A Change of Heart
Ash Wednesday falls 46 days before Easter and is the beginning of the Lenten season – a time of reflection, repentance, prayer, and fasting. In the Catholic tradition, palms from the preceding year’s Palm Sunday are burned and blessed. The priest uses the ashes to mark a cross on the foreheads of the worshippers. The Ash Wednesday Service is a time of sorrow for sin and reminder of the need to prepare for a holy death.
At FBC we use the day as a time to reflect and pray about our relationship with Christ. The 40 days (Sundays are not counted) of Lent are a time to contemplate our relationship with Christ, our Lord and Savior. During these 40 days, we also focus on the last days of Christ, his death and burial, in preparation for the celebration of his resurrection on Easter morning.
Some of our members will prayerfully choose to give up something (a habit, a favorite food or drink, an entertainment, etc.) and use it as a reminder to spend more time and energy with God. Others will choose to add something (more time reading God’s word or in prayer) to their daily walk. Either of these choices should be prayerfully entered into with God. They are not to be a burden but a chance for each individual to prepare their heart for the Easter celebration.
Join us Wednesday, February 14 at 7 pm in the Worship Center for our Ash Wednesday Service - “A Change of Heart”. We will be looking at how God molds and shapes us as a potter shapes a piece of clay. A local pottery artist, Cody Cockerham, will demonstrate how pottery is shaped during the service. Pieces of his pottery will be on display in the Worship Center foyer.
You are also invited to join us that evening in Epton Hall from 5:30 – 6:45 pm for a free churchwide soup & salad dinner provided by the Youth.
On that evening the youth will also begin their summer camp fundraiser. This year’s fundraiser will be numbered envelopes on a wall in Epton Hall or the Welcome Center Hallway. To donate, choose a numbered envelope and donate the amount of money that corresponds to the envelope number. Example: Envelope #1 = $1, Envelope #2 = $2, etc. Envelopes will be numbered between 1 and 100.