Wandering Heart

Figuring out Faith with Peter

This Lent, we are focusing on the life and faith of one of Jesus’ most famous disciples. In Peter, we see a person who is both steadfast and unsteady, a dear friend and a betrayer, a follower and a wanderer. In Peter, we often see ourselves. By following Peter’s journey, we watch the story of Jesus unfold through the eyes of a very normal human trying to figure it all out—just like us.  The beloved hymn “Come Thou Fount” sounds like it could’ve been written by Peter, so each week in this series we will consider a phrase from this hymn. As we follow Peter’s story we will sing our way through Lent, binding our wandering hearts to God.

Wandering Heart

Ash Wednesday: This holy day reminds us of our mortality and need for God. Drive through the Crossroads Circle on February 14, from 6:30-8:30 a.m. for Ashes to Go, where a pastor will pray and impose ashes on your forehead. Join us for a bilingual service of repentance and renewal in the sanctuary at 7 p.m., held jointly with Fiesta Cristiana. Nursery will be available for children 3 and under.

Palm Sunday: On March 24 in our 8:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Traditional services, our Chancel Choir and chamber orchestra will present “A Time for Alleluia” by Joseph Martin as we journey through the ministry, passion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Children are invited to join the palm branch processional at the beginning of the 9:35 and 11:00 services. Nursery is available.

Maundy Thursday: Join us on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the CLC for a service to remember Jesus’ last supper and his command to love one another.  This service is designed with all ages in mind, from the youngest to the oldest.  It will include music, preaching, Scripture, and tactile opportunities to engage with the Scripture. Together we’ll learn about the Seder meal Jesus shared with his followers, the footwashing he offered to them as a sign of love, and we’ll celebrate Holy Communion as a reminder of God’s love for us. Nursery is available.

Good Friday: Join us on Friday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary for a Service of Tenebrae (meaning “shadows”) remembering the hours leading to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Music led by Chancel Choir and organ. Nursery is available. This service will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

Easter Sunday: Join us to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior.  A sunrise service in the Memorial Garden will begin at 6 a.m. We will gather for traditional services in the sanctuary at 8:15, 9:35, and 11 a.m. We will gather for contemporary services in the Christian Life Center at 9:35 and 11 a.m.  Nursery is available between 8 a.m. and noon.

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G.I.F.T. Groups for Lent: A GIFT for you! Looking for ways to connect with friends old and new while deepening your relationship with Jesus? GIFT stands for Growing In Faith Together, and that’s exactly what lies in store for you. Join one of our weekly Lenten GIFT groups beginning the week of February 11 as we explore the previous Sunday’s sermon and Scripture together. Only 6 sessions — you can do it! There are four GIFT Group options including a Tuesday afternoon group, a Wednesday midday Zoom group, a Wednesday evening group, and a Thursday evening group. Learn more and register here.  

Lenten Prayer Net: Just like Peter, the Prayer Ministry Team is casting a net, but the Lenten Prayer Net is hoping that instead of fish, the net will catch your prayers.  Look for the nets and ribbons in Crossroads and the CLC Lobby.  For each prayer, a ribbon can be tied on the net and captured into the boat of God’s love.  Your ribbon can be a praise and thanksgiving prayer or a need and concern prayer each week of Lent.


Lent Classes:

Simon Peter: A Flawed But Faithful Disciple: Our Lent sermon series will journey with Peter as he follows Jesus to Holy Week, and several of our Sunday School classes and small groups will learn more about Peter using Adam Hamilton’s study called “Simon Peter: A Flawed But Faithful Disciple.”  You are welcome to join the following classes and groups for this study: Connected, Feasting on the Word, Mayberry, Pilgrims, and Next Chapters.

Growing in Grace: Methodist Theology with Rev. Gray Southern (Part II) – What do United Methodists believe? What makes us unique? What do we share with all other Christians? How do our stated beliefs shape the ways we worship, serve and “do” church? Most of all, how do I grow closer to God?  Last fall we began to review these topics, and this Lent we’ll continue to learn and discuss them in 5 50-minute sessions following Wonderful Wednesday dinners, February 21 to March 20.  You need not have participated in the fall to attend – all are welcome! Register online.

Wake Up World: A Curriculum on the Climate Crisis for Faith and Community Groups: The Amos Justice Team of AUMC invites you to join in this 6-session study that will explore theological foundations for understanding the climate crisis and help Christians and faith communities engage in individual and collective action.  The class will be led by Mary Danforth Christians on Tuesday evenings, 7-8:30 pm, Feb. 13 through Mar. 19. Register online.

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Pancake Supper: Join the United Methodist Men on February 14 from 5-7 p.m. in the CLC gym for our first Wonderful Wednesday dinner, a pancake supper before the Ash Wednesday service. $12 for adults, $6 for kids, $32 cap for families. All receipts go to the pastor’s discretionary fund, used to respond to emergency and special needs. Register on Church Center.

Wonderful Wednesdays: Wonderful Wednesday Fellowship Dinners will return for 7 weeks from February 14 to April 3 (excluding March 27).  Participants can register for the whole 7-week series or register weekly.  The cost for the whole series is $84 per adult and $42 per child with a cap of $224 for families. Participants can also register week to week for $12 per adult, $6 per child, $32 cap for families. Weekly registration will be open Thursday-Sunday before each Wednesday’s meal. Registration for the full dinner series is now open on Church Center.

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Easter Cantata: Join us Sunday, March 24 in our 8:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Traditional services as our Chancel Choir tells of the ministry, passion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Join the Chancel Choir for a short-term commitment to sing in the Easter Cantata on Sunday, March 24. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm in the Choir Room, beginning January 31. For more information, contact Todd Arant.

Easter Lilies: Order a lily to be displayed in our worship spaces in honor or in memory of loved ones on Easter Sunday, March 31. The deadline to place an order is 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 24. Lilies are $20 per dedication, and orders can be placed online through Church Center. Questions? Contact Todd Arant.

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