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Greetings from The Downtown Church! This is a bi-weekly email with information about events, updates, and other fun things from the leadership of the church.

I spent time this morning with my 5 year old grandson Calvin. He was home with a stomach bug his younger sister had kindly shared with him. His dad works from home, his mom is a teacher and I had enough flexibility in my schedule today to stick around and watch him. After enjoying “Where’s Nemo?” for the jillioninth time (actually, my idea) we did something else he loves to do. We worked our way through a “Where’s Waldo” book.

Calvin has this book mastered. We have done it so often that it only takes a moment when we turn the page for him to find the tall, thin, red and white-hatted boy, Waldo, in the busy page. While I am still trying to remember where we saw him the last time we did the book, Calvin is ready to move on. “Wait, wait,” is coming out of my mouth while he is pointing and saying, “Mimi, he’s right there, turn the page!”

Metaphor time. What would happen if we took a lesson from Calviin and became adept at looking for God? What if, rather than wondering where God is in the middle of the chaos and confusion of each day, we honed our skills and expected to find God right there, smack dab in the center of it all? God is not trying to hide from us, we forget to look. God hasn’t walked off the page, God is evident. And then once we have seen God, once we know for sure where God is, even if someone else had to point the Presence out to us, we could simply breathe a sigh of gratitude and turn another page.

See you Sunday, online or in person,

We have good news! Our online church directory is now live. On our website, you can scroll through your names and smiling faces. At the top of that page there is a link to download a PDF file that includes contact information. You will need a password to download that file, but it’s easy: tdcpeople, all one word, all lower case. (We are doing our best to protect your privacy)
It seems crazy to talk about March, but we are almost there, and that means Ash Wednesday. We have two different chances to observe Ash Wednesday. A come-and-go service between 12-1pm during the day, and a more structured worship service starting at 6:30pm. We look forward to the start of Lent and the journey towards Easter Sunday!
Every Wednesday during Lent, we'll have a chance to gather mid-week and enjoy a light meal and a Vespers service at The Downtown Church. The soup and bread meal will begin at 5:30pm and a short Vespers service will follow at 6:15pm. This is always a unique chance to gather, break bread, and remember we are on a journey together during Lent. Sign up to bring soup and bread this Sunday.
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