Apr 13, 2022
DEAR MENLO CHURCH,
Lent has a feel for those of us who grew up in liturgical traditions. I can still feel the ashes on my forehead, the ashen cross a sign of embarrassment as a school kid, a sign of a faithful outlier as an adult follower of Jesus. The tradition of giving up something, usually meals or extras, is something we notice but intended to stay private. During Lent, sermons felt more somber, and whether it was the weather or the act of sacrifice, the Lenten season felt darker. Then the focus on the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins culminated in Holy Week. While the feeling of Holy Week is one of joy, it is marked by many special, quieter services.
Some of those rituals were good for me. I learned more than I understood at the time. Other traditions served as signs of faith, whether seeing a senator on a plane with ashes on his forehead or hearing a mother explain to her kids why there were no donuts at church. But if I’m honest, as a kid it often became a game to see how we could work around the Lenten rules, as when I joked with a friend that I gave up tequila because I don’t drink tequila. So, it seems our underlying Lenten attitude is at least as important as what we give up.
One of the recurring themes of the gospel is our call to sacrifice and serve others. In turn, we find that we are all enriched.
A great example of our community experiencing life-giving sacrifice is the 3rd Annual Run for Hope on the weekend of March 19-20, when each campus will bring its unique flair to the event. We encourage you to participate with your campus or walk or run on your own that weekend. For each person who participates, Menlo Church will give $25 toward supporting our local first responders up to a total of $125k. This event allows us to share our blessings, support our community’s first responders, bring us together as a community, and display the unity and diversity of the Body of Christ in the Bay Area! I hope we’ll see you there… so that it’s a ‘living sacrifice’ and more than another religious ritual… Blessings!!
JOURNEY THROUGH LENT WITH US
It’s not too late to join us for our Lenten journey together! Pick up a devotional guide (one per adult) with scripture readings, questions for reflection, and weekly activities. You can also find the guide online. Invite your friends and Life Group to join you. LEARN MORE
SUPPORT FIRST RESPONDERS
Invite your family and friends to join us March 19-20 for our annual Run for Hope. For every mile you walk or run, Menlo Church will give $25 to support first responders. REGISTER for your miles to count. Ask your campus staff about your campus’s community event that weekend.
CELEBRATE HOLY WEEK AND EASTER WITH US
Join us for Holy Week services and discover the joy that Easter morning brings with great music and an inspiring message about renewed hope! Remember to invite your friends! DETAILS
SENIOR PASTOR SEARCH UPDATE POSTED
Today we posted an update from the senior pastor search committee with additional information about where we are in the search process. We make updates approximately once a month, so check our website periodically to avoid missing news.