We are very excited about this year’s small group study which is being written just for Maplewood UMC by Rev. Deb LeMoine who is a Deacon in The United Methodist Church. As in years past this year’s small group study will be connected with Sunday messages. The theme for Lent this year is “Living Life’s Hard Questions”: Who am I? Why am I here? What are my gifts? When am I (or others) a problem? What does it meant to die a good death? * We will reflect on these important but difficult questions by reading the Old Testament book, Esther. One of the reasons we chose to ask these hard questions by looking at Esther is this book in the Bible never mentions the name, God. Not one time. We have to look for God as we read Esther, much like we have to look for God in our own lives.
We hope you will consider setting aside the time now to take part in the Lenten small group study, weekly worship, and daily prayer. The small groups will meet five times during Lent. These are the dates and times for small group meetings:
Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. on March 11, 18, 25, April 1 and 8
Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. or (if there is interest) at noon for brown bag lunch and learning: March 12, 19, 26, April 2 and 9.
Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. March 13, 20, 27, April 3 and 10
Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. March 15, 22, 29, April 5 and 12
Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. Children and youth will be included in this small group study during Sunday school.