SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY
On Souper Bowl Sunday, February 4th, our congregation is continuing the tradition of holding our own Souper Bowl. You’ll see the big soup pot as you enter the sanctuary bring your canned and non-perishable food items to share or place a few dollars in the pot as church people across the nation make a difference to the hungry among us. Last year more than $9.5 million dollars was collected for hunger relief. That’s less than two minutes of commercials cost during the big game, but together we can make a difference in the lives of hungry children.
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
The calendar brings us an interesting coincidence this year: the Christian season of Lent begins on Valentine’s Day as Ash Wednesday, and it culminates on April Fool’s Day, Easter Sunday. Two favorite scriptures come to mind: “For God so loved the world” (John 3:16) and “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (I Corinthians 1:18).
We will begin our 40 days of Lent with a 7:00 p.m. service on Ash Wednesday. But beforehand, we get together at 6:00 p.m. in the Coffee Hour room for one last indulgence with a pizza dinner. I’ll invite all the kids to help me burn the leftover palms from last year to make the ashes for the service. There will be an occasion during the service to receive ashes that mark our limitations as human beings and our desire to shape our lives after the pattern of Christ. We invite you to make this memorable service a part of your spiritual journey during this holy season.
TUESDAYS AT THE CROSSING
The media guru from the 1960’s, Marshall McLuhan, famously declared “the medium is the message”. His statement highlighted the understanding that how information is presented impacts upon the information itself. And that is one of the reasons why we’ve been having “off campus” Lenten studies for the last several years. Where we meet and the ambiance of our gathering place impacts the message itself.
So during the five Tuesdays between Ash Wednesday and Holy Week (beginning February 20th at 7:00 p.m.), we will be meeting at the Valhalla Crossing restaurant by the Metro North train station in Valhalla. They’ve provided a cozy room for us to “nosh” and have our Lenten discussions. In past years we have dealt with such topics as “Are People Inherently Good?” and “Is There Such a Thing as Good Materialism?” and “Who Are We, Really?” We’ve always had great discussions and interactive activities to move our studies along in order to find our spiritual focus for the Lenten season. Join us this year!