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Dates to Remember:
February 11 Carry-In Soup Dinner after Worship
February 14 Community Ash Wednesday Service, 7 p.m.
February 20 Fellowship of Hope Meeting, 10:30 a.m.
February 23 Movie Night, 6-8 p.m.
February 25 Book Club after worship
February 27 Consistory, 6 p.m.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday; this year that day falls on February 14. During Lent, we hear words and terms particular to this season in the church year. What follows are some definitions and explanations significant to Lent.
LENT The word itself comes from the Middle English word Lenten meaning “long,” so called from the lengthening of the days in spring. The season of Lent is 40 days, not counting Sundays, beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing through Easter. Probably the number 40 was chosen because Moses, Elijah, and Jesus fasted for 40 days. The custom of observing Lent possibly started in the fourth century.
ASH WEDNESDAY Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent by imposing ashes on the forehead. The ashes are a visible reminder of the words from Genesis: “…for out of [the ground] you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19). Ashes are prepared by burning palm branches and mixing in olive oil. While “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” can have a morbid connotation, it can also remind us that whether we live or whether we die, we belong to Christ (Romans 14:8). On a deep level, that is cause for celebration.
INTINCTION The word itself means “to dip in.” During Communion, the bread is dipped into the chalice, allowing the consumption of both the bread and the fruit of the vine simultaneously.
MAUNDY THURSDAY This is the Thursday preceding Easter, the day traditionally commemorating Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. “Maundy” is the English form of the Latin word meaning “mandate” or “commandment.” Jesus’ new commandment to “love one another even as I have loved you” (John 13:5) was given to the disciples at the Passover meal. Jesus’ love for his disciples was demonstrated in his servanthood; by extension, our love for Jesus should be demonstrated in our servanthood to God and neighbor.
TENEBRAE Literally the word means “darkness/shadows.” A Tenebrae service includes the gradual extinguishing of lights or candles, symbolizing humanity’s sin (that which is dark, ignorant) instead of God’s Light (that we know through Jesus). In a traditional Tenebrae service, 12 candles representing the disciples and one larger candle, representing Jesus, are lighted at the beginning of the service. After scripture readings, one of the disciples’ candles is extinguished until finally only the Christ candle remains. In some traditions, this Christ candle, at the end of the service, is either hidden or extinguished, signifying Christ’s death.
May mercy, peace, love, and laughter be yours in abundance!
Consistory Notes, December Meeting:
Our Consistory now has a set of newly elected officers! We thank them for their service and pray for their continued dedication, wisdom, and leadership to help guide Hope UCC into an era of expansion, enrichment, and inspiration. The Consistory notes for the January meeting will be available in the next newsletter and we will follow that procedure from now on. If you have any questions about current consistory business, please contact one of the current officers.
Fellowship of Hope Notes:
The January meeting was cancelled because of the snowy sidewalks and really cold weather.
January 28th through February 11th will be our “Souper” Bowl activities. Place canned soup donations on the chancel to be donated to the DeSoto Food Pantry. Can we meet or surpass our donation of 400 cans last year? The theme of our February 11th Carry-In Dinner will be soup. If you bring a pot of soup to share, please sign the list at the back of the Sanctuary. Our next Fellowship meeting will be February 20th at 10:30 a.m. at the church. All men and women of the church are invited to participate.
On February 25th we will discuss “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham, please join us!
Final Friday Fun Movie Night:
Our next Final Friday Fun Night will be February 23rd from 6-8pm. Please join us for the classic 1977 feature film “Oh, God!” starring John Denver and George Burns. Just bring a comfy pillow and a snack to share! Have a request for the next movie or an idea for Game Night? Please contact Cara Ahern with any thoughts and requests for our monthly fun nights!
Help Us to Promote Hope UCC Online!
Did you know that 353 people looked up Hope this quarter! It is important now more than ever to maintain our online image. In this digital age it is vital that we show the community how open and welcoming we are through our social outlets. Currently our website and Facebook are kept up to date with new information weekly. Hope’s online presence needs your help to demonstrate to others seeking a new church family how welcoming and friendly we really are. Each of you can help by sharing your thoughts on the value of your church. On the website home page there is a section toward the bottom for your favorite memory. Our website would have a larger impact if every person shared a memory. For those who do not use the Internet, feel free to hand write it and give it Rickie Ellis for incorporation. In addition to your memories, Hope also needs you to share your thoughts about how our church has been meaningful to you on Google. You can do this by typing in “hope united church of christ desoto mo” into the Google Bar and clicking on the “write a review” tab shown by the arrow here. For those who don’t use the Internet please see Rickie for further instructions and support.
Hope Church has a Prayer Circle of six people who will lift prayers for a particular person or a troubling situation. We shall pray for the highest good. We do not need specific details, just a name or a general situation. At this point there are no restrictions of requests. To receive prayers for yourself or for a person/situation important to you, please call Pastor Audrey to activate the prayer circle for you.
Hope Church now has a Prayer Quilt ministry. We offer a small quilt to those who need our special care. If you have any knowledge of sewing (or a sewing machine), please contact Pastor Audrey.
Some Reminders & Invitations…
- Have a favorite CD you would like played as our pre-service music? Please contact me and we’ll set a date for your music to be played. Pre-service CD music is played from 10-10:30.
- Adult Sunday School will continue during the summer months.
- The Citizens’ Committee for Flood Relief meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Boyd St. in DeSoto. If you are interested in helping to stop the flooding in DeSoto, please attend.