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Lenten Study
Begins Sunday,
February 22 — 12:00pm

What are “Spiritual Disciplines” and what is their purpose? In a nutshell, spiritual disciplines are practices you incorporate into your life that help you have a closer and deeper relationship with God. Praying, reading the Bible, being in solitude, fasting, giving, serving, and simplicity are some of the “classical” examples. But there are many more ways to grow closer to God.
     John Ortberg, in his book
The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual practices for ordinary people,” states that discipline is like training. It is about being intentional in creating habits that bring you back to God-awareness. Mike Yaconelli, on the other hand, states in his book Messy Spirituality that “Spirituality is not a formula; it is not a test. It is a relationship. Spirituality is not about competency; it is about intimacy. Spiritualty is not about perfection; it is about connection. The way of the spiritual life begins where we are now in the mess of our lives.”
     Join Rev. Joanne in a 6-week Lenten study this year as we explore spiritual disciplines and what might work best for you. The study book we will use is The Life You’ve Always Wanted,” but we will also be in dialogue with Messy Spirituality.
 
Both Revs. Joanne and John will be alternating preaching on this subject during Lent, with some very different perspectives. For those who join the class, the Participant’s Guide is the basic book. Ortberg’s book is suggested, and Yaconelli’s book is beneficial. Everyone else is invited to get any of the books to read during Lent.
     A light lunch will be provided following the 10:30 Worship service, and the class will start at noon and be done by 1:30 or sooner. It runs from Feb. 22 -March 29. Please register for the class and order your books by filling in the registration form in Sunday's Bulletin, calling 663-1607 or email office@firstumchurch.org.
     Digital versions of all three books are available online.
  
Spiritual
Disciplines

Lenten Study
Sundays, Noon-1:30 pm
Feb. 22-March 29
Led by Rev. Joanne
Books available online or
call church office by Feb. 8.

The Life You’ve Always Wanted
by John Ortberg
Participant’s Guide
to The Life You’ve Always Wanted
Messy Spirituality
by Mike Yaconelli

 
 
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