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Lent 2019 at First Pres

March 6–April 18

THE PRODIGAL GOD

Unconditional love. Extravagant mercy. Radical welcome. This is the Prodigal God—the God who recklessly pursues us, who shatters every barrier to embrace and draw us home, who invites us to a lavish banquet, and who bids us do likewise for others. This Lent, the entire First Pres community is invited to find ourselves in the story of the Prodigal God. Each week of Lent will feature a message from the sermon series, opportunities for all ages to enter into the story through reflection and discussion, and the chance to take on the spiritual practice of radical welcome in our communities.


WORSHIPPING IN COMMUNITY

THE PRODIGAL GOD

Sundays, 9 and 11:30 am (unless noted), Sanctuary

GROWING IN COMMUNITY 

ADULTS
During the six weeks of Lent, adults from all neighborhoods and stages of life will gather weekly in Community Groups of 6–12 people to go deeper into the Sunday passages of Scripture.

Weekly questions, for group discussion and individual use, are available to download the Friday prior to each Sunday's message (March 10–April 7). The current week's reflection questions and those from prior weeks will be included. Click here for this week's Questions for Reflection.

In addition to the Questions for Reflections there will be selected readings from Henri Nouwen's beloved book, The Return of the Prodigal Son. Copies of the book are available on Sundays at the Community Group Pathway Table, suggested donation: $10.

Community Group Online Registration

Dates: February 10–March 3

Starting February 10, please visit the Community Groups webpage to sign up for a Community Group for Lent. Opportunities to meet in neighborhood homes or at First Pres are available on a variety of days and times.

Community Group Gatherings

Dates: Weeks of March 10–April 14

UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

Dates: Wednesdays, March 13–April 17
Time: 7–8:30 pm
Location: 2:42 House, 2423 Haste Street, Berkeley

Our FoCUS (Fellowship of College and University Students) gatherings during Lent will be a time of sharing stories and exploring practices that help us respond to God's invitation to receive and extend radical welcome as part of The Prodigal God Lenten season at First Pres. Friends of FoCUS, University Ministry Leaders, and students alike will have the opportunity to share their experience of welcome and hospitality as we prepare to celebrate Easter. For more information, please contact Mandy Kirby at mandyk@fpcberkeley.org.

YOUTH

Dates: Sundays, March 10–April 7
Time: Middle Hour, 10:15–11:15 am
Rooted (5th–8th Grade): Middle School Room, Room M201, McKinley Hall
Marked (9th–12th Grade): High School Room, Room M202, McKinley Hall

During the Lenten season, we will explore what radical welcome looks like—both God’s radical welcome of us and our welcome of “the other.”

CHILDREN

Dates: Sundays, March 10–April 7
Time: 9–10 am and 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Location: Second Floor, Westminster Hall

Children will hear stories that focus on the life, teachings, healings, and transformational encounters of Jesus. A Lenten devotional will be available for families to provide suggestions for worship and practical applications throughout the week. For more information, please contact Rosemarie Eichner-Raja at rosemariee@fpcberkeley.org.


SERVING IN COMMUNITY

DO JUSTICE DAY OF SERVICE

Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 9 am–12 pm
Location:Various

Join members and friends from First Pres as we worship God through a one-day event where we do acts of service in schools and nonprofits in our communities. We partner with Project Peace East Bay with more than 15 sites and projects to choose from. All ages and abilities are welcome! Register at Do Justice webpage.

FIRST PRES STREET MEAL MINISTRIES

 

Date: Saturdays, March 9,30, and April 13
Time: 2–7 pm
Location: Gym, Westminster Hall

The First Pres Street Meal is our opportunity twice a month to encounter Christ as we greet and serve our neighbors in need in the Berkeley community. You can help cook, welcome guests, or join the Bible Study. For more information and to volunteer, please visit the Street Meal webpage.