The Season of Lent
Lent is a time to look inward and journey towards a deeper relationship with Christ. Often this means that over the 40 days of Lent we examine our faith lives and ask -Is there anything I need to give up to grow closer to God? Are there any practices like prayer, fasting, service, reading or meditation, I can take up to grow in my faith?
There is no right way to observe Lent, but we hope you find a way to grow in your relationship with Christ during this season of preparation before Easter.
Lenten Worship Series
Gifts of the Dark Wood
sundays, THROUGH april 9, lane chapel-8:30am, and sanctuary-10:30am
When you realize that there is more to life than meets the eye, you discover a longing to connect with the mystery of God. That’s when you know you have entered the Dark Wood - a metaphor for the journey of awakening to a life with God more wonderful than you’ve ever imagined. The journey bears with it particular Dark Wood gifts: the gift of uncertainty — when you cannot see the endpoint of your journey, or the path ahead is not clearly marked; gifts of emptiness, of getting lost, of temptation and disappearing. A mature faith is one that embraces life as a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved— that welcomes the wisdom of these gifts, instead of seeing them as a curse.
sundays, THROUGH april 9, worship center-10:30am
The path of life is rarely clear or straight-forward. Each day we may experience things like pain, joy, grief, beauty or vulnerability. But experiencing these things is only part of our journey. How do we share and express those matters of the heart with God and each other?
Art is a way we can journey towards a deeper relationship with God. Through different mediums we can encounter Christ in new ways, process grief and doubt, or experience the beauty of God. Engaging and creating art can give us words, images and emotions to help understand ourselves and God. This Lent we will look inward to explore these matters of the heart with art.
LENT & EASTER ACTIVITIES AT NOEL
Lenten Project in the Worship Center
During the season of Lent, you are invited to help create our altar visual by bringing bundles of sticks from home to be added to the cross. These sticks on the cross are a visual representation of Christ taking on our sin, our burdens, our suffering. Join us in creating this piece of art right here for worship!
Wednesdays THROUGH April 12, 12:10pm, in Noel’s Café.
Soup and sharing. Bring your Lenten Devo book for us to reflect on the Lenten Season.
Order Easter lilies in honor or memory of a loved one beginning March 26.
Easter Celebration Meal
Saturday, April 8, 11am-1pm, Noel’s Gym.
Mark your calendars for our annual Easter Celebration Meal! We’ll provide a delicious BBQ chicken meal in THE GYM, games and crafts outside and music and giveaways! Help spread the word in the community, help serve and fellowship with our neighbors.
WORSHIP DURING HOLY WEEK
Sunday, April 9, 8:30am-Lane Chapel, 10:30am-Sanctuary & Worship Center
Palm Sunday is a big day in the life of Noel. All children, infants—5th grade, are invited to participate in the annual Palm Parade during our 10:30am, worship services. Following worship, these same children and their families are invited to stay and participate in an Easter egg hunt and hot dog lunch.
Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, April 13, 6pm, Sanctuary
Please join us for this service commemorating the supper Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion, when Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and instituted the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.
Good Friday Service
Friday, April 14, 12:10pm, Worship Center.
Please join us for a time of prayer and quiet as we reflect on artwork of Jesus' journey to the cross.
Easter Sunday Services
Sunday, April 16, 8:30am-Lane Chapel, 10:30am-Sanctuary & Worship Center
Please celebrate this glorious day with Noel.