2014.02.27 (Thu)

26th February 2014

Hello Friends,

We all meet next Sunday afternoon (2nd March) from 2.30 pm until 4.30 pm in the ‘Lounge’ @ Emmanuel Church Centre, 43 Forest Road. Your hosts will be Clive, Judith, Helen and David ~ with other volunteers! OPEN-HOUSE International Friendship Café welcomes overseas visitors to Loughborough (students, academics, employees, residents - married or single, children and adults) - those for whom the U.K. is a ‘foreign’ land.

Do invite your overseas friends to join us on Sunday afternoons - we have travel books, games of skill, toys for the children, refreshments - and opportunities to make new friends, learn about different places, and practice your English.

Next week we begin the Christian season of LENT; beginning with 'Shrove Tuesday' when, traditionally, we make pancakes.   So, this Sunday afternoon Helen and Linda will demonstrate how to make pancakes - and at the same time you can ask them about the significance of 'Lent'.

May you all experience God’s wonderful blessing,

Clive

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Dates for your Diary ~~~

MARCH >>>

01 Sat          Meteorological Spring begins today (always 1st or 2nd).
04 Tues        Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)
05 Wed        Ash Wednesday - LENT begins today - ends Thursday, April 17.
13 Thu          Free Lunchtime Concert - Beethoven & Faure / piano and organ -
                               at Emmanuel Church (soup and roll served at 12 noon),
                               concert begins at 12.45 pm
20 Tue          Astronomical Spring begins today (usually 20 or 21) –
                               Vernal Equinox.
28 Fri           University Spring Term ends.
29 Sat          Clocks go FORWARD by one hour in the UK on fourth Saturday!
30 Sun         Mothering Sundaytell your mother that you love her!!
30 Sun         British ‘Summer Time’ begins today ....

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When, Why and What is ‘LENT’?

LENT has a ‘moveable’ date, and is different every year.   This year, 2014, Lent begins on 5th March ('Ash Wednesday') lasting just over six weeks.   As Sundays are always days of celebration for Christians they are not included in the Lent period.
 
In the past this important Christian event involved a long and strict religious fast, when people gave up all rich food (the day before Lent begins is known as 'Shrove Tuesday' – or 'Pancake Day', because we eat all our rich food then!).   It is the time of the year when Christians prepare for the greatest of the Christian festivals, EASTER, by thinking of things they have done wrong.   It is a time to ‘spring-clean’ our homes – and our lives!
 
The Church no longer imposes a strict fast, but Christians do try to overcome their own faults, because they believe it was man’s own sin and failures which led the Lord Jesus to be crucified.   Many Christians try to follow Jesus’ example, by giving up luxuries and practising self-discipline.   It is a time to put aside more time for prayer – really letting God enter into their lives – and to do positive things for others.
 
The last week of Lent is called ‘Holy Week’ and begins with ‘Palm Sunday’ (which celebrates the day Jesus entered Jerusalem).   The Friday of Holy Week is known as ‘GOOD FRIDAY’ – a very solemn and sad day when we remember Jesus’ execution on a cross – Jesus is God, and His death was a willing sacrifice of Himself; a divine payment for our sins and failures.   As we accept Him as our Lord we are assured of ‘salvation’ - forgiveness, reconciliation and eternal life.   Then comes 'EASTER DAY' – when we celebrate Jesus’ victory over death as He rose physically from the grave and, after revealing Himself to hundreds of people, was raised into Heaven to reign eternally.
 
Would you like to know more …?

We’d be delighted to explain the Bible, Christianity and Jesus Christ – just ask!

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