HOUSE NEWS: Some ideas for observing Lent, and more!
We had a great Roundtable, with nearly 35 folks, last week. Vickie did a great job sharing her thesis on “The Catholic Worker Movement and Bioregionalism.” I forgot to record it as was my intention, but I did take these photos…
WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR LENT THIS YEAR? The official start of the season of Lent, Ash Wednesday, takes place this week on Wednesday, February 13. In many Christian denominations, Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, marked by prayer, fasting and self-denial, repentance, and acts of mercy, justice and love. If you are looking for ideas for how to observe the Lenten season, we’d like to invite you to consider making the GCW part of your Lenten practice this year. Here is some of what we’re offering:
- A special Lenten Scripture study focusing on the Sunday gospel readings throughout the season. We’ll begin this week on Wednesday, February 13, from 7:30-9pm at the house, and meet for the next 6-7 weeks. Just bring your bible.
- We practice community prayer twice a week at 6am, on Mondays and Thursdays. It is usually a time of quiet contemplation followed by a short reflection/discussion. It is over by 6:30am.
- On Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout Lent, we’ll offer special reflections on the website. The Thursday reflection will incorporate some of the insights from our Scripture study the previous night. Feel free to visit the site on those days or any time throughou the week and emply those reflections in your own prayer and meditation.
- Commit to volunteering with us for one of our regular projects for the 6 weeks of Lent. We can still use extra help at each of the breakfasts during the week, at Dorothy’s Cafe, at the microfarm on Thursday mornings, Art for All on Saturday, etc. Even an hour of help at any of those projects is a real benefit for us. Or join us for the monthly microfarm workdays on Saturday, February 23rd and Saturday, March 23rd.
Also, as a household, we’ll be renewing a practice we undertook several years ago: not using electricity from sundown through sunrise. We did this as our communal Lenten fast, with the original stated intention of lowering our energy consumption. But we found so much more too: gathering together in the early evenings around candlelight or lantern to talk and relax instead of retreating to our rooms and our computers; turning in earlier and getting better a better night’s sleep; finding entertainment that was more communal and engaging, instead of passive entertainment like watching a movie or TV show; sitting outside or taking a walk to catch the last few moments of sunlight; and so forth. If your household undertakes similar “fasts,” we’d love to hear about them!
OUR LENTEN SCRIPTURE STUDY: We had a nice response to our idea of holding a Scripture study for Lent this year, with a committed group of about 8-10 of us signing on. We’ll be starting this Wednesday, February 13, from 7:30-9pm at the Green House. Anyone is welcome to join us. Just bring your bible and show up Wednesday. We’ll meet every Wednesday throughout Lent (with the exception of March 6 which falls in the middle of UF’s Spring Break week), and we’ll have a wrap-up session the Wednesday after Lent, April 3.
COMMUNITY PRAYER AND POTLUCK THIS SUNDAY: A group of folks, including some of us associated with the GCW, have committed to forming an intentional community. Once-a-month, we gather at various people’s homes, in the spirit of the early church, to pray together and share a meal. The gathering is open to anyone who would like to join us. This month’s prayer and potluck is happening on Sunday, February 17th, from 4-7pm, at Jade and Lynn’s, the Microfarm, located in the 400 block of NW 32nd Street. Everyone is welcome to join us. Bring a dish to share if you can!
ART WITH OLD GLASS BOTTLES: On Saturday, from 1-4pm, the Art for All group will be using old glass bottles to make vases when they decoupage tissue paper, ribbon, yarn and paper onto the bottles. Any type of glass bottle can become our inspiration — beer bottles, ice tea bottles, wine bottles. Glass jars can be decorated to create special containers for candy, nuts or whatever you like. In the following weeks, we might make fabric and tissue flowers to put into the vases. Everyone is welcome to come and all supplies are provided. Also, if you’d like to purchase a last-minute special, handmade Valentine’s from the Art for All project for $2, stop by the house anytime this week betwen 1-5pm.
GREEN HOUSE KNITTERS ON A NEW DAY: This Monday will be the last Monday evening meeting of the Green House Knitters. Starting later this week, the GH Knitters will start gathering on Saturdays, from 1-4pm, same time as Art for All, beginning Saturday, February 16th. The GH Knitters invite all women to join them, with yarn and needles provided and plenty of help learning to knit if you’re interested.
Hope to see many of you this week!