February 22, 2018
Dear Members and Friends of First Reformed Church of Bethlehem:
It is hard to think of Lent as a somber and introspective time while the birds have begun to sing in the morning, the snow melts, and the ground is getting soft. Yet, we remind ourselves of Christ’s suffering and greatest sacrifice for us.
Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities. Some give up social media. We may also add a spiritual discipline such as reading a daily devotional or praying through a Lenten calendar to draw ourselves nearer to God.
As we make whatever sacrifice we choose in observance of Lent, we should remember that it not be obvious. “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:16-18)
We are setting aside time to focus on Jesus' death and resurrection. The focus is also on repenting of sin and consecrating oneself to God.
As part of our observance this year, the deacons have chosen the Capital City Rescue Mission for our Lenten Special Offering. This organization gives help to the homeless by offering them hot nutritious meals, safe nights of shelter, clean clothing, and medical clinic visits. They are right in our own back yard. For them fasting is not a choice, but often a way of life.
Please use the enclosed envelope to help those who need our assistance during this time of sacrifice. Thank you to all.
On Behalf of the Deacons,