Carolyn’s Online Magazine (COMe)
RETHINK CHURCH LENTEN PHOTOS Week 4
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.
The words for the fourth week, March 12-18, are stop, practice, search, celebrate, wilderness, endure, and believe.
NOTE: Special article: discover Why this 5th grader shaves his head each March: St. Baldrick’s
STOP March 12
Caught these men fishing under the NO FISHING sign at Linesville, Pennsylvania. Perhaps they don’t believe that rules are made for a reason. Do we feel that way about God’s rules?
PRACTICE March 13
Monte, our granddaughter Jordan, and I participated in the Air Disaster Drill at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport May 29 last year. We were all fatalities—I was beheaded. Hopefully, this practice will improve first responders at an airplane accident. We need to participate in exercise drills to prepare our souls for when we confront God.
While writing my historical novel I’ve had to search, diligently, for background information that is hidden in records from Gallipolis ,Ohio to East Lamoine, Maine to British Guiana. Searching for finite details involved original documents. We each must search spiritual sources that will aid us in understanding God in our life.
NOTE: New page: My Novel-Under-Construction
CELEBRATE March 15
Even dogs can celebrate—Easter starts a New Year, a newtime, for Christians.
In 1994 Monte slid on a snowy/icy hill and was so bedridden for a period of time. He even had to have the ambulance take him to doctor appointments. It was a tough time for him—he had to endure the physical pain, being bedridden, and being unable to do his work. BELIEVE March 18
A child was once spanked because she told her parents “…the Hollands don’t have to dye their Easter eggs—their chickens lay green and blue eggs.” Now, a question for you: Will you believe me when I tell you Monte and I saw a robin’s egg blue lobster?
Do you believe me? Scroll to the end of this article to see if I am telling the truth…
*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.