Our weekly worship service is Sunday morning at 9:30. We have Reflection Time/Sunday School that runs concurrent with the service; children attend the first half of the service, then they may leave for classes. We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. Come one, come all!
Lent and Letters
Let’s revive our appreciation of letter writing during this season of Lent, February 14-April 1. The worship and education theme here at EHCC and at Bethany Lutheran Church will be “Correspondence.” Here’s what we have planned:
- Wednesday evenings: Bethany will be hosting a 7pm evening worship service and EHCC will be hosting a 7pm discussion group, both based on letters with literary and spiritual merit .
- Sundays during worship, EHCC and Bethany Lutheran Church will focus on selections from St. Paul’s letters.
Further, we are encouraging our congregants to write personal letters throughout Lent based on these six themes (one theme for each week of Lent): Thanksgiving, Advocacy, Generosity, Reconciliation, Consolation, and Encouragement. To make your letter-writing that much easier, if you have stationary you do not use or are willing to donate to the cause, bring it down to church; we will be inserting a sheet of stationary or a blank card into the worship bulletins each week as a treat and as letter-writing motivation.
And, we want six people to each write a “letter”—either to EHCC (a letter to my church) or on behalf of EHCC (a letter to the wider world saying what I believe EHCC might say)—on one of the afore-mentioned themes. We want those six people to then read his/her letter during the worship service that thematically corresponds with her/his letter; we want to hear the voices of a few of our members/friends for 2-5 minutes during each Sunday of Lent. Are you interested? Let Dee, Jennifer or Alice know of your interest. It is always such a pleasure to hear from our fellow travelers on this spiritual journey.
Also, If you’d like to help decorate the sanctuary with letters, bring a photocopy of a letter that is meaningful to you for any reason and we’ll put it up on the wall. In this way we will surround ourselves with reminders of the rich web of relationship in which we are linked across time and geography.
Finally, we are inviting everyone to write a “Forever Letter” sometime during the season of Lent. This is a gift to a friend or relative inspired by an old Jewish tradition of writing an “ethical will”—a way to share your values, wisdom and love with the people who matter to you most. See below:
The Forever Letter: Writing What We Believe for Those We Love by Elana Zaiman. Here’s the book blurb: “A forever letter is a gift that will be read over and over again. Inspired by the centuries-old Jewish tradition of the ethical will, a forever letter is a perfect way to share your most precious possessions: your values, wisdom, and love with the people who matter to you most. And you don’t have to do it alone. Through empowering stories, sample letters, and writing tips, author Elana Zaiman serves as your companion on this journey of self-discovery and deepening relationships.” We hope to use this book as a tool to help us write our own forever letters during the season of Lent. We’ll discuss the book and the process on Monday, March 19 from 12-1:30pm in the fellowship hall. If anyone has a segment of their own writing to bring and share with a loving “sounding board,” we’ll make time for that sharing as well as discussing the book.
Christmas Eve, December 24: we offer two services: The 7 p.m. service is family oriented, with an opportunity for children to build a felt-board nativity scene. The 10 p.m. service is more contemplative, with a Christmas story and Communion. Both services include candles and carols. Invite your friends!