Blow the horn in Zion; give a shout on my holy mountain! Let all the people of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. Joel 2:1
During this time of the year, I remember growing up on the Gulf Coast and enjoying the season of Mardi Gras—the parades, the beads, saltwater taffy, and moon pies! We looked forward to Fat Tuesday, a day off from school and a day full of celebration with parades until midnight. For most people, Fat Tuesday marked the end of Mardi Gras. For Christians, Fat Tuesday was the day of celebration and eating rich foods before the ritual of fasting during the Lenten season.
During this season of preparation, self-reflection and repentance, we seek to literally “turn around” and re-align our lives to God. We may choose to “give up” things or “take on” new life-giving practices, helping us rid ourselves of distractions and our own selfish desires. In doing so, we seek to grow as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
During the last Annual Conference, the North Carolina Conference established a goal of $1,000,000 to be raise by June 2015 for Imagine No Malaria. The goal for the Corridor District is $100,000 or $1,000/church. During the middle of Lent, the Corridor District will host the Skeeter Run to support this effort. The season of Lent would be a good time to continue the journey with weekly themes embodying the spirit of Lent:
Give Up Indifference
Give Up Excess
Take Up the Charge
Take Up the Challenge
Lift Up the Hurting
Lift Up the Healed
Look Up to Overcome
The Imagine No Malaria Team has made available some helpful resources as you plan worship (http://imaginenomalaria.org/resources). The district Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NCCUMCCorridorDistrict) will focus on Imagine No Malaria during the Lenten Season and invite you to join our Facebook page to receive those updates.
Our church has the opportunity to help eliminate deaths from malaria and save thousands of lives. “It is possible to give without loving,” said John Wesley, “but it is impossible to love without giving.” Imagine No Malaria is our opportunity to respond to our calling—to show our love through our generous gifts.
If you would like to print or share – please use this pdf: Corridor Connection–02-15-2015 (Lent)