Dear Dickinson First Family and Friends,
Each of us is created by God as a precious and holy vessel of embodied love. Ever since our last Lenten season, we have been through a harrowing time that has shattered our sense of wholeness – body, mind, and spirit – like a glass vessel fractured into pieces. In this Lenten Season of Recovery for our physical, communal, mental, intellectual, and environmental health, we will explore the healing narratives of Jesus that tell of divine solidarity with human suffering and remind us that we can begin a journey toward making something beautiful from that which is seemingly broken.
Beach glass offers us a multifaceted symbol of this transformative process. We are asking that you find a few pieces of colored glass to place in a reachable spot as you worship online. There will be glass available for in-person worship, or to pick up and use for online worship.
We will begin our Lenten Season of Recovery next Wednesday evening, February 17, at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary, with Ash Wednesday worship. This year we will be imposing ashes with a cotton q-tip, to avoid physical touch or contact. Ashes challenge us to confront the present reality of our Christian walk and the ultimate reality of our mortality. We will also be streaming Ash Wednesday worship online.
Our Lenten Missions projects will support two programs through Maua Methodist Hospital, the only full-service hospital in a district of 800,000 people in Meru County, Kenya. Contributions throughout the season of Lent will go to the Maua Hospital Service Fund, to provide personal protective equipment for healthcare providers during the coronavirus pandemic. Proceeds from the Spring Plant Sale in March will go to the AIDS Orphan’s Homes program; our goal is to raise enough funds to build a double home, for boys and girls, a cost of $2,900.