Dear Church Family,

The season of Lent is the time of spiritual preparation between Ash Wednesday and Holy Week/Easter. In recent years Presbyterian churches have begun to place more emphasis on these weeks leading up to Easter, the time we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. As you will see in the Gospel of Luke we are studying, there comes a moment in the story when Jesus sets his face to Jerusalem - the place where he will be arrested, put on trial and sentenced to die on the cross. Lent is an opportunity for us to travel with Jesus as he moves towards the events of Holy Week (Palm Sunday, when he enters Jerusalem on a donkey; Maundy Thursday, when he washes his disciples feet and shares the Lord's Supper; and Good Friday when he dies on the cross). Traditionally Lent has been a time when Christians are invited to "give something up" like desserts, soda or something else as a way of denying ourselves. I have found it helpful to see this time as an opportunity to "take on" some practices such as meditation/prayer, doing daily acts of kindness, and/or studying a book together.

We hope that you will consider joining our church family for our 2021 Lenten journey. With all that's happening in the world, it's more important than ever to anticipate the hope and renewal that awaits all Christians who believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Listed below, you will find the most current and updated information for our practices.

Faithfully,

Rev. Michael Poulos, Pastor

Ash Wednesday, February 17th

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, a time when we traditionally receive the Lord's Supper and have a cross marked on our foreheads with ashes - a way we symbolically remember "that from dust we are born and to dust we shall return."

Thank you for our Session Elders Rhonda Gunter, Sheila Robinson and Carolyn Burnette who worked with Rev. Michael to make this safe and available to all during our COVID-19 restrictions.

L to R: Carolyn Burnette, Michael Poulos and Sandi Carter.

Congregation-Wide Lent Study: Lent in Plain Sight

This year we invite you to participate in a congregation-wide study of the book Lent in Plain Sight: A Devotion Through Ten Objects In this small devotional book author Jill Duffield draws our attention to ten ordinary objects that Jesus would have encountered on his way to Jerusalem: dust, bread, the cross, coins, shoes, oil, coats, towels, thorns, and stones. From Ash Wednesday to Easter, Lent in Plain Sight invites us to open ourselves to the kingdom of God by encountering an object through Scripture, prayer and reflection. Each day’s devotion is a page or two and is accessible to families as well as adults.


Books are available now at the church office (contact Frankie at spfirstpresoffice@gmail.com / 765-4036; a $10 donation towards the cost of the book is appreciated.) You can also purchase your book directly through Amazon (click here for paperback or Kindle editions). We will offer a Zoom study group on Wednesday evenings (7:00-8:00PM) with Rev. Michael, the time of the regular Bible Study. We will also incorporate this study with our youth during our gatherings, as well as in some of our worship services. Everyone is encouraged to use this resource as a way to read and pray our way through the weeks of Lent.


Check back often for more information on our Lenten journey!