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Forget cooking and join your church family and friends on Wednesday nights for dinner and new program options. At least one Wednesday a month, a group program will be offered. On the other Wednesdays, you may choose to be a part of Patrick’s Bible study, or join Sarah Dennis and Sarah Morgan (a/k/a/ “the Sarah’s”) for a faith in films program, or enjoy the fellowship of others while you read, work on a craft, or just catch up on the week’s events.
HAVE YOU EVER READ THE BOOK OF REVELATION? The answer to this question for most Christians is “no”. It might be because of its strange, apocalyptic imagery. So for us, the question is should we read it? We’ll explore this question as we consider what the book might have meant to the earliest Christians and what it might mean to us as Christians today. This Bible study, led by Patrick Dennis, is one of three options you can choose for your Wednesday night programming on January 14, 21 or 28.
FAITH IN FILM We live in a culture where we are bombarded with images. At least once a day, most of us watch TV….the news, a show, a movie. Film, in all its forms, has a huge impact on our lives. And our faith. The way that we understand who God is, who our culture is saying God is and how we relate to each other as people made in God’s image are all relationships and dimensions that are explored in film. Each week we will discuss a film from it’s theological and faith application perspective. We will pick our films in advance, so we will not actually watch them in class, but our discussion will be based on the preselected film. Sarah Dennis and Sarah Morgan will lead these discussions.
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The season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and self-examination in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord at Easter. It is a period of 40 days — like the flood of Genesis, Moses’ sojourn at Mount Sinai, Elijah’s journey to Mount Horeb, Jonah’s call to Ninevah to repent and Jesus’ time of testing in the wilderness. (The Sundays in Lent are not counted in this reckoning of the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter, as every Lord’s Day is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.)
In the early church, Lent was a time of preparation for the celebration of baptism at the Easter Vigil. In many communities of faith it remains a time to equip and nurture candidates for baptism and confirmation and to reflect deeply on the theme of baptismal discipleship.
THURSDAY MID-DAY LENTEN STUDY; February 19 – March 26, 2015; Noon to 1:00 pm
(BYO Brown Bag Lunch, Beverage provided);
Facilitators: Sherry Flournoy and Diane Prevary
In life and in death, Jesus’ words were powerful and meaningful. Despite the serious effort and increased pain required for Jesus to speak as he hung on the cross, Gospel accounts attribute to him seven “final words”—statements that have much to teach us about Jesus, his Father, and ourselves:
Father Forgive Them
Behold Your Son…Behold Your Mother
My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?
Today You Will Be with Me in Paradise
It Is Finished
Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit
This study will explore & imagine these final words as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of those who stood near the cross. Each chapter begins with the biblical account followed by a first-person story as might have been told from the viewpoint of one of the characters at the cross. Then the chapter explores the meaning of Jesus’ dying words for our lives today. Cost of the hardback study book will be $10. In order to have enough study materials available, please register by February 8 on the friendship pads during worship or call the church office at 282-2860.