February 16               7:00 p.m.     Mid-Week Devotion Service Online
February 17      1-2:00 p.m.  Ash Wednesday Parking Lot Ashes and Communion
5:30 – 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday Parking Lot Ashes and Communion
(Lenten Kit pick-up during both time frames)
7:30 p.m.     Joint Ash Wednesday Online Service
February 18       7:30 p.m.     Church Council Zoom Mtg.
February 21       9:00 a.m.     Worship Service Online
10:30 a.m.     Special Congregational Zoom meeting in Parking Lot
Lent-At-Home Kits can be picked up

Lent-At-Home Kits

  • To help you and your household journey through the season of Lent, we have prepared Lent-At-Home Kits.  We have Kits for households of all ages.  Kits will include things like Lenten devotional books, Lent Activity Eggs, Lent Words of the Day cards . . . and more!
  • If you would like to have a kit delivered to your home, please leave a message at the church office or email Pastor Melissa at
  • Kits will be available for pick-up on:
    • During Ash Wednesday Parking Lot Ashes and Communion on Feb. 17th 1:00-2:00 p.m. and 5:30-7:00 p.m.
    • At our special Parking Lot Congregational Meeting on Feb. 21st  at 10:30 a.m.

Ash Wednesday

  • On Ash Wednesday, February 17th, we will be offering Parking Lot Ashes and Communion.  We invite you to stop by the church parking lot anytime between 1:00-2:00 or 5:30-7:00 p.m. to receive the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion.
  • We will worship with our friends at Sandy Mount United Methodist Church for an online Ash Wednesday Worship, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the church website, Facebook page, and Youtube channel.  Pastor Kathy Altman will be preaching.
  • We invite you to have water or dirt on-hand for a variation on the imposition of ashes.  We will also celebrate Holy Communion as a part of the service, for which you will need bread or crackers and wine or grape juice.

Online Bible Study

  • We are excited to begin a new online Bible Study using Amy-Jill Levine’s Book “Entering the Passion of Jesus.”
  • We will gather together on Wednesday evenings, beginning Feb. 24th at 7:00 p.m., via Zoom.
  • For this study, you will need the book “Entering the Passion of Jesus” which can be purchased on using this link: This book is available in both paperback and kindle editions.  If you would prefer, we can order a copy for you and get it to you before the study.
  • If you would like us to order you a copy, please leave a message at the church office or email Pastor Melissa at
  • Before the first meeting on Feb. 24th, please read the Introduction to the book to prepare for the discussion.
  • You can join the class on Zoom using the following information:
Meeting ID: 828 5220 2869
Passcode: Lent2021
– To join the meeting by calling in on a telephone:
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
Meeting ID: 828 5220 2869
Passcode: 16670305 


  • Physically Distant Home Communion Visits
    • Contact the church office (410-848-8923 or if you wish our Lay Eucharistic Ministers to arrange a Physically Distant Home Communion visit.
    • The Lay Eucharistic Minister will give you a call when they arrive at your home to let you know that a pre-consecrated communion kit containing a wafer and grape juice is on your porch/doorstep. A blessing.


  • Mid-week devotions are shared on Tuesdays and posted at 7:00 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube.
    • Pastor Melissa is looking for Members to share your faith story, a prayer important to you, or something you may have read that speaks to you.
    • You may record on your own and send to pastor or arrange a time to meet at the church for recording with her.
  • Our online Sunday Worship Service is posted at 9:00 a.m. on Facebook and YouTube.
  • You will receive links to the online services by email on Saturdays and Tuesdays.
  • You can now participate in worship via telephone.
    • Available for all but we encourage those who do not have a smart phone or internet access tojoin us using this format.
  • Call 855-984-0707. Listen to the prompts.
  • Services will be available Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
  • You can access and listen at your convenience.


  • Physically Distant Home Communion Visits
    • Contact the church office (410-848-8923 or if you wish our Lay Eucharistic Ministers to arrange a Physically Distant Home Communion visit.
    • The Lay Eucharistic Minister will give you a call when they arrive at your home to let you know that a pre-consecrated communion kit containing a wafer and grape juice is on your porch/doorstep. A blessing.
    • Parking Lot Communion for February will be offered on Sunday, February 21st from 1:00-3:00 p.m.  The kits will be consecrated at the worship service held prior to the scheduled times. Using proper PPE, she will share a blessing and give you your kit to take home or to spend a few minutes in the parking lot.


