FUMCFW has plenty of options to help fill your healthy plate this Lenten season! Growth is essential to the Lenten experience and learning is vital to growth. Here at First Church we want to provide our members and visitors with plenty of chances to fill your LEARN portion of your healthy plate this — and every — season.
This season of Lent we have three fantastic Lenten book studies that can help facilitate learning and ultimately, growth as we prepare to be an Easter people throughout the Lenten season. Dr. Mike Marshall is hosting one such opportunity on Mondays at 1:00 pm in room 154 with his Monday Musers Lent Study: “The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life.” In this study, participants will analyze a book authored by renowned Methodist scholar, Rev. Adam Hamilton and begin to explore how each of these practices, rooted in Jesus’ own walk with God, offers a potential effect on our personal lives and our collective lives together as the church.
Starting on Ash Wednesday at 9:30 am in room 334, Rev. Phyllis Barren is facilitating another thought-provoking weekly Lenten study focused around the I AM sayings of Jesus found in the Gospel of John, which is the basis of our Lenten theme this year. In her Wednesday Morning Lenten Study: “The God We Can Know,” Rev. Barren and friends will be studying the book, The God We Can Know, by Rob Fuquay. This study will guide participants as they try to find and form an answer to the most essential question in the Christian faith, “Who do you say I am?” Each I AM statement from Jesus grabs our imagination, reveals more about his identity and purpose, and helps connect us further to God.
Our third Lenten study opportunity is Lunchtime Learning with Linda with two separate learning opportunities. The first one, on March 5 at 11:45 am in room 310, will be a book study of Tara Westover’s, Educated. Westover’s important memoir will explore themes of indoctrination, empowerment, and overcoming obstacles all the while connecting the reader to the universal question: “How much of ourselves should we give to those we love?” Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it. Westover crafts an unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.
Rev. Linda’s final Lenten book study, on March 26 at the same time and location, is of Megan Phelps-Roper’s, Unfollow, covering themes of extremism, indoctrination, black and white thinking, and liberation. At the age of five, Megan Phelps-Roper began protesting homosexuality and other alleged vices alongside fellow members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. A gripping memoir of escaping extremism and falling in love, Unfollow relates Phelps-Roper’s moral awakening, her departure from the church, and how she exchanged the absolutes she grew up with for new forms of warmth and community.
Here at First Church, we aim to fill your Healthy Plate with many options to WORSHIP, SERVE, GIVE, PLAY, PRAY, and in this case, LEARN. We hope that by providing so many Lenten learning opportunities that the growth that comes with the Season of Lent will come to you as naturally as the seasons.