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Ideas for Lenten Practices

Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and is a season of prayer, fasting, and drawing nearer to God in some way. Many people fast from things that take up too much attention (maybe social media, certain foods, or television). Others take up a new practice or deepen an existing one (perhaps Scripture study, fellowship, or a prayer practice).

Below and in the next few days on our Facebook page, you’ll see some ideas for how you might engage Lent this year. There’s no wrong way to “do” Lent, so what’s drawing your heart this year?

  • Fast in one area so that you can give and promote justice in another. Fasting from certain foods in order to give to the food-insecure is one idea (be safe! know your body’s limits!). You could also try fasting from an idea or practice – cynicism, lying, comparison, social media, consumerism, legalism, etc.

 

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Ash Wednesday is March 1st! Services at 12:00 & 7:30

Ash Wednesday, the day that marks the beginning of Lent, is coming up on March 1st. WUMC will host two opportunities to worship and begin Lent together with the imposition of ashes.

Ashes-to-Go will be available during the day at 12:00PM. Come during your lunch break or in the midst of your day to receive ashes and meditate on the beginning of the Lenten season.

A fuller worship service will take place at 7:30PM. We will sing, pray, reflect, and receive ashes together at a short service.

To read more on why we use ashes on Ash Wednesday, click here. To find inspiration for your Lent and to gather advice on developing a new practice, fasting, or otherwise engaging the Lenten season, click here.

All are welcome at either or both of these services. If you have questions about these services, contact Pastor Ann (pastor@wallingfordumc.org).

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This Week at Wallingford: February 27th, 2017

 WUMC Update, February 27th, 2017


Coming Sunday

March 5th, 2017: First Sunday of Lent

9:00 AM – Adult Ed & Sunday School

10:00 AM – Worship

11:00 AM – PrimeTime

7:00 PM – Women’s Group

  For Your Calendar

  • Now – March 5th – Lenten House Church Signups
  • February 28th – Mardi Gras / Shrove Tuesday
  • March 1st – Ash Wednesday (Services at 12:00PM & 7:30PM)
  • March 1st – April 13th – Lenten House Churches
  • March 13th – Supper Church
  • March 15th – The Purple Group (formely the Support Group for Children of Aging Parents)
  • March 19th – 25th – Border Trip
  • April 16th – Easter Sunday
  • April 22nd – Matters of the Heart Auction

Ash Wednesday Services

Kick off Lent at one of our Ash Wednesday services.

Ash Wednesday, the day that marks the beginning of Lent, is coming up on March 1st. WUMC will host two opportunities to worship and begin Lent together with the imposition of ashes.

Ashes-to-Go will be available at noon. Come during your lunch break or in the midst of your day to receive ashes and meditate on the beginning of the Lenten season.

A fuller worship service will take place at 7:30PM. We will sing, pray, reflect, and receive ashes together at a short service.

To read more on why we use ashes on Ash Wednesday, click here. To find inspiration for your Lent and to gather advice on developing a new practice, fasting, or otherwise engaging the Lenten season, click here. If you have questions about these services, contact Pastor Ann (pastor@wallingfordumc.org).


Lenten House Churches

Lent starts in just a month!
WUMC has a long tradition of meeting in small groups during Lent to study and reflect together in Lenten house churches. This year, the theme of our house churches is “Prayer and Activism: Faith in a Time of Fear.”
Lenten house churches are a great opportunity to get to know each other better, and to share thoughts and strategies for dealing with the uncertain times in which we live.
Signups to lead or participate in a group are available at the church on Sundays through March 5th.
Mary Edwards and Mary Latham are still seeking hosts for house churches! To sign up to host, please send your name, contact info, date/time of your house church meetings, etc. to Mary (maryedwards1964@msn.com).


Support Group for Children of Aging Parents – New Name and Mission!

WUMC’s Aging Parents group is undergoing a facelift with a new name and adjustment to its focus.

In the past, the mission of the Support Group for Children of Aging Parents was to offer support to those facing the challenges of aging or recently deceased family members.

The group is now expanding its focus to include conversations about members’ own aging concerns. Hence, there is a new name: the Purple Group. This name is actually a nod to a previous WUMC study that focused on aging.

Interested in joining? The first gathering of the Purple Group will be on Wednesday, March 15th, at 6:00PM at Nancy Speer’s home. Thereafter, meetings will be on the 3rd Wednesday of the month through June, and resume again in the fall. Gatherings will begin with a light meal followed by supportive conversation.

Questions? Contact Sue Sherbrooke or Nancy Speer. Many thanks!


Celtic Harp Concert with Patrick Ball

Have a musical night out on March 4th.

Join Celtic harper and storyteller Patrick Ball in “Come Dance with Me in Ireland: Encounters with W.B. Yeats” on March 4th. This musical and dramatic performance is based on the life and works of William Butler Yeats, Ireland’s greatest poets.

