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Kittamaqundi Community Church
at historic Oliver's Carriage House

Rev. Heather Kirk-Davidoff, enabling minister Heather

Sunday Worship Service at 10 a.m.
Sunday School and child care from 10-11 a.m.

Everyone is welcome here!

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE THIS WEEK
Wednesday, Feb. 10th at 7 pm


Greetings!

The Worship Task Groups and I have been busy over the past few weeks getting our plans for Lent together, and we have our whole program laid out for you in a beautiful little booklet. I hope looking through this booklet (and reading through all the announcements below!) excites you like it excites me.

There is so much going on at KC over the next couple of months -- great worship, a fabulous retreat, some exciting learning opportunities and amazing opportunities to serve the wider community.

The theme that weaves together all the various events of the coming two months is PEACE.

Our KC Outreach Team got the ball rolling back in November when it decided to focus almost half of our Outreach giving (20% of our pledges and offering) on organizations that are working to promote peace and find alternatives to violence, at home and abroad. That decision struck a chord with so many of us. But we didn't just want to support other people's work for peace -- we wanted to do our own work. And as the song says, that work begins with me.

Yours, Pastor Heather

COMING UP:

ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP:  The Lenten season begins this Wednesday, February 10th.  We will gather for a worship service at 7:00 pm.  This will be a joint service between the Kittamaqundi Community and Living in Love Church and Pastor Myeskia Coger-Watson will be our preacher!  The KC band will be on hand to help us sing out.  The service includes an optional anointing with ashes.

PRAYING FOR PEACE DURING THE LENTEN SEASON:
Tuesdays, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  February 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15 and 22
Wednesdays, 7:30 am to 8:00 am.  February 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16 and 23
Thursdays, 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm.  February 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17 and 24

As part of our Lenten commitment to pray for peace, we invite you to gather during the week for a time of silent prayer, meditation and reflection on peace. These gatherings will not be a formal worship service but rather a time to pause and to join our hearts with people around the world who yearn for peace. We’ll meet in the center room downstairs around a table with some candles and some quiet music. Consider participating in one of these gatherings each week as a way to sustain a Lenten commitment to pray for peace.

LENTEN SOUP AND STUDY EVENINGS:  THE ANATOMY OF PEACE.  Beginning Monday, February 15th, 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm.  Continuing Monday, February 29th and Monday, March 14th.  On three Monday evenings during Lent this year, we invite you to join us for a light soup and salad dinner followed by a conversation about the basis for violence.  Pastor Heather will lead us in an exploration of Our Enabling Minister, Heather Kirk-Davidoff, will lead us in a highly interactive exploration of the ways in which we cause and perpetuate conflicts in our relationships at home and at work, the connection between interpersonal and international conflict and ways we can change these patterns and become agents of transformation and peace.  Our conversation will draw from “The Anatomy of Peace:  Resolving the Heart of Conflict” and the book that preceded it, “Leadership and Self-Deception:  Getting Out of the Box”.  Both books are written by The Arbinger Institute and are widely available in print or for the Kindle.  Pastor Heather will have a limited number of copies of “The Anatomy of Peace” available for purchase for $12.00.  You do not need to read the book to participate in the conversation, but after the conversation, you will want to read the book!

LISTENING TO THE STILL, SMALL VOICE WITHIN:  A LENTEN RETREAT:  Saturday, February 20th, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at KC.  Coffee, tea and pastries beginning at 9:00 am Soup and bread lunch at 12:30 pm.  All welcome.  Free of charge—donations welcome.  Like winter, the Lenten season is a time of growth underneath the surface.  We invite you to take some time in mid-winter, at the start of Lent, to focus on your inward journey.  We’ll consider how we might listen to God through prayer, what might get in the way of our listening and how to get around some of the barriers we face.  Our day will include time for centering prayer, large group and small group discussions and plenty of time for journalling, contemplative walking and sitting by the fire.  Our day will be guided by Amy Kulesa, the Director of Associates for the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA, in Marriottsville.

SPRING EQUINOX LABYRINTH WALK:  Sunday, March 21st, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Sunday, March 21st, marks both the beginning of Holy Week (according to the Christian calendar) and the beginning of Spring (according to the solar calendar).  We invite neighbors and friends to mark the beginning of both seasons with a labyrinth walk in our Sacred Garden.  Guidance will be provided for those who are new to the practice. 

MAUNDY THURSDAY WORSHIP:  Thursday, March 24th, 7:00 pm.  On the night when we remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, we’ll gather for an ancient tradition called a Service of Shadows or a Tenebrae Service (tenebrae means shadows in Latin).  This simple service takes place in candlelight.  We'll begin with a simple communion service, remembering the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples.  Then, through readings from scripture and songs, we'll tell the story of Jesus' arrest, trial and crucifixion.  After each reading, a candle is blown out until the sanctuary is completely dark.  Then, one candle is relit, the cross is draped in black, and the congregation leaves in silence.


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