Centenary UMC
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lenten Season 2014

Lenten Season Schedule
January 26 -
February 23
Registration for Lenten Small Groups (click here for registration)
Wednesday,   March 5
Ash Wednesday Service, Sanctuary, 7:30pm
February 23
Worship Theme: Follow
February 23 -      April 5
Lenten Small Groups meet weekly (click here for schedule of groups)
March 2
Worship Theme: Welcome
March 9
Worship Theme: Feed
March 16
Worship Theme: Heal
March 23
Worship Theme: Rescue
March 30
Worship Theme: Go
April 6
Worship Theme: Trees of the Bible by Dr. Sleeth
Sunday - Friday
April 6-11
Lenten Mission Week, Various mission projects throughout the week for all ages to participate
2014 Lenten Study Material 
Our 2014 Lenten Study is called Change the World. The challenges of our world today are great, but that is just when God's people make the biggest difference. This year's study will call each of us to a clearer understanding of what it means to follow Jesus by rediscovering his message and mission. We will then discuss ways to join in with Jesus' mission in our own city and world for this 21st Century. This study is also a wakeup call to our whole congregation. Churches can no longer just be program providers within our walls - Jesus is sending us out once again to bring good news to the poor, release to the captives, and freedom to the oppressed. Pastor Mike Slaughter says, "The Church is called to be a mission outpost, living out Christ's ideals in today's world.
Lenten small groups will meet weekly for 6 sessions to discuss these themes:
1 - Follow
2 - Welcome
3 - Feed
4 - Heal
5 - Rescue
6 - Go
Our small groups meet in homes (a few meet at the church for scheduling/logistics purposes). This has become a wonderful way to meet new people, grow in our relationships, and develop our spiritual lives all at the same time. Click the link below to go to our registration page for this year's small groups. 
Dr. Matthew Sleeth will be our guest preacher on Sunday, April 6
A former emergency room physician, Dr. Matthew Sleeth resigned from his position as chief of the medical staff and director of the ER to teach, preach, and write about faith and the environment. Since founding Blessed Earth, he has spoken at churches and schools throughout the country. Dr. Sleeth is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and has two postdoctoral fellowships. He is the author of Serve God and Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action (Zondervan, April 2007), the introduction to the Green Bible (HarperOne, 2008), and 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life.
What is "LENT"?
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter. Historically, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time of penance by all Christians. ... Somber colors such as purple or ash gray and rough-textured cloth are most appropriate for paraments, stoles, and banners. [from The United Methodist Book of Worship]

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