Pancakes and 40 Days

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“There are difficulties in everything except eating pancakes.” Charles Spurgeon

Hello! So Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) is tomorrow,  and it’s a church tradition to eat pancakes this day (yummm). We get the “fats” out of the house like butter and oil, and the idea is that we simplify and focus on Jesus’ incredible love and sacrifice for us–the Lenten Season.

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Lent, Noah and Moses, oh my!

Lent is really special, and it starts on Wednesday, March 26 with Ash Wednesday. Just like Jesus fasted for 40 days (& Noah and Moses did stuff for 40 days and 40 years), we spend 40 days (6 1/2 weeks–Sundays don’t count in the 40 days) praying and focusing.

Some choose to “give up” something and replace that time or energy (like not watching TV or not drinking coffee) with time in prayer, reading the Bible and generally focusing on getting closer to God. It’s a good idea, if you choose to “replace” something in your life with Jesus for the next 40 days of Lent. Talk to your family or friends about your plan. They can be encouragers during this time.

Image result for king cakeKing Cake-a staple of Mardi Gras and my birthday cake this year

Lent starts on Wednesday, and let’s start our special focus on Jesus by worshiping together at church, the annual Ash Wednesday service. Pastor Allen burns the palms from last year’s Palm Sunday and mixes the ashes with olive oil to make a paste. Pretty neat, right?


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Wednesday, February 26: Ash Wednesday Worship at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary

Sunday, March 1: Worship at 9:00am, BFGs (small groups) at 10:15am

  • San Diego Mission Team Meeting #1 (REQUIRED), 11:30am-1:30pm in Youth Image result for mission team meetingRoom (lunch provided)

Sunday, March 8: Worship at 9:00am, BFGs (small groups) at 10:15am

  • Family Ministry Team Meeting, 11:30am in Conference Room #1

Sunday, March 15: Worship at 9:00am, BFGs (small groups) at 10:15am

  • Deacon Council, 11:30am in the Parlor

Sunday, March 22: Worship at 9:00am, BFGs (small groups) at 10:15am

Sunday, March 29: Worship at 9:00am, BFGs (small groups) at 10:15am

  • The Youth host Meet & Greet! (every youth family: please bring a batch of cookies, muffins or a bowl of fruit to share)

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No matter what you decide to change in your daily behavior to focus more on Jesus, be sure and prioritize this change for 40 days–Jesus certainly deserves our focus!  = )

Have an awesome week! Go eat some pancakes. 😀☕️


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