Join us for a special service to mark the first day of Lent on Wednesday, February 14. At 6:00 all the congregations of First United Methodist Church will gather in the Sanctuary of Central Campus to hear a special message. Participants are encouraged to fast the dinner meal and donate to those in need whatever they would have normally spent for the meal.

Lent, the 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays), is a time of preparation, self-reflection, and repentance. The Ash Wednesday service often helps us begin to process what the death of Christ means to us personally. During the service ashes, representing our sorrow for our sins, may be placed on our forehead in the shape of a cross. The ashes are from palms used last Palm Sunday, some palms brought back from the Philippines mission last March, and prayers from our youth. Palms are burned by our 6th grade confirmation Sunday school class. The youth burned their prayers as a symbol of giving the prayers to God.

Following the service, our 6th grade confirmation class will remain in the sanctuary and meet their confirmation mentors.

Wednesday Lenten Lunches

The Claremore Area Ministerial Alliance sponsors Lenten lunches Wednesdays during Lent from noon until 1:00. This year they will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1310 N Sioux Ave. A brief service begins at noon, and a light lunch is served at 12:30 for $3. The service is designed so that the community can worship, eat and return to work in little more than an hour. Lunches are held February 14 to March 21. Each Wednesday a different church provides the message and meal.

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