The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6! Lent is a season of penance before the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. It lasts for 40 days, not including Sundays, to match up with the 40 days that Jesus spend fasting in the wilderness after his baptism. We will mark this season in the wilderness with worship on Sunday mornings, special worship services at other times, and a book study on Wednesday nights. Please join us!

Sunday Mornings

Sunday morning worship will include the Retiring of the Alleluia on March 3, and a special Lenten practice on each Sunday until Easter Sunday on April 21.

Where

520 E. 11th St.
DeWitt, Iowa 52742

When

Sunday
9:30am

Learn More

Click here to learn more about worship at First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent as a season of penance. We will mark this day with our friends and neighbors for the DeWitt United Methodist Church. The evening will include a simple supper and worship, including the imposition of ashes.

Where

520 E. 11th St.
DeWitt, Iowa 52742

When

Wednesday
March 6
Simple Supper: 6pm
Worship: 7pm

Wednesday Evenings

On Wednesday nights, we’ll join together to read and study Rachel Held Evans’ memoir Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. Here’s the back cover copy:

Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn’t want to go to church anymore. The hypocrisy, the politics, the gargantuan building budgets, the scandals–church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back to Church. And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it.

Centered around seven sacraments, Evans’ quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death that are funny, heartbreaking, and sharply honest.

A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church.

Prologue and Section I: Baptism

Section II: Confession

Section III: Holy Orders

Section IV: Communion

Section V: Confirmation

Section VI: Anointing of the Sick

Section VII: Marriage and Epilogue

Where

520 E. 11th St.
DeWitt, Iowa 52742

When

Wednesdays
March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10, 17, 24
6pm

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday commemorates the night that Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, as well as the night that he was betrayed and arrested. We will mark this night with our friends from DeWitt’s United Methodist Church at their church.

Where

United Methodist Church
222 12th St.
DeWitt, Iowa 52742

When

Maundy Thursday, April 18
Time TBD

Good Friday

Good Friday commemorates the day that Jesus was crucified. We will mark this somber occasion with our friends from DeWitt’s United Methodist Church at our own church.

Where

520 E. 11th St.
DeWitt, Iowa 52742

When

Good Friday
April 19
Time TBD

Easter

All of this, of course, leads up to Easter Sunday! You can learn more about that festive occasion here.

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