Lent, which began on Ash Wednesday, is the forty-day season of reflection and preparation for the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is a time of repentance, of considering Christ’s sufferings and rethinking how we are called to take up our own crosses. Some of us give up things like chocolate or television or Facebook during this season as a sort of fasting, and others try to integrate something new into their lives, like visiting folks in prison, sewing clothes, exercising, or praying. It is a good season to rethink how we live and to let some things go, or maybe even develop some new holy habits.

Ash Wednesday Worship
Wednesday, March 1 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Lenten Bible Study
Wednesday nights during Lent at 6:00 pm in Fellowship Hall
March 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5

Join us on Wednesday nights during Lent, in Fellowship Hall, as Pastor Jim leads a Bible study based on the book The Questions of Jesus: Challenging Ourselves to Discover Life’s Great Answers. Each week we will study several of Jesus’ questions grouped under a particular theme, reflecting on its context, its meaning for Jesus, and its meaning for us today. It is not necessary to read the book or to be a biblical scholar to participate – the only necessities are a curious mind and an open heart. Sitting with the questions of Jesus may lead us to a renewed interest in the Scriptures and the story of Jesus. But even more, it may lead the way to a deeper understanding of the meaning of our lives and our relationship with God.

The Gospels are filled with stories, actions, parables, miracles, commandments, declarations, imperatives, and incidents from the dramatic life of Jesus. But they are also filled with the questions Jesus asked: 307 questions, as a matter of fact. Jesus has a question for everyone he meets, for every occasion, for every experience. Most of Jesus’ questions were never answered. Indeed, most of them have been deliberately ignored. Two thousand years after Jesus first appeared, these questions still await our answers.

Palm Sunday and the Jerusalem Festival
Sunday, April 9
From 9am – 12 Noon, Gleason Hall will be transformed into a 1st Century Jerusalem Marketplace. Visit a Jewish temple, shop in the local market, visit the petting zoo, and more.
The 10:30 am worship service will begin with the children’s procession with palms into the Sanctuary.
This is a special Sunday in the life of the church. We hope that you and your families will join us.

Maundy Thursday Worship
Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary

Good Friday Community Worship at St. Mark
Friday, April 14 at 3:00 pm

Youth-Led Easter Vigil Worship
Saturday, April 15 at 5:00 pm in Fellowship Hall

Easter Sunday – the Resurrection of the Lord!
Sunday, April 16
Worship services at 8:30 am and 10:30 am in the Sanctuary