First UMC Gonzales

Pastor's Note
From the desk of Rev. Steve Berger, Senior Pastor

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This Year: Hearts and  Ashes!

The arrival of King Cakes has let you know that Mardi Gras is upon us and parades will begin rolling soon! We are celebrating things early this year with Fat Tuesday on February 13 and therefore Ash Wednesday/Valentine’s Day will fall on the same day. I hope you can be creative about your celebrations of the people you love, we certainly need more of that, and plan that special time together earlier in the week or the weekend before. I also hope you make plans to be here on Wednesday, February 14 to sing, pray, receive ashes and begin a fruitful journey of introspection called “Lent”. We will try to help you with more opportunities for worship, fellowship and learning by offering noon services of prayer, reflection and Holy Communion beginning Wednesday, February 21 through March 28. We will also have weekly Wednesday Bible studies and a family meal each Wednesday night; the meal at 6:30 and the Bible study at 7:00. This Lenten season we will use “Promise Land” a study book and DVD series by teacher Ray Vander Laan. This series takes us to the places in the middle east that are mentioned in the Bible for a firsthand account of their location and practical applications for our lives. I think it will be an enriching experience for all who join this study. Sign-up sheets are in the Narthex of the Sanctuary and in the Office/Welcome Center area. We will have a Lenten season sermon series called “7 Essential Questions” with titles such as; “Who is Jesus?”, “What Matters Most?” and “Am I Accepted?” and other core issues of life and faith. Lent will bring us into an early Easter with the “Eggstravaganza”, “Spring Fling” and other celebration events!