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40 Days of Decrease

40 Days of Decrease is our church-wide Lenten devotional read this year. The author, Dr. Alicia Britt Chole, is our Holy Week Luncheon speaker. You can purchase your own copy, or order online at TheHub/Forms or call the church office at 781-2824 to have the church orderyou a copy. Cost is $10 per book from the church. Here’s a description of the experience of 40 Days of Decrease:

We ache deep within to meaningfully honor Christ’s resurrection. Yet, in practice, this focal point in the liturgical calendar is often a celebration of public holiday more than it is of  humanity’s hope. At day’s end, we fall asleep well-fed and perhaps even grateful, yet still somehow something short of awed. Enduring awe is rarely the fruit of a morning’s celebration. Enduring awe is the fruit of daily participation with Jesus, our resurrected love. 40 Days of Decrease invites readers to walk with Jesus through the holy decrease of less and loss that led Him cross-ward and beyond. Each day offers a meaningful consideration of Jesus’ journey through reading and reflection and then issues a challenging daily fast. Instead of social media, chocolate, and designer coffee, 40 Days of Decrease calls communities to a Lenten fasting of apathy, injustice, resentment, hypocrisy, and more for the love of God…Decrease is holy when its destination is love. We thin our lives to thicken our communion with God. (Backcover of 40 Days of Decrease).

This will be a very special Lenten season as we participate in this reading and hear Alicia speak during Holy Week.

Holy Week Luncheon | April 12 | 11:30 | Social Room

Our speaker this year is Dr. Alicia Britt Chole. She is a writer, a speaker, a mentor, wife and mother who lives in southern Missouri. Check out her website at The lunch is April 12 with the food service line opening at 11:30 a.m.. Tickets for the church family went on sale March 1. You can make reservations on The Hub/Forms or by calling the church office at 781-2824. Tickets for the community will go on sale March 15. All tickets are $10.

Parents of special needs children, please take advantage of the opportunity to have a more intimate conversation with Alicia following the lunch. Special needs children are a passion of hers, as she has adopted several special needs children. Please RSVP to this “after party” from The Hub with your luncheon reservation or by calling the office at 781-2824.


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