If there is one thing that all of us, regardless of faith commitment, church affiliation, political persuasion, economic status, educational background can agree on it is this: these are challenging times for churches, communities, and our nation. We can do three things when the going gets a bit rough. One, bury our heads in the sand and pray for things to just get better. Two, address the current challenges in the same way we did in the past. Three, remember that God is our refuge and strength a very present help in times of trouble. Together, we can turn to the God who is our refuge and strength to help us now – in these challenging times. Throughout the season of Lent, I invite you to join us for two promising opportunities to grow and deepen our faith together.
ON SUNDAY MORNINGS AT 9:45 IN THE LOUNGE:
The Journey to Jerusalem: A story of Jesus’ Last Days. In this imaginative retelling, author John Pritchard, a Bishop of Oxford from 2007 – 2014, explores the gospel of Luke by looking through the eyes of the disciple John. The Journey to Jerusalem provides weekday readings for Lent from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday, along with a poem for each Saturday.
ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS AT 7:00 IN THE LOUNGE:
Last year’s Wednesday evening classes proved to be a source of inspiration and fellowship for all participants. I anticipate that we will have the same uplifting experience this year. Holy Solitude: Lenten Reflections with Saints, Hermits, Prophets, and Rebels by Heidi Haverkamp, a writer, preacher, and retreat leader whose focus is spiritual development. Our faith is full of heroes who experienced God powerfully in solitude. Heidi Haverkamp offers their inspiring stories, thoughtful daily reflections, and practical spiritual disciplines to discover how time apart can open our eyes, ears, minds, and hearts to the still, small voice of God – and transform us for a life of faith and service.
AN ON-LINE LENTEN COMMUNITY?
I am a novice at social media, but a novice who is willing to learn. I am looking for a way to open the above two discipleship opportunities on-line. Most all of us have access to email, the FPCE website, or Facebook page. I am sure we can develop a way for you (and your friends?) to deepen their faith using the social media technology that is all around us