2018 Lenten Series: Biblical Hermeneutic
Believe it or not, you have a biblical hermeneutic! A "hermeneutic" is a way of interpreting something, specifically of interpreting scripture. Every one of us brings our own lens and spin to our reading of the Bible, one that has been formed by our teachers, community, and culture. Join the Rev. Mary Demmler as she highlights four broad hermeneutics found in Christianity and how they influence theology. How does a literalist's approach drive their passion for evangelism? How does a realtivist's approach result in very little dogma and doctrine and a seemingly contradictory theology? The class will meet Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. in the parish hall, beginning February 22 and will run through March 22. We'll take off March 8 for spring break.
Lenten Workshop: The Life We Choose
Owning the Life We Choose and Struggling with the Voices that Influence our Decisions Lent is meant to be a time of introspection to examine the life we are living. Join The Rev. Mary Demmler for a special Saturday workshop where we'll look at our lives through four different lenses to help us understand better the life we have and feel empowered in the life we choose. By walking through the life we could have, the life we should have, the life we're called to, and the life we want, we begin to realize how we allow different factors to push our decision making. Learn to recognize the voices you may need to clear out of your mind, make room for your wants and dreams, and then move forward with a better sense of the power you have in choosing the path in front of them.
The workshop will be Saturday, February 17, from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Lunch will be provided. Please sign up by calling the church office or on the sheet provided in the Parish Hall.
Special Service at the Demmlers
The themes of Lent can be confusing or even intimidating...and that's just for the adults! Children and young adults often bring a different set of questions and considerations to Ash Wednesday and the disciplines we are called to observe in the season that follows.
All are welcome to join in an exploration of these themes in a special service at the Demmlers' home on Sunday, February 18, at 5 p.m. This is a particularly helpful service for anyone with questions of how we tie Palm Sunday and the passion narrative back to Ash Wednesday and the start of our Lenten journey. It is also another opportunity for people who wish to participate in the imposition of ashes but may not be able to attend an Ash Wednesday service.
Bring a jacket because, weather allowing, we will be outside for part of the service for the burning of the palms. Please contact the church office to let us know if you plan to attend. While this service is designed primarily for young people, everyone can attend, learn, and find spiritual nourishment from this time together.