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Monday-Thursday
Ionia Food Pantry (Zion UMC)
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
(Washington Street) Volunteers are always welcome!
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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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9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Monday-Thursday
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Worship Service
9am - Berlin Center UMC
11am - LeValley UMC
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LV Ladies 4th Day Group
6:00 PM
meet at LeValley Church
Boy Scouts Meet
7:00 PM
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Monday-Thursday
Cub Scouts Meet
7:00 PM
at LeValley UMC
Choir Practice
7:00 PM
Adult Choir group meets at LVUMC to practice
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General Church Office Hours
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Monday-Thursday
Ionia Food Pantry (Zion UMC)
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
(Washington Street) Volunteers are always welcome!
Bible Search
Lent Season ~ Christian tradition

Dear Berlin Center and LeValley Church Family,

I came across an online article about Lent by Mary Fairchild that does a good job of telling us again what the season of Lent is in our Christian tradition.

Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter.  In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count).

Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.  The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ - his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.

Not all Christian churches observe Lent.  Lent is mostly observed by the Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and Anglican denominations, and also by Roman CatholicsEaster Orthodox churches observe Lent or Great Lent, during the 6 weeks or 40 days preceding Palm Sunday with fasting continuing during the Holy Week of Orthodox Easter.  Lent for Eastern Orthodox churches begins on Monday (called Clean Monday) and Ash Wednesday is not observed.

The Bible does not mention the custom of Lent, however, the practice of repentance and mourning in ashes is found in     2 Samuel 13:19; Ester 4:1; Job 2:8; Daniel 9:3; and Matthew 11:21 .

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This year for Lent I want us to be more intentional about praying and fasting for an increase in God's love in our own hearts for God and for each other.  Ask God to remove any baggage or sin that stands between you and God and between you and someone else.  Ask God to help you and to forgive you as much as God has forgiven us.  Ask God to help you with not taking offense with others as much as possible and if you are struggling with this issue please read the book, "The Bait of Satan."  We will be showing a DVD that goes along with the book at one of our Lenten Soup suppers.  Our program for the two other Lenten soup suppers at Berlin Center will be listening to some answers to difficult questions that college students put to Ravi Zacharias and his team.  Don't forget to attend our Ash Wednesday worship service at LeValley at 7:00 PM on March 6th.  There is also an opportunity to participate in a devotional program for Lent encouraged by our new bishop; Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey that I hope you will take part in this year.  I plan to participate in the devotion as well.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Ray