Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6th. We will be sharing Ash Wednesday and Holy Week services with First Christian Church and the United Church of Christ, as has been our tradition. Please mark your calendars so that you can attend these special services: 

Wednesday, March 6th: 
Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service, 7pm
Hosted by First UMC (Pastor from UCC preaches) 

Palm Branch Processional-Sunday April 14 
On Palm Sunday, April 14, the children and youth of the church are encouraged to help create the palm branch processional where they will be led through the Sanctuary waving palm branches welcoming Jesus! The children and youth will need to meet prior to the start of worship in the Fireside room. Adults will be there to get palm branches to them, line them up, and lead them through. If you have any questions, contact Nicole. 

An Intergenerational Easter Happening 
Our Faith Formation Ministries will be hosting the Easter Happening on Palm Sunday, April 14. Following the 11:00 service, a lunch of sandwiches, chips, and fruit will be served. There will also be an Easter egg shaped cookie decorating station for dessert. There will be various activities concluding with an indoor Easter egg hunt!! This event is always tons of fun for everyone. All ages are invited to this intergenerational event so we hope to see you all there! 

Wednesday, April 17th – The Living Last Supper On April 17, the Wednesday of Holy Week, there will be a soup and sandwich meal served that will begin at 5:45p.m. Following the meal, all are invited to head to the Sanctuary for the Living Last Supper event. This event will take the place of our usual evening activities and run from 6:30pm. to approximately 7:30pm 

Thursday, April 18th: 
Ecumenical Maundy Thursday Service, 7pm
Hosted by First Christian Church (Pastor Kerrin Preaches) 

Friday, April 19th:
Stations of the Cross from 8:30am-6:00pm at FUMC (self-directed)
Also known as “The Way of the Cross”, depicting images or scenes where Jesus walked on the day he was crucified.  The purpose is to help the followers of Jesus take a spiritual pilgrimage through the story of Christ’s passion, reflecting on each piece of the story, as they prepare for the joy of Easter morning.  Traditional “Stations of the Cross” have 14 different scenes at which a pilgrim walking the stations would stop and pray.  While we will not have 14 stations, the walk will be very meaningful for those who come.  There will be a description of the scene, prayers and something to do at each station.
The walk is self-directed, so that all may walk it at a time and pace that fits them best.  The “Stations of the Cross” will be open and available from 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM. 

Easter Sunday, April 21st: 
Sunrise Service shared at United Church of Christ at 7:00am
Easter Services at 8:30am and 11:00am at FUMC

Church-Wide Lenten Study

For Lent this year, we will be offering an all church study. This is an opportunity for any small group to join in studying the book Final Words by Adam Hamilton. We invite small groups to still meet during the regular times and regular location, but in having multiple groups study the same material we can discover greater unity in the church and a deeper understanding of our faith. This is also a great time for individuals to join a small group or to read the material themselves. We will also have a sermon series based off of the book during Lent.