On May 3rd following the worship service, we will gather to celebrate our favorite Ghanian, Faustina Appiah. Tina will be traveling back home to Ghana the following week so will gather to remember and celebrate her time with us. Join us!
Beginning Wednesday evening, May 13th at 7:00 PM, we will gather together to discuss Father Richard Rohr’s book, Breathing Underwater.
In Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps, Rohr describes how the Twelve Steps of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) program is America’s most significant and authentic contribution to the history of spirituality.
In this exploration, Richard draws parallels between Christian principles and AA’s Twelve Steps, connecting AA’s Big Book with the Gospel. This material draws on talks he has given for over twenty years to people in recovery and those close to them, as well as to those who counsel people recovering from or living with an addiction.
Richard offers encouragement and inspiration to survive the tidal wave of compulsive behavior and addiction by learning to “breathe under water.”
We will discuss the book and how to put it’s concepts into practice as well as watching videos of Father Richard’s teaching on the subject.
You can read a review of the book here.
On Saturday morning, March 28th, we are going to hit the beach for Sea Angels‘ monthly beach cleanup. The cleanup begins at 8:00 AM and goes until 10:30 AM at Ocean Inlet Park – 6990 N. Ocean Blvd. Boynton Beach, FL 33435. See Janet Lisle for more information.
We are now accepting applications for the 2015 College scholarship. The scholarship is for members of First Congregational Church of Lake Worth who are beginning or continuing college or vocational education. You can find the guidelines and application here or pick up a copy at the church campus.
In May, our own Faustina Appiah is returning home to Ghana. We want her to return home in style, so we are collecting items that she can use for housekeeping AND which she can use to stock a small shop she will be running to support herself. You can also donate toward Faustina’s trip on our Giving page. Through April 12th, we will be collecting:
Personal hygiene products (mouthwash, toothpaste, tooth brush, hand sanitizers)
Canned meats – Sardine/Mackerel/Corned Beef/Tuna
Soft Drinks – Caprisuns, Juice Boxes. Etc.
Stationery (envelopes, pens, pencils, erasers, totes, glue, rulers
Paper Products (toilet roll, paper napkins, Kleenex)
Lent is an opportunity for great spiritual and personal examination, a time to study our relationship with God and others, a time to improve those relationships and make them more meaningful. But our desire for deeper connection to God, one another, and all of God’s creation this Lent has to compete with the rest of life. Our spiritual practices go up against our everyday lives, busy schedules, work and family demands, emotional trials, and more.
This Lent, we look to God’s creation to help us find our way on our spiritual journey. In the scriptures we see the links between the Lenten journey and Creation. Jesus is in the company of wild animals while he faces his tempter in the desert. God’s language – when addressing Abraham and Sarah directly and the people of Israel through Jeremiah – refers to the land, the mountains, and the very hearts of humankind. The psalmist looks for God’s glory in creation and refers to God as rock and redeemer. The Israelites face their fears of God leaving them in the desert and are strengthened for more of their journey. And Jesus rides a colt into Jerusalem – from the wilderness, through small towns, and now arriving in the city where he will face his enemies.
It is a sacred thing to bring the ancient practice of Lenten examination into the modern world. The Lenten scripture readings, which speak to our human desires and failures, help us see our own lives in a new way. This Lent there will be moments of stress and times when you might feel frustrated. Times when you don’t think you have enough time for Lent, or even times when you feel like a failure.
But the river – the divine – continues to flow. Even if our spiritual lives seem to be nothing more than a dried up riverbed, God is there with a trickle of water to refresh us. As life twists and turns, we flow – God flows – with it. Every turn is a chance to slow down, reflect, and then flow onward toward Easter.
During the Season of Lent, may you find not only moments for reflection, but moments for connection with others and all of God’s creation.
Here are some ways you can engage the season with your church family:
Wednesday, February 18th at 7:00 PM: Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesdays February 25th – March 25th 7:00 PM: Opening the Bible: Experiencing Scripture with Our Heads, Hearts, and Lives
Engage the scripture and find daily inspiration each morning with The Daily.