Lenten Worship and Luncheon
Lunch 11:45am-12:15pm; Service: 12:15pm-12:45pm; Lunch 12:45pm-1:15pm
Host: Immaculate Conception Preacher: Rev. Kim Cloninger
Host: Central Presbyterian Preacher: Deacon Greg Pair
Host: First Presbyterian Preacher: Rev. Bud Reeves
Host: First United Methodist Preacher: Rev. Mike Lager
Host: St. John’s Episcopal Preacher: Rev. Steven Kurtz
April 15th (Holy Week)
Host: Goddard United Methodist Preacher: Rev. Phillip Blackburn
40 Days with the Gospel of John (mostly)
March 6: Joel 2: 1-2, 12-17
April 15: John 16:25-17:19
April 16: John 17:20-18:11
April 17: Colossians 2:6-15
April 18: John 18:12-40 (Maundy Thursday)
April 19: John 19:1-30 (Good Friday)
April 20: John 19:31-20:18 (Holy Saturday)
April 21: John 20:19-21:25 (Easter Sunday)
Download the PDF here
SUMMARY REPORT FROM SESSION BREAK-OUTS
FEBRUARY 21, 2019
As part of his Pastor’s Report, Moderator Pastor Phil reviewed the nature and importance of the Lenten season. He encouraged Ruling Elders to plan their personal journey through the season of Lent. He challenged members of the Session to “shape their spiritual habits” during Lent to best prepare for Easter and asked them to use those actions to help shape the life of the Congregation. He tasked the Session to identify their role in influencing the spiritual practices of the Congregation. Session members were then divided into small groups and moved to break-out sessions to come up with suggestions for achieving those goals. This report summarizes those suggestions that were shared with body.
-Talk up the importance of connecting with our congregation and those of others during the Lenten
Lunches. Invite members and nonmembers to attend with you. Plan your lunch schedule to
promote involvement within the flexible Lenten Luncheon time frame.
-Encourage worship and Bible Study attendance during Lent. Contact those you haven’t seen in a while
to join you at worship. Consider encouraging cross-attendance at Day One and Traditional
-Task appropriate FPC Staff to include Lenten Lunch and Holy Week schedule on FB page, a special
Email, in the Proclaimer, service bulletins, etc.
-Task Pastor Phil to create a list of Lent-related individual daily scriptures for Congregants and that can
be used in the “Lenten Buddy System”. Distribute profusely… The same applies to a list of
Lenten Prayer Topics…
-Encourage Congregants to use the “Lenten Buddy” approach. Download a Bible app. onto your phone
such as Bible Up! or others, read the daily scripture with your Buddy and text/call each other
that you have read it, even share your thoughts on the daily scripture…accountability is key.
-Task appropriate FPC Staff with notifying Congregants that Mission Committee has accepted a
challenge from Central Presbyterian to reduce the use of plastic bags. Mission has purchased
200 cloth grocery bags with FPCFS logo on them, available to our members to purchase at
$5.25 each. Not sure what the prize for is for selling the most bags, but Central wants a
handicap since they have a smaller congregation; maybe % sales will be the target???
-Set positive examples; pray; read; sacrifice by giving up something (plastic?); do something positive for
someone else; promote the Lenten and Regular services with Congregants and new guests
-Share scriptures by using Rock Scriptures: Purchase a bag of light-colored rocks at hardware store and
sort out for size large enough to print short scriptures on but small enough to go in a pocket or
a purse; select any short scripture and write it and verse # on the rock with sharpie (or similar)
pen. Each Sunday, give a rock to someone at church and ask them to share with others each
week, perhaps switching. This can be done individually and by Pastors. On Good Friday, include
putting rocks at the foot of the Cross during the service.