WHAT IS LENT?
Lent is a season of preparation leading up to Easter. It is the forty days plus the six Sundays before Easter. It is a time for self-reflection and prayer. This Lent at First United Methodist Church of Belmont, we’ll focus together on the gift of table fellowship: experiencing God’s love and grace as we eat with others. Join us throughout the season as we seek to deepen our faith and live more fully as disciples of Christ.
Sundays in Lent: Dinner with Jesus – Food, Faith and Life in the Gospel of Luke
The Gospel of Luke recalls at least eight different meals that Jesus ate throughout the course of his ministry. As Luke remembers, eating was very important to Jesus. In over twenty percent of Luke’s Gospel, Jesus is eating! At the table, he gave some of his most important teachings about himself and the kingdom of God. Join us this Lent as we explore the meaning and importance of dining with Jesus.
GROW IN YOUR FAITH
Come to the Family Table by Ted and Amy Cunningham led by Ashley Falls: Prioritizing mealtime slows us down long enough to enjoy our food, each other, and Jesus. Includes devotions, recipes and games. Several copies of this book were purchased at a discounted rate. Please indicate in the comments section of your signup if you are interested in purchasing a book through us..
Luke Immersion Bible Study by John Indermark led by Doreen Eager:Journey inside the pages of Scripture to meet a personal God who begins a creative work from the inside out. Portions of this study will tie into Pastor George’s sermon series. Purchase the book to participate; it is available through Cokesbury and most places books are sold. We will being the first-class reviewing Chapter 1, “Opening Stories.”.
Sunday Dinner: The Lord’s Supper and the Christian Life by William Willimon led by Pastor George Ragsdale:Explore the meaning and gift of the Lord’s Supper, our family meals, and the significance in our daily lives. A few copies of this book are available for purchase through us. Please indicate in your signup if you are interested in purchasing a copy.
Register for adult small groups here.
Bake With the Bible small groups will be offered for children (grades Kindergarten-3rd) and for tweens (grades 4th-7th). These six lessons are designed to help children and tweens dive deep into the meaning of bread in scripture, in our Christian tradition, and in history. Kids and tweens will bake their way through the Gospels, learning how to connect with God through bread. Register KIDS HERE and TWEENS HERE.
Lenten Devotional Booklets
Our annual Lenten Devotional, The Sanctuary for Lent, new again this year, will be available for pickup on Sunday mornings beginning February 27th. In addition, we will also be offering copies of Sacred Space for Lent, produced by the Irish Jesuits. We hope these offerings will enrich our relationship with God and draw us deeper into the Lenten journey.
Adult Sunday School
Sundays | 10:00 a.m.
Shrove Tuesday Pancakes
Tuesday, March 1 | 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a traditional pancake supper on the night before Lent begins. Why a pancake supper? Pancakes were a good way to use up ingredients like sugar and butter not needed during Lenten fasts. It’s a time of feasting and celebration before the season of penitence begins. Sponsored by our Family Life Team and Church Youth, join us for a night of fun and fellowship, including Pancake Races!
Ash Wednesday Services of Worship
Wednesday, March 2 | 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. This moving service includes the Imposition of Ashes, a reminder of our penitence and mourning, and a time of recommitment to our relationship with God. The 6:30 pm. service will be live-streamed.
Ash Wednesday Drive-Up Imposition of Ashes
Wednesday, February 17 | 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
For those not comfortable worshipping indoors, ashes will be available from 12 to 1:00 p.m. under the Carpenter Hall portico. All are welcome.
SERVING AND GIVING
Stock the BCO Sunday
We will be collecting canned goods and staples for the Belmont Community Organization (our local food pantry) as we do the first Sunday of every month. Place your FUMCB grocery bag in the black collection bin near the Carpenter Hall doors labeled BCO.
B&B Collection (Bath towels & Blankets)
Sundays and Wednesdays, March 1-16
S.O.C.K.S., .a local crisis assistance ministry in the community of Springwood in North Belmont, has shared with us they have an immediate need for bath towels, wash cloths and warm blankets (twin or double size). We will be collecting these items for 2 weeks and delivering them as they come in to help with this urgent need for those in our community.Place your donations in the black collection bin near the Carpenter Hall doors labeled B&B for SOCKS.
