Mid-Week Lenten Soup Suppers, Study and Worship Services

Lenten Wednesdays for All Ages at the Far Hills Campus

March 4-April 1, 6-8 PM

Get Highlights Here and Read on for Details

6:00 PM     Soup Supper – All are invited!
We are in need of people to take a turn making a large batch of soup for our mid-week soup suppers. March 4 is covered by pastors and staff, but we need soups for Ash Wednesday, March 11, 18, 25 and April 1. Thanks so much!
6:45 PM     Study Time for Youth & Adults

Study time includes a short video segment and discussion on one of the five practices of faith.

The book we are using, The Walk, is available for purchase on Amazon or through the church office, BUT is not required for participation in the study.

6:45 PM     Activity Time for Kids ages three & up
6:45 PM     Child Care available for two months-three years
7:15 PM     Clean Up – Everyone lends a hand!

7:30 PM     Worship – Holden Evening Prayer + Communion                                    Liturgy, Readings, Silence, Sacrament

8:00 PM     Our evening together ends.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season when God calls us to reflect on the meaning of Christ’s death and resurrection. The imposition of ashes – when you receive ashes in the sign of the cross on your forehead – sets the tone for Lent. Each moment you encounter your reflection, your ashes are a striking reminder that “you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19b). But the cross, a symbol of Jesus’ crucifixion, offers hope.
Similarly, in baptism, you received the sign of the cross on your forehead. Many of us begin our Christian life with baptism, called “to live among God’s faithful people, to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people, following the example of Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth” (Service of Holy Baptism – ELW 236).  In the church, we describe these instructions as faith practices to guide our daily living. But what do faith practices mean? And how do we practice them?
This Lent, as you begin your journey toward the baptismal waters of Easter, we invite you to take up faith practices as a spiritual discipline. 
For our weekly gatherings on Wednesday nights during Lent we will focus on our walk of faith. Rev. Adam Hamilton’s book The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life will provide a framework for our study.
We look forward to you joining us as we journey together in the walk of faith.
Join Us for Soup Suppers | 6:00-6:45 PM | Celebration Center
All are welcome to enjoy a warm meal! Bring your own bowl and spoon, and bread, salad or dessert to share. Pick a week to help – we take turns supporting the soup supper. Epiphany staff will make soup for the March 4 supper! 
  1. Bring a large pot (about two gallons) of a favorite soup, stew or chili to serve. Large pots are available to borrow.
  2. Bring a large dish (equivalent to 9 x 13) of macaroni and cheese to serve. 
You’ll find the sign-up board in the Gathering Space, or sign up online here.
Study Time | 6:45-7:15 PM | Celebration Center
ADULTS + YOUTH: After dinner, adults and youth will remain in the Celebration Center to watch a video segment from The Walk, followed by a discussion about the spiritual practice covered in the video.
CHILDREN: There will be separate activities for children ages three years old and up, and an opportunity for youth helpers. 
LITTLE ONES: Child care will be available for children two months to under three years old for the first couple of weeks and will continue if being used.
A summary of The Walk book from Google Books:

How do we walk with Christ–daily follow him, grow in him, and faithfully serve him? In the Gospels, Jesus modeled for us the Christian spiritual life. The apostles taught it in their writings. And the Church has, through the last 2,000 years, sought to pursue this Christian spiritual life.

In The Walk, Adam Hamilton focuses on five essential spiritual practices that are rooted in Jesus’ own walk with God and taught throughout the New Testament. Each of these practices is intended as part of our daily walk with Christ while also being an essential part of growing together in the church.

In each chapter, Hamilton explores one of these practices, its New Testament foundation, and what it looks like to pursue this practice daily in our personal life and together in the life of the church. Deepen your walk with Christ as we explore the five essential practices of worship, study, serving, giving, and bearing witness to our faith.

Clean-Up | 7:15-7:30 PM | Celebration Center

Many hands make light work! Here’s how everyone can help with the clean-up:

  1. Kitchen Clean-Up Captains are the Soup and Mac+Cheese Makers for the evening. They will get their soups off the tables and back into the kitchen and start cleaning up in there.
  2. Table Clean-Up & Kitchen Helpers will clear off the dining tables and food tables and get the serving utensils into the kitchen to be washed. Beverage service and dining utensils can be put away, and these people will help the Kitchen Clean-Up Captains to finish cleaning up and putting things away in the kitchen.
  3. Table and Chair Tear-Down will be done by everyone who is able to help with tearing down tables and chairs and putting them away, so that the space is available for use the next morning by Preschool and Morning Care children.
  4. AFTER clean-up, parents should go get their kids from the children’s activities.
Worship Service | 7:30-8:00 PM | Sanctuary
Join us for Holden Evening Prayer and Communion. Adults, children and youth are encouraged to attend. Child Care for two months to three years will be available the first couple of weeks and will continue to be offered if it is being used.

Lenten Devotions

Pastor Charlie Woodward will offer midweek Lenten devotions that align with The Walk study and discussion that we’ll be focusing on during Lent. We pray that these devotions will serve as a helpful way to emphasize and deepen your faith through study and prayer during this season. These devotions will be emailed, and printed copies set out each Wednesday during Lent. 

Prayer Wall at Both Campuses

Our prayers are the glue that binds us together and that binds us to God. The prayers that you fill in the wall will not only be lifted up to God but will be used during the Easter Vigil to light the fire of resurrection, which lights the paschal candle for a new year. The prayer wall be be located in the Narthex at the Far Hills Campus and in the back of the Sanctuary at the Austin Campus.
Congregation-Wide Service Project: Pantry Care Packages

February 26-March 1: Laundry Detergent

March 4-8: Toothbrushes+Toothpaste

March 11-15: Deodorant

March 18-22: Shampoo

March 25-29: Toilet Paper

April 1:— Assemble Pantry Care Packages 

Each week during Lent, we will collect different personal care and cleaning items. On April 1, we will adjust our supper and study time slightly, so that we can assemble care packages for our pantry families. Case workers’ clients are grateful to receive such things as shampoo, deodorant, and toilet paper, because these supplies cannot be purchased with food assistance cards. 
You can actually donate any of these items at any time, and monetary donations are accepted online or by check with Pantry Packages in the check memo. Monetary donations will be used to purchase additional items not on the list and to even out the items for assembling the care packages.
Each care package costs approximately $15.
Brown paper grocery bags will also be needed for assembling the care packages, and the Pantry always needs these bags for filling weekly requests. 
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, April 5. Easter Sunday is April 12.