We invite you to join us for a 12-hour Prayer Vigil to prepare for Lent/Easter.
Sign up for 30-minute slots online or at the patio table following worship on Sunday, February 7. The prayer vigil is 7 am-7 pm.
Sign up online: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4eafab2fa4fa7-lenteaster.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10. We’ll offer two worship services and the pastors will also be on the bridges to welcome Preschool families and an opportunity to receive ashes. Worship is at 12 noon in the chapel and at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary.
Pastor Eve Williams will give the message at both Ash Wednesday services.
We plan to have a new PVUMC Lenten study book available for purchase to help guide you through the season. Stop by the patio following worship on Sunday, February 14 to pick up a copy. We may also have them available on Ash Wednesday following the services. During the week, stop by the church office. If you prefer a digital copy, we’ll be publishing our online Kindle verison soon, available from Amazon.com. The paperback will be $12. The online version, $8.99.
The book is called 137 Miles: A Journey With Jesus, named for the 137-mile journey that Jesus traveled from the Mount of Transfiguration (Mt. Hermon) to Jerusalem, his city of destiny. In Luke’s gospel, nine chapters are devoted to this travelogue filled with significant encounters and teaching by Jesus. Luke reminds us how Jesus deliberately set his face towards Jerusalem, a commitment that affects both the journey and its culmination at the cross. We join this revealing pilgrimage with Christ, and recognize that our life of faith is always a journey. On this 137-mile journey during Lent, Jesus shared parables, each describing a distinctive movement of faith (from fear to love or from helplessness to hopefulness). We invite you to take steps of faith during Lent, and grow closer in your relationship to the one who walks beside you: Jesus.
To get the most out of the book, we invite you to join one of our Pathways classes listed below, and study it with others in our faith community. Start dates are listed, and others may be added to the list next week. We’ll also offer a few hikes and labyrinth walks, to give you more opportunities to meet others on the journey. Check the calendar for dates, times and descriptions on our website events page: pvumc.org/events/.
Wesley Sunday School Group — 11 am, G2 (Library) — 2/14
SPIRIT – 9:30 am, F8 (Fireside Room) — 2/21
Monday: Home Study at the Lex’s — 7 pm — 2/22-3/21 (limited to 12)
RSVP to David (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Deborah Lex (email@example.com; home phone: 602-953-5917).
Tuesday: Caring Bible Study – 10:30 am, A2 (Parlor) — 2/16
Susanna Circle – 9:30 am, A2 (Parlor) — 2/10
Pastor’s Bible Study – 10:30 am, F8 (Fireside Room) — 2/17
Sojourners – 4 pm, G2 (Church Library) — 2/17
After the Feast – 6 pm, Paradise Perk — 2/17
Thursday: Men’s Breakfast Bible Study – 7 am, F5/6 — 2/11
Friday: Brown Baggers – 12 noon, G2 (Church Library) — 2/19
Look for a weekly Lenten blog online as the season begins.