This concert will be held at Greenlake United Methodist Church on March 4th at 7:30PM. Tickets are $20 and available by phone at 1.800.838.3006 or online here.


WUMC Reading Group

The WUMC Reading Group is open to join.

The WUMC Reading Group welcomes you to join them for discussions on the book that has been chosen for February and March, Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Jewish New Testament scholar Dr. Amy-Jill Levine.

The group meets every other Tuesday at 1:30PM in the Adult Ed room at WUMC and lasts roughly an hour. The next get-together will be on March 7th at 1:30PM.

All are welcome to participate in this Reading Group. If you would like to join the discussion for this book, but have a conflict on that day or at that time, contact Kay Verelius (kverelius@gmail.com; 206.527.5918).


We’re Updating the WUMC Directory!

Make sure your info is up-to-date.

Nancy Speer is leading the effort to update the WUMC Directory. To help her and the team out, please find your listing in the copy of the current directory that’s been set out on the sign-in table in the narthex. If any edits are needed, just write the changes next to your current listing. If you’re not listed, please write your name, address, email address, and phone number(s) on one of the blank pages at the end of the directory.

There are also many directory photos that are a bit out of date. You haven’t grown older – just better! To update your photo, simply catch Buzz Switten or Nancy Speer after worship for a photo and your new look will be added to the updated directory.

Questions? Contact Nancy (nancyspeer@comcast.net).


Matters of the Heart Auction

The annual Matters of the Heart Fundraising Auction is coming up on April 22nd!

Join WUMC and the Wallingford Childcare Center for the Matters of the Heart Auction on April 22nd at Daybreak Star Cultural Center, beginning at 5:00PM.

Now is the time to start thinking about getting tickets and entering donations! Visit www.wallingfordauction.com for ticket purchases, to enter your donations, and to preview auction items for the event (note that auction items aren’t up yet, but will begin coming in soon).

Some of the auction items from last year were:

  • A vacation rental in Mexico
  • Customized art pieces made to order
  • Private wine and chocolate tasting
  • Professional garden consultation
  • 6 free rental hours at Kenyon Hall
  • Locavore, Brazilian, Ethiopian, and Paella dinner parties
  • A kayaking adventure

Everyone is encouraged to get involved with the auction! Tickets are available online or before and after services on Sundays. The Auction Team is also seeking volunteers – contact Ann Joyce (m_ann_joyce@msn.com) if you’d like to help out.


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Lenten House Churches Starting Soon

WUMC has a long tradition of meeting in small groups during Lent to study and reflect together in Lenten house churches. This year, the theme of our house churches is “Prayer and Activism: Faith in a Time of Fear.”
Lenten house churches are a great opportunity to get to know each other better, and to share thoughts and strategies for dealing with the uncertain times in which we live.
Signups to lead or participate in a group are available at the church on Sundays through March 5th. All are invited to participate.
Mary Edwards and Mary Latham are still seeking hosts* for house churches! To sign up to host, please send your name, contact info, date/time of your house church meetings, etc. to Mary (maryedwards1964@msn.com).
** Lenten house church leaders: Join Mary and other hosts for an optional introduction to this year’s materials on “Activism and Prayer: Faith in a Time of Fear” after church on February 19th in Taylor Hall.
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Workshops: Practicing Presence & Prayer

“Grandma, guess what I learned in school today?  I learned about the present, and that it’s a gift to the future.  That’s why they call it the present.”  – Lily

In these challenging times, there is an even greater need to ground ourselves in Spirit. We are called to deepen the roots in our faith and prayer life so that our decisions and actions can emerge from loving wisdom and clarity, rather than fear, frantic activity, or reactivity. But where is this ground, and how do we find it?

We will be exploring how it is possible to discover a presence, a sense of awake intelligence, in silence. For four Sundays before Lent, you’re invited to come and learn some tools for contemplative practice/prayer. The emphasis will be on presenting simple, direct pointers for contemplation, and then practicing them.

This is an opportunity to find out for yourself, through your own experience, what might be uncovered in silence, presence and alertness, and how this might help you to not only find more peace in your day-to-day experiences, but also to make decisions from whole-heartedness that is grounded in authenticity and genuine strength.

These four one-hour sessions will meet January 29th and February 5th, 12th, and 19th from 5:30-6:30PM. Sessions are open to all adults. Feel free to invite friends or others who are interested. Children fifteen and older (who can be comfortable sitting in silence) are also welcome. Laura Thorne will introduce the methods. The resources are openhearted awareness practices from Loch Kelly’s book and audio instructions, Shift Into Freedom.

Contact Laura at Diego8@earthlink.net, if you have further questions. Everyone – whether or not you are affiliated with WUMC – is welcome.