Information about the Season of Lent

What is Lent?
Lent is the 40-day period of reflection, repentance, and renewal preceding Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with the Easter service. The 40 days does not include the Sundays in that period of time.

What is the significance of the 40 days?
In the Old Testament, we read that Moses fasted and prayed 40 days, after which God appeared to him and instructed him on how to overcome his enemies. Jesus spent 40 days in the Judean wilderness before beginning his public ministry. During the 40 days, each prayed and opened himself to God’s direction, plan, and will.

How does observing Lent prepare us for Easter?
During Lent we keep our eyes focused on Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We walk with Jesus as He goes to Jerusalem. We see what He went through for us. We see the magnitude of His sacrifice and the depth of His love.

What should one be doing during Lent?
There is no “law” about what you should be doing during Lent. At the same time, there are certain practices and disciplines that will be a blessing, among these are:

Self-examination: Set aside time to examine and evaluate your life as a Christian.

Repentance: Be honest with God and with yourself about those areas of your life that do not reflect God’s plan, will, or desire for you. Desire, by the power of the Holy Spirit in your life, to change these parts of your life.

Meditation: Read a portion of Scripture daily. Let its words settle into your heart and mind. Apply what you read to your life.

Prayer: Set aside time for conversation with God. Open your heart. Listen to what He says to you in Scripture and through the witness of fellow saints.

Special service: Live out your faith by committing to serve the Lord in a specific way, one that touches the life of another.

Participate in worship services: This includes, in addition to regular Sunday morning worship, participation in our Wednesday services. As we gather, we will hear the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We will be drawn closer to Him. This will always be a source of blessing.

Look for ways to share your faith: Think about people in your life who do not know about God’s love for them in Christ. Or, think about those who know Jesus but who are not connected with a worshiping, serving congregation. Lift those people in prayer. Think about how you can bring them to Bethany. People are more open to such invitations at special times of the year such as Easter.

Commitment: Answer the question: “How am I serving the Lord at Bethany?” Look for ways to serve in our congregation. Commit yourself to serving as well as being served. Use the Lenten season to reflect on how much God has done for you in Christ. How can you show your thanks? By serving others.

Bethany Easter 5K Rise and Run
Saturday, April 19

Bethany, do you have your Easter weekend all planned out yet?  Come be part of the first Bethany Easter 5K Rise and Run (fun run & walk).  Bethany’s Easter Rise and Run will take place at 7AM on Saturday, April 19 starting in Bethany’s parking lot.  The cost is $10 (covers the cost of the t-shirt and a few other items after the race).  The race will start in Bethany’s parking lot and go over to Bowie’s property and track, and ending back on Bethany’s property.  The race is open to anyone that desires to participate and teams of people are also encouraged to attend.  Families with children are encouraged to enter as well and please don’t forget, you don’t have to run.  This is a fun run and a fun walk!  To be guaranteed a shirt you have to register by April 13.  Please contact Landon Becker if you have any questions. 

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Help adorn the sanctuary with beautiful Easter Lilies for Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. Pick up a form at one of the entrances and return it to the baskets. The last day for Easter Lilies will be on Sunday, April 13. Each plant costs $11.00.

 

Easter Celebration
April 19 from 10AM-12Noon

Join us on the Saturday morning before Easter as we celebrate Easter with egg hunts, games, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, train rides, bouncy houses, and other great activities. The events are open to little ones up through 4th grade. The egg hunt begins at 10:10AM for the two groups. This is a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to church. Easter Celebration Volunteers are needed.  We need face painters, moonwalk supervisors, set up/takedown, egg hiders, balloon makers, craft helpers, greeters, and more.  Click here to sign up for this event.

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Please make plans now to join us for our Holy Week services. Maundy Thursday is April 17, with services at Noon and 7:00PM. Our Good Friday Tenebrae Service of Darkness is at Noon and 7:00PM.

Then be sure to invite a friend for our Festival of the Resurrection Easter services on April 19, beginning at 6:00AM with a Sunrise Service, and followed by services at 7:45, 9:15, and 11:00AM with choir and orchestra.  Please note that our 7;45, 9:15, and 11:00 AM services are identical at which our choir and orchestra will assist us in praising the God of our salvation.  We will be having a worship contemporary service in the CLC Fellowship Hall at 9:30AM.

In previous years, the 9:15 and 11:00 services have been extremely full. Please consider attending the 7:45AM service. This will assist in making more room for all of our worshippers.  Please note that we will not have Sunday School. We will also have our evening service at 6PM with fellowship at 5:30PM.

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Wednesday Lent Service Theme
“Called by Name”

This year’s Lenten series will focus our hearts, eyes, and ears on Jesus as He calls us into a deeper relationship with Himself.  Each “call” draws us to Jesus in a unique and special way.  May our Lenten journey with our Lord Jesus and one another be a source of continued growth in grace and faith for us all.  The services are at 12Noon in the chapel and/or 7PM in the Sanctuary.

March 5 (Ash Wednesday)
"Called to Repent"

 
March 12
"Called to Trust"

March 19
"Called to Serve"

March 26
"Called to Share"

April 2
"Called to Sacrifice”

April 9
"Called to Love”

NOTE: The nursery will be available during the evening services for children six months to three years old.  If you missed one of the sermons, click on Sermons Online to listen to ones.