Lenten Opportunities at ORUCC

February 28 – Partygras

Fun for all ages!  Don your beads and wear your masks for our annual PartyGras Celebration Tuesday, February 28th, 5:30-7:30 pm!  Great supper of pizza, red beans & rice, cajun gumbo, and cajun jambalaya! (donations accepted). But we need your help with the supper! Please bring the following according to the first letter of your last name: A-H fresh cut fruit, I-P veggie trays, R-Z dessert. Our evening will include table games, dancing, “O When the Saints” parade, and a closing ritual in which we burn last year’s palm branches. Laissez les bons temps rouler!


March 1 – Ash Wednesday

5:30 – 6:45                Open Labyrinth Walk

7:00                            Ash Wednesday Service in the Friendship Hall

Our Focus for Lent – The Gospel of Mark

The season Lent in the progressive church marks a time of introspection and turning back to our connection with the Sacred.   Rather than focusing on our personal unworthiness, we focus on our personal sense of who we are.  As Jung once wrote, “He who looks outside, dreams.  He who looks inside, awakens.” 

Our guide this year will be the Gospel of Mark.

We are excited to explore this short and early gospel in 5 ways over the season.  We hope you will participate as much as you can. 

  1. Take this opportunity to simply READ THE GOSPEL.  Enjoy it.  Note your questions.  Wonder with the characters.  Notice the themes.  Pray for understanding as you read.
  2. Enjoy our WORD A DAY DEVOTIONAL.  20 writers from ORUCC have written on individual words in specific passages all the way through the gospel.  Their observations are diverse, creative, timely and personal.  Paper copies of the devotional will be available on Sunday, February 26.  If you’d like one emailed to you, please email winton@orucc.org. 
  3. Take part in a LENTEN HOME GROUP.  We’ll be offering these gatherings as a chance to discuss the gospel with others from the church.  There is still room to sign up.  You can do this on Sunday or contact Ken Pennings (kpennings@orucc.org) to check on availability.
  4. Attend our 1 person drama on Saturday, March 25th titled, ACCORDING TO MARK .  It will be a unique, creative and fascinating rendition of the gospel.
  5. Attend worship.  Our LENTEN PREACHING SERIES will be on the gospel.  Winton Boyd, Tammy Martens and Ken Pennings will all explore aspects of the gospel and it’s importance for our lives.  


March 5 – “Tip-toeing into the Gospel of Mark” – Ken Pennings preaching, ORUCC Choir

March 12 – “Suffering, Serving King” – Winton Boyd preaching, Handbell Choir

March 19 – “The Marginal Way” – Tammy Martens preaching, ORUCC Choir

March 26 – “The Good News As Mark Understood It” – Winton Boyd preaching, Tru Gumption

April 2 – “Fear, Faith And The Raising Of Jesus In Our Lives” – Winton Boyd preaching, Choir

April 9 – Palm Sunday – Winton Boyd preaching, Handbell Choir

April 16 – Easter  – Winton Boyd preaching, ORUCC Choir