March 5: The Cost of Following Jesus (Matthew 8:18-22)
March 12: Listen to Jesus (Matthew 5:1)
March 19: Watch Jesus Do Miracles (Matthew 8:2)
March 26: Act Like Jesus (Matthew 10:1)
April 2: Follow Jesus to Jerusalem (Matthew 16:24-26)
April 9: Follow Jesus to the Cross (Matthew 23:37-39; 26:39)
April 16: Follow Jesus in the Resurrection (Matthew 28:18-20)
Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter like Advent is before Christmas. The Lenten season is a time when many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ - his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection. Follow along with our Lenten Reading Calendar.
During the six weeks of self-examination and reflection, Christians who observe Lent typically make a commitment to fast, or to give up something. Some Christians also take on a Lenten discipline, such as reading the Bible and spending more time in prayer to draw near to God. The goal is to strengthen the faith and spiritual disciplines of the observer and develop a closer relationship with God.
March 1, Ash Wednesday, marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter. (Technically 46, as Sundays are not included in the count.) The significance of the 40-day period of Lent is based on two episodes of spiritual testing in the Bible: the 40 years of wilderness wandering by the Israelites and the Temptation of Jesus after he spent 40 days fasting in the wilderness.
Pastor Dan invites you to join him for the next Inquiry Class. If you would like to learn more about First Baptist's beliefs, ministries, or ask questions, then this is the place for you. The Inquiry Class will meet Sunday, Feb. 19th, from 9:15 - 10:15 AM in the Pastor's office (located to the left of the Family Center). Thanks for worshiping at FBC!
The KeenAgers will be having lunch together Monday, Feb. 27th, at the Silver Tee. The bus will leave First Baptist at 11:15 AM. Please sign the list on the bulletin board.
The KeenAgers are also going to Rotary Presents: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Friday, March 17th at 8:00 PM at Parrish Auditorium. The cost of tickets is $16. The bus will leave First Baptist at 7:15 PM.
The sewing ladies are sewing together this Saturday, Feb. 18th. We will have sewing machines "pumped and primed" -- or you can bring your own! We have information out to our missionaries of handmade items we have available. We are making baby quilts, receiving blankets, and lap robes along with our dresses and britches. We are also having fun on Tuesdays learning to make full-size quilts. If you'd like to join us, we are in our sewing room from 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM.