About Ash Wednesday and Lent

Every year at Easter we celebrate with joy our redemption and renewal through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The season of Lent is a time to prepare for this celebration and to listen for the Spirit of God speaking, calling us to renew our faith us in this mystery.

Ash Wednesday is the special observance of the first day of Lent. We begin our journey through Lent by acknowledging our need for repentance and for the love and forgiveness shown to us in Jesus Christ.

As a sign of your repentance, you will be invited to come forward if you desire, to receive the imposition of ashes. Pastor Craig will trace the sign of the cross on your forehead with ashes, as an ancient symbol of humility and grief.

All baptized Christians are invited to partake in the Lord’s Supper. The celebration of the Lord’s Supper (also referred to as the Eucharist or Holy Communion) is our spiritual food for the pilgrimage that leads to the foot of the cross. The Lord’s Supper is to be for us the strengthening, nourishing table prepared in the midst of our enemies, assuring us that we can pass through the darkest valley without fear and find our place at the great resurrection feast in the house of the Lord.

All are invited, in the name of Christ, to observe a Holy Lent, by self-examination and penitence, by prayer and fasting, by practicing works of love, and by reading and reflecting on God’s Holy Word.

Lent Starts THIS WEEK!

If you don’t have a family of faith, we’d love to have you come join us for a pot-luck meal at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The theme of the meal is “food on a stick” to help us all get ready to do something different during Lent to deepen our relationship with our Lord. AshWed2016Our Ash Wednesday Worship is at 6:30 p.m. with Holy Communion open to all Christians and Imposition of Ashes for those who desire. In addition to our 8:00 a.m. & 10:15 a.m. Sunday services, we will also be having mid-week Lenten services at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

“Come Say NO MORE With Us!”

AbuseInfoMeeting

Mark your calendars to learn the current facts about sexual abuse and how you can help say NO MORE in Oconto County – 1:00-3:00 p.m. January 31st at FPC. This will be led by trained staff from the Brown & Oconto County Sexual Assault Center.

Children’s Bibles

The 3 year olds through 3rd graders (and those who have previously not received one)  will receive bibles this Sunday in church.  What a exciting time in their faith formation!

Megan (Stellmacher) Brabant Funeral

MeganMegan L. (Stellmacher) Brabant, 33, Oconto passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2015, with her family by her side. A service celebrating her life will be held on Monday, November 2nd at 11:00 AM at First Presbyterian Church of Oconto.

The family will receive relatives and friends at First Presbyterian Church from 4 to 8 PM Sunday, November 1st. Visitation will continue on Monday, November 2nd, from 10 to 11 AM.

A light luncheon will be served at church following the service on Monday.

A complete obituary can be viewed by clicking here.