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by Rev. Kevin Miller

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Lenten Opportunities

Posted by Kevin Miller on OP2er @ 14:26

The term “Lent” comes from an Anglo-Saxon word, which means “spring.”  Traditionally, it has been used as a time of fasting and preparation for Easter.  This year, Lent at First United Methodist Church will be a time of worship, growth and reflection.  There will be multiple opportunities for you to participate and grow.  You can join in every opportunity or select those that fit into your schedule best.  In any case, you are invited take advantage of these opportunities as a way of building your relationship with Jesus.

Common Daily Devotional    Copies of the book, Divine Friendship will be available at the Events Desk in Fellowship Hall.  Each book is $11.  Take time daily to spend time with Jesus and renew and strengthen your friendship with him.  This encouraging book reminds us that we are beloved children of a God who deeply desires friendship with us.  Each daily meditation helps us realize that through friendship with God we will satisfy our hearts’ yearnings.

Wed., March 6                        Ash Wednesday Services        12:15 p.m.  &  7:00 p.m.        

Worship Series begins Sunday, March 10 with the theme, The Man from Galilee focusing on different aspects of Jesus from the perspective of Matthew.   Join us every Sunday morning at 8:00, 9:15 or 11:00.

20-Minutes with God – Every Wednesday during Lent..

We are joining three other churches and the Valparaiso Family YMCA to provide a truly unique ecumenical worship experience during the season of Lent.  Join us for 20-Minutes with God every Wednesday beginning at 12:00 noon as we worship with other faith communities and break bread together.  The format will be a short worship service followed by a light meal and fellowship.  A freewill offering will help offset the cost of the meal.  You are also asked to bring a non-perishable food item that will help our area food pantries.  Join us:

            March 13 – First United Methodist Church, 103 Franklin St.

            March 20 – St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 1855 Harrison Blvd.

            March 27 – Living Hope Community Church, 1115 Calumet Ave.

            April 3 – Trinity Lutheran Church, 201 N. Washington St.

            April 10 – Valpo Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing


Study Groups – Brand: New – a 5-session study written and presented by Andy Stanley.

How should the world view the church?  Unfortunately, we’ve created a brand for the church that Jesus never intended.  But we have the opportunity to give everyone a Brand: New perspective.

The study is provided as a follow-up to the three Saturday morning conversations that took place on November 11, January 5, and March 2.  How is God calling us as a church and how can we re-create ourselves to reach the next generation?

This class will be offered at two different times:

Fridays at 10:00 a.m. beginning March 15 and ending April 12.  Led by Pastor Dee Miller and Janice Harris.

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning March 20 and ending April 17.  Led by Pastor Kevin.

If you miss a session, you can watch the week’s lesson on Right Now Media or at



            Thursday, April 18      Holy Thursday Communion Service at 12:15 p.m.

            Walk With Jesus begins at 6:00 p.m.

EVERYONE is invited to this is a powerful, interactive, multi-sensory event that will guide you through Jesus’ last week on earth.  Designed especially for family members to experience together; this event will help all of us discover Easter in a new and unforgettable way. 

Families will gather in upper Wesley Hall and – (1) travel to Jerusalem for Palm Sunday; (2) sit down to witness the Last Supper; (3) pray in the garden of Gethsemane; (4) discover the sacrifice of Good Friday, and (5) celebrate freedom from sin at the empty tomb on the first Easter morning!     Join us as we bring Jesus’ last week to life!

Want to be part of bringing this event to life?   Come to planning meeting at the church on Tuesday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m.


Friday, April 19           Good Friday Cantata & Tenebrae Service at 7:00 p.m.

                                                The Seven Last Days performed by our Choir

            Sunday, April 21         Resurrection Sunday Celebration at 8:00, 9:15 & 11:00 a.m.

I'm excited about the opportunities for growth as winter turns to spring and we celebrate God's gift of His Son.  Join us!


Sue C said...

Posted on OP7er @ 18:12 -
All these opportunities look awesome!!

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