Beloved Epworth Family,
Greetings and blessings. Lent begins tomorrow. This season of self-reflection and deepening opens with Ash Wednesday, a time that reminds us of our place in the universe, and the magnitude of who God is. Many people are feeling the impact of the pandemic acutely right now. Instead of the typical practices of Lent that can be about self-denial and cutting things out, I invite you to consider how you might commit to connecting during Lent—with others, with God and with yourself.
Ash Wednesday services are an opportunity to connect. Epworth’s service will begin at 7:30 on Zoom. We’ll have music, an imposition of ashes, and move into this season together as we open our series, “Entering the Passion of Christ: Picturing Ourselves in the Story.”
As we move into this season that gets us in touch with the depths of our need and lament, I’m grateful to share with you an invitation from Dianne Rush Woods, Clark Kellogg, Judy Kriege and Judy Cayot to collaborate in a new installation that will be going on the Epworth “front porch.”
Beyond February - Epworth Builds an Altar to Black Lives Lost Black History Month is every month… we want to take our learning, and our efforts to be an antiracist church community Beyond February. Here is one opportunity. Join us Saturday, February 27th from 4-5 pm to kick off the production of a multi-media art display that will include a deep dive into learning about black individuals who were killed during interactions with the police; and an opportunity to reflect on and honor those lives in whatever art form speaks to you. To begin, we will discuss the education process, the art possibilities, as well as how we can support one another in this process. RSVP here to receive the Zoom link in your inbox. As a community, Epworth is engaging in several actions to respond in faith to the racism that has existed in our country, our church, and our communities for centuries. Its pervasiveness requires awareness, action, and accountability. This is one way to get involved. Come, hear, and be a part of this community art project.
Thank you to Dianne Rush Woods, Clark Kellogg, Judy Kriege and Judy Cayot for leading us in this project.
Peace be with you,