March 12, 19, 26:
11:00 AM & 6:30 PM
Youth Lock Out (Gr. 5-12)
Mission U - Dealing with Tough Questions
March 22, 29:
Red Cross Bloodmobile
Parenting the Smartphone Generation Workshop
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Spring Splash Arts & Carfts Boutique
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“Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed… Then all mankind will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”
Isaiah 49:23b, 26b
Let's Talk Lent
by Pastor Jon Haakana
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting or abstinence we call Lent. There is actually 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, and six are Sundays. As the Christian sabbath, Sundays are not included in the fasting period and are instead "feast" days during Lent. The season of Lent emphasizes sorrow over sin, and having a repentant heart. But, what about some of the “practices” of Lent?
Imposition of Ashes - Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a celebration and reminder of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday. This ancient act is a gesture of repentance and a powerful reminder about the meaning of the day. Ashes can symbolize dust-to-dustness and remind worshipers of the need for cleansing, scrubbing and purifying…..