As the season strolls along under the on-again/off-again rays of the fickle sun, it’s time for folks to once again prepare for the season of Lent. Arguably the most important epoch on the liturgical calendar, Lent is the time when believers commit to fasting or giving up certain luxuries as a form of penitence.
Lent traditionally lasts for 40 days in remembrance of the 40 days that Jesus endured, fasting in the wilderness and resisting the temptation of Satan. In the early church, Lent was a time that was used to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, many use this time to focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or volunteer and give their time to something more than themselves.
This year Lent will begin on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13. Both Windsor Presbyterian Church and Windsor Heights Methodist Church will host a community Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. to mark the beginning of the Lenten season. The Imposition of Ashes will be included in the worship service. Additionally, there will be a free soup supper before the worship from 6 – 7 p.m. with a freewill offering to benefit the Des Moines Area Religious Council food pantries.
As the time for self-examination and reflection approaches many, some have all ready begun the course. Beginning the weekend of Jan. 19 – 20, Walnut Creek Community Church will no longer be known as such. Instead it will be Walnut Creek Church.
Why would a church remove “community” from its name?
For Matt Crummy, creative director at Walnut Creek Church, it was easiest to describe in a business sense.
“Your brand is the way people talk about it, refer to it,” says Crummy.
But the bigger picture is what’s really important. Though the word “community” may have been removed, the meaning remains as steadfast as ever. For those who aren’t familiar, there are five Walnut Creek Churches in the greater Des Moines Area, but Crummy reminds that, “We’re one church with multiple locations.”
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