Lenten/Easter Activities 2018

StationsOfTheCross2015The season of Lent is forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.

Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

While Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, we unofficially begin it on Shrove Tuesday with a pancake dinner. On Shrove Tuesday, traditionally pancakes were eaten to use up the sugar and fat and other foods traditionally restricted during Lent. Shrove Tuesday is also called Pancake Tuesday or Fat Tuesday and is the justification behind Mardi Gras.

Lenten/Easter activities at Atascadero UMC:

  • Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner, a fundraiser for teams going on Sierra Service Projects this summer, on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.. The cost is $10 per adult, $5 for children 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and younger.
  • Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. This service marks the beginning of the season of Lent.
  • Lenten study: 21 Days to a More Authentic Faith will take place on Wednesday AM and Thursday PM (two classes at different times).
  • Palm Sunday on March 25 at 10 a.m.
  • Holy Thursday service on Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m.
  • Good Friday Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 30 time at 3:30 p.m. Participants will meet at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5318 Palma Ave. in Atascadero, to Saint William’s Parish, 6410 Santa Lucia Road, to re-enact the events of Jesus’ trial, execution and death, from praying alone the night before to speaking to his mother and John from the cross to his burial
  • Easter Sunday services on April 1. The sunrise service is at 6:30 a.m., starting at the firepit by the lower lot and then moving up near the sanctuary and is followed by hot cross buns and other breakfast foods and hot coffee. Traditional services are held at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and include child care.
  • Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 1 at 9:45 a.m. SHARP. Those eggs are found quickly. The hunt is for children in the fifth grade and younger. The littlest hunters will get a head start before the oldest are let loose.
  • Holy Humor Sunday on Sunday, April 8 at 10 a.m.

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