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Ionia Food Pantry (Zion UMC)
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
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Men's Emmaus Walk!
to be held at Lakewood UMC.
LV~UMW Annual District Meeting
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
at New Hope UMC
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Ionia Food Pantry (Zion UMC)
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(Washington Street) Volunteers are always welcome!
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February 2016 (40 Days)

Dear Berlin Center &  LeValley UMC Church family,

It is hard to believe that we have just finished celebrating the season of Advent leading up to the birth of Christ on Christmas.  A month and a few weeks later we start a new spiritual journey in the church called Lent.  I thought you might like to read what the United Methodist Book of Worship has to say about this special time of the church calendar when we recall the passion of Jesus leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection from the dead.  This year we will not have a service of Lent, but I will be planning to have a traditional Good Friday Service at Berlin Center at 7:00 PM.

Discussion is under way at LeValley about offering communion at LeValley on Thursday of that week and perhaps something in addition with the  communion.  I will keep you posted.  Let this be a time in the year when we all draw closer to Jesus in spirit and truth.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Ray

(Please continue to read the article on Lent.)

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.  Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, which means "spring."  The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter.  Historically, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time for penanace by all Christians.  The FIrst Sunday describes Jesus' temptation by Satan; and the Sixth Sunday (Passion/Palm Sunday), Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem and his subsequent passion and death.  Because Sundays are always little Easters, the penitential spirit of Lent should be tempered with joyful expectation of the Resurrection.

The Great Three Days - sometimes called the Triduum or Pasch--from sunset Holy Thursday through sunset Easter Day are the climax of Lent (and of the whole Christian year) and a bridge into the Easter Season.  These days proclaim the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ's passion, death and resurrection.  During these days, the community journeys with Jesus from the upper room, to the cross, to the tomb, and to the garden.  They shold be seen as a great unified service beginning with a service of Holy Communion on Holy Thursday and concluding with the services of Easter Day.  These services may be connected with a prayer vigil lasting from Holy Thursday evening (or Good Friday) until the first service of Easter and may be accompanied by fasting.

In addition to the acts and services of worship in the following pages, see the two Great Thanksgivings for Lent and the scripture readings for Lent in the lectionary.

Somber colors such as purple or ash gray and rough-textured cloth are most appropriate for paraments, stoles, and banners.  Unbleached musin cloth with red stitching is also appropriate.  Remove all shiny objects from the worship area.  Some may wish to omit flowers.  Other visuals may include a large rough cross (possibly made from the trunk of the Chrismon tree) or a veil over the sanctuary cross.

Other visuals for Holy Week may include red paraments, stoles, and banners, and symbols such as perfume, coins, a whip, a crown of thorns, a torn garment, nails, a spear, a sponge, or a broken reed.  On Good Friday and Holy Saturday the church may be stripped bare of visuals.

From the Book of Worship