In the Gospel lesson this week, we encounter a fig tree. There are lots of fig trees in scripture. This one is found in a parable of Jesus, and it's not doing great. The vineyard owner wants to cut it down. But the gardener asks for just one more year. Perhaps with some fertilizer and some special care, the tree will bear fruit. As we continue our lenten journey with Brené Brown, we consider how we might cultivate resilience. Also this week, we'll hear music from Cindy Abernathy.
We continue our lenten journey with Brené Brown this week as we consider how we can cultivate resilience over powerlessness. The Gospel lesson invites us to see how taking time to pay attention to places of need in ourselves and in our neighbors can bring hope, healing, and health. Our resilience doesn't rest merely on our own abilities, but we find it through vulnerability and connection with one another. This quote from Brené Brown reminds us of this truth: Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives.
This week, we're talking with Jan Fischer. Jan has been at Central since 1988. She was a nurse for over 30 years, spending most of her time working with newborns and infants at Humana Hospital in Lexington, now St. Joseph East. Jan often weave spiritual insights through her stories where we find interesting twists and inventive perspectives. In this personal narrative, she explores her love for gardening and her penchant for taking in unwanted plants and nursing them back to health.
On Tuesday, 2 April, 2:00 p.m., we welcome program speaker Melissa Levine, Chairperson/CEO of Lexington Meals on Wheels. Our business meeting will center on assignments for WOM’s annual Keeneland Racetrack Ministry Spring Meet mission activity. WOM members are also encouraged to “spring clean and bring” these items for the Keeneland Ministry Racetrack Workers’ Closet: new or gently used and freshly laundered socks and twin-size blankets; raingear such as waterproof coats, jackets, caps, hats, and ponchos; sturdy boots or sneakers in sizes 8-10.
Central Baptist is joining with 7 local congregations and Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a family in Lexington. Morris Shabani and Maroy Chibalonza, along with their delightful children Rosette, Moses, Honorine, and Joana, have called Lexington home since 2016. Both Morris and Maroy were born and raised in Goma, North Kivu, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They fled the area in 2009 to go to Uganda where they lived in a Refugee Camp for the next seven years. We need your help with all phases. We begin on February 27 from 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m., at 326 Nelson Ave. No experience is needed. Stop by the sign up table in the foyer or email email@example.com to find a date over the next several months when you can help. Dates start on February 27th and 28th, then each Friday and Saturday in March. The build will resume after Easter with each Friday and Saturday until May 25.
The theme for our observation of Lent this year is “Cultivating and Letting Go.” It reminds us of the simple arithmetic of spiritual progress. We move forward upon the challenging path of Christian maturity by the negative forces and habits we are willing to abandon and the positive forces and habits we are determined to put in their place.
A naming controversy over an infamous bridge in Alabama is an appropriate location to reflect upon the polarities that divide us. American is stretched and pulled by the unavoidable differences arising from our cultural, racial, historical and personal experiences. We are cut off by our past and the hidden truths we refuse to acknowledge or the shame we are too frightened to confront. Distance and denial walk happily hand-in-hand when there’s little motivation to reach across the divide that separates the human family....read more at my blog