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 forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.
Black Church Summit – 2019
Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
For more info:
Contact Doris McCullers Emaildmccullers@um
The day will feature worship and learning.
The featured speaker will be Dr. Jacqui King, the Director of Leadership for Congregational Vitality at Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church. She develops leadership resources for local congregations, engages network groups in new processes that implement core strategies for increasing congregational vitality, designs, and promotes online learning through webinars.
During lunch, participants can choose one of four learning labs:
Learning Lab – Option 1:
“Generational Leadership” – Rev. Donald Smith: Equipping leaders to reach, teach and make disciples. Helping leaders to become leaders who reproduce and increase their skills and gifts for leadership.
Learning Lab – Option 2:
“Energizing Your Worship Service” – Dr. Dedric Cowser: Learn to reach more people by offering an inviting, illustrative and irresistible worship experience.
Learning Lab – Option 3:
“The Power of Connected Communication” – Meegie Wheat: For any size church. Obtain skills, tools, and resources for developing strategies for building a communication system that establishes your brand while reaching and remaining connected with the church and community.
Learning Lab – Option 4:
New Grant Cohort – Rev. Christian Cheairs:
Learn the process for submitting, awarding and executing the new Grant Cohort process as a resource for funding ministry.
The day will end with worship led by youth participants.
Advent is a season of four weeks including four Sundays. Advent derives from the Latin word Adventus, which means coming. The season proclaims the coming of the Christ whose birth we prepare to celebrate once again, who comes continually in Word and Spirit, and whose return in final victory we anticipate. Each year Advent calls the community of faith to prepare for these comings; historically, the season was marked by fasts for preparation. Each Sunday of Advent has its distinctive theme: Christ’s coming in final victory (First Sunday), John the Baptist (Second and Third Sundays), and the events immediately preceding the birth of Jesus Christ (Fourth Sunday). Each Sunday of Advent a candle is lighted along with a scripture reading. The purple candles represent repentance. The pink candle symbolizes joy. The white candle is the Christ candle lighted on Christmas day.
During the month of October 2018 Center Grove Church will be conducting our 2018 fall prayer and consecration. Consecration is a time of setting ourselves apart so that God through the anointing of the Holy Spirit will speak His perfect will to us. Through prayer, repentance and sacrifice we reflect and examine ourselves seeking God’s direction, guidance and blessing. Through self-denial we grow closer to God as we seek to strengthen our relationship with Him. Each day during the month (excluding Sunday) has selected scripture readings and prayer guides that we are asked to follow. Sunday will be a day of Sabbath rest so that we can be rejuvenated for the journey.