Your Invitation to Ash Wednesday ...
Come to the Lenten Soup & Ash Wednesday Worship, Feb 10th
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10, and the Worship and Music Committee is planning the first of several Lenten Wednesday Soups at 6:00 pm and Ash Wednesday Worship with the imposition of ashes at 7:00 pm. We hope to see you at both events; however, you are welcome to attend either one!
Here’s What’s Happening Sunday ...
Welcome to the First Sunday in Lent, February 14th
And Happy Valentine’s Day!
Welcome to the First Sunday in Lent, February 14th and on the secular calendar: “Happy Valentine’s Day”! Our Scripture this week from the Older Testament will be Deuteronomy 26: 1-11, the writer says, we cried to the Lord, God of our ancestors, and God delivered us; the Psalm reading is Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16, where the Psalmist says, the Lord says: I will deliver and protect those who call on me; and, from the Newer Testament, Romans 10:8b-13, where Paul says, the word is near to you; those who call on the Lord will be saved; and the gospel reading is from Luke 4:1-13, where Luke says, for forty days in the wilderness, Jesus is tempted by the devil. Pastor Peter will preach on: “I Will Deliver and Protect!”
With Ash Wednesday this week, we entered the Season of Lent. The Season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and self-examination in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord at Easter. It is a period of 40 days — like the flood of Genesis, Moses’ sojourn at Mount Sinai, Elijah’s journey to Mount Horeb, Jonah’s call to Ninevah to repent and Jesus’ time of testing in the wilderness. (The Sundays in Lent are not counted in this reckoning of the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter, as every Lord’s Day is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.)
In the early church, Lent was a time of preparation for the celebration of baptism at the Easter Vigil. In many communities of faith it remains a time to equip and nurture candidates for baptism and confirmation and to reflect deeply on the theme of baptismal discipleship.
Sunday School is available for the children and youth following the Children’s Message during the 10:30 am service.
Bring In Your Cents-4-Caring Special Offering Jars!
Last Sunday we collected the sixth annual Cents-4-Caring Offering and raised more than $300 to go to benefit the Timothy Hill Ranch — a safe haven for children during a desperate time of neglect, abuse or crisis. If you were unable to bring in your jar then, bring it in this Sunday as we continue to gather the loose change and record our final total gift. Thank you for caring!
Session to Meet this Sunday at 8:30 am
The Session will meet in the Newman Room this Sunday, February 14th, at 8:30 am.
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Lenten Wednesdays to Include Soup & Discussion Studies: “Caring and Sharing with the Parables”
The following Lenten Wednesdays will begin with the Lenten Soup at 6:00 pm to be followed at 7:00 pm with a Lenten Discussion Study. Our Lenten Wednesdays’ study theme this year will be “Caring and Sharing with the Parables.” Carolyn and Bill Corwith, along with members of the Worship Committee and Pastor Peter, will share leadership; here are the working titles for each Lenten Wednesday:
|February 17:||Lost Son (exploring “joyful acceptance”)|
|February 24:||Unforgiving Servant (deepening “forgiveness”)|
|March 2:||Good Samaritan (understanding “love your neighbor”)|
|March 9:||Rich Young Man (seeking “self-worth, generosity”)|
|March 16:||Sower (living into “fruitful growth”)|
We hope to have the addition of music and new songs to go along with our weekly discussions. Also, we are seeking at least five “soup volunteers” — one per week — to make soup for sharing. A sign-up will be in the narthex or speak to anyone on the Worship Committee, chaired by Donna Halsey, Carolyn or Pastor Peter.
This is a Lenten tradition to seek spiritual growth during the weeks leading up to Easter. We hope you can attend one or more of the discussion studies!
Make Lunches for Maureen’s Haven’s Homeless Program, Feb 27th
BPC will next make lunches for the Maureen’s Haven’s Homeless Program on Saturday, February 27, at 10:00 am in the Parlors. There will be one more opportunity to make lunches on Saturday, March 12th. Most recently, roughly 30 lunches were made.
Your Generosity Helps Us Serve: Use BPC’s Online Giving Option!
BPC members and friends can now give to the church online — just as you do for many charities — using a debit or credit card or electronic funds transfer to support our congregation’s ministries!
All you have to do is click on the “Give Now” button on our church website: www.bridgehamptonpc.org. You will be redirected to the Presbyterian Mission Exchange and our Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church“Donate” page. A secure form is easily completed and you can designate and make your donation all in a matter of minutes. You can make a one-time gift or set up a recurring donation as your weekly offering or stewardship pledge. It is the generosity of members and friends like you that allows us to do what we do.
By clicking “Give Now” and filling out the form, we realize that you are trusting us with your money. We want you to know that every attempt has been made to make this process simple, easy and safe. The information you provide is encrypted, secure and confidential. We appreciate your confidence in our ministry and value your contribution through our partnership with Presbyterian Mission Exchange (a service of the Presbyterian Foundation).
In order for you to make your online donation, simply “click” on the icon and complete the form, indicating your choice of the funds available:
- Capital Improvement Fund
- Mission Fund
- General Fund
- Music Fund
If you wish to designate a donation more specifically, check “General Fund” and indicate the special work you wish to support in the “Note” area near the bottom of the form. Your transaction will appear on your statement as BB - Presbyterian Foundation. You will receive an email acknowledgement and expression of gratitude. Your full donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Go ahead! Give it a try! Why not become familiar with how it works by donating $10.00 to the Capital Improvement Fund. It’s that easy!
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