Chocolate for Lent – Week One blogs posted

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Happy Lent, everyone! Each week’s posts for the Chocolate for Lent Bible study and disucssion are online here Through Lent, two or three pieces will be posted each week. Whether you can join the conversation on Thursdays over dinner (after worship) at Pasquerilla Spiritual Center or not, we hope you find the readings, reflections and questions helpful in your journey this …

Week One – Personal Reflection

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Personal Reflection Note:  This is an exercise in imagination; there are no right or wrong answers.  These questions will be discussed during the group encounter.   You will find each reading at the end of this post.  Read Matthew 4:1-11, 18-22 What would have happened if Jesus had not withdrawn to the desert and been tempted for forty days before he …

Week One – Giving Up – Prelude to Change

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Giving up – the Prelude to Change From the author of Chocolate for Lent, Hilary Brand I love chocolate.  Dark and bitter, rich and creamy, lemon creams, mint thins, caramels, truffles, pralines, profiteroles, Mars bars, Mississippi mud pies . . . event he names make my mouth water.  Caramels, fudge, dream bars and M & M’s. . . . I’ll …

Week One – Origins of Lent

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Origins of Lent  The name “Lent” comes from the Saxon word Lenctentid, used for the month of March in signifying springtime and the lengthening of days.  The idea of a fast before Easter, however, goes way back before Christianity reached the Saxons, to the first centuries of the Church.  It seems to have sprung up spontaneously, albeit only practiced for …

Lent Calendar on Busted Halo

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Check out Busted Halo (who call their website an online magazine for sprititual seekers) where you will find a calendar for each day of Lent –  http://bustedhalo.com/features/fast-pray-give Every day of Lent, our FastPrayGive Calendar will feature a Daily Jolt of spiritual contemplation relating to Lent, and new and practical ideas for fasting, prayer and almsgiving. Traditionally, Lent was a time for personal …

Monday, February 20th

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We met in Sbarro at Noon on Monday, and plan to meet there again next Monday (and all the Mondays that follow), so come join the conversation.  It will be informal, friendly and open.  You can bring a Bible, but we’ll bring the readings printed out (and a Bible for reference, too). Below are the readings for Sunday, February 26th …

Chocolate for Lent

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Chocolate for Lent!  –  Bible Study/Discussion Instead of giving up chocolate this Lent, join the Bible study/discussion using the movie Chocolat to direct our conversation about faith, life and devotion.  We’ll have the conversation over dinner, and there will be chocolate each week (this means if you are giving up chocolate for lent, you get a reprieve each week for …

Malaria Campaign – and Music!

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Malaria Campaign – and Music! Malaria is a real threat in communities all across Africa.  Mosquito nets and medicine are a huge aid in fighting the spread and the affects of this disease.  YOU can help! Psalm 151 and  Lutheran Campus Ministry have recorded music from our 6 pm worship service into a wonderful new cd light the fire. If you …

Bible study – Mondays at lunch

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Bring your lunch to Otto’s eatery in Kern (near the Nittany Lion Shrine) on Mondays 12:15 – 1:15 pm and join the Bible study!  Just bring or buy your lunch and join the conversation. It will be informal, friendly and open. This spring we are exploring the weekly texts for worship – using some pre-prepared questions and raising our own questions as …