Lent and Easter 2021

So, What will we be doing for Lent and through Easter in 2021?

Of course, our first preference would be to worship together in person! If numbers, vaccinations and recommendations make that possible, that is what we will do. And while numbers in Douglas County are trending downward and that is encouraging, with Lent beginning in mid-February, it seems doubtful that we would be in person for worship. Protocols would still significantly limit what we could do especially for Easter when we’d expect greater attendance. So as we have been doing throughout the Pandemic, we continue to monitor numbers and trends and decisions remain fluid.

These are the plans your Ministry Council and staff have made:

Lenten Midweek: Our Midweek theme will be, “Walk Dusty.” Pastor Greg will introduce each week’s theme via a recorded, downloadable, devotion. A weekly Bible study will also be available. Members will have the option of doing the study individually, as a family, or in a small group meeting via Zoom. We encourage you to consider starting your own group and inviting friends and neighbors to join.
Staff will coordinate Zoom small groups so that everyone who wants to be a part of such a group will have the opportunity. You do not need to have internet access to join a zoom meeting. They can be joined by telephone. If you are new to Zoom and want some instructions,
 click here and scroll down to 'Zoom Help Videos'. 

These studies can occur anytime throughout the week. A new study will be made available each Wednesday. Hard copies of the Bible Study will be mailed to those without internet access.

As of this date, here are the groups that will be meeting:

Open to Anyone: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, led by Pastor. [email protected]

Women’s Group: Mondays at 6:30 pm, led by Erin. [email protected]
Men's Group: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, led by Quinn Abraham. [email protected]l.com 

If you are interested in joining one of the groups listed above, please contact the leaders through their email listed above. If you start a group and are open to others joining, let us know so we can post it here! 

Ash Wednesday:  You will have the opportunity to experience the imposition of Ashes at home.  Family packets of Ashes will be made available to pick up starting February 10th at church or have delivered prior to Ash Wednesday. A prayer is included with the Ashes or you may use the liturgy included in the first week's "Walk Dusty" Bible study.

Holy Week: A Prayer Path will be provided through out Holy Week at Messiah’s building with all safety protocols followed. One household may use the Prayer Path at a time. More information will be available in the coming weeks! 

For Families with Children, At-Home Activity Kits: This kit includes activities for families to do together to experience the season of Lent, explore the stories of Holy Week, and celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Easter.

Some of the activities include:

  • Activity Eggs to engage your family each week through Lent
  • Family Conversation Cards to get families talking and spending time together
  • Weaving Art Project to teach about the seasonal color of purple 
  • A Bread Recipe 
  • Prayer Catcher to make and pray with your family 
  • Coloring Pages 

All of the materials are included with these kits, so there is nothing you need to prepare! If you'd like one of these kits for your family, please let Erin know. You can email her at [email protected] 

Easter: Due to the early date for Easter and weather uncertainties, on Sunday, April 4th, Messiah will host a drive-in worship service in the East half of the Ralston High School parking lot. This will be a significant undertaking and require a number of volunteers to create this worship experience. Opportunities to help and details will follow.

While not a part of our Lenten and Easter observations, there will be a Congregation Meeting: A Congregation meeting will be held at the conclusion of the Easter worship. The agenda will be election of Ministry Council members, election of Synod Assembly Voting members, election of the Nominating Committee, and adoption of a 2021 Mission Plan.