Lent


Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, meaning “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of spring. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by new converts and then became a time of penance by all Christians. Today, Christians focus on the relationship with God, growing as disciples and extending ourselves, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of ourselves for others.

Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter." This is why you will see the designation "Sunday in Lent" rather than "Sunday of Lent" in the naming of these Sundays. On each Lord's Day in Lent, while Lenten fasts continue, the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.
Finding Joy in The Spiritual Disciplines a Lenten Study. Is it possible to find JOY in the Spiritual Disciplines? Actually, not only is it possible, it is the expected result of time spent growing closer to Christ! During this season of Lent, we will focus on practicing six of the Spiritual Disciplines, with an eye toward incorporating them with JOY as a natural part of our everyday lives. A short video highlighting each week’s discipline will be made available on Sundays starting February 14, with special attention given to methods for implementing the practice—both for individuals and for families. We will meet as a group on Thursday evenings at 8 pm starting February 25 to share tips, insights, obstacles, and revelations about each practice. Reading along with the book, which is a study of Philippians entitled Because of this I Rejoice by Max O. Vincent, is helpful but not at all necessary.

To sign-up for this study, click here.
Intro Video
Week 1

Week 2
Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6
People Along the Journey a Lenten Study: You are invited to join Amy Beckwith on a 6-week Lenten journey to meet and learn about some of the people Jesus interacted with throughout his ministry. The Gospel of John will be our guide as we take this journey to different places where we will meet people from all walks of life who had the opportunity to meet Jesus. Like the journey through Lent, our journey will end with two of Jesus’ last interactions before he went to the cross. Our first meeting will be on February 16 at 7 pm on Zoom. Sign Up Here.
For more information, watch this short video.

Remember & Recommit The History and Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement is a ten-session class focusing on the major campaigns and leaders of the modern Civil Rights Movement (1954-1968). The witness and faith-based principles of the Civil Rights Movement provide guidance and hope for continuing the struggle for racial justice today. Each 90-minute session includes a large group presentation and facilitated small group conversation. Because the material covered in the class is in chronological order and builds on the previous session, participants are strongly encouraged to attend all class sessions.
WHY: Racism is a sin at the heart of our nation’s history for 400 years. It has taken many forms (individually and structurally) over the years and continues to separate and oppress people today. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to address and repent from the sin of racism in its many forms and commit to racial justice and reconciliation.
WHEN: Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:00 via Zoom. Our first class will be February 25. SIGN-UP REQUIRED Use the following link to sign up and provide your email, so you can receive the Zoom link, click here to sign-up. If you have questions please contact Greg Merlo.
Maundy Thursday:
Drive-Thru Experience - 7:30 pm - 8:45 on the church grounds
Online Service - 5:00 pm
Good Friday:
Online Service - 6 am
Easter Sunday:
Outside Service: 9 am & 11 am
Online Service: 10 am

Ash Wednesday Online Service: February 17, 6 am. More information coming soon on additional events and services during lent.