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Lent 2020 - Starts Wednesday

Dear Friends,     At the heart of the Christian faith is the death and resurrection of Christ.  On one side of this event and it's remembrance are the 40 days of Lent (not including Sundays), a time of preparation for the celebration of our Lord's passage from death to life.  On the other side are the 50 days of Easter, a time of proclaiming and rejoicing in the promise of new life.  Right in the middle of it all is Holy Week including Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, days in which our attention is riveted on Christ's death and resurrection.  The entire 90 days is best seen as a whole viewed from two sides, from the cross and the empty tomb, each incomplete without the other.  Listed below is a schedule of Lenten observances in the weeks ahead: 
Ash Wednesday - February 26 (This week!) - Come join us as we begin this season of renewal  seeking strength for our daily lives.
-  Noontime Devotion – A brief service of scripture, re…
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A Blessed New Year

Dear Friends,  As we begin a new decade together, I want to thank so many of you for being such a blessing to our congregation and communities in 2019.
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