Way to lead worship today on Youth Sunday–you all are amazing!

From the Bricks exhibit at OMSI!

So Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) is in two day,  and it’s a church tradition to eat pancakes this day (yummm). We get the “fats” out of the house like butter and oil, and the idea is that we simplify and focus on Jesus’ incredible love and sacrifice for us–the Lenten Season. 

Lent is really special, and it starts on Wednesday, March 1. Just like Jesus fasted for 40 days (& Noah and Moses did stuff for 40 days and 40 years), we spend 40 days (6 1/2 weeks–Sundays don’t count in the 40 days) praying and focusing. Some choose to “give up” something and replace that time or energy (like not watching TV or not drinking coffee) with time in prayer, reading the Bible and generally focusing on getting closer to God. It’s a good idea, if you choose to “replace” something in your life with Jesus for the next 40 days of Lent. Talk to your family about your plan. They can be encouragers during this time.

King Cake-a staple of Mardi Gras and my birthday cake this year!

Lent starts on Wednesday, and let’s have a pizza dinner together at 5:45, burn the palms from last year (to make ashes), and worship God at 6:30. Pastor Ben is excellent in explaining the elements of Ash Wednesday, and we will hear his words. And I hear a couple of choirs are singing, too!

Wednesday, March 1: Early pizza dinner at 5:45, burn palms at 6:15 and Worship from 6:30-7:00. Youth Group from 7:00-8:30.

Friday, March 3: Confirmation class visits a Jewish temple! See the Confirmation page for more details.

Sunday, March 5: Confirmation class from 9:15 to Noon with optional Luke Bible Study (open Youth House if you want to complete the study with your mentor: noon to 1:30); Youth Bible study during sermon in worship.

Have an awesome week!! Go eat some pancakes. 😀☕️



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