Lent2014Learning in Lent – For many people, getting ready for Easter means little more than watching the airfares for spring travel, sprucing up the spring wardrobe or bunny collection, and picking out a ham or lamb a few days before Easter Sunday.

Others find it important to take some time out of their routines to do some spring cleaning in their priorities and purposes so that they are renewed and ready for the Great Celebration of Easter. You may want to participate in actual cleaning of the chapel and sanctuary as a symbol of your inner cleansing. You’re also invited to one or more of the gatherings of the church that will take place throughout Lent.

Ash Wednesday Service – Last year’s palms from Palm Sunday become this year’s ashes as Lent begins. Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.

“Ruth Moves to Manchester” – As I write, the Internet shows 54 homes for sale in Manchester-by-the-Sea. In the next weeks and months people will be leaving these homes and others will arrive with the task of making a new life on the North Shore. The short biblical story of Ruth will provide a lens for looking closely at such times of transition. We will reflect on the spiritual resources that we can access and offer to others in the midst of life’s changes. Join us for five weeks, March 13-April 10, Thursdays at 7:30 in the conference room.

Friday Bible Study and Bibles & Bagels – The passages of Lent during March will take us through the gospels of Matthew and John, the Psalms, and other passages of preparation. Get ready to understand the background of the Sunday sermons.

Soup & Conversation -, How can Christians respond faithfully to the challenges of an economically divided society? Steve Carhart will offer a look at where we’ve been and where we may go from here. Sunday, March 23 at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel.