March 2021
Giving Up Lent for Lent
For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
(2 Corinthians 6:2)

I don’t take the idea of giving up something for Lent too seriously. Yes, it is an opportunity to prepare for Easter during the 40 days preceding it. Yes, it always helps to do something special for the purpose of self-denial and Christian discipline. A proactive response might be to read the books of Mark and Luke, which would be exactly 40 chapters in 40 days. I often suggest, rather tongue and cheek, to give up sin for Lent. But, we never need a period of waiting before we can come to Christ. And devotion to God is needed every day of the year. “Now is the time of God’s favor!”

Lent can actually be a problem if we take the focus off from Christ and put it on ourselves and our good works. We can’t earn our way into heaven. “For it is by grace you are saved, through faith, and this is not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not by works, so no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9) Lent is typically a list of do’s and don’ts, often involving abstinence. We may give up meat, alcohol, desserts, television programs, or maybe increase our exercise and personal devotions. Fasting is a good way to boost personal health in physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational ways. However, the greatest breakthroughs are a work of God. Purity comes from the Lord, not from minor adjustments in our character. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ, our Savior.” (Titus 3:5)

Rev. Wayne Lawson challenges us this way - “Lent is a season of soul-searching, a time for reflection and taking stock. In the earliest days of the Church Lent began as a time of preparation for Easter, and by observing Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus' withdrawal into the wilderness. How can we use the 40 days of Lent to prepare our hearts for Christendom’s most sacred Holy-Day? What do we do during the 40 days to shake ourselves from business as usual to a more spiritually attuned life?”

Yes! Let’s prepare for Easter as the Lord leads us, even if we have to give up the traditional notions of Lent. What will help our walk with Christ right now? God is always ready for us to come just as we are!

In Christ’s Love,
Pastor Mo Dunn
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Ladies Connections Group
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A 90-day Devotional Study,
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Inviting all ladies to Ayersville UMC for Bible study, prayer and walking. Contact the Leanne
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Pastor Mo will be offering Confirmation classes to begin right after Easter. Please contact the church office if you have a student in grades 6-8 who wants to become a member of Ayersville UMC.
2021 Ayersville UMC
Scholarship Application
Ayersville United Methodist Church offers a $500 one time scholarship
to those who are pursuing a degree or certification in higher education. Applications for the 2021 scholarships are due by April 10.
To apply click here or contact the church office for an application.
This month's collection idea for Operation Christmas Child:
Toys, Crafts, Puzzles, Games, Small Stuffed Animals
Collection continues for this year's Operation Christmas Child with different gift suggestions each month. For the month of March, be on the lookout for sales on toys, crafts, puzzles, small stuffed animals, and games. You may bring donations to the church and place them in the collection box outside the Sanctuary. Spread love to children around the world by giving them the gift of Jesus.
Thanks to Ayersville Local Schools for providing food to be distributed to those in need. If you know of anyone who could use some food, please contact Pastor Mo or the church office.
Easter flowers, given in honor or memory of loved ones, may be purchased to decorate the Sanctuary for Easter. To order, complete your selection here and return with your payment to the church office or place it in the offering plates during worship. Orders are due March 14.
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Happy Birthday!
Larry Brown March 3
Julie Baldwin March 5
Kris Waldron March 8
Tim Kohl March 12
Emily Zartman March 23
Ashland Baldwin March 24
Linda Hall March 25
Kathy Davis March 26
Sean McConnell March 27
Sue Miller March 30
Happy Anniversary!
Tim & Lori Nafziger March 16
Sonny Sue Miller March 17
Russell & Laura Walters March 24
Dave & Lois Brown March 25

God's blessing to you on your special day! If you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary this month, we rejoice with you too! Please let us know so we may add it to our calendar.