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Lent 101
Upper Room Ministries

Christians from many different traditions celebrate Lent. How will you use the time to grow closer to God?
Source: Upper Room Ministries Lent 101

What is Lent? Lent is a season of the Christian Year when Christians focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God.

When is Lent? It’s the forty days before Easter. Lent excludes Sundays because every Sunday is like a little Easter. Basically, it’s about one-tenth of a year (like a tithe of time). Mardi Gras is the day before Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday. This year it’s from March 1 (Ash Wednesday) to April 16 (Easter), 2017.

So what is LENT? At Jesus’ baptism the sky split open, the Spirit of God, which looked like a dove, descended and landed on Jesus, and a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, My Beloved, with whom I am pleased.” Afterward, as told in Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus was sent into the wilderness by the Spirit. Where he fasted and prayed for 40 days. During his time there he was tempted by Satan and found clarity and strength to resist temptation. Afterwards, he was ready to begin his ministry.

Lent is a great time to “repent” — to return to God and re-focus our lives to be more in line with Jesus. It’s a 40 day trial run in changing your lifestyle and letting God change your heart. Read the full article on UpperRoom Ministries.

March is Women’s Herstory Month

March Women Herstory Highlights – We recognize the contributions of these groups of women for each week:

Business Owners Week of March 5th
*Maggie Lena Walker (1st Bank owner)
Marjorie Stewart Joyner (inventor of curling iron/Marcel wave)
Annie Malone (1st millionaires cosmetology products/school)
Sarah Breedlove (Madame CJ Walker)

Fighters Week of March 12th
*Ella Baker (Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizer)
Phillis Wheatley (poet abolitionist)
Ida B Wells-Barnett (lynching)
Florynce Kennedy (lawyer activist)

Miscellaneous/ League of Their Own Week of March 19th
*Henrietta Lacks (HeLa DNA cloner) Her DNA was collected illegally and it has immortal properties;
Isabel de Olvero (colonized New Mexico)
Lucy Parson (Haymarket riots)
Henriette Delille (Created Religious order)

Poets Week of March 26th
Audre Lorde (poet)
Lucy Terry Prince (1st poet in US)
Patricia Smith (poet)
Nikki Giovanni

February was Black History Month

Black History Month speakerFebruary 19, Basil Clunie – “Africa and the Eighth Commandment:  A Christian Response”

Sherman recognizes—African Americans in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine

  • Bessie Blout Griffin physical therapist and inventor, created tools and devices that helped the physically disabled, particularly WWII veterans; partnered up with Thomas Edison’s son to do some of it. She also was a forensic scientist that trained at Scotland yard
  • Otis Boykin, Inventor
  • Shirley Jackson, physicist and inventor
  • Walter Braithwaite, engineer and president of Boeing

Black History Month speaker – February 12, Morris (Dino) Robinson – “Owning Our Collective History”

Sherman recognizes –African-American Cowboys and Frontier Men and Women

  • Mary Fields, known as “Stagecoach Mary”
  • Nat Love, nicknamed “Deadwood Dick”
  • James Beckwourth, explorer, fur trapper, credited with the discovery of Beckwourth Pass, through the Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Bass Reeves, first black U.S. Deputy Marshal

February 5 – Rev. Dr. Barbara Morgan  “The Realm of the Kingdom”

Sherman recognizes—African Americans in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine

  • Norbert Rillieux, engineer and inventor
  • St. Elmo Brady, first African American to obtain a PhD in chemistry in the US from the University of Illinois
  • Aprille Ericcson, aerospace engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center