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From the Pastor - February 2019

02.01.19 | by Vivian McCarthy

    Our house was built in 1960, and we are the third family to live in it. It sits on a wooded lot in a neighborhood that some of our family and friends think is in “the back of beyond.” It’s quiet, and I often feel like I get to go home to a retreat.

    This house has been lovingly cared for and renovated several times, and since we had a flood not too long ago (not the first, I might add!), we are in the process of renovating – again. (And of course, now we also see the other stuff that needs to be freshened up!)

    Why is it that all of a sudden we have this urgent need to paint and upgrade the floors upstairs while the basement is under renovation?

    Soul work sometimes works that way, too. God stirs up a fresh Spirit-wind, and all of a sudden we want to know more – to see more – to feel more. We want a renovation of our spirit.

    You are a Spiritual House, and God is Ready to Renovate!
    ~Jacob Armstrong

    Lent begins on March 6, Ash Wednesday, and we will begin our Lenten journey through Jacob Armstrong’s small group study, Renovate: Building a Life with God. As we have done for the last couple of years, we will be joining with Glyndon UMC, Wards Chapel UMC, and St. Luke’s UMC for simple meals and conversations about spiritual renovation – but with a twist. We will meet for lunch on Wednesday at noon and for supper on Thursday at 6:30 (instead of 6 pm as we have done before). Since several choirs meet on Wednesdays now (including ours), and since several folks couldn’t get to a 6 pm start from work, we are trying a new schedule.  

    Won’t you consider making time for these five special gatherings  that have the potential to bring you closer to the Savior – to fill your soul’s hunger with the rich food of prayer and holy conversation?

    Information on where each week’s meal will be held will be available in the bulletins and March newsletter. Please sign up in the Narthex so we can order enough books!

    Blessings on you!