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What’s with the people and the crosses on their foreheads?

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What’s with the people and the crosses on their foreheads?

On Wednesday of this week you may have seen people walking around with a black ash cross on their foreheads.  This tradition of making a cross out of ash on one’s forehead is part of a larger tradition called “Lent.”  Most of us probably recognize this as a time Christians “give up” something leading up to Easter.  But I wanted to take a moment to help us understand what the season of Lent is about but also share a few ways you can be a part of it.

“Historically, the church has celebrated Lent as a 40-day period beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding the day before Easter. The climax of Lent is Holy Week, which is the week immediately preceding Easter, or Resurrection Sunday. It is observed in many Christian churches as a time to commemorate the last week of Jesus’ life, his suffering (Passion), and his death, through various observances and services of worship.”
10 Ways to Walk Through Lent, Winfield Bevins

Lent is observed in many ways from fasting to prayer to reflection.  With that in mind, here are a few ways we have encouraged people to celebrate Lent this year.

  1. Pray through Lent using our daily prayer guide in the Dayspring App.
  2. Fast or remove something from your life that is keeping you from God.  Facebook?  Food?  TV? What can you take out of your life to help you focus more on God?
  3. Start a good habit.  Maybe starting a regular time of devotion and Bible reading is in order. 
  4. Give financially to the church. 
  5. Make time for family.
For the next 40 days make intentional effort to do things differently so that you might more easily see God’s grace at work in your life.  

Membership

We are excited to announce our upcoming church membership classes. We would like to invite you to participate in one of the sets of classes shown below so that you can decide if you would like to take the step of becoming a member.  

 
Membership simply indicates that you want to support and participate in Dayspring Community Church and the Church of the Nazarene in general.  These two sessions will focus on the core beliefs and practices of Nazarenes and what it means to be part of the church. There will be two different sets of classes to choose from:
 
Tuesdays – February 2nd and 16th – 6:30-8:00 pm
 
Taking the classes does not mean that you have to join.  The classes are a good way for you to understand what it means to be a member.  You will have the opportunity after the classes to decide if you want to become an official member.
 
I hope you will join us – please RSVP to Chuck Wilson.
 
P.S. If you are a member of another Nazarene church and would like to transfer, the class sessions are optional.  Just let us know what church you want to transfer from and we will initiate the process in the office.


Download our smartphone app to get a daily Bible reading plan, connect with what’s happening, and take next steps in your faith.  Click the picture to find out more.


Listen to last Sunday’s message on your desktop or on the go.  Start listening by clicking the picture.


Help us build a community of people who live like Jesus by giving to the mission of Dayspring.  Click the picture to be a part of moving Dayspring forward.  

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What’s with the people and the crosses on their foreheads?

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What's with the people and the crosses on their foreheads?



A diverse church for a diverse community.

View this email in your browser

What’s with the people and the crosses on their foreheads?

On Wednesday of this week you may have seen people walking around with a black ash cross on their foreheads.  This tradition of making a cross out of ash on one’s forehead is part of a larger tradition called “Lent.”  Most of us probably recognize this as a time Christians “give up” something leading up to Easter.  But I wanted to take a moment to help us understand what the season of Lent is about but also share a few ways you can be a part of it.

“Historically, the church has celebrated Lent as a 40-day period beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding the day before Easter. The climax of Lent is Holy Week, which is the week immediately preceding Easter, or Resurrection Sunday. It is observed in many Christian churches as a time to commemorate the last week of Jesus’ life, his suffering (Passion), and his death, through various observances and services of worship.”
10 Ways to Walk Through Lent, Winfield Bevins

Lent is observed in many ways from fasting to prayer to reflection.  With that in mind, here are a few ways we have encouraged people to celebrate Lent this year.

  1. Pray through Lent using our daily prayer guide in the Dayspring App.
  2. Fast or remove something from your life that is keeping you from God.  Facebook?  Food?  TV? What can you take out of your life to help you focus more on God?
  3. Start a good habit.  Maybe starting a regular time of devotion and Bible reading is in order. 
  4. Give financially to the church. 
  5. Make time for family.
For the next 40 days make intentional effort to do things differently so that you might more easily see God’s grace at work in your life.  

Membership

We are excited to announce our upcoming church membership classes. We would like to invite you to participate in one of the sets of classes shown below so that you can decide if you would like to take the step of becoming a member.  

 
Membership simply indicates that you want to support and participate in Dayspring Community Church and the Church of the Nazarene in general.  These two sessions will focus on the core beliefs and practices of Nazarenes and what it means to be part of the church. There will be two different sets of classes to choose from:
 
Tuesdays – February 2nd and 16th – 6:30-8:00 pm
 
Taking the classes does not mean that you have to join.  The classes are a good way for you to understand what it means to be a member.  You will have the opportunity after the classes to decide if you want to become an official member.
 
I hope you will join us – please RSVP to Chuck Wilson.
 
P.S. If you are a member of another Nazarene church and would like to transfer, the class sessions are optional.  Just let us know what church you want to transfer from and we will initiate the process in the office.


Download our smartphone app to get a daily Bible reading plan, connect with what’s happening, and take next steps in your faith.  Click the picture to find out more.


Listen to last Sunday’s message on your desktop or on the go.  Start listening by clicking the picture.


Help us build a community of people who live like Jesus by giving to the mission of Dayspring.  Click the picture to be a part of moving Dayspring forward.  

Copyright © 2016 Dayspring Community Church, All rights reserved.

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