What is Ash Wednesday?

AshThe first day of Lent. It marks the beginning of a period of reflection and penance. In the Bible, sprinkling oneself with ashes was traditionally a sign of one’s sorrow for having committed sins. In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday also marked the beginning of preparation for the understanding of the death and resurrection of Christ. The particular symbolism of ashes for this day comes from a practice in the Roman Catholic churches in which the ashes from the palms used in the preceding year’s Palm Sunday celebration are blessed. With these ashes, the priest on the first day of Lent marks a cross on the forehead of each worshiper. This practice has become a part of Ash Wednesday services in many United Methodist churches.

What is Lent?

04503_thumb_400 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.


Who are the less fortunate? How do we help them? The Uniform Series Sunday School lessons have been addressing that issue this quarter. As a result of class discussions I have added two new bookmarks to the Church website’s Homepage. … Continue reading

Christian Believer Sign Up

This fall Marcus Staehling plans to lead a group Bible Study titled “Christian Believer”. It is a 30 week study that examines how our basic Christian beliefs are formed from our reading of the Holy Scriptures. The class will meet … Continue reading

“Christian Believer” Coming this Fall

CHRISTIAN BELIEVER assumes that most people–though faithful followers of Jesus they intend to be–know little of the content of the central teachings of the Christian faith and its ties to Scripture. But they want to know. They want to know … Continue reading

Church Directory Online

Our new website is up and running, and one new features is the church directory. At the top of the home page is a link marked Directory. Visitors to our website will currently see members names and pictures. Additional information such as addresses, phone numbers, emails, birthdays, and anniversaries are available when you log in.

Any information field can be “Public”, “Private”, or “Unlisted”. This means your name, picture, or any other field can made public if you want anyone to see it. It can be made private which means only members who are logged in can see it. It can be made unlisted and only system administrators can see it.

We need lots of pictures. A picture from a cell phone will be fine. Send your pics and requests for “user names” to RussellvilleFUMC@gmail.com. When you get a user name and login you can advise of any necessary additions or changes to your information. Thanks for your help in completing the directory

Help Beat the Summer Heat!

Our Sanctuary air conditioners have served us well since the mid-nineties, but all good things must come to an end. After investigating our alternatives the board of trustees has decided that a complete replacement is the best long term solution. The new cooling units will cost 38% less to operate, and the new furnaces will cost about 5% less to operate. We have been spending money on repairs to the existing units for the past several years. Current repairs would cost almost $5000, and the two brand new units will be installed for less than $20,000.

How can you help? Can you afford just a little over your regular weekly contributions? If so designate it for “HVAC” and help us beat the summer heat. Thank you in advance for helping us keep our cool.

Marcus Staehling, Chairman      Board of Trustees

Jim Hester, Chairman                 Building and Grounds

Website Pages

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