Lenten Opportunities 2018

TABLE TALK:  Food, Friends and Conversation

Wednesday nights in Lent in Lyle Buck Hall – February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21

Soup Supper begins at 6:30 p.m.
Conversation happens from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
We close by sharing Communion at 8:15-8:30 p.m.

A Bigger Table:  Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community,
by John Pavlovitz. (Available from Amazon, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble)

Can the church be the kind of community that we see in the life and ministry of Jesus – where everyone matters, everyone is included and everyone counts? Come and have conversation about how the “table fellowship” Jesus inspires us to practice shapes and challenges us. Child care will be available.

Lenten Spirituality Center

Children, youth and adults are invited to take time this holy season to visit the Spirituality Center set up in Branch Hall. The Spirituality Center is a collection of prayer stations which make use of different materials to help expand our understanding and experience of prayer. They provide interactive ways to deepen our journey with God. The stations will be rotated throughout Lent so you are encouraged to visit more than once. Child-friendly stations will also be available so this is a great activity for the whole family.

The Spirituality Center will be open daily throughout Lent, Ash Wednesday, February 14—Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. Come as often as you like.

2018 Journey to Jerusalem

Our annual discipline of caring for our bodies kicks off on Ash Wednesday, February 14—so start getting ready to walk, run, swim, dribble, kick, bike, row, skate, yoga, Zumba® your way to Jerusalem during Lent.

Everybody can participate—children, youth, younger adults and older adults! 20 minutes of sustained activity equals one mile. 2,000 steps equals one mile. A sign-up sheet to let everyone know the kinds of activates you’re undertaking is at the Welcome Desk, and that’s where you’ll be able to pick up and leave the report slips.

Tread Lightly for Lent

The Lent 2018 daily reflection- action calendar, “Tread Lightly for Lent,” is now available. The calendar was created by the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s Environmental Ministries and Enough for Everyone offices. Pick up one at the Welcome Desk or go to www.presbyterianmission.org/resource/tread-lightly-lent-2018/

In Lent, we reflect on Christ’s ministry, death, and resurrection. We slow down, take time, and examine our internal spiritual lives and the way we live out our Christian faith in the world around. This Lenten calendar begins with ways to prepare ourselves for the Lent and Easter season and then moves to weekly foci of women, creation, water, consumption, and social justice. Ideas for action can be used by congregations as well as individuals.

Maryland Lenten Creation Care Calendar 2018

Because the world can change a lot in 40 days.

Lent is a time for prayer, fasting, and more intentional sharing. This year, our church is joining with many others in heeding the call to be stewards of God’s Creation throughout this season. Pick up a Maryland Lenten Creation Calendar at the Welcome Desk. May this calendar remind us to be more mindful of the ways that our daily habits impact both “our common home” and all those with whom we share it.

Lenten Quiet Days

WednesdayThursday, March 7-8, 2018 9:00 a.m.9:00 p.m.
Friday, March 9, 2018 9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
in the Sanctuary

Come, walk the labyrinth … meditate … write … read … color … consider … pray …

The canvas labyrinth will be laid on the floor in the sanctuary. There will be other places around the labyrinth for you to read, pray, light candles, draw, – simply time to find peace, light and courage this season. The Spirituality Center will be in Branch Hall (see description above).