Sunday Feb. 18th
Ash Wednesday Worship – Tonight! at 5:15pm
Join for a 30 minute worship service to begin the season of Lent with reflection, silence, and the imposition of ashes as we turn toward Jerusalem for forty days.
Lent begins on Wednesday
Our theme will be “stonecatchers: 40 day of letting go & receiving grace.” This theme idea came from an illustration in Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy. Stevenson is a lawyer who helps to work for a more holistic justice system. He wrote about a time where a woman called him a “stone catcher,” because most people just throw stones at each other. He, however, was in the business of catching the stones being thrown. This season of Lent, we are going to be in the business of catching the stones being thrown—stones of greed, exclusion, entitlement, and silencing. Join in worship these next 40 days to become a stone catcher instead of a stone thrower.
What will you do for Lent?
Lent invites us to journey with Christ to the cross—often giving up something or adding a practice the 40 days of Lent to help us grow closer to God. There will be several books and devotionals to borrow from Pastor Lora, but here are some other good ideas:
Rachel Held Evans compiled list of suggestions:
40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge:
“Keep Watch With Me” Daily Email Reflections
from diverse voices (including several of Pastor Lora’s Vandy classmates!)
Whatever you choose to do, may it be a holy and beautiful time in your relationship with God!
Lenten Racial Reconciliation Bible Study
Starting Thursday, February 22nd Student Pastor, Shayla Jordan, will be leading a racial reconciliation lent study on Welcoming Justice: God’s Movement Toward Beloved Community by Charles Marsh. Each Thursday at 7pm here at the church the group will be diving deep into the structures that enforce racism in our society and how God calls us to live the path of reconciliation. To sign up, contact Shayla (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let her know whether you will purchase the book yourself or if we need to order ($17 each). Book Link: https://smile.amazon.com/
March 4th Luncheon with the Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation:
We will be hosting Alan Herndon, president of the Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation, to give the presentation “Reaching Future Generations Through Charitable Giving: Sustaining the United Methodist Witness.” He will be sharing about planned giving opportunities and the other opportunities our Foundation brings us. This will be an information session only (you will not be asked about your own giving). The luncheon will be right after church. Please RSVP to the office so we know how many to have for food. Click here for the poster for more information:
Annual Conference Childcare Workers and Supplies Needed
With the Great Plains Annual Conference being held June 13-16 this summer at Century II in Wichita, the Wichita District churches have the opportunity to offer hospitality to some of our youngest members. We are looking for experienced (Safe Gatherings Certified) workers who are interested in offering childcare as lead teachers (pay is $11/hour) or as assistants (pay is $9/hour) for infants up to 5thgrade.
Contact Rev. Kim Dickerson-Oard at (316) 682-6518 or email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your help!
Help For Africa- A Note from Cherri Baer
Young women in several African countries cannot attend school during the week of their body’s monthly cycle. PROJECT PATRICIA has made more than 5,000 reusable hygiene kits which are hand-delivered by missionaries to villages in those countries. The girls are then allowed to go to school and other places.Women of Grace are invited to help construct 30 of these kits during LENT minimum cutting and sewing is needed.
WHEN: February 22, March 1,8, 15 and 22
WHERE: Hathaway’s 1609 E. 11th Ave.
SUPPLIES: pair of scissors
TIME: 1:30-2:30 pm
Call Cherri Baer for more information: 221-3678 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to spend time helping kids grow in their faith
(while having loads of fun)? Leading FACEtime is an easy way to do just that! To sign up to lead FACEtime contact Madison at Madison.email@example.com or click this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e054aacad2aa5ff2-facetime. If you have any questions about FACEtime feel free to email or call Madison. Email: Madison.firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: (913)961-2241.
From Church and Society
1) The documentary film, Food/Evolution will be shown at Southwestern College this Thursday evening at 6 pm in Beech Science Hall Room 104. The film is narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and it focuses upon solutions to the world food crisis, including a focus upon GMOs (genetically modified organisms). The length of the film is one and
one-half hours with a panel discussion to follow. The showing of the documentary is sponsored by Southwestern College and the Kansas Farm Bureau.
2) A video titled “Before the Flood” and produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio is available on-line. This you-tube video focuses upon climate change:
Great Plains Connect
Each week the Great Plains Annual Conference publishes their weekly email announcements just like we do for Grace. We will be giving you all a link to this content if you would like to read it. Click here to read this week’s addition!