We have a stand-alone lenten devotional, Mary Oliver and the Poetry of Lent, available online and in print starting this Sunday, February 11. Every journey needs a guide – and what better guide to the 40 days of Lent than the beloved poet, Mary Oliver? Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Oliver is widely celebrated as an accessible, insightful observer of the natural world, the life of faith, and the interplay between the two. Imagine a six-week journey with Oliver at your side, illuminating ancient passages of scripture; provoking bite-sized meditations on key Lenten themes; and pointing toward everyday practices for individuals and families. Print copies are available in the narthex or church office or download the devotional HERE.
+Journeying with Jesus: Renewing Ourselves in the Gospel of Luke
Tuesdays, 10-11:30 am, Friendship Village, Feb. 20 – Mar. 26
Facilitated by: Rev. Karen Spencer-Barnes
You are invited to attend a six-week Lenten Bible Study at Friendship Village. This year, we seek to be renewed by journeying along the Lukan path, tarrying with some of the stories, and delving into how God is speaking to us through the Israelites in this holy narrative.
+ Multiplying Love: A Vision of United Methodist Life Together
Wednesdays, 10-11 am, Dayspring Tempe, Feb. 21 – Mar. 20
Facilitated by: Rev. Lynda Ellis
Our world needs love during these days of polarization & division. United Methodist churches yearn embrace love more completely because God first loved us. “Multiplying Love” underscores what matters most and stands in contrast to divisive misreadings of core Methodist teachings. Dr. Paul Chilcote, in his newly released book, “Multiplying Love” helps us to embrace the Wesleyan vision of love of Jesus as central to what we believe and how we live.
Author of “Multiplying Love”, Paul Chilcote, is a third generation ordained Elder. He has pastored United Methodist churches, helped launch Africa University in Zimbabwean and Asbury Seminary in Florida. He has taught historical theology and Wesleyan studies at the Methodist Theological School it Ohio, Ashland Theological Seminary and Duke Divinity School. Recently he was a Research Fellow at Wesley House in Cambridge, England.
This study will use “Multiplying Love” as the stepping stone into a conversation about the future of United Methodist Church. Books should be purchased on your own, and it is recommended that you read the section titled “Our Purpose” before the first session.
+ The Poetry of Lent: Poems of Mary Oliver
Thursdays, 10-11 am, Zoom, Feb. 15 – Mar. 21
Facilitated by Rev. Shirley Wells
This will be a deeper exploration of our Lenten devotional inspired by the poetry of Mary Oliver. Each week, biblical texts and Oliver’s poems illumine each other, pointing toward simple, powerful practices we can try by ourselves or with our friends or family members. During our Zoom meetings our insights, questions, and ‘aha’ moments.
The Devotional will be sent to you as soon as you register with Andrea in the Church Office. Poems will be available online or by purchasing the book Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver. If you don’t have a Bible, please let Pastor Shirley know and we will have one available for you.
HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES:
Palm Sunday – March 24, 9 am Sacred Space & 10 am
Maundy Thursday Service – March 28, 6 pm
Good Friday Service – March 29, 6 pm
Easter Sunday Celebrations – March 31, 8:30 am & 10 am