  • CONGREGATIONAL MEETING-On February 21st there will be a special congregational meeting. The issue on the agenda is the replacement of the air-conditioning system in the Social Hall. The current unit stopped working last fall.  The property committee has been working on getting bids for replacement.
  • Attached is a copy of the bid the council has accepted as the recommendation of the property committee. (Page 7) Since the bid is over the limit of the council’s spending authorization, the issue must be voted on at a special congregational meeting.

The meeting will be held in the parking lot using Zoom which members can access in their cars via phone/iPad/tablet.  According to the current constitution, only those present are allowed to vote. Details will follow in future Power Lines.

  • Member Giving reminders:
    • Mail your offering to the church office: 833 Deer Park Rd, Westminster, MD 21157
    • Drop off your offering at the church using the Drop Box located at the rear of the church on the lower-level back entrance.  (Do not use the mailbox.)
    • Create a Tithely account (download the app to your smartphone or create an account online and quickly transfer funds to the church account)


  • What month is Valentine’s Day?  Yes, everyone knows it is February!  From when we exchanged Valentine cards in school, to when we grow up to adulthood, we recognize those bright red heart displays of candy, cards, and flowers.
  • But does seeing those hearts ever remind you of anything else, like having a healthy heart?

February is Heart Health Month, a time for us to review how to take good care of our hearts.

How many risk factors do you know?

  • Risk factors that can be controlled:
  1. high blood pressure
  2. diabetes
  3. obesity
  4. inactivity
  5. unhealthy eating habits
  6. elevated cholesterol
  7. smoking
  • There are also risk factors we cannot control:
  1. race or ethnicity
  2. genetic factors
  3. age
  • As adults, we probably are aware of what risk factors we have, or may have.  During this extended time at home, we should take advantage of eating healthier. Add a vegetable or fruit to your meal.  Eat less snacks and sugar. Try new recipes, and if you live alone, maybe make enough to share with a friend or family member.
  • If you are on prescription medication for your heart, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, be sure that you are taking it as instructed by your doctor. If you have a home blood pressure machine, check it and write down the results.  If you are concerned about high numbers, contact your medical professional.
  • When the weather is not conducive to walk outside, try to take a cruise around your home.  You don’t need to jog, just walk at a comfortable pace for you. Enjoy seeing things in your surroundings that make you happy.
  • Our heart is the pump that keeps us alive, but I think our heart is also something deeper. “Have a heart”, “heart of gold”, heart to heart”, “kind-hearted”, these are a few of the ways we use the word “heart”.

May “your heart” show kindness and caring for others.  Take good care of it.  Be sure your heart shines with the light and goodness that God has given to you!

TECT Schedule

  • Joint Youth Group of Grace and Trinity Lutheran Churches for Youth 6th-12th Grade
  • Monthly TECT Meeting: Online the 2nd Sunday of each month

Shepherd’s Staff News

Blessings Closet 

  • Serving 2,500 households each year, our Blessings Closet provides free assistance with non-food essentials for household, hygiene, and personal care. This resource has helped families, seniors, disabled persons, veterans, working families, single parents, homeless adults and out-of-work individuals.
  • Items: deodorant, diapers, dish soap, disposable gloves, disinfecting wipes or spray, hand sanitizer, laundry detergent, paper towels, shampoo, toilet paper, trash bags, all sizes of Ziplock bags (underlined items are in highest demand). A satellite office is now open at Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church, 961 Johnsville Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784.

·      Contact Shepherd’s Staff at 410-854-5944 or 410-795-2777 ext.12 (Eldersburg office) with questions or to schedule a donation time.  Donations may also be mailed to PO Box 127, Westminster, MD 21158. You may also contact Kathy Knicely, Trinity’s liaison.


READINGS FOR WEEK:  February 15, 2021  
Monday-Psalm 6; 2 Chronicles 26:1-21; Acts 3:1-10
Tuesday-Psalm 6; 2 Kings 7:3-10; 1 Corinthians 10:14—11:1
Wednesday-Ash Wednesday-Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10;
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Thursday-Psalm 25:1-10; Daniel 9:1-14; 1 John 1:3-10
Friday-Psalm 25:1-10; Daniel 9:15-25a; 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Saturday-Psalm 25:1-10; Psalm 32; Matthew 9:2-13
Sunday-First Sunday in Lent-Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15

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