A Word from our Pastor

“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to
the LORD.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Psalm 32:5
Ash Wednesday, March 1st, begins the Lenten season, which is the 40 day period leading up to Easter and is observed by the church as a period of self-examination, repentance and preparation in which to celebrate our
risen Lord on Easter morning. Lent has also been the period of time in which new converts were prepared for baptism on Easter or the fallen have been prepared for restoration to the body of Christ. I think we can all agree that
Lent is a season of rich, deep meaning in the life of the church and the individual believer. Traditionally, believers have been urged to abstain from or give up something during Lent as a practice of selfdenial or sacrifice; this practice
reflects our love and gratitude for the sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ. In recent years, believers have drifted away from this practice of self-denial to embrace a new practice of “taking up” something during Lent instead
of “giving up” something that we currently do or enjoy. While there is a form of sacrifice in taking up something
new – like adding 15 more minutes to your morning devotion – there is nothing like having to say ‘no’ to yourself when you have given up something for Lent. The discipline of denying ourselves helps us in our fight to overcome temptation and persevere through trials. There is intentionality in following the practice selfdenial: every single time we overcome temptation during Lent, it is a strong and constant reminder that we make the choice to live for Christ
every day…in other words, we choose to live for Him on purpose. My prayer for you this Lenten season is that it will be rich, deep, and faith building as we journey toward a most glorious Easter day!
In His great mercy and love,
Rev. Barbara

Soup for Soul

Join us for Soup for the Soul the fourth Tuesday of the month at 11:00 am. Rev. Barbara will be providing a devotional after lunch. It is a great time of fellowship and food. We hope you will make plans to join us on March 28th at 11am. Everyone is invited, come spend your Tuesday lunch with us!!!