Lent 2018: CrossWords
CrossWords ... words said in anger, a weekend leisure activity, or conversation around the symbol of Christianity? During the season of Lent, First Pres will consider biblical texts in worship that call us to examine the role of the cross in our lives, from bearing one another’s burdens to finding hope for eternal life. The Adult Education Work Group will offer a series on how peoples’ lives of faith intersect with their professional lives, and small groups will meet to discuss facing fear with faith. Gather with us to “play” with these myriad “crosswords” and deepen your faith!
February 14 - Ash Wednesday
Family Ash Wednesday Worship at 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary.
Begin your Lenten journey with a worship service exploring the meaning of this season of preparation for Easter. This service includes the imposition of ashes, communion, and the musical leadership of the Children’s Choir.
Ash Wednesday Supper 6:00 p.m., Social Hall
Enjoy a delicious Ash Wednesday supper of chicken, polenta, salad, fresh fruit and dessert before or after worship. The cost of the dinner is $8 per person if you sign up and pay by Monday, February 12. The pay at the door cost is $10 per person. Register online or call the Church Office at 662-4466.
Taizé Ash Wednesday Worship 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
This service includes scripture, imposition of ashes, Holy Communion, and music from the Ecumenical Community of Taizé, France. Childcare will be available from 7:15-9:00 p.m. Joining us will be the congregations from Vineyard Church, Lord of Light Lutheran Church, Campus Chapel, Ann Arbor Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, Journey of Faith Christian Church, King of Kings Lutheran Church and Bethlehem United Church of Christ.
Sign up here for the email devotionals. During Lent, begin each day with a Lenten email devotion written by church members and staff. Many of this season’s authors are newer members of our First Pres family who have joined in the last year. The devotions will be in keeping with the theme, “Faith into Action,” and fill focus on key ways we can put our faith into action as we reflect on God’s love for us during Lent.
CrossWords: A Lenten Adult Ed Series on Callings
Beginning February 18, join us at 11:00 a.m. Sundays during Lent and hear from fellow church members about how their lives as people of faith intersect with their professional lives around topics central to our everyday lives as Christians. Presentations may take a range of formats, from storytelling to musical performance or visual art. Information about speakers is forthcoming. Don’t miss this opportunity to get to know members of the First Pres community better while deepening your own Lenten journey! For more information visit our "Sunday Classes" page.
Peeps and Pizza Fair
Saturday, March 3, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Team up with family and friends on Saturday, March 3, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Social Hall. Enjoy a pizza lunch together ($5 per person) and create your own Bible story shoe box diorama using Peeps! We’ll supply the Peeps, shoe boxes, construction paper, scissors, and glue. Bring extra things for decorating if you wish. The dioramas will be displayed on Sunday morning, March 4. RSVP for the pizza lunch here or contact Debbie MacVey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lenten Small Groups
Be part of a Lenten small groups from your quad which will meet for five to six weeks at a home of a member. The small groups will read the book Do Not Be Afraid: Facing Fear with Faith by Rev. Dr. Samuel Wells, together with Bible texts. Books ($15) are available for purchase in the Church Office. If this is a financial burden please talk to Rev. Blair Buckley at email@example.com. View the full schedule or register here. You may also call the Church Office to register.
Glacier Hills Bible Study
Join us Tuesdays, February 20 - March 27, at 10:30 a.m. in the Interfaith Chapel at Glacier Hills for the study of Be Not Afraid: Facing Fear with Faith by Rev. Dr. Samuel Wells ($15). Questions? Contact Rev. Buckley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Donate Easter Lilies in Memory or Honor
Order Easter lilies in memory or honor of a loved one to beautify our Easter morning worship. Flowers are $17 and can be ordered online or in the Church Office. The donated lilies will be delivered by our deacons to those who are sick or home bound. The submission deadline is Thursday, March 22, at noon.
Holy Week Worship
Maundy Thursday worship is March 29, at 10:30 a.m. at Glacier Hills in the Hanson Room and at 7:00 p.m. in our Sanctuary. Maundy Thursday recalls the Last Supper. Jesus’ love for all people is shown by his service to others.
Good Friday worship is March 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This is a reflective service conducted in a darkened church and remembers the suffering and death of Christ.
Easter Sunday, April 1
Worship services are at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary with Rev. Dr. Fairfax F. Fair preaching.
Parking: Please make considerate parking choices to leave open as many spaces near the church as possible for people with mobility issues. Handicapped spaces will be designated in the parking lot on the Hillegonds Chapel side of the church. Parking is permitted on Washtenaw Avenue and Hill Street on Sunday mornings and free parking is available in the nearby parking structure at 650 South Forest Avenue.