Welcome to the Woodlake News! Here’s a sampling of our upcoming events and opportunities.
Lenten Worship Schedule
Soup Suppers (February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21): 5:30 – 6:30pm. No advance signup necessary; freewill offering accepted. Thank you to the small groups who will be helping to prepare and serve our suppers this year.
Lenten Worship from 6:30 – 7:00pm in Woodlake’s sanctuary.
Our Lenten series this year will return to the beloved Holden Evening Prayer service (beginning February 21, following Ash Wednesday), and the messages will focus on the “I AM” statements in the Gospel of John for the sake of intentional reflection on and proclamation of God becoming flesh. The cross is many things – but first, it is the death of God.
The “I AM” statements reveal, in all fullness, the identity of Jesus, and Lent is the season to remember one very important thing about what it means to be a Christian: that when Jesus goes to the cross, there goes God. This Lenten series helps us imagine that what Jesus puts after “I AM” in the Gospel of John shapes our reality.
Book Discussion Group: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
From the back cover: Modern medicine has transformed the dangers of birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should do. Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering produced by medicine’s neglect of the wishes people might have beyond mere survival. To find out what those wishes are, we need to ask. We haven’t been asking, but we can learn.
Woodlake Lutheran Church, 7525 Oliver Ave. S, will be hosting a three-part series on the topics presented in this book, led by a facilitator from Honoring Choices Minnesota. Each session will begin at 11:10 AM in the fireside room at Woodlake Lutheran Church on the following dates:
• Sunday, February 18-Introduction, Chapters 1-3
• Sunday, February 25-Chapters 4 & 5
• Sunday, March 4-Chapters 6-8, & Epilogue
The event is free and open to the public, but those wishing to attend are asked to read the book, available at local bookstores, before attending (a short read at 263 pages).