Serve this Lent
Our Easter offering will build on our Christmas Eve offering. We knocked it out of the park with our Christmas Eve offering of $5560 for the Freedom School at LifeWise! Thank you Webster Hills!
Freedom School Program seeks to build strong, literate and empowered children prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and world today. By providing summer reading enrichment for children who might not otherwise have access to books, the program plays a much needed role in helping to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps.
Our Easter offering this year will go towards purchasing books for the different grades in LifeWise’s summer Freedom School. Not only will your donation help purchase books for the Freedom School scholars to read over the summer and add them to their book collection to take home at the end of the summer camp session, but you can also receive the same book for your child, grandchild or friend of the family to read! Everyone can enjoy learning and reading over the summer.
We also invite you and your families to join us for online reading happening throughout Lent. We will read through some of the story books that will be a part of the Freedom School this summer.
Watch Webster Hills social media during Lent to for the upcoming reading days!
Thank you so much Webster Hills for your continued support and making a life long difference in children’s lives!
Lent Service Project
During Lent we are partnering with LifeWiseSTL for a service project.
LifeWiseSTL’s mission is to help individuals and families achieve economic well-being by providing high-impact, relationship-based programming and by addressing systemic barriers to their success.
LifeWiseSTL serves infants and toddlers through adults and seniors.
During COVID, we have all been impacted in one way or another, but some of the hardest hit are the vulnerable families served at LifeWise. Families have not able to go to work because their children are home from school, while others have had their hours cut or lost their jobs outright. Families are having a difficult time having their basic needs met. LifeWise is serving families by distributing food, diapers and household essentials to families, as well as providing childcare, tutors and caring for seniors with meal distribution.
We are excited to partner with LifeWise this Lenten season for our service project to help restock their bodega shelves with much needed essentials. For two weeks, starting on February 17th, we will be collecting Bodega Bags. You will find in your Lent Bags a grocery store sized paper bag to fill with a few essential items needed to serve the families of LifeWise.
Fill your bag with:
Toilet paper-4 or 6 pack
Paper towels-2 pack
Pine sol or similar disinfectant
Dish washing liquid/soap
Don’t forget to take a moment and decorate your paper bag, too!
Drop off dates at the church office:
Mon - Wed 10am - 2pm, 2/21 & 28 noon - 2pm.
Go Deeper During Lent - Studies/Devotions
Download the Weekly Devotional
Download Lent Reflection Pages
Virtual Camino de Santiago Challenge
A Lenten Pilgrimage
We are taking the Camino de Santiago Virtual Challenge. The Camino de Santiago Virtual Challenge will take you 480 miles along the pilgrims’ way leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Our Webster Hills team will virtually travel through Spain and France to our destination.
Each time a distance-based exercise such as running, walking, cycling, swimming, etc is completed, you will advance along with the map of Camino de Santiago. When you finish, each person celebrates their achievement with a stunning race medal, virtual postcards and donations towards the planting of a tree for every 20% of the challenge that you completed. Let’s get fit and positively impacting the environment.
You will also receive daily scriptures to read and meditate on during your pilgrimage on this virtual journey. A pilgrimage reminds us that life is not only about the destination, it is about the journey. People have been taking this journey for over 1,000 years, but a pilgrimage is not the destination alone. Christ appeared on the road to Emmaus. He walked and talked with them and told his companions of the kingdom of God. It was on the journey that they encountered Christ. Come and join us on a pilgrimage this Lent.
The cost is $39.90 and there are scholarships available. To find out more information or join the challenge, email Leslie Chalupny at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Challenge starts on February 17th!
Right Here, Right Now
A Study in Christian Mindfulness
Christian mindfulness practice is rooted in the most basic witness of Jesus: God with us, right here, right now. Jesus proclaims the reign of God is at hand, here, now available for all, if we pay attention. Or, as Jesus says, if we have eyes to see and ears to hear. If we are mindful. To live out the reign of God requires mindful lives, intentionally aware in each present moment of God’s presence and mission in the world. Christian mindfulness, then, is an anchoring practice, a way to abide in Christ.
