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Youth Spaghetti Dinner

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Last week we tried something new. 

We cooked pound of spaghetti, set the tables for our first ever Spaghetti Dinner Youth Fundraiser, and somehow managed to squeeze 200 people into half of Jubilee hall.

The youth told stories about last summer's mission trips, how they are looking forward to the Scotland Pilgrimage, and the reasons they love our church.It was a holy night and I could not have been more proud of our students.

In the last week I have had countless people tell me how wonderful dinner was. They have offered compliments on the high energy, the intergenerational connection, and for providing them with hope for the future. None of that could have happened without y'alls help!  To the parents who showed up early to prep food- thank you. 

To the families and youth who decorated tables, greeted by the door, and told their stories- thank you. 

And to those of you who donated to the cause- thank you.  Together we raised just over $3,000 for the Montreat bus. What a gift it is to be a part of this community of faith! 

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Lenten Cycle Bar Ride

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This Sunday, we hosted a Cycle Bar ride at Cycle Bar Preston Forest as a part of the season of Lent.

In the Christian tradition, Lent is the season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the Saturday before Easter Sunday). 

Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. Lent offers a season of reflection upon ways we are called to turn away from sin and toward God. 

Much like the rhythms of a Cycle Bar ride, Lent can be seen as a time of challenge and comfort. Lent challenges us to examine those places in our hearts and our lives that don’t align with God’s desire for us. Lent challenges us, by the grace of God, to continually be transformed into people who live out justice, kindness, love, and peace.   

Lent comforts us with the promise of God’s grace and God’s presence in our lives always. God is always inviting us into deeper, fuller relationship. The challenge and comfort of Lent are practices we engage in alone and together.

As we rode together on Sunday, member Jill Mearns guided us through the rhythms of comfort and challenge. She engaged our senses, encouraged us to settle into our bodies, and open our hearts to deeper relationship with God and our neighbors.

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