Lenten Series: The God We Can Know
Lent is one of the most important times in the Church calendar. It is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. Our lives are filled with distractions that take us away from living a life with Christ. Lent is a great time to “repent” - to return to God and re-focus our lives to be more in line with Jesus. It's a 40 day trial run in changing your lifestyle and letting God change your heart.
During Lent this year we are going to explore the “I Am” sayings of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. It will help us find and form an answer to the most essential question in the Christian faith, “Who do you say I am?”
Jesus’ “I Am” statements not only grab our imagination by revealing more about his purpose, they also shape our own Christian identity and connect us to the God of Moses, the Great I Am. Significant, yet ordinary, images of bread, light, shepherd, vine, and more give us insightful ways to experience Jesus anew and to discover a God who is close and wants to be known!
We will begin the season of Lent by gathering for an Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 18 at 7 pm. Communion and the Imposition of the Ashes will be important parts of this special service. Also, please consider participating in our Lenten Study. ~ Pastor Sheryl
Feb. 18: Ash Wednesday Service, 7 pm
Feb. 22: Knowing the Great “I Am”
Mar. 1: I Am the Bread of Life
Mar. 8: I Am the Light of the World
Mar. 15: I Am the Good Shepherd
Mar. 22: I Am the True Vine
Mar. 29: I Am the Way, the Truth & the Life
Apr. 3: Good Friday Service, 7 pm
Apr. 5: I Am The Resurrection & the Life (Easter)
Sunday Worship Schedule: traditional style worship at 9 am, Sunday school for all ages at 10 am, and contemporary style worship at 11 am.
During the winter months the Tuesday Night Men’s Group ministers to the homeless people of St. Louis. On Wednesday evenings they load the church van with supplies and drive to St. Louis. They follow a route with typically nine or ten stops at places where homeless people often stay. They check on their well-being, visit with them and give them sack dinners, warm clothing, blankets, water and other supplies. There are several ways you can help with this ministry:
- Join the men and women who are going out each week. If you've been interested in joining a ministry that works in a direct, face-to-face way, this could be your opportunity.
- Donate items that will be distributed to the homeless. Items that are always needed are: bottled water, firewood, candles, cheese or peanut butter crackers, socks, men’s and women’s gloves, Capri Sun drinks, hoodies and coats (big sizes), batteries (all sizes), blankets, sleeping bags, flashlights and battery operated radios. There are collections bins in the Helping Hallway at church.
- Pray for the homeless, and for those from St. John’s who are trying to reach out to them.
- Prepare 30 sack dinners that will be distributed each week. Food donations are also needed. Sign-up at the Servant Center.
Thank you to everyone who has provided food and supplies for these trips. The sack dinners are one of the best meals they get each week, and they have made the ministry especially helpful.