our gardener.
Daniel Armenta’s family, friend of George and Pat.
Cesar Guevara’s family. He lost his sister, Ciria, and nephew, Esteban. The
funerals were last weekend.
Claudia Gambino, who died of COVID January 10, friend of Carol and Ed.
• Continue prayers for Lynda for healing.
• Michael Shea’s daughter, Rebecca, requesting prayer as she ponders her
future.
• Becky Malinowski has moved to continues her treatments for a
reoccurrence of cancer and continues to do well with them.
• Carol Fultz’ sister, Barbara Colangelo, is back in rehab.
• Friends of the Halls who have COVID Denise, Braxton and Mandy.
THANKS
Landscaping improvements will be continuing out front; the next area will
be the northwest section of the front.
Our next pantry day is this Saturday, February 13.
Eleanor Diaz continues to help organize our quilting area.
You are special people! We are a special congregation of FAITH!