Church focuses on relationships, community during Pride month
ALLEGAN _ Food, fun and film will help the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd focus on building relationships and community as it begins its 160th anniversary year with a special Pride month event.
This is the second year that Good Shepherd parish members have joined events and programs across the country during Pride month recognizing the history and impact of LGBT individuals on society.
The free event – slated for 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, at 101 N. Walnut St. – is meant to educate the community, said church council president Judy Buchanan.
“It’s important, as an affirming and inclusive congregation, that we provide a place where people can learn and grow in ways that everyone feels safe and welcome,” Buchanan said. “We want people to come, exchange ideas, ask questions and simply spend time getting to know each other.”
The event will include a documentary film related to LGBTQ issues screened in the sanctuary to promote conversations followed by food and fun in the fellowship hall. For more information, call the parish office at (269) 673-2254.
Good Shepherd, tucked where Walnut and Hubbard streets intersect downtown, was established as a parish on June 15, 1858 and built its first building the next next spring.
The parish is part of the “Believe Out Loud” network that empowers Christians to work for LGBT equality and certifies that a church provides a welcoming atmosphere, and the congregation operates several outreach programs, including the Community Closet to distribute gently used clothing and the Baby Closet to distribute layettes for newborn babies.
Are you ready for Lent?
Lent is the 40 day preceding Easter. But, strangely, it doesn't count Sundays. Why? Because every Sunday is a feast day. Kids LOVE this loop-hole, because it means that they can break whatever fast they've taken on for one day a week. But why don't Sundays count?
Here's the Roman Catholic reason:
My thoughts? Because even in the darkest of times, there's still something bright to be found.
Lent is supposed to be a dark time, a time for contemplation and prayer. A time to become "right with God." Ok, maybe not dark, but more somber, penitent, solemn, and all other words that don't really mean depressing but you know you're supposed to sit with your hands gently folded in your lap.
But even during this time of somber penitence, we still have Christ. Christ is still with us, never leaving. We need to remember this. We MUST remember this. Every Sunday is a feast day! So as you plan your fast or your project, remember that there is still fun to be had - there are still bright things to notice, and feasts to be enjoyed.