Lent Begins With Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday, February 14, marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is a season of 40 days not counting Sundays that begins with Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter). Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word Lencten, which means “spring.” The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter. Historically, Lent began as period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time for penance by all Christians. Somber colors such as purple or ash gray and rough-textured cloth is used in the materials for Lenten liturgical art (excerpted from the United Methodist Book of Worship).
Due to the fact that Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day this year, we will not have our traditional Ash Wednesday service. Instead, the sanctuary will be open 7-7:30 AM and 7-7:30 PM for prayer and Pastor Kathy will be present to offer ashes for those who would like to receive them.
We will observe Lent with Thursday night Lenten services, beginning of February 22 and ending on March 22. Childcare is provided for each service. If you would like a ride, please call the church office in advance. During these services, members of the congregation will share their wilderness or valley experiences. Services will be held in the sanctuary from 7:00-7:30 PM.
Financial Peace University
What would it be like if you could save, spend and give more? Be ready for emergencies? Or Christmas giving?
Learn how to become debt free and build a solid foundation for your family’s future. This nine week course starts 3/02/18 at 6:30 p.m., held at EGUMC in Ed. Bldg., Room 2.
Register online at https://fpu.com/10562a5 and order your kit at least two weeks in advance. Kits will not be available in class.
Childcare is available for $5 per family/per class, with advance notice. For more information, contact Nikki Raney via the church office at 916-686-8303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeannine Hobkirk, retired school principal, a mother and grandmother who has a special needs grand child will be offering a STEP Parent class (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) this spring along with Nancy Myers, a retired teacher, mother and grandmother. Both Nancy and Jeannine have taught a parenting class in the past.
The class provides a practical approach to raising young children and an opportunity to be in a supportive environment with other parents. This course is particularly geared towards children under age 6. The class will be offered for 7 Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:00 PM, beginning March 7 and ending on April 25 (not meeting on March 28). It will be held at EGUMC in Ed. Bldg., Room 2.
Child care will be provided from 6:15-8:15. Please RSVP to Krista Whitehead by March 1.
Call or email the church office to reserve a spot (916-686-8303 or email@example.com).