Being the Beloved Community - Our Lenten Journey

Our journey together this Lenten season will be different than in the recent past.  For one thing, it is a time of heightened excitement and anticipation as we prepare to receive our new settled pastor, Rev. Sarah Lund.   On the other hand, it is a time of sadness as we prepare to say goodbye to Rev. Michael.  But isn't that how Lent has always been - a time of reflection on what to let go of in order to make room for what will be?  Lent can be a solitary journey of self reflection, but it can also be a journey embarked upon together by the community of faith. 

Our them for 2018 is "Being the Beloved Community" and our programming will explore this theme in various ways.   In past years, we have scheduled our Lenten gatherings to be on Wednesday evenings, preceded by a soup supper.  This year our gatherings will be at different times in order that more people will be able to participate in at least some of the gatherings.   Please put the following dates and times on your calendar and plan to join in.

Opportunities to celebrate Rev. Montgomery’s time with us: a Lenten supper on February 21, the official celebration on February 24 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and his last worship services with us on February 25.  All are welcome!

February Worship Themes

February 4 | A Place of Healing 

Based on Isaiah 40:21-31 and Mark 1:29-39, the Scriptural
foundation on the work of Jesus and the power of God as relates to healing
raises a challenge to churches: how can we be places of healing? Communion
will be served.

February 11 | A Place of Light. Based on 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 and Mar 9:2-9. In times when it
seems like the night rises among us, the insights Paul and the gospels about
Jesus being a source of light for our lives seems particularly important. What
does it mean for the church to be a place of light, where we see more clearly and
are a source of light for the world?

February 14 | Ash Wednesday: A time of focus and blessing

We will celebrate Taize-style
with chanting and reflection with optional communion and the imposition of
ashes. And it’s St. Valentine’s Day! What could be more appropriate (we are
working on how to fit these two themes together!)

February 18 | A Place of Christ’s Presence

Based on 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 and Ephesians
4:1-16, we look at what it means for the church to be the Body of Christ.

February 25 |  A Place of God’s Blessing

 Based on Genesis 12, 1 Corinthians 13 and Matthew
5:13-16, we reflect on the church as being a place where people discover God’s
blessings. This will be Dr. Montgomery’s last Sunday with us!

New Creation Worship Themes

February 4: We continue our theme of expressing our devotion to God by experiencing a
‘Quaker meeting’ style of worship: silence and speaking only when the Spirit
says ‘Speak!’

February 11: How have other people’s lives have influenced our lives of faith.  Who have been

our exemplars? Shaped us through their examples.  Romans 16.

February 18: Lent is a time when Christians prepared for baptism and formally choosing to
follow Christ.  Which raises the question of other than penance for our sins, what
is important to progressive Christians in following Jesus?  We begin by asking the
basic question: “What’s Important about Jesus?”  

February 25: How do we follow Jesus?  By showing compassion for others! Dr.

Montgomery’s last Sunday with us.

Lenten Events

Wednesday Feb 21  "Lessons and Challenges for our Community," presented by Rev. Michael in his signature interactive style.   Please join us at 6:15 for a light supper.  The program begins at 7:00 PM

Wednesday Feb 28  The Green Team will present on how the Beloved Community cares for God's beloved creation.  Please join us at 6:15 for a light supperThe program begins at 7:00 PM.

Sunday March 4, 1:00-4:00 PM.  A workshop on communication presented by guest speaker Cynthia Drouin.  Ms. Drouin graduated from Christian Theological Seminary in 2016 with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She is a  Licensed Mental Health Counseling Associate, working towards full licensure.   She is skilled at teaching groups of diverse people ways of communicating that help them set and meet their goals while at the same time affirming one another even when compromise is necessary.  Ms. Drouin has a history with FCC; she grew up in our church and is the daughter of the beloved Rev. Waldo Savage.  Come join us for an afternoon of learning and practicing ways of communicating within the beloved community.

Sunday March 11 7:00 PM  The folks from New Creation will present a Lenten program that will help us all deepen our faith through creative and innovative approaches to the scriptures.  Come and be prepared to be inspired!  Better yet, come an experience New Creation worship service from 5:30 - 6:30; enjoy a light meal from 6:30 - 7:00 and stay for the Lenten program. 

Week of March 18    TBA