Invite someone – GO invite disciples…and we will all make disciples during Lent!
In two weeks, Lent begins and we will hold an Ash Wednesday Service at the Farrar United Methodist Church at 7 pm. We want you to mark your calendar and break away for the hour to begin the Easter season together! Ash Wednesday and Lent is often seen as a sober time, where we give stuff up. But the heart of the season is growth. Growth in our awareness of God and Jesus – enriching our life to the fullest! It will be worth the drive – Carpooling encouraged!
As United Methodists, we have a tradition of prescribing “disciplines,” which are also called “growth practices.” Examples of such practices are prioritizing coming to church, prayer, a devotion and study (including something that we as Iowans can find hard) in fasting! Honestly, most of us find all of this stuff as a kind of loss – of fun, foods we enjoy and things that we give up. But it is possible to approach Lent from another angle: to view Lent as an opportunity to grow and embrace our faith life…and “take on” rather than give up.
Let’s take on a “joy practice!” DO something everyday that helps you experience joy and gives us a reminder to thank God for the life you have.
We are going to do a special series on putting JOY in our life! Beginning on Sunday, March 10th at 3 pm, we are going to begin a 6-week “Video – Learn about Jesus – Get together – Celebrate Life, Eat and Fellowship -Put JOY in your life” Lenten Gathering! No boring, fasting, giving up here!
We need volunteer homes to meet in (or, we can just gather at the church), we need hosts and food volunteers who are willing to bring JOY FOOD to our Jesus Gathering! We will begin to sign-up this Sunday and then share it with everyone so you can be a part. We will then meet each Sunday afternoon at 5 PM…here is the schedule:
- The Birth of Jesus – Sunday, March 10, 2019
- The Baptism of Jesus – Sunday, March 17, 2019
- The Temptation of Jesus – Sunday, March 24, 2019
- Jesus Calls his Disciples – Sunday, March 31, 2019
- Jesus Heals the Sick – Sunday, April 7, 2019
- Jesus Casts Out Demons – Sunday, April 14, 2019
This is not “your traditional gathering,” but a fresh look at the life of Jesus — providing new insight into Jesus (so we, as his disciples, can grasp something new) each week we will leave with a new JOY PRACTICE! Like I said, it’s not your traditional gathering! Let’s celebrate!
Put some JOY in your life! A new kind of JOY practice! Open to all. If you need a sitter, let us know!