The Meaning of Lent

Checking In for 2/20

            It’s hard to believe, but we are now in the Season of Lent. The word “lent” comes from an Old English word meaning “spring”. People associated springtime with lent, because it always happened during the season when days got longer and warmer. Lent is 40 days long, because Christ fasted and prayed in the wilderness for 40 days and nights.

            So, what does lent mean now? Well, that depends upon how you look at it. The Church offers Lenten meditations and reflections. We also offer opportunities for education. It is a time to take inventory of what we have and what we can lose so very easily.

            As a part of this time, the Church has 2 very different events happening. The first is the Financial meeting on Sunday February 22. This event will occur in the Fellowship Hall right after the 10 am service (around 11:15 am). The purpose is to openly inform you, our Parish Family, about our Church finances and how the money is spent. Our treasurer, our finance warden, and our senior warden will be on hand to answer questions. Other Vestry members will also be present, as we all voted on the budget that you will review. This is one portion of our annual meeting. We are choosing to hold it separately so we can more clearly focus on the questions you bring to us without worrying about getting through other issues on a time limit (like the upcoming bylaw vote).

            The second event also begins on February 22, during the Formation/ Sunday School hour. It is the beginning of our Living Generously series. It is a 5 week program designed to help all of us take inventory during lent in a reflective and grateful way. This will allow us to understand the blessings that God has entrusted to each one of us. It is our hope that you will be inspired with an awareness of the goodness of God, even when there is so much adversity in the world and all too often in our lives.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Yours in Christ,

The Vestry:

George James (Rectors Warden)   

Chris Kydd (Finance Warden)

Kevin McLean (Peoples Warden)

Chris Pepe (Development Warden) 

Monica Eboda 

Bryan Bente 

Marian McIlvain

Susan Pignolo 

Karen Rodgers 

Damon Sinclair

Richard Tait 


            If you wish to contact the Vestry for any reason, please use the email address: or call the parish office at 610 444 4624. Thank you!