By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
Weekly Events: Celebrate Recovery meets every Monday at 5:30 pm Women's Bible Study meets Mondays at 6:00 pm Men's Bible Study meets Mondays at 6:00 pm Sit and Get Fit Returns! Tuesdays & Thursdays at 8:00 am Wonderful Wednesday meet Wednesdays at 5:30 pm Brown Bag Bible Study meets Thursdays at 12 noon
FLAMINGO ARE FLOCKING!
Sighted at the home of Al and Robyn Snellgrove
Please be aware of Flying Flamingos!
Thank youfor filling out the "Connection Card"each Sunday. This is an excellent way to share praises, prayer requests (which are sometimes private) and communicate your ideas and concerns. We appreciate your diligence in staying "connected" with Luverne United Methodist Church!
ASH WEDNESDAY SUPPER:
Ash Wednesday Service
in the Sanctuary
is now available on the church bulletin board. This is a lovely way to honor that special person or occasion or to remember loved ones. Call the church office at 335-3013 to reserve your date.
The Family of Ann Davis
Katherine Evans Baby Lauren Jane
Baby Ford The Johnny Broadway
Jane & Roy Lamb Sarah Mason
Kathy & Baby Amy
Our US Troops
Tucker Easter (Returned!)
Bernice Perallo Ellen Solomon
Mona Golden Antley
Ann Swanner Bob Traver Johnny Pynes
Penny Driggers Martha Williams Elizabeth Flint
Sue Ann McAilely
Patsy Jeffers (Mike Jones' sister)
Cameron Beall Jordan
Please keep us updated on those on our Prayer List. Thank you!
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Darin T. Easter, Pastor
At Luverne United Methodist Church, we strive to seek God's will and to share God's love and saving grace through outreach to all. We worship and praise God through music and ministry, providing a welcoming and spirit-filled experience. We rely on the Holy Spirit and the preaching and teaching of God's Word to help us follow the example of Jesus Christ in all that we do.
“LOVING … LISTENING … SHARING … SERVING”
Interesting Facts About Ash Wednesday, Lent
For nearly a billion Christians, the weeks leading up to Easter are a time of fasting, solemn contemplation, and the giving up of certain luxuries and foods.
Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season on the liturgical calendar that represents a 40-day period, plus Sundays that are not counted.
There are many traditions and customs associated with Lent. Some, like Ash Wednesday's ash cross on the forehead and Catholics not eating meat on Fridays, are fairly well known.
Here are seven interesting facts about Lent. They include a ban on alleluia songs, a half-time celebration, and why many Protestants do not observe the season.
The Meaning of Ashes
Ash Wednesday worship involves church services where ashes are placed in the shape of a cross on the foreheads of worshipers. The practice is meant to stress mortality and penance.
The usage of ashes for these purposes has a long history in Judeo-Christian circles, as seen in the Old Testament when various figures would wear sackcloth and put ashes on their heads as a solemn call to repentance.
"This act symbolizes our mortality as well as our need for ongoing repentance. It is a reminder that this life is short and merely a foreshadowing of what we shall become through the redemption of Jesus Christ on the cross," explains catholic.org.
"The work of our redemption will not be complete until we are raised from the dead, in resurrected bodies like His own and called to the eternal communion of heaven."
Why People Give up Stuff for Lent
A common way Christians observe Lent is to give up something they like during the season. Popular options include soda, candy, television, drinking, or smoking.
According to a 2011 entry on the website "What's in the Bible?" this practice has a scriptural basis in Luke 9:23, which reads "Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me."
"So, essentially it's about self denial, carrying our cross and following Jesus. It is something that's done in a prayerful way, so that we can wholly renew ourselves in Christ."