Lent and Easter 2014
Theme - Baptism: Saying “Yes” to the Love of Christ

The Lenten season is an invitation to deepen and enrich our participation in the great Christian tradition of Christ’s love. This year we will be using the ritual of baptism as our inspiration for talking in a variety of ways about saying “yes” to the love of Christ.
Each colored column below highlights part of what is happening during the Lent/Easter Season. We cordially invite you to join us!

Lenten Worship

Irish theologian Peter Rollins – March 2, 6 PM
Peter Rollins will join us on Sunday morning and also in the evening, speaking about the future of the church and living an authentic faith.  Opening music will be provided by singer-songwriter Andi Hagerup (6-6:30 PM)

Ash Wednesday – March 5, 7 PM
A service of meditative music and readings. Come share in this invitation to heartfelt meditation in this season in which we begin the preparation for Easter. We will burn last year’s palm branches, and share the ritual of ashes as a sign of “creature of earth; Spirit of hope.”

Lent 1 – March 9, 9:30 AM
Bible reading – Mark 1:9-13.
Theme: Baptism as “coming out”
Worship leader – Michael Regier
Meditation – Vern Rempel

Lent 2 – March 16, 9:30 AM
Bible reading – John 1:4-6
Theme: Baptism as wholeheartedness
Worship leader – Jill Gerig
Meditation – Vern Rempel

Lent 3 – March 23, 9:30 AM
Bible reading – Acts 10:34-38
Theme: Baptism overcomes partiality
Worship leader – Jeremy Garber
Meditation – Vern Rempel

Lent 4 – March 30, 9:30 AM
Bible reading - Joshua 4:1-7
Theme - Baptism: Remember the Waters
Worship leader – Michael Regier
Meditation – Tory Doerksen

Lent 5 – April 6, 9:30 AM
Bible reading - Galatians 3:26-29
Theme - Baptism as Community Building
Worship leader – Jill Gerig
Meditation – Theda Good

Lent 6 – Palm Sunday – April 13, 9:30 AM
Bible reading – John 12:12-17
Theme: Baptism as performance art
Worship leader – Jeremy Garber
Meditation – Vern Rempel

Holy Week
April 17-20  

Maundy Thursday – April 17
If you would like to host a Seder meal or a footwashing service in your home on this day, you may contact Vern Rempel for guides for either of these rituals.

Good Friday – April 18
Good Friday Tenebrae Service 7 PM
Singing the Holden Evening prayer with Tenebrae candle service.

Easter Sunday – April 20
8:00 AM  – Worship in the Park
Come share in a simple service of songs, Bible reading, reflection, and communion. In the park across the street from our front door.

8:30 to 9:30 AM  – Easter Brunch

9:30 AM - Noon – Child care for children age 1-4

No Peace School

10:00 AM – Worship in the Sanctuary
Bible reading – John 20:11-16
Theme: Baptism as life over death
Worship leader – Michael Regier
Meditation – Vern Rempel

Special note: In this service, we will celebrate the ritual of “remembering our baptism”, we will also offer baptism to any teens through adults who wish to receive this ritual, and we will share in the symbolic love feast of communion.

Other Events

Speaking Christian Study Groups
During the first two months of this year, we have been looking at Marcus Borg’s book Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power and How They Can be Restored. Vern Rempel is offering a three-part study guide based on his slides from the Adult Education study series. Contact Erin Geiser by email or at the “Open Table” if you are interested in participating in one of these study groups.

MYF Lenten Project
These gatherings will happen on Friday nights at FMC, 7-9 PM. Pastor Tory and Crystal will be offering a weekly time for high schoolers to "Dream with Jesus" as they consider how to make their baptism matter on a daily basis.  For those not yet baptized, they will be invited to be baptized on Easter morning.

Adult Choir
This choir will be offering some wonderful seasonal music; you may wish to take this chance to sing with the choir for these weeks.

Adult Membership and Baptism Dialogues
Would you be interested in exploring church membership (and baptism, if appropriate)? If so, contact Vern Rempel, who will be facilitating a series of three dialogues for those interested.

Lenten Bible Retreat
April 11-13 with Pastor Tory
You are invited to this time of group and individual reflection on how our story intersects with the story of Jesus and the Israelites. Retreat will take place at the Eagle’s Nest cabin at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp. Spots limited, so contact Tory if interested.