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									A Note From The Pastor
By the time you read this, the Presbytery of Western New York will have arrived in its many pieces and parts. It will have convened, debated, and been dismissed. The Ministry that uniquely belongs to the Presbytery will have taken place, while at the same time the Presbytery will have gotten a glimpse of the Ministry that uniquely belongs to Deerhurst Presbyterian. I like being Presbyterian. I admit it is an awkward dance. Some congregations can, and must, act entirely on their own. They are denominations unto themselves. Some congregations are connected. They have a sign, symbol, or icon that says to the world this is our Doctrine, or History, or Vision. The awkward part of being Presbyterian is that the symbol on our sign out front can only bravely announce to the world, “This is our form of government.” I am pretty sure that Thomas Jefferson and the “Founding Fathers” of our nation stole from the Presbyterians to establish the Democracy we now have in place. Many voices, coming together, choosing to participate, fully responsible for discerning the will of God as we do Mission and Ministry together. The work is never fully done. The conversation is never fully over, because at any given moment God can use those invested voices to send the Church off into an entirely different direction. Yes, I admit that being Presbyterian sometimes feels like herding cats. I think too much is given up in choosing a path that is more efficient, more streamlined, and more definite. May we always make room for God in the conversation that defines, and redefines, who we are as people of God. Peace Rev. Steve Jelensperg
The season of Lent is upon us and the worship committee is again planning Wednesday night services and pot luck dinners. Join us, 7:00 PM on Ash Wednesday for a Communion service celebrating the beginning of this season of self-reflection and study. From February 13-March 12, each Wednesday service will be preceded by a pot luck supper at 6:00 PM. Join us for food, fellowship, fun and worship. Stay tuned to the bulletin for special musical guests and opportunities during these services. March 20 at 7:00 PM we will celebrate the Last Supper, just as Jesus did with his disciples almost 2000 years ago. We invite you to consider joining our committee. Meetings are the first Monday of every month at 7:15 in the library. We also ask you to prayerfully consider volunteering during a Sunday service. People are needed to serve as head usher, ushers and lay readers. Submitted By: Kirsten Helm Worship Committee

Deerhurst Lent Schedule
Tuesday Shrove Dinner 6:00 PM

February 5 Wednesday February 6 Ash Wednesday Service 7:00 PM Communion Potluck Supper Wednesday Night Services 6:00 PM 7:00 PM

Wednesday February 13, 20 February 27 March 5 and 12 Thursday March 20 Friday March 21 Sunday March 23

Maundy Thursday Service Community Service

7:00 PM


Easter Sunday

10:00 AM

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Presbyterian Women
There are many opportunities to join us in the months of February and March. I hope you will consider one or all of the following. Saturday February 9 University Presbyterian, 3334 Main Street, Buffalo will host the Winter Gathering. The program is "Personal Inspiration and Renewal" with guest speakers, Rev. Judith Brown Bryan, Rev. Deb Packard and Carol Timmerman-Yorty. Activities will include the labyrinth walk, journaling, creative expression, meditation and participation in a Taize service. Reservations to Lois T. Frazita, 873-9069. Registration @9:15, a $5.00 fee includes lunch. Wednesday, March 5 at Deerhurst, Dr. Ruth Chang will speak on Women's Health Issues. There will be a question and answer period. She is well informed on Women's issues and provides helpful information requested by you! Bring a bag lunch and join us for fellowship and refreshments provided by Martha Circle. The business meeting will begin promptly at 10:00 am followed at 10:30 for the program. Friday, March 7 at Kenmore Presbyterian Church, 5:30 pm will host the World Day of Prayer. The program will be "Guyana: God's Wisdom Provides New Understanding. DPW ladies will be participating in this event. Hope to see you there! Lois T. Frazita , Moderator

Come Camping with Deerhurst!
Labor Day Weekend 2008 August 29 – September 1 Old Forge Camping (www.oldforgecamping.com) In the Adirondacks!

The Old Forge Camping Resort is a year round campground located in Old Forge, New York. Enjoy a true Adirondack vacation here at a great campground resort as you relax in the peace and quiet of the surrounding Adirondack Mountains. Adirondack cottage rentals will be offered, as well as log cabin rentals, RV camping and tent sites. The campground is located right outside the village of Old Forge, and provides full amenities within the campground. Taking the free shuttle bus will bring you directly to the Enchanted Forest Water Safari, Calypso's Cove and to the beginning of the village, where there are many souvenir shops and restaurants. The scenic grounds, beautiful private lake and helpful staff will ensure that your Adirondack camping experience is a memorable one. Join the “usual crew” of campers – the Mohrs, the Rogers’, the Jelenspergers, the Tysons, the Wakefields, the Zieglersmiths and the Pattersons on a fun weekend away. Whether you like tents, campers or cabins, you will be welcomed and feel right at home with all of us. We enjoy a potluck meal on Saturday night, campfires together every night, and lots of fun and fellowship…and we look forward to more friends joining us! Check out the Membership bulletin board for additional details on the campground, facility options and rates and a site map. The campground has a range of camping sites to suit your comfort level. You may prefer a cabin with a bunk to sleep on while others like sleeping on the ground in a tent. If you have questions, contact Jan Tyson at 873-1700. Those who have joined us in the past will tell you about the fun we have had. Check your calendars and make your reservations – we’re looking forward to camping with you! Submitted By, Jan Tyson

Deerhurst Adult Christian Ministries Director’s Position Opening
Are you interested in this position or do you know someone you could recommend? This is a paid position requiring 5 to 8 hours per week. The responsibilities include working with the ACM Committee and the Pastor/Head of Staff to implement a comprehensive Adult Ministries Program for our church. The director will be expected to be present on Sunday mornings, attend the meetings of the ACMC and the staff, recruit small group leaders, arrange publicity and registration for upcoming classes, keep attendance records, order supplies and to develop new programs that address changing needs. If you would enjoy a new experience, an opportunity to meet many wonderful energetic members of Deerhurst, an additional income for those “extras” or sharing your many organizational talents, you might want to consider this opportunity. For more information contact Diane Donn, Ron Smith or Rev. Steve.

World Day of Prayer – March 7, 2008
World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of women and men of many faith traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer on the first Friday in March each year. Throughout the day, we collectively pray all over the world, beginning with the first sunrise and ending at the last sunset. Our prayers follow the sun’s path around the globe. World Day of Prayer Guyana (2008’s writers) developed the theme “God’s Wisdom Provides New Understanding” to express the awesomeness of God’s creation. WDP’s motto, “Informed prayer leads to prayerful action” affirms that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence. On Friday, March 7 we will celebrate World Day of Prayer at Kenmore Presbyterian Church at 5:30 p.m. Please join us for worship and refreshments. Call Karen Levy (834-2983) with any questions

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