Our Lenten Journey to the cross with Christ, begins Ash Wednesday, February 14.  During this season of quiet reflection and repentance, you’re invited to join us for worship on Sundays and Wednesday evenings.

 

Ash Wednesday worship will be held at 7 pm in the sanctuary.  The Imposition of Ashes will be observed and Holy Communion will be celebrated.

 

During Sunday morning worship, as well as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter, we’ll use road signs to help us think about our life in Christ.  Those signs are:  U-Turn, Stop, Merge, Yield, One Way, Dead End, Road Narrows, Food, Cross Road, Road Work Ahead.

 

For Wednesday Evening Lenten worship, Adam Hamilton’s Creed will guide our time together.  In this series, Hamilton helps us address the tough questions of life by looking for answers in the Apostles’ Creed.  We’ll consider some of the important questions of life, reality and truth through the lens of the creed, and will think about what Christians believe, why we believe it and why what we believe matters.  This informal worship service will be held at 7 pm in Fellowship Hall the last five Wednesdays in Lent.

A simple Lenten Supper will be served at 6 pm on Wednesdays during Lent.  Barb Meyer is coordinating the suppers.  If you wish to provide all or a portion of a meal, please be in touch with Barb.

Lenten Disciplines

The season of Lent is often a time when people purposefully engage in a special spiritual discipline.  For some, it’s attending worship both Sundays and mid-week.   Others expand their devotional life.  Still others choose to give up something during the season—meat, sweets, alcohol are popular Lenten denial pledges.

 

In addition to your own Lenten disciplines, Faith offers the following discipline choices:

 

Lenten Denial offering folders are available for pick up at the church.  A suggested contribution of $1 for each of the 40 days of Lent is suggested.

 

Donations from your bounty!  Last year, many of you participated in this offering that asked you to consider giving up something from your closet.  Each day of Lent, you’re asked to take something from your closet, kitchen, home or workshop that you no longer need or use, and put it in a trash bag.

 

At the end of Lent, you can take your bags of clothing and home goods to a thrift shop.  St. Vincent DePaul is a great choice as the proceeds from these stores helps provide emergency housing for individuals who are homeless.  They partner, in part, with Family Promise.  The building materials, light fixtures, tools, furniture and the like may be donated to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.   There are pick up services available for large items like furniture.  Details about donating to the ReStore are available at http://hfhrestore.org/

 

If you prefer, you may bring your donations to church from April 8 to 29, and we’ll make sure those donations make their way to the appropriate ministry.

 

To make things more convenient for you, garbage bags, tied with a ribbon, will be available for pick-up in the church narthex beginning the middle of this month.

 

 

 

To Guide Your Lenten Devotions

 

Psalms for Lent provides a daily walk through the Psalms with an eye toward the cross of Christ.  The reflections focus on repentance, reconciliation and renewal. Each day will include specially selected verses from a psalm with prompts at the end of each reflection to read the entire psalm referenced. Be enriched each day by the words of this ancient songbook that speak directly to our journey with the Lord.  The devotionals are available at both entrances to the sanctuary.

 

Hosanna to the King is a sticker and devotional resource for children that encourages them  children to cover the road with palm branches and coats this Lent as we all welcome our Savior and King, Jesus, on his journey to the cross. Each day, a colorful sticker is added to the easy-to-assemble circular centerpiece. As the road fills, move Jesus and his donkey around the circle to mark each of the 40 days of Lent. On Easter, celebrate our risen King who welcomes us to join him around his heavenly throne.  The devotionals will be handed out to the kids in KFC.