Lent 2019: Means of Grace
Five Means of Grace: Experience God's Love the Wesleyan Way
In conjection with Pastor Matt Gaston’s Lenten sermon series, this study guides readers through the five means of grace that John Wesley called “instituted,” meaning these are spiritual practices in which Jesus himself participated and which he encouraged his followers to do. One of the beautiful aspects of Wesley’s theology is that spiritual practices are seamlessly integrated with practices of loving our neighbors well. This is why Wesley said there is no holiness but social holiness. A life of genuine prayer inevitably leads to a life of hospitality, mercy, and justice.
Led by Pastor Matt Gaston, Sundays, March 10-April 14
Breathing Room: A 28-Day Devotional for Women
Do you ever feel like you don't enjoy anything because you're trying to do everything? You're filling your calendar, draining your bank account, and multitasking your way through life. You're efficient . . . but exhausted. You just need a little bit of breathing room. With one surprisingly simple invitation, God offers a way to trade your overwhelming pace for one that will finally bring you peace. This study will show you how.
Led by Staci Witten & Tiffany Seitz, Sundays, March 3-April 14
There are people who have a living relationship with God and know how to talk about it in natural, deep and meaningful ways. The Rev. Cammy Gaston would like to invite you to come and explore some selected writings from Parker Palmer, Bishop Ken Carter, Bishop Robert Schnase, and Teresa of Avila. They have all been inspiration for her, and she hopes for you as well.
Led by Cammy Gaston, March 10, 17 and 31
Philippians For Everyone
Things don't always go the way we intend. It's easy to feel discouraged because what we hope for is badly thwarted, or because people make life difficult. Paul, writing to the Philippians from prison, certainly knew what it was like to have plans interrupted. But he maintains robust confidence in God's overruling power, even when everything seems to be going wrong. These eight studies will help us learn from Paul the art of seeing God's purposes working out through problems and difficulties, and will deepen our own confidence in God's power.
Led by Andy Lewis, begins March 24, please have chapter one read by first class.
Fighting Dirty: A Self-Defense Class for Women
Sensei Tracy Dickey is a third degree black belt in Isshinryu karate from Okinawa based on self defense. In 2005 she was a world champion and in 2015 named female karate Kia from the Isshinryu hall of fame. In this class Tracy will teach protection and confidence. You will learn how to drop attackers and fight dirty. Learn to fight from standing and from the ground with very easy techniques to learn and apply. Be sure wear yoga or comfortable long pants. Three opportunities: Sundays, March 10, 24, or April 14 at 6 p.m. Class is FREE, but RSVP below.
The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind
Bible study for me, and perhaps for you, tends to engage my mind as much or more than my heart. In The Wisdom Jesus, Cynthia Bourgeault asserts that Jesus is rightly located in the wisdom tradition of his time and faith, meaning that we would do well to experience him first in our hearts. Reading this book has inspired me to experience and connect with Christ in new ways. I look forward to sharing some Dr. Bourgeault’s ideas on March 24 and 31 from 6-7:30 pm. Let’s check it out together! You do not need to read the book for our 2 weeks together, but I encourage you to purchase a copy for your own spiritual growth.
Led by the Rev. Alice Coder, Sundays, March 24 and 31
Three Faces of Lent
Like all Christian holy days and holidays, Lent has changed over the years. Observe Lent through the ages as the Rev. Diane Presley takes you through the Early Church, the Middle Ages, and Post-Reformation. You will experience Lent in both historical context and in liturgy.
Led by the Rev. Diane Presley, Sundays, March 31, April 7 and 14
Palm Sunday, Procession of the Palms, April 14, Sanctuary 8:30, 11 a.m. services
Maundy Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Good Friday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Eggstravaganza, Saturday, April 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Join us for our HUGE community-wide Easter EGGstravaganza on April 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. We will have hunts with 40,000 candy-filled eggs for all children 3-5th grade, an ongoing toddler hunt and an ongoing hunt for children with special needs. There will be inflatables, games, a toddler zone and a Special Needs area. Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny! 7 Sisters Gourmet food truck, Tacos, Bites and Beats and Kona Ice will be on site selling delicious concessions. We will need YOU to be the face of our church as we share the love of Jesus with our community! Please sign up today in the Gathering Area at the Children’s Ministry table!
Easter Sunday, April 21
Sunrise Service: 6:45 a.m. on the Northeast Lawn
Easter Services: 8:30 Blended Service, 9:45 Contemporary Service and 11 a.m. Traditional Service in the Sanctuary