Dear Friends,
The Lenten season is one of the most important seasons of the church year for our spiritual growth as it inevitably leads us to Holy Week and Easter, the crown jewel expression of our faith. The following activities are intended to deepen our spiritual readiness.

Pastor’s Lenten Bible Study, Mondays, March 2 – 30, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Session 1 and 2: We will study the scriptures from Leviticus and Romans that have been historically used as ruling out same-sex relationships. There will be a brief video of a United Methodist scholar’s presentation on the subject. Followed by plenty of time for reflection, small group discussion.

The next three sessions will look at other scriptures that are often misinterpreted/misunderstood. We will use Adam Hamilton’s book, Half Truths to explore these topics:

Session 3: Everything Happens for a Reason
Session 4: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves
Session 5: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle

Each of these sessions will include a video presentation from Adam Hamilton and ample opportunity to discuss with each other. It would be helpful if you contacted the church office to indicate your intention to attend. Also, even if you know you aren’t able or inclined to attend all the sessions, you are welcome at any of them.

Lenten Devotional
This is a traditional time for giving extra attention to our daily spiritual practice. The Lenten devotional booklet is provided by the generosity of the Library Committee, as has been their practice. The Upper Room devotional booklet is also available in the church office. If you don’t have a daily practice of devotion, this would be an appropriate time to explore a new discipline for your spiritual life.

The blessing of Lent be upon us all,
Denny Silk, Pastor