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Scripture for the Week

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV

Birthdays & Anniversaries


March Birthdays:

Trudy Fuller, Jack Jackson, Grace Kowalski, Merry Kruszynski, Marilyn Larrain, Hal Quinette, Brian Salta

March Anniversaries:

Joe & Megan Aquino, John & Connie Hancock, and Jesse & Kathy Munkirs
Family care
Our Journey Family is a much wider circle than those who attend services on Sunday morning! We'd like to put some names and faces with our extended family! Please send Jen pictures of family members who are not Journey attendees! Also ... furbabies are family, too! If you've not yet sent your pet pictures in, there's still time!

Thoughts & Prayers

Dear God
Please remember all those in our congregation who are dealing with health issues and/or need an extra measure of God's grace.
  • Bill and Sylvia Roberts
  • Bob Brown
  • Cleo and Jim Carpenter
  • Cyn Jones
  • Debbie Cox
  • Dorothy Hunter's Family
  • Heidi Lauterbach (and Family)
  • Jessie Munkirs
  • Jim and Sue Rosenow
  • Pearl Jackson
  • Phyllis and Mike Conlon
  • Sally and Steve Hannaford
Our relationship with God means we can bring our prayers and requests, and ask for God’s healing hand on the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

If you, or someone you know, is in need of prayer and would like to be included on this list, please let us know.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us
. - 1 John 5:15 (NIV)
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Salvation in Christ

Reflection: Salvation Through Christ

Romans 10:9-13

9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

We have just celebrated the first Sunday in the Lent season. As we know, Lent is a time of preparation when we focus our spiritual hearts and minds on God. It’s a time to deny ourselves, through fasting, prayer, sacrificial giving, and penance. What better way to begin Lent than with the most basic Christian message, the gift of salvation. Our verses from Romans speaks to the heart of our faith.

Reflection Questions:

Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.
  • What do you think about salvation being a matter of the heart rather than an emotion? What does the assurance of salvation mean for you?
  • In what ways are you preparing for the Lent season, i.e. practicing spiritual disciplines, fasting, devoting more time to Scripture reading/prayer, etc.?


Help us, loving God, to take in the lessons from your Holy Word regarding our salvation. Let us never take for granted the gift of the cross. Let us come to you this Lent season in humbleness and gratitude for all you have done, and are doing in our lives. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Weekly at Journey

2019 Calendar


  • Life Group Bible Study
  • 6:30 PM @ Carol Steinke's Home


  • Scrabble
  • 12 PM @ McDonald's by Walmart
    (The free-standing building.)


  • Celebration of Life Breakfast for Dorothy Hunter
  • 9 PM @ The Duke
Coffee with the pastor will not be held this week so that our Journey family can attend this celebration.


  • Men's Breakfast
  • 9 AM @ The Duke
Journey's Choir will be on winter hiatus for a time. Check back here for information about our "start back up" date!

2019 Lenten Season

Ash Wednesday Service

7 PM @ Desert Wind School
Combined Service; Maricopa Lutheran
35565 W. Honeycutt Rd.
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Giving to Journey United Methodist Fellowship

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Across the Connection


40 Days of Lent: Find your own spiritual path

During Ash Wednesday services on the first day of Lent, many United Methodist pastors will invite their congregations “to observe a holy Lent: by self–examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self–denial; and by reading and meditating on God's Holy Word” (from the United Methodist Book of Worship). While you may be aware of this season leading up to Easter, you may wonder how you might “observe a holy Lent.”

There is no one prescribed way. Instead, we are each encouraged to find our own method of confronting our sinfulness, remembering our mortality, and giving thanks for the gift of salvation we receive through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Let Love Be Genuine

I sat with a great deal of hope. The Bishops, delegates, and observers at the called session of General Conference gathered on Saturday, February 23, for a day of prayer. It was a powerful time, led by Bishop Bob. We were asked to “lay down our weapons of war” and to seek the will of God, with a true sense of humility. I wanted it to be the way the people of Christ lived.
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