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Our Lenten Journey

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Ash Wednesday: Feb. 26, 2020

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. It is a late start
this year, but we are planning ahead.

We will have two different worship gatherings on Ash Wednesday. First, at 12 Noon we will gather in the Sanctuary for a spoken liturgy and hymns with the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion. This English only gathering will quietly and reflectively begin our season of devotion.

At 7 o’clock in the evening we will gather as one congregation in two languages (English & Spanish) for worship with confession and repentance. During this bilingual gathering we will include the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion as well. For those who cannot make it to either of our Ash Wednesday worship gatherings, we will once again be offering Ashes and Prayer to Go. This will take place from 6:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the street corner in front of the Sanctuary building. You can stop by any time and begin your Lenten journey with the imposition of Ashes and intercessory prayer. We are still looking for a few more people to volunteer a half hour or full hour any time that morning to help with the imposition of ashes and pray with those who come to participate.

Lenten Theme
This year we will be using “Book of Faith Lenten Journey: Seven Wonders of the Word” by Kathryn A. Kleinhans. Copies of book have already been ordered. This devotional style book will keep our Lenten journey grounded in God’s word.

We will come together for worship on Wednesdays at Noon and 6:00 p.m. and use our study as a focus for our gathering. The Evening Worship will use the Holden Evening Prayer liturgy.

The Wednesday worship and study series will run from March 4th through April 1st.

Ministry Transition Update

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The transition team has received and analyzed the surveys which were distributed in November and December.

We have discovered that the new pastor must possess expected pastoral traits of preaching and worship, building community, and youth/family ministry, plus good humor and a commitment to the
Lutheran Church. Most importantly, two factors stood out.

The pastor must be bilingual in Spanish and English. Also there is a strong will to receive and nurture our own Elena Enriquez in the role of pastor.

While that end may take some time we will work with the synod to find a way forward to make that happen and also to provide new staff to relieve the workload on our present staff.

The type of new staff we will seek will depend on synod input and support.

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