Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Announcements

Today is the last day for our annual Souper Bowl of Caring food drive.  With many of our congregation joining us via Zoom, this year we’re collecting MONETARY DONATIONS ONLY.  The Mission and Fellowship committees decided this year to support Cy Fair Helping Hands.

Cy-Fair Helping Hands is a non-profit that was founded to help the homeless of Cy-Fair to become self-sufficient. This ministry began about 10 years ago, with a Cy-Fair couple serving soup from the back of a pick-up truck to those living on the streets of northwest Houston. They forged relationships with the homeless, collecting and storing food, clothes and supplies for them in their garage. The couple ultimately sold their antique business to fund Cy-Fair Helping Hands.

Since it was founded in 2010, CFFH has grown to include office space and a Community Food Pantry, enabling it to serve the homeless on the street and the hungry of Cy-Fair—including the more than 1,500 homeless children and youth in CFISD.

CFHH estimates that it costs $10 to feed one person for a day.  We encourage you, with this year’s Souper Bowl drive, to help however you can in this mission effort.  You can drop cash in our Souper Bowl soup pot (by the door), write a check to Heritage and indicate “Souper Bowl” on the memo line, or use Pay Pal and then follow up with Wendy to let her know what the donation is for.  Thank you for your help in feeding our neighbors!

January worship attendance (in-person + Zoom):
Jan. 3 = 45              Jan. 10 = 35             Jan. 17 = 42
Jan. 24 = 60            Jan. 31 = 47             January average = 46

Ash Wednesday, February 17th, 7:00 PM,
Both in-person and via Zoom Because of social distancing restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the imposition of ashes will not be done as we have in the past; instead, small individual containers of fine dirt will be available for everyone to use to draw a small cross on the back of your hand.  We will do this ceremony together to mark ourselves as a community of faith and to remember those ancient words from Genesis: “Remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return.”

Pastor’s dreams for our church: Trees on our future church property

One of the easiest ways to improve ANY property is to plant trees.  Often, this is done only to enhance the beauty of the location and not necessarily to make the best use of the space.  At our former church property, there was a “silver maple” that was planted in the middle of the property; because it was over ten years old (and not native to the Houston area), it began to fail because it could not absorb enough water during our hot Houston summers.

Instead, I propose that we plant only local trees on our next church property.  I’d like to see a small palm tree or two; these can come in VERY handy when Palm Sunday rolls around.  Another idea might be to plant fruit trees, which could produce fruit for local food pantries.  One more thought might be to put some sort of evergreen “Christmas” tree in the front of the church near the main road; this could be brightly decorated at Christmas time for everyone to enjoy as they drive past our new church.                         So…what are YOUR dreams?

Property Sales Countdown:  The proposed buyer of our church has asked for an additional 30 days to be added to the inspection period.  He recently suffered a devastating death in his family and needs more time to do the work involved in buying our church property.  Out of courtesy and grace, we are granting the extension.  This means the current contract now goes through April 7th.  Meanwhile…you haven’t stopped praying, have you ?!?!?

February 2nd deposit: $3912.52
January Deacons’ Fund offering: $202.00

Thank you for your faithful participation and support of your church!