Lent in a Bag

What? What does, “Lent in a Bag” mean?

The Christian Education Committee invites all of our congregants to join in a meaningful observation of Lent using a BAG! Available for Lent will be Christian symbols tucked in a paper bag, along with appropriate devotions. Some of these symbols include a cross, candle, sand.

To see what other churches of different denominations have done with Lent in a Bag, go to the website: www.buildfaith.org/lent-in-a-bag-your-shared-photos/

Included symbols can vary and represent a variety of creative ways to enhance our journey through Lent to the glory of the resurrection of our Lord on Easter Sunday. Lent in a Bag is the inspiration of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Lent in a Bag will be available in the sanctuary beginning Sunday, February 11.

Coffee and Conversation for Parents and Grandparents

Rev. Strength will introduce another guide to parenting that she was led to by a grateful parent several years ago. The book Loving Our Kids on Purpose, written by Danny Silk, Family Life pastor at Bethel Church in Redding, California acknowledges that children were designed with the core need of freedom and that to deny this or live ignorant of it eventually destroys the trust connection between parent and child. Silk’s approach shows parents how to plant in their children the principles of the Kingdom of God and a heart for the Lord. The easily implemented plan gives parents the tools to raise children in the joy and fullness of the Lord.

Deanie will give an overview of the book and introduce some of the paradigms, perceptions, skills and ideas that help parents reduce fear by eliminating the tool of punishment and strengthening the hearts of their children to fulfill their destiny. Parents who find the approach helpful may be interested in watching the 6 session DVD series that she has available.

Looking Ahead to Lent

The season of Lent opens with Ash Wednesday on February 14. Beginning on Sunday, February 18 and continuing to Palm Sunday, March 25, a new opportunity will be offered for encouraging and developing our spiritual journey during this most important season on the Christian calendar.

Beginning at 9 a.m., on Sunday, February 18, all are welcome to attend the Serendipity class where the book, Living the Love of God: Reflections on the Church Year by Rev. Dr. R. Page Shelton will be used as a discussion starter. Dr. Shelton has been a mentor to Deanie on St. Simons Island for the past 15 years and, before her move, they enjoyed sharing conversation about scripture and the Christian spiritual life every week over coffee. Page is a retired PCUSA minister who has spent over 20 years reading about The Contemplative Life and incorporating practices such as centering prayer and Lectio Divina into his life. He currently serves as a Stephen Leader at St. Simons Presbyterian Church.

Deanie and other facilitators will guide the group through the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina, or reading to discover what God is speaking to our spirits, as described in the book. The time will include prayer and listening to and reflecting on the scripture and the meditation for the week. This process can be an effective practice for opening hearts and minds to the intimate presence of God and the blessings of the Spirit.

Page’s book is available through Amazon.com for $5.99. Books are not required but participants may enjoy having their own copy for reflection. His full biography is available on the amazon listing.

Please consider joining this group for Lent. Any questions? Call Rev. Deanie Strength.

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast