March Break is almost upon us and couldn’t have come sooner. We all look forward to a much needed break from time to time. Break from our routines, work, school and expectations. Some will even escape to a warmer climate or ski hill in the coming week. Its a long haul from the holidays of Dec and News Years to Easter with no statutory holiday in between. (Come on Nova Scotia)!! Breaks are good, even breaks from your church. In the life of a church member we too often allow ourselves to become frustrated and leave, only after burn-out and feeling under appreciated. Of course there are a myriad of other reasons (excuses) why we venture away. But sometimes the Sunday morning ritual becomes too habitual, and we wonder why we feel this way. Take a break…Thats what Lent is for! A break from the ordinary spiritual walk as we examine our faith and what we believe. A break from the words and music that may not fill us at this time. And hopefully after this break you will emerge from this hibernation and begin again looking for signs of renewal and transformation as we journey towards Easter. Heres to Joe Howe day!!!
Have a safe and fun March Break.
Tom
Upcoming events:

 ~ No Sunday School at St. Johns this week, Mar 11th, will resume on the 18th.

~Starting Ash Wednesday, and progressing over the 40 days of Lent, leaders in the United Church of Canada have created short devotional videos to be shared with the church. You can subscribe to these videos by visiting http://cruxifusion.ca and entering your email address into the box on the right hand side of the page. A short email will arrive in your inbox where you will need to confirm your subscription. If you have any questions, please contact info@cruxifusion.ca.

~ Also a family lent activities e-mail is being sent to you separately each week from the maritime Conference office.

~Looking for a few good confirmands! Anyone 12 years of age and over interested in hangin out at St. Johns for a day long retreat on Saturday, March 31st (note change of date) from 9:30am to 4pm. We will have a fun time looking at our faith, church, United Church of Canada. Why go to church at all anymore…Is it relevant? How can the church become a place that fits in your life! These and many more questions will not be answered, but we’ll have a fun time trying too…through the use of movies, youtube and audio resources. Give Tom a shout if its for you. And oh yeah you become a member of the prestigious United Church of Canada where membership has its privileges!