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Photo: Matthew Parker CC BY-SA 3.0 Sunset in the Negev Desert near Yeruham, Israel

This Lent, think "Thursdays at the church." Between faith exploration, book club, and Maundy Thursday, you can't go wrong if you come on a Thursday.

The faith exploration series will draw upon multiple intelligences (music, symbols, art, writing, conversation) to explore what we believe, why we believe it, and why our beliefs matter.

19 Feb, 7pm: Caring for Oneself

How do you care for yourself? What practices do you follow to check-in on your physical / spiritual / mental wellbeing? What role does the church play in your wellbeing? What role could it play? What are your self-care-related objectives?

26 Feb, 7pm: Book Club

"The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief--and a page-turner that will touch your soul--Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected."

5 Mar, 7pm: Caring for Our Earth

Temptation of Jesus
How do you care for the Earth? How does caring for Creation feature in your day-to-day decisions? Of what aspects of the health of our planet are you most mindful? What is your sense of the future of our planet?

12 Mar, 7pm: Caring for Others

When do you find caring for others easy? When do you find it difficult? How does the church support you in caring for others? What do you experience when you truly care for another person?

19 Mar, 7pm: Considering Climate Justice

What reaction does the phrase "climate justice" conjure? Have you modified your lifestyle to avert climate chaos? With what feeling do you prepare to hand our planet to the stewardship of future generations? What do the scale and uncertainty of climate justice imply about God?

26 Mar, 7pm: Contemplating Mission

Jesus' life and teachings reveal faith to be an action verb: it does not stop at belief, but continues into action. How do you understand the purpose of the church? What do you think is the "main thing" for Castlegar United Church to do? What are the implications for "church" of the changing needs in the community and society?