The Lenten season is often a time when we focus a bit more on how our lives are lining up with our faith. Many people have a tradition of giving something up for Lent – meat, chocolate, sugar, coffee, etc.
The Outreach Council wants to give you an opportunity to find blessings in giving up something(s) for Lent. A book titled, “Blessed by Less” by Susan Vogt details how Susan chose to give away one thing a day during Lent thereby having less clutter in her life. Meanwhile, the things she gave away blessed other people.
With that in mind, the Outreach Council created a Lenten Giving Calendar to help you choose items to give away in a manner that will bless others. Our church gives donated items to many mission organizations, and the “Blessed to be a Blessing” calendar can help you choose items that will be donated to the organizations listed at the bottom of the April calendar page. Copies of the calendar are on the table in the Narthex.
You may choose to donate one item a week (those items are listed in the Sunday column) or you may take the challenge of giving on item a day for the 40 days of Lent. Lent begins on Wednesday, March 1. Bins and boxes will be set up in the church narthex for your donations.
If you have any questions, please contact Sylvia Reese or LaVerne Sembower.
“Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
–2 Corinthians 9:7-8