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NEWSLETTER March 2019-PASTOR’S THOUGHTS
Greetings Brothers and Sisters!
On March the 6th Ash Wednesday is celebrated. We will be meeting at 6PM to begin our Lenten journey together. I thought it would be fun to do a little quiz (Produced by the United Methodist Church)
First, let me remind you about the season (You may find some answers here!)
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.
LENTEN QUIZ BELOW-(put a check next to your answer) I WILL HAVE THE ANSWER SHEET AVAILABLE SUNDAY, MARCH 17… Bring your completed answer sheet on the 17th to worship.
1. What does the term ‘Lent,’ which comes from ‘lencten,’ mean?
a. Sacrifice
b. Time
c. Spring
d. March Madness

2. How were ashes imposed in the early church?
a. The shape of a cross was drawn on the forehead.
b. Ashes were smeared across closed eyelids.
c. Ashes were poured or sprinkled over the head.

3. Why do people give things up for Lent?
a. To follow the example of Jesus’ 40-day fast in the wilderness.
b. To help us focus on prayer and devotions.
c. To give the acquired savings to the poor.
d. All of the above.

4. What snack food has significance during Lent?
a. Chocolate
b. Pretzels
c. Popcorn
d. All of the above.

5. Many people fast during Lent. How often did John Wesley fast?
a. Twice a week
b. Twice a month
c. Twice a year
d. Rarely
e. He did not fast.

6. Why does Lent last 40 days?
a. To represent the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, tempted by Satan.
b. To recall the 40 days and nights the earth was flooded in the Old Testament.
c. To remind us of the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the desert.

7. What do some United Methodists not sing at Lent?
a. Doxologies
b. Alleluia
c. “In the Garden”
d. The communion liturgy

8. Which hymn, based on St. Patrick's prayer, would be a good Lenten devotion?
a. “Jesus Walked This Lonely Valley”
b. “Christ Beside Me”
c. “O Happy Day, That Fixed My Choice”
d. “Come and Find the Quiet Center”

9. True or false? Sundays are not counted in the 40 days of Lent.
a. True
b. False

10. When early Methodists in America sat in a church on a mourner's bench, they would:
a. Repent their sins
b. Experience a new birth
c. Rededicate themselves to Jesus
d. All of the above

Rev. Carl Freeto