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Dearly Beloved

After a sumptuous meal provided by chef Joyce Ann Walker and her team, twenty or so participants  gather in the church library. The portrait of the revered Dr. Houghton overlooks the scene with a protective gaze. The Lenten study brings us there. We are reading the book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande. Dr. Gawande is a surgeon with a particular interest in gerontology. For him, as for all good doctors (like the ones in our congregation), the patient is also a person. His book is the near-perfect platform for the season of Lent. That annual period begins with Ash Wednesday, which involves ashes being imposed on faithful foreheads, while the words, “Remember O Woman, O Man, that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return” are intoned. Observing 40 days of fasting and otherwise preparing to focus on the passion of Jesus Christ, we do well to study what it means to be mortal. In his suffering under Pontius Pilate, his arrest, trial by the religious leaders, and execution at the hands of the Roman imperialists, Christ, the Lord of the universe, entered mortality once and for all. He became one of us, vulnerable as to his flesh, limited to a certain stretch of time, bound to a particular corridor of space. To paraphrase W.H. Auden, in Christ, the infinite became a finite fact. The eternal Son of God became a temporal act. Because that is the case, humanity is reconciled with God and human beings are offered the chance to be reconciled with one another.
 
Therefore, to study our mortality is to study Christ’s; to examine Jesus’ mortality is to examine our own. This study is being led by Associate Pastor Tara Reck, who also happens to be a palliative care chaplain at the University of Louisville hospital. She is doing an excellent job. She draws out the people to share their experiences with the old of age, their insight into inevitable frailty, their opinions about the medical-industrial complex. Tara makes sure that all who wish to speak are heard. She’s a rock.
 
The people who make up this circle are extraordinary as well. Just plain wonderful are they. Some of them have been associated with Anchorage Presbyterian Church for like forever. Others have just started their integration into this community of faith. They all have something to say. Each has his or her unique story to tell. It is such a privilege just to sit with them and
partake of their wisdom.
 
Then there is the room itself. How many gatherings has this library contained over the years? How many Sunday School classes, Wednesday night study groups, Circles of Presbyterian Women of the Church, committee meetings, and the like, have graced this unique space? Then there are the numerous Boy Scout meetings, retreat sessions from neighboring churches, businesses, and Anchorage Public School, and, more recently, the Alanon meetings that are being held here. The room just makes you feel at home. It is comfortably traditional; tastefully informal, and allows for a widely versatile set of seating options. We are indeed fortunate to have this venerable space at our disposal. Yes, it is our library, but it is also our living room.
 
Finally, let’s read a few thoughts from the book we are reading together:
 
"Being mortal is about the struggle to cope with the constraints of our biology, with the limits set by genes and cells and flesh and bone. Medical science has given us remarkable power to push against these limits, and the potential value of this power was a central reason I became a doctor. But again and again, I have seen the damage we in medicine do when we fail to acknowledge that such power is finite and always will be. We’ve been wrong about what our job is in medicine. We think our job is to ensure health and survival. But really it is larger than that. It is to enable well-being. And well-being is about the reasons one wishes to be alive. Those reasons matter not just at the end of life, or when debility comes, but all along the way. Whenever serious sickness or injury strikes and your body or mind breaks down, the vital questions are the same: What is your understanding of the situation and its potential outcomes? What are your fears and what are your hopes? What are the trade-offs you are willing to make and not willing to make? And what is the course of action that best serves this understanding?"
 
Gawande, Atul. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.  New York: Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2014, page 259.  
  
As Ever,
Dee

Worship Services

Palm Sunday Service
Sunday, March 20 - 9:45 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship Service
Childcare available
 
Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service
Thursday, March 24 - 7:30 Worship Service*
 
Good Friday Service
Friday, March 25 - 12 noon
 
Easter Sunday
Sunday, March 27
6:30 a.m. Family Friendly Sunrise Service*
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast served in Fellowship Hall
9:00 a.m. Worship Service*  Childcare available
11:00 a.m. Worship Service*  Childcare available
 
*Communion served
 
Celebrate the Season with an EASTER EGG HUNT
 Anchorage Presbyterian Church grounds
 March 20, 12:30 p.m.
 
Bring your basket and join the fun!
No pets please.
Volunteers are needed to help with the Easter Egg Hunt.
We are asking for the following:
· Church members to donate individually wrapped candy
· People to help with egg hiding and crowd control
· Volunteers to bring child-friendly snacks
 
Candy should be delivered to the church by Sunday, March 6.
Please call the church office at 245-5818 to let Kathie
know how you would like to help.
New Member Spotlight
The Krals have lived in Anchorage for almost seven years and are excited to be welcomed as members at Anchorage Presbyterian Church. Leslie is a Louisville native and met Jerry (originally from Wisconsin) in Chicago where Mary (12) and James (10) were born. The couple enjoys teaching Sunday School to APC's third-through-sixth graders and are always amazed and delighted by the weekly discussions.  

Third Friday Dinner

Churchwide Adult Potluck
March 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Co-hosted by Julie & Hermann Kaebnick and Cecil Caldwell
at 1023 Anchorage Woods Ct.
Bring your favorite appetizer, side dish or dessert and something to drink.
We will provide the main course.
RSVP to the church office or mjcdavis62@gmail.com
Childcare is available at church but reservations are required.

