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Join us for Hero Central VBS!!!

This year’s VBS will be 3 days of SuperHero fun.  Join us Sunday, July 23rd through Tuesday,  July 25th.  Times are 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  Registration on the 23rd will begin at 5:30pm or you can pre-register at   www.cokesburyvbs.com/PrimroseUMC

For more information, please call our church office at 501-888-3854 or call Angel Pike at 501-888-8175.

Hope to see all of you there!

Easter is Coming!

Join us Easter morning at 6:30am for our Sonrise service.  We will gather in the cemetery and have a short worship service as the sun comes up.  Afterwards, breakfast will be provided in the Family Life Center.

Sunday School 9:30am

Easter Play Practice 9:30am

Traditional Easter Service (including Children’s Easter Play) 10:30am

Come and worship with us as we celebrate that Jesus is Alive!

From the Pastor

The season of Lent is a time of preparation; we prepare ourselves for Easter when we once again renew our Baptismal Covenant (or for some folks, we are baptized for the first time).

This year, I encourage everyone to read Matthew chapters 5-7; the Sermon on the Mount. As you read Jesus’ sermon every day, pray for Holy Spirit to keep his promise and “guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13).

The season of Lent (and our Christian faith) is about change; hence the theology of repentance. We all have room to change and become more like Christ in all that we do and all that we say.

Are you ready to follow Holy Spirit as he is “doing a new thing” among us? (Isaiah 43:19).Sermon_on_the_Mount

40 Days of Lament for Lent

From our Conference Leaders:

Welcome to the Season of Lent. For most of us this is an unsettling season of personal sacrifice and self-examination. Few of us approach Lent with joy; however, for many of us Lent offers precious days for honesty and truth telling within the Body of Christ. Walter Brueggeman writes that the life of faith is a life of orientation, disorientation, and reorientation. If this is true, then Lent is our season to admit our disorientation and claim a new reorientation by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The process for this movement of the Spirit in our lives requires lament. Lament for our own sin. Lament for the suffering we endure. Lament for the world. Lament for all that is not right, oriented, and true, in spite of the grace of God. Without lament, our losses, shortcomings, and disappointments feel like punishment. However, through honest lament, we can discover a new way as we admit our disorientation and experience God’s reorienting grace.

Such honesty is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage to admit when we are lost, afraid, ashamed, angry, and vengeful. Yet the scriptures, especially the Psalms, attest to the power of such honesty before God. When the faithful lament, we are always led to affirmation that God is with us and God alone can lead us to new life. Ultimately it is this new life, this reorientation that we seek when we enter Lent, knowing that it is through the cross that resurrection is possible.

Thank you for joining us in this Lenten journey of Lament. May God show us the way forward.

It All Started With Lent

In 2010 I weighed 315 pounds.  I was on blood pressure medicine and was headed straight for a diagnosis of Diabetes.  And when the Lenten season started in 2011, I decided to give up something that I often sacrificed that time of year – sweets.  But this time I would make a point to pray with every urge, every craving, every sugary thought, and I would ask God to take the temptation from me.

After the first few weeks I noticed how much easier it was to not feel deprived and how grateful I was to God for helping me, so I would pray to thank Him.  Before Easter that year I ended up joining a gym, changing ALL of my eating habits, and within the first year I had lost almost 100 pounds. Even though I haven’t reached my goal yet, I have kept it off for almost 3 years.  But the key to my progress wasn’t me, it was God and me.  My desires for chocolate renewed my relationship with Him and made it easier to actually give things to Him without me constantly pulling it back.  He placed people, events, situations … in my path to help me succeed and instead of laughing it off; I picked up whatever opportunities he gave me and went with it.

Lent is meaningful to me because in those 40 days you have the opportunity to gain something more promising and profound than anything on earth.  Weight may not be your issue and you may be in perfect health, but there is something in your life that can be improved by nurturing your relationship with God.  Maybe it’s acceptance for things you cannot change, or the desire to forgive someone after years of separation, it could simply be happiness in your life that you haven’t thanked Him for yet.  Anything you are struggling with, He can help you, He knows you and how you operate and if there is a lull in your communication with Him it can always be resolved with you starting up the next conversation.  Now I always think long and hard about what I can sacrifice so that through the sacrifice I gain momentum in my relationship with God.  Of course, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and there will be service at Primrose (beginning at 6:30) to prepare our hearts and minds for the season, so I encourage you to think about what in your life is the trigger that can bring you to your knees.