Ash Wednesday

This coming Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.  Today we call the first day of Lent “Ash Wednesday.”  Lent is a 40 day long season of preparation for Easter.  For most Christians throughout history it has been a time of self examination and penitence.  The celebration goes all the way back to Irenaus of Lyons in the 2nd Century.

Until the 600s, Lent began on Quadragesima (Fortieth) Sunday, but Gregory the Great (c.540-604) moved it to a Wednesday, now called Ash Wednesday, to secure the exact number of 40 days in Lent—not counting Sundays, which were feast days. Gregory, who is regarded as the father of the medieval papacy, is also credited with the ceremony that gives the day its name. As Christians came to the church for forgiveness, Gregory marked their foreheads with ashes reminding them of the biblical symbol of repentance (sackcloth and ashes) and mortality: “You are dust, and to dust you will return” (Gen 3:19). 1

You can read more about the history of lent here.

The Red Door Church will have an Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00 p.m.  Hope you can come out.

  1. Ted Olson, “The Beginning of Lent,” http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/news/2004/lent.html. Accessed on 2/27/2014.

Rev. Moore’s Installation Service

Pastor Joshua Moore (pictured above with family) will be installed as the new minister at the Red Door Church on Sunday afternoon, March 16th.  Josh began ministry in South Royalton in September of last year (2013).  Prior to that, in May, he finished his seminary degree at Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div.).  A special service will be held at the church at 4:00.  The Windsor-Orange Association of the UCC will receive Reverend Moore as a partner in ministry that day; many from their ranks will be in attendance and will contribute to the service.  Dr. Bob Thompson, pastor of Corinth Reformed Church (UCC) in Hickory, NC will give the “exhortation” to the church and to Pastor Moore.  Please come out if you can and support what God is doing in South Royalton.

Membership Classes Starting Soon

The Pastor will begin teaching membership classes in late March.  The classes will be prior to the Sunday morning worship service at the church building in the Pastor’s office (upstairs, in back, on the right).  The current dates for classes are March 23rd, March 30th, and April 6th.  Prospective members must attend each meeting.  The classes include cursory discussions of Christian history, bible doctrine, and United Church history, beliefs, etc.

Wireless Internet Now Available

The Red Door church now has wireless internet access throughout most of the building. A wireless router which was no longer in use was connected to the previously existing internet line in the pastor’s office, so the new feature comes at no added cost. However, for security purposes access is password protected. If you need or want the username and password, please email the pastor at [email protected].

Technology Campaign This Sunday

After the worship service this Sunday (the 9th of Feb.) there will be a meeting regarding a proposal first presented to the council by the Christian Education committee in November of last year. That proposal has to do with possibly purchasing some new technology for the church fellowship hall. Interested committee’s are invited as well as anyone else who would like to discuss the matter. This technology would be for the purpose of employing video Bible studies, outreach materials, and maybe even live streaming services to overflow seating downstairs if needed for worship, funerals, weddings, or other gatherings.