Jan 6 – Epiphany begins
Jan 13 – Heart of Texas Planning Meeting for the Spring Gathering at First Lutheran, Temple
Jan 20, 10am – NT-NL SWO Board Meeting at Rejoice, Frisco
Jan 20, 3pm – SWO Convention Meeting with members of Rejoice Frisco and Dallas Area Metro North
Feb 2-3 – NT-NL Synod Council Meeting
Feb 14 – Ash Wednesday, Lent begins
Feb 15 – Deadline for news articles to be submitted to Peggy Tooker for the March 2018 Tapestry
Feb 25 – Bold Women’s Day
Feb 23-25 – Conference of Presidents, Chicago, IL
April 7 – Spring Gathering, Dallas Area Metro North Conference at Rejoice Frisco
April 14 – Spring Gathering, Heart of Texas Conference at First Lutheran Temple
April 21 – Spring Gathering, Panhandle Conference at the Red Zone Café on Slide Road, Lubbock
April 27-28 – NT-NL Synod Assembly at the Mayborn Convention Center, Temple
Epiphany – Epiphany will be Saturday January 6, 2018, the twelfth day of Christmas. Christmas season closes with the wise men from the East at the manger, showing us that the Light of the World is for all the world. Epiphany is a Christian feast day celebrated annually on January 6 that is also known as Three Kings Day. Epiphany means “manifestation” as it commemorates the first time Jesus’ divinity manifested itself through the visit of the Three Kings (also known as the Magi or Wise Men).
Ash Wednesday – Ash Wednesday will be February 14, 2018. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. It occurs 46 days before Easter. Lent is a good time for 40 days of reflection, 40 days of spiritual evaluation – an annual checkup. According to the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke; Jesus Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert where he endured temptation by Satan. Lent originated as a mirroring of this fasting 40 days as preparation for Easter. Every Sunday was seen as a commemoration of the Sunday of Christ’s resurrection and so as a feast day on which fasting was inappropriate.
Accordingly, Christians fasted from Monday to Saturday (6 days) during 6 weeks, and from Wednesday to Saturday during Holy Week prior to Easter; thus making up the number of 40 days.
World Day of Prayer – World Day of Prayer will be on Friday March 2, 2018. It is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice throughout the world.