Tom Berlin’s February 26 eNote

Today I am in the Chapel, and I am sending the eNote a day early because I want you to start a journey and create a chapel in your life in the season of Lent. Many of you told me that you want to go deeper in your relationship with Christ. I would like to tell you about a few opportunities that Floris is creating for you in that regard.

The first opportunity is tonight, 7:30 p.m., with the Ash Wednesday Service. This starts our Lenten journey. I was just talking with the folks who have been planning that service, and I think it is going be a meaningful service. We will impart the ashes on your forehead. Come be a part of that. On Sunday, we will put a bible in your personal chapel. That bible will be open to the Gospel of John. We will start diving deeper into the Gospel of John. When you read John’s Gospel, you are going to have a vivid picture of who Jesus is. Each week during Lent, that is what the sermon will cover. This week we will start with the prologue of John. Adam Hamilton’s book, “John: The Gospel of Light and Life”, will help supplement the readings from the scripture, and help you think about those essential themes that the Gospel writers have provided. It will be a more personal journey, because you will be reading it on your own, but then you can join a life group, and sit with a group of people and share that journey over the 40 days of Lent. I really hope you will do that because I know how important your faith is to you.

Sunday night I will be having a Town Hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. We are going to talk about three things: the work and outcomes of our three workstreams, my nomination to be a bishop and what that may or may not mean for Floris and a little about General Conference 2020. This session will not be recorded or live-streamed so plan to be there in person. Some of you missed the last Town Hall where I talked about the Protocol legislation. I have a shorter presentation about the Protocol legislation that Floris members Charlie and Becky Kendall helped me produce. You can check out that video on our Facebook page.

Finally, I want to invite you to come to the children’s concert, “Peace on Earth”, this Saturday, from 7-8 p.m. As I said on Sunday, there is something special about those concerts. The handbells choirs will be a part of that as well.  The music will be beautiful. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

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