Samaritan’s Feet serves and inspires hope in children by providing new shoes as the foundation to a spiritual and healthy life. Travel with us just a few miles from the church to work in their warehouse processing new shoes for shipment. There are jobs for anyone of any age and ability. Some jobs are even sit down jobs! For more details about this morning service opportunity and sign up click HERE. The deadline to sign up is April 6th.
Sundays and Wednesdays, April 3rd-13th
In November 2020, our Christian brothers and sisters of Artsakh and Armenia became under attack by terrorists. The conflict left 1,300 Armenians dead and an estimated 100,000 people displaced since their land was taken by the Azerbaijanis.Project AGAPE, continues to focus on providing aid to families that no longer have a place to live. FUMCB is committed to working with Project AGAPE to participate with them in any efforts for the purpose of providing assistance and hope to these people. We will be collecting kitchen supplies to be shipped to these families. We welcome monetary donations to help with the shipping costs. A complete list of suggested items can be found HERE. Place your donations in the black collection bin near the Carpenter Hall doors labeled Help Others Cook-AGAPE..
Feeding the Children
Weekdays, April 15 – 22
We are coordinating with Gaston County Schools to make sure all the children in our community who lack food resources receive a hot meal each day of their April spring break. Volunteers are needed to cook, pack and deliver the food. If you would like to volunteer to serve please click HERE.
LENT AND EASTER WITH CHILDREN
Family Lent Kits
Register today for a Family Lent Kit. Kits will be available for pick up on Sunday, February 27 and will include a daily Lent countdown calendar with scriptures, Table Talk cards, and more! Register HERE by February 23.
Easter Family Event
Sunday, March 20 | 3:00 – 5:00
Learn about the events of Holy Week through interactive stations, crafts and snacks. Each family will create a resurrection garden to take home. Register HERE.
Get Egged – Egg Hunt with a Twist
Sunday, April 10 | 3:30-4:30
Families can sign up to “Get Egged.” Youth will come to your house and hide Easter eggs. Kids can enjoy the egg hunt and afterwards families can have a devotion time to prepare for Easter. Sign up for the fun HERE.
LENT AND EASTER WITH YOUTH
Connect – Lenten Series
March 6-17, 6-7:30
Youth in grades 7-12 are invited to join us for fun, food and fellowship. We will have the opportunity to engage in conversation weekly over 4 weeks talking about “Feeding The 5,000”.
Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30
Each week youth gather to unpack, understand and challenge one another to live out their faith through the series T.B.D.-Think. Believe. Do
Get Egged – Egg Hunt with a Twist
Sunday, April 10 | 3:00-4:30
Youth will be hiding eggs in the yards of our
families who sign up to “Get Egged”.
April 10 | 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Join us for worship as we remember Jesus’ Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem, marking the beginning of his final week leading to the cross.
Holy Wednesday Prayers
Wednesday, March 31 | 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
On Holy Wednesday, our Sanctuary will be open for personal prayer and reflection. A Lenten Prayer Guide will be available.
Maundy Thursday Service of Worship
Thursday, April 14 | 7:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday is named for the mandatum (Latin for “commandment”) Jesus’ gave on this night to love one another as he shared his Last Supper with the disciples. This year, we gather on this night to feast with him again in the celebration of Holy Communion. The service includes beautiful music and a “stripping” of the altar, removing ornamentation and color from the chancel to mark the solemnity of the occasion.
Community Cross Walk
Friday, April 15 | 12:00 noon | Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter
Join our brothers and sisters in Christ from around Belmont for a moving, socially-distanced walk through downtown Belmont, remembering Christ’s journey to the cross. The walk concludes at First Presbyterian Church.
Good Friday Tenebrae Service
Friday, April 15 | 7:00 p.m.
Our Tenebrae Service, or “Service of Shadows” retells the story of Good Friday through Scripture, music and a gradual dimming of the sanctuary to total darkness. The service will be live-streamed. We remember on this night what makes Good Friday good, for on this day God’s deepest love for us was revealed in the death of Jesus Christ.
Community Easter Sunrise Service
Sunday, April 17 | Greenwood Cemetery
We’ll gather as a community with our brothers and sisters from around Belmont to celebrate the resurrection.
Easter Sunday Service of Worship
Sunday, April 17 | 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Join us for Easter Sunday Worship with Holy Communion and special music. It will be a grand day as we celebrate Christ’s victory over sin and death and claim our place as God’s “Easter People!”