Posted by Rev. Dr.Judy Shipman

Pastor’s Desk

I can tell Lent is upon us because today I got out the catalogs to order Easter and Holy week worship bulletins! Ash Wednesday is February 17.

Last week though, someone said to me, “I didn’t realize that Presbyterians celebrate lent”. Yes, Presbyterians celebrate Lent. Actually, you may have noticed that after Ash Wednesday, the music becomes much more solemn. The readings are about Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem and what he did on the way. The pulpit and table hangings change to deep purple.

Another question might be: “But how do I keep the Lenten observance at home”? Setting aside time for observing the faithful practices of prayer, meditation on scripture, fasting, or journaling certainly is one way. Making the Ash Wednesday and Lenten Prayer services part of your Lenten discipline is another. (Did you ever notice that the word “discipline” is from the same root word as “disciple”?)

The gospel story is the true story of our lives. We take the Lenten journey with Jesus as he faces disappointment, dread, confrontation, hope, adulation, betrayal, suffering, death, and victory. In short, it is the journey of our lives writ large with the hand of God. Lent is the time to let the faith story interpret our lives and give them meaning.

“Oh, Lamb of God,  Have mercy upon us and keep us from the smallness of our lives that would take precedence over kneeling in Jerusalem”. (Ann Weems)

Peace and Grace,


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Monday Night

The Monday Night Study small group focuses on book discussions along with prayer and fellowship. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the front room of Genesis House. For more information, contact Karen Collins (

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Growing Spirits

The Growing Spirits small group focuses on spiritual growth through fellowship, prayer, and devotional study. This group meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30 on the lower level of the main church building. The Growing Spirits small group welcomes new members to join us at any time!

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Family Mission

The Family Mission small group is for people interested in family-oriented, hands-on local mission work in our community. For more information, contact Anne Ulrich.

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This Old Church

This Old Church

What? This Old Church “Fix-It” small group

Who? People seeking hands-on mission work and spiritual growth.

When? First Saturday of each month at 8:00am – 11:00am

Where? Meet at Fellowship Hall for breakfast.

Why? Our primary purpose, like all Oasis Small Groups, is to study, support, serve and pray.

We will use our God-given gifts for:

  • The maintenance and upkeep of the church properties.
  • In service to disadvantaged members of the congregation in need of simple maintenance work in their homes.
  • In service to disadvantaged members of the community for simple maintenance work in their homes.
  • In service to organizations who service those in need in the greater Saline/Ann Arbor area.
  • Growing the knowledge and skills of members of our congregation to handle everyday maintenance and repair problems in their own homes.
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