As we prepare to celebrate the risen Lord on Easter Sunday (March 31), we embark on the 40-day Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.

The annual book of Lenten devotions is available here. If you follow either of our Facebook pages, you will also be able to read each day’s devotion there.

During Lent, GPUMC will offer a regular Lenten study led by Rev. David Eardley preceded by weekly Sunday night dinners.

The text for this year’s Lenten study will be The Third Day:  Living the Resurrection, by Tom Berlin with Mark A. Miller. In this book, Peter, Mary Magdalene, and Thomas express the despair they feel at losing Jesus and the surprise and joy that awaits them at the Resurrection. The text and a DVD series traces the events surrounding these characters, along with Paul and the disciples at Emmaus, and how the resurrection transforms their lives. You can learn more about the book and the study here.

While Rev. Eardley leads adults on their discussion, Emily Bianchi will lead a separate but related study with the children on several of the nights. See schedule below for details.

When Holy Week arrives, we will offer several worship services plus an agape lunch.

Please join each of these opportunities as your time allows.

Lenten schedule of events and services

All livestream services and follow-up videos are available at this link.

Feb 14            Drive-through ashes, noon-1 pm, sanctuary doors

Feb 14            Ash Wednesday service, 7:30 pm, sanctuary & livestream. Download the Ash Wednesday bulletin here.

Feb 18         Lent dinner & study

5 pm dinner — pot luck. Everybody contributes a dish or dessert

6:30 pm Lenten study for adults and children

Feb. 25         Lent dinner & study

5 pm dinner — Men Who Aren’t Afraid of Aprons

6:30 pm Lenten study for adults and children

March 3       Lent dinner & study

5 pm dinner — Outreach

6:30 pm Lenten study for adults and children

March 10       Lent dinner & study

5 pm dinner — UMW

6:30 pm Lenten study for adults and children

March 17       Music Sunday: Our Father by Pepper Choplin, presented by the GPUMC Chancel Choir, under the direction of Giustino Carrano

5 pm dinner — Witness

6:30 pm Lenten study for adults and children

March 24      Palm Sunday, 9:30 am traditional service, sanctuary & livestream

                     Easter egg hunt following worship service

March 26       Agape lunch, 11:30 am, Great Hall

March 28       Maundy Thursday with communion, 7:30 pm, sanctuary & livestream.

March 29       Good Friday, noon, sanctuary & livestream.

March 31        Easter

                        7:30 am Sonrise Service, Memorial Garden

                        9:30 am traditional service, sanctuary & livestream