Sunday School Offerings

 The Sunday School classes will now collect an offering which will go toward a charity of their choice. The Christian Education committee encourages learners of all ages to join a Sunday School class this Lenten season to be part of the conversation about designated offerings and, more importantly, to seek continued growth in our collective faith journey as a church family.

All are welcome to join us for Sunday School every Sunday at 9:45 am. Preschool - K, grades 1 - 3, and grades 4 - 6 meet upstairs. The Confirmation class meets in Fellowship Hall.
The Issues class meets in the library; Exploring the Faith meets in
Houghton Chapel and the Young Parents class meets in the Meeting Room.
Descriptions of each class can be found on the church website.

Our Concerns

From our Church Family: Brian Rublein, Dotty Hockenbury, Connie Knepshield, Carlene Clay, Mary Dan Haney, Herb & Mary Bell, Marta Edie, Lindy Estep, Sue & Dick Pollock, D.C. Combs, Starr Kaiser, Nicki St. Ledger, Judy Pearsall
 
Extended Family and Friends: Landy Williams (friend of Pam Cooley), Bob Taylor (friend of Sylvia Hagy), Abraham Marok & Abraham Aluel, Michael Boone (brother of Chris Boone), Mark Burks (friend of Pat Wetherton), Paul Koehler, Erik Wolf (friend of Terry & Nina McMahon), Bellewood Children, Presbyterian Missionaries Worldwide
 
Active Military: Erin Jewell, Hunter Wagner, Michael Gaar, David McGarvey, Tyler Ross, Alexander Vestal
 
The people of Afghanistan, Ukraine, Syria, Sudan, Palestine, Israel, and Iraq

Brave the Shave for Kids with Cancer in honor of our own
Glen Bayne and Reece King

March 12, 2016
1:00 pm - 9:00 p.m.
Louisville Slugger Field, 401 E. Main Street, Louisville, KY US
For more information go to Glen’s Army Fundraising Page.
Glen’s brother Harrison, will be shaving his head. Please consider donating here.
Come out to support the Bayne family and join in the fun!
 

Wayside Christian Mission Project 

The people served at Wayside were overwhelmed by the donation of plates and forks. They wanted us to pass on a sincere "thank you" for your generosity. The plates were immediately washed and put into use as our Youth Group served dinner there last week.
 

Volunteers Needed: Ready! Set! Worship!

 
We are in need of volunteers to lead Ready, Set, Worship on the following dates-
 
3/13, 3/20 (Palm Sunday) and during the 11 a.m. Easter service on 3/27.
 
Ready! Set! Worship! is our program for our growing number of children in kindergarten through 3rd grade. After the children's sermon, they gather for 20-25 minutes to learn about the components of worship and the liturgical seasons in fun, interactive ways before returning to the sanctuary during the offertory. We have an easy to follow curriculum, so no experience or preparation is necessary. Please contact Tara at tnreck@gmail.com or 558-0134 if you are able to join our team. Thank you in advance for your support of this important children's ministry.
 

Session Members

Class of 2016              Class of 2017           Class of 2018
Hal Miller                       Larry Cashen            Kathy Doughten
Patricia Tague              Pat Wetherton           George Hoge
Don Walker                                                       Bill Jessee
Elli Davenport                                                  Jimmy Nicholson
Arthur Ensign-George  
 

Deacons

Class of 2017                   Class of 2018 
Brooks Alexander            Chris Boone   
Rachel Alexander            Sylvia Hagy    
Don Cunningham           Judy Long     
Jo Galloway                      Dodie McKenzie
Sue Russell       
Katherine Trentham
 
 
 
Vote for Kathie!
As many of you know, our Administrative Assistant Kathie is a breast cancer survivor. Her nephew nominating her to walk in the 2016 Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade. Please go to this link to vote in support of Kathie! You can vote once a day, every day!

Pinewood Derby

Cub Scout Pack 274 is based in St. Lukes Episcopal Church. We are happy to share with them our Fellowship Hall for the Pinewood Derby. The annual event was held on February 6th and was attended by approximately 30 scouts, dads, moms, siblings, grandparents and friends. The Scouts raced their cars, four at a time, down a metal track and times were recorded electronically. Points were awarded based on finish placement. The winners from each Den: Webelos, Bears, Wolves and Tigers, faced off in the final. In the end, it was Ryan Arnold's "John Cena" car that took first place. Eli Swint's car "Stripes" recorded the fastest time of the day and came in 3rd place overall. Russell Glass's "Trump 2016" black limo was voted "fan favorite" by his fellow Scouts. For more information on Anchorage Scouting Activities, contact Jerry Kral at jerry@kralemail.com.
 

What are you doing on Saturday evening March 19th?
Nothing? Fantastic!
Then get yourself to Cedar Ridge Camp for Basketball, BBQ and Beer!
Watch the game on the big screen and hang out with friends at Hopkings Hall for $20 per person in advance,$25 at the door.
 
Cedar Ridge is hosting an NCAA Men’s Basketball party for anyone over the age of 21 to raise funds for the summer camping program. They will have a big screen television for the game, BBQ and beer. The party will take pace on March 19th, sometime in the evening at Hopkins Hall, 4010 Routt Road. Go to www.cedarridgecamp.com to reserve tickets.
 
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