FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK:
The transition from winter to spring begins! Unlike the past few years we have had more that our share of snow and cold weather. But hints of Spring will begin to show themselves soon. With Daylight Savings Time coming on March 9th the days will feel longer, or at least it will with the extended daylight in the evening I can’t wait for Spring to arrive on the 20th. The sun shines brighter, the days are getting longer, spirits rise with the temperature. With the continuing world turmoil we need wonderful experiences in the church to remind us of just how blessed we really are.
Ashe Wednesday is on the 5th this year. Are we prepared for the Lenten season and the coming of Easter, the holiest season of the Christian year? March 7th is World Day of Prayer. Seldom has the world and all creation needed prayer more than now. The sanctuary will be open all day, with aids for prayer and devotions on the communion table, along with Communion elements, for any and all to come and spend time with God.
I have several hundred books in my library that would make for good reading and study by members of the congregation. Nothing would please me more than for someone or everyone to come and get several of these books for your future use. I would be so pleased for you to take them for free and use them for God’s glory and maybe to remind you of my love and appreciation for all you have meant to me over these last fourteen years. Please come by my office and pick out some of these books.
As we begin the Lenten season perhaps you would like a little background on this period
In the Christian church, a period of penitential preparation for Easter, observed since apostolic times. Western churches once provided for a 40-day fast (excluding Sundays), in imitation of Jesus' fasting in the wilderness; one meal a day was allowed in the evening, and meat, fish, eggs, and butter were forbidden. These rules have gradually been relaxed, and only Ash Wednesday—the first day of Lent in Western Christianity, when the penitent traditionally have their foreheads marked with ashes—and Good Friday are now kept as Lenten fast days. Rules of fasting are stricter in the Eastern churches.
Here is a little more about this season. Lent is the most serious time of the church's liturgical year. It is the period of 40 days set aside as a period of repentance for spiritual preparation for Easter.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, the traditional day of repentance, and continues until Easter. Sundays are not counted as a part of Lent. The word "Lent" comes from "lenchthen," for the days are lengthening as Spring approaches.
As early as 200 years after Jesus' death and resurrection, Christians began to set aside 40 hours before Easter to fast as preparation for the feast of Easter. Later, the time was extended to seven days, known as Holy Week. By AD 325, the church officially set aside 40 days before Easter as a season of repentance and special spiritual devotion.
The color of Lent is violet or purple, the color of repentance and meditation.
Mr. Lewis Gray “Joe” Davis
September 22, 1933—February 6, 2014
Historic Buffalo Church
December 15, 2013
Colonial Christmas Concert & Tea
6:30 PM—Women’s Small Group-Kerchner Room
12:00 Noon—Bible Study
4:00 PM—Youth Homework Club
4:45 PM—Youth Drama Club
6:00 PM—Family Night
6:30 PM—Youth Music Club
7:30 PM—Chancel Choir
9:00 AM—Prayer Group
9:45 AM—Sunday School
11:00 AM - Worship Service
12:00 Noon—Session Meeting
Greensboro, North Carolina
Telephone: (336) 375-3380