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Ash Wednesday – March 5 at 7 pm
What burdens are weighing you down as you come into Lent? Ash Wednesday worship is a chance to lay them down. Scripture tells of the ancient tradition of marking oneself with ashes as a sign of grief and repentance. The ashes are mixed with oil as a sign of healing.
Sundays in Lent – 10 am worship
Come be refreshed in worship each Sunday. Hear a story of faith from our youth. Draw a verse for reflection from our well. Reflect on what you treasure.
Palm & Passion Sunday – April 13 at 10 am
From the joyful entry into Jerusalem with “Hosannas” to cross, the service will share the Holy Week story dramatically.
Maundy Thursday – April 17 with dinner at 6 pm & worship at 7 pm
A special communion service marking Jesus’ last supper with his disciples and the “coming of the shadows”.
Good Friday Vigils – April 18 from Noon- 3pm and 7-9 pm
Observe Good Friday and Jesus’ death on the cross with a time of contemplation. The sanctuary will be open with an ongoing presentation of music and art that explores the cross. There will be a guide for reflection available. Come any time for a few minutes or a few hours of prayer.
Easter Sunrise – April 20 at 6 am on Mount Mohawk
Celebrate the dawn of Easter on the top of MountMohawk. We will “green the cross” and sing “Alleluia” to celebrate the resurrection. Dress warmly as the winds can be cold!
Easter Morning Celebration – April 20 at 10 am
Mark the end of our Lenten journeys with the celebration of Easter!
Mark your calendars for the following youth group activities:
March 2 from 5-6:30 pm—Stressbusting with God
March 9 from 1-5 pm—Giv2 at the Open Door Soup Kitchen in Winsted—meet at church at 12:30 pm.
March 30— 5-6:30 pm—Palm Sunday presentation preparations & games
Saturday, April 5—Shrimp Dinner & auction fundraiser
Friday, April 11—Agricultural Society Dinner fundraiser
Sunday, March 13—9 am run through for Palm Sunday
We have had some requests to a Bible Study where people could participate on their own schedule. Thanks to hard work from our web master, Sean Morris, we now have a tool to try this on our web page!
Participants in our online discussion will be asked to read a short introduction at their convenience toward the beginning of the week. There will be some discussion questions posted for group members to respond to and members can post their own questions and respond to the ongoing conversation.
Because we would like our on-line Bible study to have the same intimacy and comfort as our groups at the church, we are asking people to register and log-in. This will make it more like a discussion among friends than plastering your feelings on a public billboard!
We invite you to give it a try! To register, go to our church web-page, www.goshenchurch.com and click on “register.” Once you have registered, you can sign in and click on the “discussion” tab at the top of the page to find our Bible Study. Since this is a new tool, we will probably learn a few things this Lent about how to make it work. Our hope is that this will be something we can offer in the future.
March 2: Transfiguration Sunday—Mt 17: 1-9 —Communion service; Blanket + Sunday; music from the choir; Mardi Gras Celebration to follow in the parish hall.
March 5 at 7 pm: Ash Wednesday worship
March 9– First Sunday of Lent; Temptations—Mt 4: 1-11; music from the Choir; Chris George, guest speaker from IRIS
March 16— Second Sunday of Lent; Jesus and Nicodemus—John 3: 1-17—music from “Gospel Glee”.
March 23—Third Sunday of Lent; The Woman at the Well—John 4: 5-42—music from the Drum Circle
March 30—Fourth Sunday of Lent; The healing of a man born blind—John 9: 1-41— Worship and Education for All Ages; music from the Choir; Bryan Nurnberger from Simply Smile presenting in worship and at the adult forum; One Great Hour of Sharing Offering.
I have a friend who likes to call Lent the season of “sin, death, and blah.” People associate with lent guilt, sin, and sacrifice. It can go beyond the serious side of our faith and be downright grim.
