Grief Support Group For Widow/Widowers Is Saturday At First-Centenary

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Forward Grief Support Group for widows and widowers will meet for eight weeks beginning this Saturday, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Parlor at First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 410 McCallie Ave. Share experiences and find ways to move forward after the death of a spouse. Contact Cindy Ruff at 756-2021 or 

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The Rev. Chris Black will speak at the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. sanctuary services this Sunday, on "An Essential Part of the Ethic of Christ," with text from Matthew 5:38-48. The Rev. Brian Davis will lead the service at 10:45 in The Vine with "This Too Shall Pass," with text from II Cornithians 4:17-18.

The Lenten Journey Groups will be studying Adam Hamilton's book, "The Way." during the season of Lent. Travel with him as he retraces the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Using historical information, archaeological data, and stories of the faith, he follows in the footsteps of Jesus from his baptism to the temptations to the heart of his ministry, including the people he loved, the parables he taught, the enemies he made, and the healing he bought.

Small groups will be offered in homes and at the church for six weeks before Easter. The books are available for $12 in the church office. Sign up for a group this Sunday in The Vine lobby and the Level 2 lobby near the sanctuary side entrance. Classes begin March 9.


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