Rethink Church Lenten Photos: Week 3

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Week 3


NOTE: Special article—discover Why this 5th grader shaves his head each March: St. Baldrick’s


During 2015 Lent Rethink Church*, a ministry of the United Methodist (Church) Communications, is sponsoring a photo-a-day challenge based on reflections and perceptions of their word for the day.

Each Thursday during Lent I will post the coming week’s words and a photo for each—sometimes with an explanation.

Ash Wednesday: Sackcloth and Ashes

Rethink Church Lenten Photos: Week 1

Rethink Church Lenten Photos Week 2

Rethink Church Lenten Photos: Week 3

Rethink Church Lenten Photos Week 4

Rethink Church Lenten Photos Week 5

Rethink Church Lenten Photos Week 6

Rethink Church Lenten Photos: Week 7


Read devotions in the regular Devotions Category 

and/or Easter/Holy Week Devotions Category

The words for the third week, March 5-11, are follow, beloved, speak, celebrate, Sabbath, knowledge, and wise.

FOLLOW March 5

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My grandson enjoys any sports challenge. He was 5-years-old when crossed this log bridge with no hesitation. His father, my son Nolan, followed him across.



At the tail-end of 70 years of marriage a husband became his wife’s caregiver. You can see the love he had for her even though she could no longer respond. Read SEVENTY YEARS OF LOVE

SPEAK March 7


Although Russ had been totally blind since age 19 he could still experience the world verbally. Here he presented a message at Wesley United Methodist Church in Connellsville, Pennsylvania. Read more: Russell E. “Rusty Earl” Roy



A fellow United Methodist Church pastor, the Rev. Ben McKee, had an old car with a rumble seat. I persuaded him to help my husband (the Rev. Monte Holland, UMC) and I celebrate our 41st anniversary by driving us, seated in the rumble seat, around our community’s approximate one mile of gravel roads.



While we visited New England in 1993 my husband Monte, a United Methodist Church pastor, had the opportunity to preach in the church I was associated with as a young child in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It was a nice Sabbath day.



My husband Monte has at times become my research assistant as I search for data for my historic (romance) novel Here he is checking a book in the Philadelphia Historical Society, where we spent 2 days researching records on Gen. Henry Knox and Gen. Henry Jackson. The knowledge we gleaned has greatly benefitted my writing. Read more: DOING HISTORICAL RESEARCH IN PHILADELPHIA

WISE March 11

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After 60 years I met two sisters my mother released for adoption. Both were younger than I am, so I told them they had to listen to me because I am older and therefore wiser, since wisdom, as they know, comes with age. However, that’s not always true—sometimes they are wiser than I am. And I am keenly aware that if you have to tell someone you are wise, you really are not. Are owls really wise? Read: My Mother’s Secret: An Adoption Story  More adoption articles:


*The Rethink Church ministry is a major campaign launched May 6, 2009. The campaign aims to spark a global conversation around the question, “What if church were a verb?” Its goal is to encourage a global spiritual dialogue both within and outside the church. It looks to

redefine the church experience as one that extends beyond our doors and seeks to transform the world.

connect with the people in the pews of The United Methodist Church, to see our local church in a much broader way – not solely as a building in which we worship, but as a conduit into our communities through which we may live out our faith by touching people’s lives.


RETHINK CHURCH asks the question, “What has God called The United Methodist Church to be in the 21st century?” and calls us to refocus on the following:  to see church in a way closely aligned with scripture, to be sent into the world, and to be more faithful to the tradition of John Wesley who believed the world was his parish.




About carolyncholland

In several if my nine lives I have been a medical lab technician and a human service worker specializing in child day care, adoptions and family abuse. Currently I am a photo/journalist/writer working on a novel and a short story. My general writings can be viewed at My novel site is
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10 Responses to Rethink Church Lenten Photos: Week 3

  1. Comment by Grace ( & Fred) Wells on Russell E. “Rusty Earl” Roy (posted on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS, predecessor to Carolyn’s Online Magazine):

    I grew up a few miles from Tuscumbia Alabama – the birthplace of Helen Keller, our states most beloved citizen. Just wondered if somewhere along the way if Roy knew about her life and was inspired to be an overcomer inspite of a visual handicap.


  2. Comment by Grace ( & Fred) Wells on My Mother’s Secret: An Adoption Story (posted on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS, predecessor to Carolyn’s Online Magazine):

    I think of the Scripture that reads “To everything there is a season” which I hope I can correctly apply here ( Maybe the Bible scholar Monte could help !). I’m just glad that your later in life sister reunion was a happy one. I have heard of other birthparent/adoptee/sibling reunions that were disasters. No family is perfect. I’m sure that in reading your story others will find peace, forgiveness, understanding and reconciliation with their families during this Lenten season when we should be focused on Jesus.


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