Lenten Offerings

 

Lent is the six week period leading up to Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday (which is February 17 this year). It is a season of spiritual preparation before Easter during which time many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial, and spiritual discipline. Lent invites us to make our minds and hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

 

Scroll down to see everything we have going on during Lent.

Stations in the Street

Stations in the street is an art installation which takes us on a journey through the stations of the cross by Scott Erickson. The collection will be available to walk though at your leisure in the Monte Vista Chapel courtyard beginning on Palm Sunday, March 28 and will remain through May 9. There will be a guided walk-through with communion hosted by pastoral staff on the evening of Good Friday, April 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

A Statement from the Artist

The Stations of the Cross began as a remembrance that pilgrims had when they were retracing Jesus’ finals steps in Jerusalem up to the hill where He was crucified. Wanting to share that practice and experience with people who couldn’t make the trip to Jerusalem, they created local stations of meditation that became in itself a tradition. You can find this tradition on the inside of many churches still today.

This journey to the cross is not only a meditation of Jesus accomplishing what He came to do – the redemption of humanity through His own willful sacrifice – but it’s also a contemplation of Jesus silently participating in some of the worst aspects of being human. We see Him being tempted to give up. Being betrayed by a friend. Being convicted in an unjust political system. Physical pain. Mockery. Public humiliation. Broken family relationships. And one of our greatest fears… having to die. These are all aspects of human life that He was not insulated from. In fact on the cross He quotes King David saying “My God My God, Why have you forsaken me?”… as if to say ”Why is it like this?” He was one who was not separate from our own suffering.

Many of us feel the weight of anxiety and fear as we journey through the current world. We are told many narratives of how it is and what is to come. During this season of Lent, we as a community look to the life and teachings of Jesus. We think that One who was in the midst of such political and empirical turmoil, who spoke the words of “Be not afraid”… and “Come to me all you are weary and carrying a heavy load, for I will give you rest”… is someone who can illuminate our desperate viewpoint.

These stations are a cross-section of elements, ideas, and objects from Jesus’ journey to the cross. As you work through these stations, may you see that we are not troubled guests in this world… that we are not forsaken… and that the good news of this season was expressed best by Jesus when He said… “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” #stationsinthestreet scottericksonart.com

Easter Art Gallery

Do you have an artist in your family? We will be featuring an Easter Art Gallery curated by young artists from our MVC community. If someone in your family would like to submit a piece of art inspired by the story of Easter, please contact Kelsey!

EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA

 

The Egg-Stravaganza starts at 9:00 a.m. with an outdoor family pancake breakfast at the MVC picnic area. The cost is only $5 for your ENTIRE Family! After breakfast, there will be an epic EGG HUNT for children in 6th grade and younger.

 For any questions contact Kelsey or Ashley.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Please note that COVID safety guidelines will be followed for food prep and serving.