Happy Friday. It's hard to believe it, but this weekend is the last weekend before the season of Lent begins (the six-week period of time leading toward Easter). As a way of marking this weekend and this transition, we are concluding our sermon series on Christianity and World Religions in a big way by focusing on Christianity. This weekend we're taking a hard look at what Christians believe and why. And at the conclusion of every service we'll offer an opportunity for you to recommit your life to Christ, or in some cases, to commit your life to Christ for the very first time. You won't want to miss this weekend in worship. It will be a great and powerful conclusion to this series of sermons as we prepare to shift our attention to Lent.
This weekend, in addition to worship, we are also hosting our Monthly Women’s Breakfast. After last weekend's Inspired For Life Women's Conference (with over 80 women from Downtown in attendance), we want to see as many women possible continue that spiritual momentum by joining us tomorrow morning, Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 - 10:30 am at 1522 McGee as Shannon Endicott leads a one-time Bible study introducing She Reads Truth, an online community of women diving into the word of God. If you can, bring a breakfast item to share and invite a friend to join you! If you have any questions, contact Shannon.Endicott@cor.org.
Then next Wednesday we will officially kick-off the season of Lent with our Ash Wednesday worship service. Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7 pm at 1522 McGee for a special service of music, prayers, and ashes. I have the privilege of preaching live at Resurrection Downtown on what it takes to uncover The Holy Ordinary by talking about personal reflection and confession.
Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality—both of these are triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus! Join me this Wednesday night. We'll have childcare provided, but you can find more details at cor.org/downtown/events.
Finally for those of you who will be missing out on Valentine's Day Celebrations because of Ash Wednesday Worship, as a way of saying thank you, we wanted to offer two very exciting opportunities for you to focus on your relationships on Friday night, February 16.
First, we are hosting a Parents’ Night Out - Friday night, Feb. 16 from 6:15-8:15pm. Let’s be honest… We all love our kiddos, but sometimes it’s nice to leave them with someone else in order to enjoy an uninterrupted conversation. I want to encourage all of our parents to give yourself a night out by dropping the kids off at KiDSCOR, 1522 McGee, and you can enjoy two uninterrupted hours on us! All you have to do is let us know you're coming by emailing Sarah.Brischle@cor.org.
Secondly, for all of our single members (approximately 66% of our congregation) I want to invite you to gather together next Friday night as well, because on Friday night, February 16, at 6:15 pm, we'll be hosting an honest conversation on Being Single and Dating. It is going to be a great gathering that steers away from fixed answers or one right way to find wholeness and happiness. Pastor Anne and licensed counselor Justin Bastin will lead a time of laughter and discussion around the best and hardest parts of being single, with the understanding that singleness is not a problem to be solved. Come for delicious food, a chance to connect, and an acknowledgement that the church cares about you. Please register at cor.org/events. Email Sarah.Brischle@cor.org for childcare. Reach out to Pastor Anne.Williams@cor.org with questions.
I am so thankful for you and I pray that you have a phenomenal Friday! I'll see you this weekend in worship!
With Grace, Peace and God's Holy Adventure,
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