Believe Good News!
Jesus was and still is, not a fake news, a bad news, but a Good News Guy.
Good News is what we’ll share this Sunday at Christ Church in Laredo, Texas. Viva la buena noticia en la frontera!
Leadership Election - Annual meeting
Next Sunday, we will elect people to our board of directors which we call the Vestry.
Gustavo Acevedo, Angie Gutierrez, Elena Holloway, Juan Molano, and Mark Pease are all nominees for the vestry.
Last year we had two people nominated, for the three vacant positions, Chris Howard and Jim Moore. However, Chris was not able to serve.
Therefore, the vestry asked Mark and Juan to fill out a one year term, which they willingly agreed to do.
They, along with the other candidates are eligible to run for a regular 3 year term.
If you have someone else you would like to nominate, please let Fr. Paul know ASAP.
There are lots of things you can do for Lent, and one we will try this Lent is to learn something about Christians who have gone on before us. Just like March Madness we will try to narrow down to two finanl "Saints" through Lent, learning about their lives and learning something from each of them. It will be fun. And if you wish to participate in the "pool" your $5 or $10 dollars will be split amoung the winners and the church will give it to the charities of your choice. For more info see: Lent Madness at Forward Day by Day.
I Lent, You Lent, We Lent
If you look up the word "lent", you will discover that it means two things. It is the past tense of the verb "lend".
But it also is an Old English Germanic word that mean "Spring". And since the 40 day Christian season of penitence happened each spring before Easter, the old word for the season and the church season came to mean the same thing.
Christians noticed that Jesus spent 40 days fasting and praying in the desert. And millenai earlier, Moses spend 40 days fasting and praying at Mt. Sinai. So over time they decided that 40 days of prayer and fasting might be good for all of us. And so the custom of fasting and prayer began.
What do I do?
You don't have to do anything, but many of us have found it helpful to start by going to Ash Wednesday services, and planning fo fast from food, from using language we regret, from driving too fast, and more. At the same time, we try fo set aside space to read a bible passage, usually from a Lenten Devotional, or online devotional, and to spend a few moments in prayer. Finally some have found that taking on a godly practice, like keeping a prayer journal, writing a daily gratitude list, commiting to visiting the sick, or other practice has made their faith more real as they did it for the 40 days before Easter.