But originally, Lent was a season of preparation for Easter baptisms. Fasting was part of it for baptismal candidates—but as a way to move closer to God. Others in the church saw how special the season was for those being baptized and wanted to be part of it. To be sure, the Christian path means coming face to face with our own brokenness and how that impacts those around us and God. The journey to Easter takes us through the cross. Suffering is real in our life and Lent does not look away from that. But in those broken places, we find we are not alone. We find healing. We find new beginnings. We find resurrection. We find Christ.
As we discussed what a meaningful Lent would look like at our forum on Feb 23, it was striking how drawn we were to one of the gospel stories for the season—the story of Jesus meeting the woman at the well and offering her living waters. She comes questioning faith, feeling ashamed of her past, and skeptical that Jesus will be able to help her. She finds in him both grace and challenge and an invitation to renewal. I think we are drawn to this story because of our own fatigue from the stresses of life and what is happening in the world around us. We know spiritual thirst and we yearn for a faith that refreshes us to face the challenges of our days. We want to be renewed so we can look at those around us with love and share with them the same care from that spiritual well within.
So for Lent, we are building a well in our sanctuary to remind us to come to the wells of our faith. Each week in the bucket will be a scripture verse to take home for meditation.
We are asking everyone in the church family to pray 7/7/7 for the 40 days of Lent—at 7 am and/or at 7 pm. You can pray in any way that you want. We will offer resources for those who want them.
We are strengthening our connections with an online Lenten Bible Study and daily emails and Facebook posts.
We are offering special programs and mission opportunities as well.
We hope that you will join us for this special season—in person and on-line! It is my prayer that this will be a season of revival for our congregation and for the individuals in it!
This Sunday, we are celebrating “Silver Lake Sunday” in worship. Most of us have been to Silver Lake on retreat or to camp, so we would like to you to be part of the celebration! Wear your t-shirts or sweatshirts if you have them or other Silver Lake gear. There will be a moment for those who want to share what they like about Silver Lake. We will be singing camp songs. (I need some help leading “I am a C”!)
Meanwhile, Silver Lake has some fun winter/spring weekends going on if you want to sign up. For grades 6-8, there is Maple Syrup making weekend. There is also “Spring Action” coming for High School. Go to www.silverlakect.org for more information.
Camp sign ups are now in progress.
And don’t forget our own retreat to Silver Lake coming May 16-18! Time to register is now! See Pastor Paige if you lost the form we mailed out.
On July 19-26, 2013 a group from our church will travel to South Dakota to volunteer at the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation with Simply Smiles. The Simply Smiles program is working on the reservation to provide quality shelter for families struggling with poverty and to provide summer camp for reservation kids. You can learn more about the work Simply Smiles is doing here: www.simplysmiles.org and watch a video of work volunteers group did this past summer.
Details about the trip can be downloaded here:
This trip will be open to anyone over 15 on July 19, 2013 – youth, college students, and adults. Information about the trip including costs, fundraising, and more, is available from Pastor Paige. Registration is now open for those active in the life of the church. On Jan 1, 2014, the trip will be opened to those in the community and neighboring churches who are interested. Registration information for the trip is available by clicking this link: 20131113122341,
After summer vacation, Adult Bible Study is back on Thursdays from 7-8:30 pm in the Fellowship room! Although we do work in short units, each lesson stands alone and all are welcome to join us – whether they can come every week or only occasionally! No former Bible Study experience required! Come with your questions and your doubts! Bible Study resumes Thursday, September 12!
Skeptics Club is back on the First Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 pm in the Fellowship Room.
Having questions and doubts doesn’t make you a bad Christian! Bring your questions and join us for conversation and refreshment each month. We will be using a program called “Living the Questions” to start our discussions and to explore the range of Christian perspectives on important issues of faith. Our topic for September is “Lives of Jesus” and explores the different visions of Christ we have in Scripture and beyond. Come join us as we discuss the big picture issues of our faith!