Lenten Practices

Lent is a time of preparation for the initiation of people into the Christian life in baptism. It is also a time for the church to journey together toward Easter and the reaffirmation and renewal of our relationship with God. How have we fallen away? What can we do to refocus and reconnect? Lent is not about being miserable, sad, and funereal in anticipation of Good Friday. Fasting and giving up something can be part of Lenten spiritual practices, but so can taking on some things.


These are some things that are being offered by Joseph UMC this year to help you to realize where each of us is without God and figure out how we can renew and refresh our relationship with God. How can we make sure that we put God first in our lives.


  • Ash Wednesday Worship Service – March 1 at 12:00 pm 
  • Lenten Study: Creed: What Christians Believe and Why – Beginning March 12 at 6:30 pm
    Creed is a six week study beginning Sunday, March 12. We’re used to answers popping up on a screen right in front of us. But when the questions examine the truths that give meaning and purpose to life, finding the answers takes more than simply typing a few words and pushing a button. Adam Hamilton believes that powerful answers to many of our complicated questions are contained in the Apostles’ Creed, an early statement of foundational Christian beliefs. In Creed, he explores not only what Christians believe, but also why they believe, and why it matters, which in turn leads readers to confront and examine their own core beliefs and go beyond reciting the Creed’s familiar words. If you have any questions, contact Carolyn Dawson or the church office at (541) 432-3102 or jumc@eoni.com.