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Ministry Center (left) and church- (2/2/2015 - 12:30 p.m.)

Journeying Together: Lent 2015

February 18th

Ash Wednesday Service

Worship Service with First United Metchodist Church - 7:00 p.m. - First Congregational Sanctuary

Sunday Morning Worship - 9:30 a.m.

February 22nd

First Sunday in Lent

Worship Service - 9:30 a.m. - Sanctuary
Potluck brunch and discussion after worship in the Fellowship Hall

March 1st

Second Sunday in Lent

Worship Service - 9:30 a.m. - Sanctuary

March 8th

Third Sunday in Lent

Worship Service - 9:30 a.m. - Sanctuary

March 15th

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Worship Service - 9:30 a.m. - Sanctuary
Potato Bar after worship in the Fellowship Hall

March 22nd

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Worship Service and Sunday School Pageant - 9:30 a.m. - Sanctuary

March 29th

Palm Sunday / Beginning of Holy Week

Worship Service - 9:30 a.m. - Sanctuary

Sunday Morning Bible Study - 10:45 a.m.

Following the lectionary texts that focus on Jesus' journey to Jerusalem

Saturday Evening Dinner Discussion - George's Restaurant

Topics connected to the daily devotional resource

Tuesday Morning Cafè - 9:00 a.m., Church Lobby

Coffee, donut and discussion

Lenten Devotional

Lent is a time for preparation.
It is a time to make ready the will to follow and the heart to believe.
Truly following and believing in Christ transforms life in miraculously wonderful ways.

Preparation by the faith community requires it to

  • Remember the call to be Godís people,
  • Reflect on its responsibility to share the good news while promoting peace and justice,
  • Renew its covenant with God.

Preparation by the individual Christian requires self examination with the intent to become more Christ-like and draw closer to God.

Corporate and individual preparation takes many forms. Sacrifice, study, fasting, prayer, meditation, service are effective in preparing the faith community as well as the individual. These methods a re especially meaningful when grounded in scripture. Relating a theme or imagery is another way to add meaning and structure to the preparation. A common image applicable to Lent is the journey.

The most obvious journey during Lent is the one Jesus took. There is the journey of his earthly ministry from baptism and the wilderness experience to his final days in Jerusalem. Even more poignant is the journey of Jesus from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem to his painfully humiliating walk to the cross. Walking this journey with Jesus provides the best preparation. It can be walked in community or individually.

Another journey during Lent is the personal life journey. Jesus, too, walked this journey experiencing the ups and downs, the rough and the smooth of life. One way to examine the life journey is to separate it into parts. Looking closely at each part can be instrumental in fulfilling Christís commission to love God and to love others as ourselves.

The purpose of these weekly devotions is to set a course for examining the personal life journey during Lent. Each week focuses on one part of the personal journey: mental, physical, emotional, material, natural, and spiritual. Each devotion provides a goal, highlight, steps for achieving the goal, scripture, prayer, and a sample life journey with questions to ponder individually or discuss with others.

May this Lent be a journey of a life time!

Personal Life Journey





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First Class Kids

Let your neighbors and friends with young children know about this quality opportunity.  Call Sue Gonzalez at 815 838-8133.  More information

On Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. during the preschool year there are two special opportunities:

  • The children meet in the sanctuary for Bible Story Time with the Pastor or the Director of Teaching Ministries.
  • Adults are invited for coffee in the lobby.  Stay to visit, and/or take a coffee to go.