From Pastor Tony


The Christian Season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday which is February 10th this year.  As we prepare to be better Christians, Lent gives us “an excuse” to either begin a new discipline or habit which will draw us closer to God, or leave behind a bad habit or observe a fast from something that distances us from God or from others.

The choice is up to you, as to how you will observe Lent this year.

On Ash Wednesday the traditional practice of the Church is to confront our own mortality within the context of the community of faith.  “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”  Perhaps knowing that our earthly lives will someday come to an end helps us to focus on what is important.

George Kinder is a financial planner who is known for asking the “Big Three Questions.”  Please take a moment and consider these as we prepare to enter the season of Lent…

  1. “Assume that you’ve got all the money you need. Maybe you’re not Warren Buffett, but you’ll never have to worry about money again.
  • What would you do with it?
  • How would you live?


  1. “You go to the doctor, who discovers you have a rare illness. He says that you’re going to feel perfectly fine for the next five years, but then the illness will prove fatal. It will come suddenly, causing no suffering.
  • Now that you know that your life will be over in five years, how will you live it?
  • What will you do?”


  1. “You go to the doctor. You feel perfectly healthy. Again the doctor explains that you have a serious illness. But this time the doctor says, ‘You have only 24 hours to live.’
  • What did you miss?
  • Who did you not get to be?
  • What did you not get to do?


Ask you consider your answers to these questions, how might you live your life differently during these 40 days of Lent?

I encourage you to take a look at the special opportunities we will have for you during Lent – Adult Sunday school classes, Bible studies, and special Wednesday night Lenten services.

As we make plans to the most out of the rest of our lives,

May God Bless Us!

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2 thoughts on “From Pastor Tony

  1. Hi Tony, I ran across your pdf for managing conflict in the church. May we have your permission to use a modified version of that for our church?

    Thanks in advance. Merry Christmas!

    1. Yes! You certainly may. Ours was developed with the help of a couple of other UM churches, making good use of what they learned through their processes. I will also send you a quick email… Tony

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