Upcoming Events – 2018

Winter/Spring 2018 Events

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

March 25 – Passion/Palm Sunday

March 29 – Maundy Thursday

March 30 – Good Friday

April 1 – Easter

April 3 – Mosaic in Waco Annual Partners in Possibilities 12 – 1 pm. Baylor’s McLane Stadium

April 7 – Spring Gathering Metroplex North Conference – Rejoice Frisco

April 14 – Spring Gathering Heart of Texas Conference – First Lutheran Temple

April 15 – News articles to Peggy Tooker for the May/June issue of the Tapestry

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

May 19 – The ET-NL Spring Gathering – St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Shreveport LA

 

Church Holidays

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.

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