Join us on a 6 week study during Lent to reclaim these practices and live mindful lives that seek God in the present moments of our lives. The study will start on February 23rd via zoom at 7pm. The cost of the book is $15 for a paperback or $10 on Kindle. Scholarships available.
To find out more information or to sign up contact Leslie Chalupny at email@example.com or register HERE.
Worship - Come join us!
Lent Bag Pick Up
As we did during Advent we have prepared some ways to make the experience of Lent feel three-dimensional. We are providing materials with texture, color, and images to make your experience of Lent something that you can share with others or make as deeply personal as you choose.
Pick up your Lent Bags on February 10th, 11th, or 12th from 10am to 4pm with extended hours on Wednesday, February 10th until 6pm. Stop by the church office to grab your bag. Please observe social distancing and wear your mask during pickup.
Ash Wednesday - February 17th
We cannot share ashes in the ways we have become accustomed, so we offer, in your Lent Bags, a temporary tattoo as one way for you to mark this day. Place this image of ashes on your forehead or the back of your hand and let it be a reminder throughout the day of God’s ongoing invitation of love, grace and mercy.
Join us for an online service for Ash Wednesday. The service will be available to view all day to start your journey this Lent.
Join Pastor Linda at 8pm on Ash Wednesday on Zoom for a time of conversation and prayer. Check your emails for the Zoom link.
Lenten Weekly In-Person Devotional Services
Join us for a 20-minute prayer/reflection service on Wednesdays at 12:00pm during Lent. Andy and other staff members will lead us in music, prayer and scripture. No registration is necessary. We will be socially distanced in Great Hall and masks will be required.
Moonlight Labyrinth Walk - March 28
Join Pastor Linda for a Lenten labyrinth walk beneath a full moon. Gather at the labyrinth at Mercy Retreat Center, 2039 N. Geyer Road at 7:30pm on Sunday, March 28 to learn about the history and practice of labyrinth walking. Enter the labyrinth and walk the path at your own pace and depart as you are ready. Masks and social distancing will be required. Space is limited, reservations required: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Weather and local health conditions permitting)
Maundy Thursday - April 1
In your Lent Bags you will find Maundy Thursday Supper instructions to walk through and remember The Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples. Plan a meal, walk through the instructions to reflect on the evening. Post a picture of your supper online at our Facebook page.
We also have a Maundy Thursday Supper planned for kids! You can find this in the Family Ministry Devotional in your Lenten bags.
Join us online for a Maundy Thursday service that will be available all day to view.
Good Friday - April 2
Good Friday is a solemn remembrance of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. It asks us to journey with Jesus and to consider the meaning of his actions and the decisions of all those involved. While it can be a service that is shrouded in darkness and death, it points us toward a great hope. We know that Easter is soon to follow. We know that sin and death do not have the final word. Our Good Friday worship service will not shy away from the sobering parts of the day. Because it will not leave us alone in darkness, it is a worship service that is, indeed, “good.”
Worship online with us for our Good Friday Service. The service will be available all day.
Join Pastor Linda at 8pm on Good Friday for a time of conversation, prayer, and reflection on the day. Check your emails for the Zoom link.
Easter - April 4
Welcome Easter morning with outdoor worship at 8am & 10am. We will meet with all the usual precautions for a joy-filled worship service on the parking lot of the Christian Life Center (1333 W. Lockwood, St. Louis, MO). Wear your finest Easter bonnet mask!
Weather and local health conditions permitting.
Use the card inside your Lenten box to invite someone to join you.
Easter service is also available online. Join us live at 10:30 on Facebook or on-demand anytime on our website (www.websterhillsumc.org).
Got questions? Contact Leslie Chalupny at email@example.com