February. The shortest month of the year, featuring snow and ice; normally cold, dark and depressing for the most part. But February also speaks to us of the change to come, the life that appears out of the depths of cold and despair.
The month of February also speaks to us of love. Each year on February 14 we honor the traditions of St. Valentine as we celebrate the love we share for each other. Flowers, cards, an evening out are just some of the expressions of love that have come to be expected in our society.
February is also the time we celebrate Lent. Lent begins in the grip of winter, when spring seems so far away. Gardens are bare, and it’s hard to imagine flowers poking green buds through the icy crust of dirt. The sun at the beginning of Lent is weak and not very warm. Night comes early and lasts a long time. The delight of Jesus’ birth at Christmas has passed, and the joy of his Easter Resurrection is still far away.
At the beginning of Lent our hearts, like the sun, may be tired and weak. We wonder if spring will ever come. Yet, as Lent progresses, we see signs of Resurrection all around us. There are warm, sunny days among the gloomy ones. The sun, growing closer and warmer, starts rising earlier and setting later. It’s as if the world outside is preparing for the new life of Easter.
What about our world inside? Inside our homes, our families, our hearts? Are we preparing for Jesus to touch us through the victories and suffering of Holy Week and the glorious Resurrection of Easter? Are we making room for Jesus? Are we giving him the time he so richly deserves?
Lent is often when families do their spring-cleaning and get ready for the new season. We clear out closets, dust, vacuum and wash floors. Spring-cleaning is how we make room for the new life and light of springtime. This February, I urge you to read, pray and act to spring-clean your lives so that you can welcome Jesus into your homes, your lives and your hearts.
In His Service,
Sunday 02/04 Church Breakfast served from 9-9:30 am
Sunday 02/04 Confirmation Class at 9:30 am
Sunday 02/04 Communion served during morning worship
Sunday 02/04 Kids & Youth Laser Tag in Ft Wayne
Wednesday 02/07 Adult Bible Study at 10:00 am
Wednesday 02/07 Church supper at 6:00 pm
Wednesday 02/07 Kingsley Kids and Youth at 6:30 pm
Wednesday 02/07 Adult Bible Study at 6:30 pm
Wednesday 02/14 Ash Wednesday/Valentine’s Day
Wednesday 02/14 Adult Bible Study at 10:00 am
Wednesday 02/14 Church supper at 6:00 pm
Wednesday 02/14 Kingsley Kids and Youth at 6:30 pm (Valentine’s Party)
Wednesday 02/14 Adult Bible Study at 6:30 pm
Sunday 02/18 Confirmation Class at 9:30 am
Sunday 02/18 Puppets during morning worship
Monday 02/19 President’s Day
Wednesday 02/21 Adult Bible Study at 10:00 am
Wednesday 02/21 Church supper at 6:00 pm
Wednesday 02/21 Kingsley Kids and Youth at 6:30 pm
Wednesday 02/21 Adult Bible Study at 6:30 pm
Wednesday 02/28 Adult Bible Study at 10:00 am
Wednesday 02/28 Church supper at 6:00 pm
Wednesday 02/28 Kingsley Kids and Youth at 6:30 pm
Wednesday 02/28 Adult Bible Study at 6:30 pm