Greetings

This Monday, February 7th we will share together our last and final chapter 10 in The Pursuit of God.  We have had an intriguing and challenging time learning and growing closer to God and one another.  My prayer is that this study has been fruitful for you and we continue to dialog and care for one another as we move into the season of Lent.

With Lent in mind, I wanted to reach out with some suggestions for our Lenten Bible Study and invite everyone back for this 6-week journey through Lent.  Ash Wednesday is March 2nd and the following Monday, March 7th through April 11th we will study and share together what the Bible teaches us and how we might be part of the road Jesus walked.  We will continue to meet at 10 am.  I am attaching a document with 5 different ideas for Lenten Bible Studies, and I would love you to review them, pray about them, and reply to this email as to the one or ones that may interest you, or any other 6-week study that God may be calling on you to be part of.  In addition, please share this information with others who do not have this email. 

During our time Lenten together, we invite you to be part of Sherwood’s celebration of life as Ariel and Craig welcome a new baby into their family expected near the end of February or the first of March.  We will celebrate with a Baby Shower.  This shower celebrating the birth of their new baby will be Monday, April 4th following Bible Study.  More information to follow.  Watch for updates and of course keep all of the family in your prayers.

Looking Forward and Grateful for Your Love and Kindness

In Him

Pastor Donna

A 6 week Lenten Study  

March 7th -April 11th

Monday’s 10 am

Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus, A Lenten Study, Perfect Paperback – November 1, 2008 by John Indermark.

A provocative study focusing on both the positive and negative responses of people who encountered the living Christ and his offer of good news.  Stories of the people who met Jesus. 

Lent in Plain Sight Paperback – January 14, 2020

by Jill J. Duffield (Author)

God is often at work through the ordinary: ordinary people, ordinary objects, ordinary grace. Through the ordinary, God communicates epiphanies, salvation, revelation, and reconciliation. It is through the mundane that we hear God’s quiet voice.

In this devotion for the season of Lent, Jill J. Duffield draws readers’ attention to ten ordinary objects that Jesus would have encountered on his way to Jerusalem: dust, bread, the cross, coins, shoes, oil, coats, towels, thorns, and stones. In each object, readers will find meaning in the biblical account of Jesus’ final days. Each week, readers encounter a new object to consider through Scripture, prayer, and reflection. From Ash Wednesday to Easter, Lent in Plain Sight reminds Christians to open ourselves to the kingdom of God.  

Journey to the Cross: A 40-Day Lenten Devotional – January 5, 2021

by Paul David Tripp  

“During our forty days together, may your mourning increase so that your joy may deepen.”―Paul David Tripp

Lent is a time in the yearly Christian calendar when we mourn our sin and let go of worldly things that keep our hearts from experiencing God more fully. But how do we reevaluate and recalibrate the values of our hearts to match those of our suffering Savior?

In this forty-day Lenten devotional, best-selling author Paul David Tripp invites us to set aside time from the busyness of our lives to focus on the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus. Each of the short readings encourages us to abide in the abundant joy found in Christ as we encounter the Savior more fully and follow him more faithfully during this Lenten season.

Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple Hardcover – December 18, 2018

by Adam Hamilton  (Author)

He left everything to follow his teacher and possessed a passion that would change the world. That’s one way to describe Peter. Here’s another: poor, uneducated, quick-tempered, and full of doubts and fears. Doesn’t even sound like the same man.

And that’s the point of Simon Peter, a new book and six-week adult Bible study by Adam Hamilton. Peter was just an ordinary guy who heard and followed God’s extraordinary call. Discover how you, too, have special gifts, talents, and abilities that God can use to make a difference today. In addition to the Leader Guide and DVD components for adult studies, corresponding youth and children’s resources, sold separately, can be used to create a churchwide study.

Chapters Include:  Call of the Fisherman, Walking with Jesus in the Storm, Bedrock or Stumbling Block? “I Will Not Deny You” From Cowardice to Courage, The Rest of the Story

Seven Words: Listening to Christ from the Cross Paperback – December 15, 2020

by Susan G. Robb (Author)

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While many of us naturally wish to avoid the reality of the cross, it’s from the cross that Jesus speaks and shows his deepest love for us. It’s from the cross that Jesus’ full humanity draws us closest to him. It’s from the cross, as Jesus breathes his last breath and speaks his last words, that his deep trust in the Father and his divine glory are revealed. Those who listen to Jesus’ last words from the cross will discover what he most wants them (the world) to hear and will experience an intimate and divine awe only available to those who are willing to draw near his cross.

In Seven Words, Susan Robb looks at the seven last words of Christ on the cross through a lens that finds life and hope in his final sayings, while exploring each from a biblical and historical perspective. The book brings a hopeful and contemplative take on the cross during the weeks of Lent.

Additional components for a six-week study include a DVD featuring Susan Robb and a comprehensive Leader Guide.

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