Lent and Easter

Lent Opportunities

This year, we are observing this season of prayer, penitence, and preparation in the following ways.

 

Reading.  We have copies of this year’s Lenten devotional from the UCC StillSpeaking Writers’ Group, Diving Lessons, available for you to take home.  Please enjoy these daily reflections as you journey through this season.

 

Sharing. Our Lenten program this year, conducted jointly with our friends at East Woodstock Congregational Church, centers on the theme, Who Is My Neighbor?

Remembering that we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, and recognizing that love grows from relationship, we will have the opportunity to encounter our neighbors in a series of visits, conversations, and learning experiences.

  • Kickoff Gathering:  Wed., Mar. 8, 10 am & 7 pm, at FCCW.  Study the scriptural foundations of our call to love our neighbors.
  • Our Jewish Neighbors:  Fri. Mar. 17, 7 pm, at B’nai Shalom Synagogue, 125 Church Street, Putnam (drive on your own or meet at EWCC or FCCW at 6:20 to carpool).  Experience shabbat services, followed by “oneg,” or “delight” (a time of refreshments and conversation).
  • Our Neighbors in Need:  Sun., Mar. 26, 11:30 am, at TEEG, 15 Thatcher Road, North Grosvenordale (drive on your own or carpool from church).  Staff members from TEEG will join both congregations for worship. Then we will gather at TEEG to tour their facility and learn more about their programs and the needs they serve in our community.
  • Our Homeless Neighbors:  Wed., Mar. 29, 10 am, at EWCC (220 Woodstock Road).  Come meet Marcia Melton, who works with the ACCESS Agency and Homeless Shelter in Danielson.  Discover the challenges of homelessness in Northeastern CT.
  • Our Muslim Neighbors:  Sun., Apr. 2, 4:00 pm, at EWCC (220 Woodstock Road).  Join us for conversation and learning with members of the local Muslim community, who will be available to answer questions and share their faith and their experiences.

 

Worshiping.  Worship is at the heart of our Lenten journey—from the mountaintop to the wilderness, from the upper room to the garden, from the palace to the cross to the empty tomb.  Join us every Sunday as we dive into the Parable of the Good Samaritan, which is the source of this year’s Lenten theme, Who Is My Neighbor?  We will also share in several special seasonal services:

 

Giving.  During Lent, we will receive our annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering to benefit people and communities around the world who find themselves in situations of poverty, conflict, or severe economic hardship.  This offering will be received on Sunday, March 12.

We also continue our rolling donation drives.  In February, we will collect personal care items such as soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, tampons/pads, etc.  In March, we will collect paper goods such as toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, etc.

 

Serving.  During Lent, we will celebrate our two-year anniversary as hosts for the Community Kitchen of Northeast Connecticut’s Monday meal (12 noon every Monday here at the Hill Church).  We also invite you to join us in the Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast, which provides daily emails with concrete steps we and our communities can take to reduce our carbon footprint and address the issue of climate change.

 

Easter Sunday Worship

On Sunday, April 16 (time TBA), we will celebrate the Resurrection at our community Easter sunrise service, held at the entrance to the Student Commons at Woodstock Academy.  The service brings together pastors and members from several Woodstock churches.  In case of inclement weather, the service will be held next door at the Evangelical Covenant Church.

On Sunday, April 16, at 10:00 am, we will celebrate the Resurrection at our Easter Sunday service.  Join us for an inspiring service of music, scripture, prayer, and reflection, followed by a time of refreshments and fellowship and an Easter Egg Hunt for the little ones.  All are welcome!