Florence Congregational Church
Thursday, February 20, 2020
A Place to Connect

February 2016

February has come quickly. It seems we’ve only just packed up Christmas decorations, taken a needed breath, and poof, we staring at the approaching season of Lent. This time flies.

Our official season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10th continuing through to Palm Sunday on March 20th we will celebrate, as did many of Jesus’ time, his arrival in Jerusalem. This begins the journey which leads us to the disturbing arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, unrest and anxiousness of Good Friday and then, Sunday morning highlights the joy of Easter morning.

This year we are approaching the Lenten journey theatrically. Rebecca and I met Jasmine Myers, an actress and founder of the Still Small Theatre Troupe in December to discuss the possibility of sponsoring a production here at Florence Church. Jasmine, a young woman of energy and creative enthusiasm shared her willingness to work with our church to create our own production with members of the church. This has developed into a plan for Lent. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Jasmine will facilitate a theatre-focused discussion group with a particular purpose: Encountering God through Theatre. The group will follow a study/ discussion outline for six weeks with an aim to develop and produce a short play that they will share with the congregation on Good Friday. The plan is to rehearse the performance on Maundy Thursday evening and then share the production on Good Friday. Please be sure you plan to attend on Good Friday. 

I am encouraged by the energy, enthusiasm and creativity of the young people working with Rebecca. I have observed them practicing and sharing their talent. They will bless God and us every month with their voices singing and reading regularly in worship. When you get a chance, make sure you share your joy and appreciation of their hard work. I think you might agree, they offer inspiration and an awesome sense of energy to all of us.

Meanwhile, the Property and Trustee boards have met in addition to the Cabinet (Board of Directors) to look at the year’s tasks before us. Along with the normal necessary general maintenance issues, there is hopeful plans to tackle some deferred capital improvements. In addition to keeping up with exterior painting, we are working at painting woodwork in the sanctuary. There is ongoing discussion regarding sprucing up the front entrance/foyer in the Cobb with hopes to address the disintegrating floor tile, badly worn wallpaper and worn paint. If you have suggestions of things that ought to be done to improve and brighten up our building, please write them down and turn into the office. We want to bless the Lord and our guests with a beautiful and inspiring space to gather, worship and fellowship together.

Blessings, π

Florence Congregational Church • 130 Pine Street, Florence, Massachusetts 01062 • 413.584.1325