On a Pastoral Note...

Dear Tom’s Creek Family,

While the winter season has decided to hang around longer than most of us would like, the year continues to roll on! We are about to enter into a new season of the Christian Year, the season of Lent. The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday – March 5.  

The 40 days of Lent are a time when we prepare ourselves - spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally – for the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We prepare ourselves, spiritually, through prayer and worship. This preparation will include both normal Sunday worship and special worship services like the Ash Wednesday, Community Lenten Services on Wednesday nights, and our Maundy Thursday service. We prepare ourselves, mentally, through Bible study and theological discussion. We prepare ourselves, physically, through fasting – giving up something that we might be a little too attached to: like chocolate (that’s a tough on for me!), caffeine, or alcohol. And we prepare ourselves, emotionally, through serious reflection on what it means to be redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. In other words, the 40 days of Lent is a time when we offer our whole beings to God in remembrance of the time when Jesus offered his whole being for us.

While fasting often mean giving something up, I want you to also consider adding something during this season of Lent. One thing you can consider adding is regular attendance with a Sunday School class or Bible Study at our church. We have many wonderful Sunday School classes that are always welcoming new members. I will also be starting a Lenten Bible Study called “Final Words From the Cross,” based on the book by Adam Hamilton. This study will be Tuesday nights starting March 11. If you are not already involved in a Sunday School class or study group like these, I encourage you to join a group as a Lenten practice.

Thank you so much for your faithful participation in the ministries of Tom’s Creek UMC through your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service and your witness so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ! Thank you for your service to Christ and His Church through all the seasons of the year. Throughout this season of Lent, I hope that you and your family will join me on this Lenten journey as we thoughtfully prepare for our next season of the Christian Year: Easter. 

 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Tim