Saturday, February 6, 2016

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE

Our annual Ash Wednesday service to mark the beginning of the 40-day period of prayer and self-denial known as Lent will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. This contemplative service will include the imposition of ashes – marking our foreheads as an outward sign of our spiritual repentance.

On the Christian calendar, Lent is a 40-day period in which Christians re-enact Jesus' time of spiritual temptation in the wilderness (Mark 1:12-13). Traditionally Lent is a time for us to review our lives and faith practices, and to re-tune ourselves in closer connection to God.

This year our Lenten theme is "Gifts of the Dark Wood." Rev. Nancy DeStefano will be preaching and teaching from the book "Gifts of the Dark Wood," by the Rev. Eric Elnes (ell-ness). The book focuses on how to discern God's presence even in the dark and challenging times of our lives.

For those unfamiliar with him, Eric is a pastor, speaker, and media host. He is the author of The Phoenix Affirmations: A New Vision for the Future of
Christianity and Asphalt Jesus: Finding a New Christian Faith on the Highways of America, which inspired a feature-length film called "The Asphalt Gospel." Since then, his interactive weekly webcast “Darkwood Brew” has gathered people from around the world for an engaging exploration of Convergence Christianity. Elnes lives with his wife and daughters in Omaha, Neb., where he serves as senior pastor of Countryside Community Church (UCC).

Click here to purchase "Gifts of the Dark Woods."

The Enneagram - Know Your Number!


9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb, 20

This day of reflection during Lent is an opportunity to get to know better the special YOU that God has creat-ed. The Enneagram is a system of numbers that describes human behavior. You decide your own number!

You will learn a little about what makes you tick, why you do what you do, and how you can grow in your spiritual journey to be all that God created you to be. It is fun, it's interesting, and it can be a transforming experience! It's for everyone – young and old! Couples love learning about each other! Once you know all the numbers you will also understand family members, co-workers and friends a bit better too.

To keep things simple, bring your own lunch. We will have some breakfast munchies. The day will begin with prayer and end with Holy Communion. Mark your calendar and plan on coming. Bring a friend. (If it snows on Feb. 20, we will meet the following week.)

Sign up in the foyer or contact Rev. Nancy or church office.

Methodist Identity Study

Methodist Identity Study - What/Who is a Methodist, and Why Am I One?
Wednesday nights at 7 PM

Even if you have not attended a class yet, if one of the topics below interests you, come on!!
Topics include:

Feb. 17: Social Principles and the Book of Resolutions
Feb. 24: Polity, Structure and the Book of Discipline
March 2: General Conference 2016
(No study Feb. 10 because of Ash Wednesday service)

NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN THE STUDY!! COME WHEN YOU CAN!!