Dear Floris Family,

This Sunday our sermon will focus on the season of Lent and why it is so important to Christians. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Our service will be on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30 PM. During the six weeks of Lent, Floris members and friends give themselves to a number of opportunities for spiritual growth. This year we will be looking at each line of the Lord’s Prayer and consider what Jesus was teaching us about life in God’s Kingdom. The Lord’s Prayer has been shared by millions of Christians across all races, cultures and languages for more than two thousand years. It has powerful lessons to teach us about how to live our lives and order our community. Below I share a number of ways you can grow in your love and friendship of God this Lent.

Lenten Study

Jesus taught his disciples to pray as a means to deepen their love and experience of God. Our small groups will be studying the practice of prayer during the weeks of Lent. Once again this Sunday there will be a Lenten Small Groups Fairin the Gathering Space from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. There will be a display of the five books for the Lenten Study (choose one) as well as a list of groups welcoming new members. This is a great opportunity to try a six-week small group beginning the week of February 19. Make the season of Lent meaningful by joining a small group or purchasing one of the books to study on your own.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Be sure to join us Tuesday night, 5 – 7:30 PM, for Floris’ Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. This is such a great fellowship event for the entire family. This event is sponsored by the Handbell Choirs at Floris. All proceeds will be used for scholarships for ringers who might not otherwise be able to attend off-site festivals and to support Camp Hutchison. Purchase your ticketsnow and be sure to be there!

Experiential Stations of the Cross

Join us Wednesday, February 22, 6 – 7:30 PM, as we consider scripture and thought provoking questions that will bring greater understanding of the events Jesus experienced the day of his crucifixion. This is an event for the entire family and will begin with a light meal and then participants will “walk through” Jesus’ last hours. This event is recommended for children elementary age and up and we encourage you to conclude by attending the Ash Wednesday Service afterward. RSVP or volunteer for Experiential Stations of the Cross.

Ash Wednesday Service

Please join us for a service of music, word and prayer that will allow us time for reflection and repentance which will be marked by the imposition of ashes. The Ash Wednesday Service is February 22 at 7:30 PM.

Kid Nation Communion

Beginning February 26, Kid Nation Sunday morning program will be celebrating communion once a month during their worship time for those children in 1st – 5th grade. When parents check their child in they will designate if they wish their child to receive communion. If they prefer not, a ‘dot’ will be placed on the name tag in the upper right hand corner. This will help the pastor and leaders to ensure they receive a prayer and not communion.

Hypothermia Program

From the beginning of December through the end of March, Floris members prepare and serve dinner at the North County Hypothermia Program in Reston. Each Tuesday, we serve up to 30 homeless individuals who receive a hot meal and a warm place to sleep for the night. We are looking for individuals and small groups to donate main dishes and side dishes for this program in February and March. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jake McGlothin.

Meeting with Muslim Neighbors

Recently I attended a meeting of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, our former neighbors when our church facility was located on Centreville Road. They are building a mosque in Chantilly where vandals did more than $60,000 of property damage by breaking out windows and throwing rocks against the exterior of the facility. This will delay their move date by a month. I expressed sadness over this event and shared our concern. They were very grateful for our sympathy and expressed their continued appreciation of the good relationship we enjoyed as neighbors. You canread the letter we received from them yesterday.

Parking Shuttle Update

In light to the limited use of the shuttles, we will not be using them this Sunday. We will use shuttles on the Sundays that we historically have very large attendance such as Easter, Mother’s Day and Confirmation Sunday. Thank you to those of you who took the challenge of the short term mission trip. Other ways to assist with parking include bringing one car per family, commuting with friends or choosing to attend the 8 AM or 5 PM services.

This Week in Worship

I’m sure many of you have the same memories of Lent; don’t eat meat on Friday, don’t have any fun, give up something you love. But this view of Lent does an injustice to what the real intention of Lent holds. Let’s not spend the next six weeks focusing on what we can’t have but rather on what we can be. This Sunday we will begin to explore how we can refocus our faith. Removing or adding things to our lives will help us become the person God intends for us to be. Join us this Sunday as we begin our Lenten journey. Scripture: Luke 11:1-10.

In Christ,

– Tom

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