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Wednesday’s Word



Sat, February 22, 2020
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM 


This is our 3rd annual Meet the Heroes event. This year's theme is Black Wall Street. Learn about the impact of 5 Black men and women in the world of business. Shop our very own Black Wall Street with a Salon, Jewelry store, Bank, and toy store!

Meet the Heroes is an interactive children's celebration of famous and revered people in Black History. You will find actors dressed as those heroes telling the story of their life while children move from room to room creating Art and Science crafts and experiments.

Free to the public. Activities are tailored to K-5th.


February 26, 2020

Join us for soup and sandwiches for supper at 5:30 pm.  The Ash Wednesday Service will begin at 6:30 pm.

Why ashes?

In “A Service for Worship for Ash Wednesday” in the United Methodist Book of Worship, two suggestions of what worship leaders may say as they make the sign of the cross on another’s forehead are offered: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” and “Repent, and believe the gospel.”

Remember that you are dust…

Ashes were an ancient symbol of our humanity. In Genesis, we read that God formed human beings out of the dust of the earth (Genesis 2:7). The Hebrew word translated dust, is occasionally translated ashes elsewhere.

When Abraham felt the need to acknowledge the difference between him, a human being, and the infinite God, he referred to himself as dust and ashes. “Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord,” he said, “I who am but dust and ashes” (Genesis 18:27).

…and to dust you shall return

Our humanity also calls to mind our mortality.

After expulsion from the Garden of Eden, the first human beings are told by God, “you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19 NRSV). We know the day is coming for each of us when we will return to dust.

We wear black as a sign of mourning. Ancient people wore ashes. For example, Mordecai puts on sackcloth and ashes to grieve the many deaths he sees coming from an order King Ahasuerus gives to kill all Jewish people (Esther 4:1-3). The prophet Jeremiah later calls the people of God to “roll in ashes” as a way of mourning the coming devastation from an opposing army (Jeremiah 6:26).

Receiving the imposition of ashes is a powerful way to confront our humanity and mortality. They remind us that we are not God, but God’s good creation. In them, we recognize that our bodies will not last forever, and come face-to-face with the reality of our eventual death.

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