chURch News 1.16.16: MLK Jr. Day Events, Science Sunday School, Ash Wednesday Service

By | January 16, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events with Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Sunday, January 17th at 3:30pm. | 616 N. Highland Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206

David J. Garrow, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, will present the annual Kelso Lecture in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Sun., Jan. 17 at 3:30 p.m. Garrow will speak on the theme “The Political Evolution of MLK.” It is important to appreciate how hugely Dr. King’s political views evolved between 1955 and 1968, and particularly how they changed during the last five years of his life. Within two years of King’s 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech at the March on Washington, he began to feel increasingly pessimistic about both America’s behavior in the world and the prospects for any further social justice progress on the US domestic scene. The Kelso Lecture is a celebration of Dr. King’s accomplishments and hopes for the future. The event is held in cooperation with the East End Cooperative Ministry and Morningside Church of God in Christ. The lecture is free and open to the public. Learn more.

Sunday School Series: Enhancing Our Faith through Scientific Knowledge

Sunday Mornings, January 10 – February 7 @ 9:30am | 5828 Forward Ave.

With God’s Word, He created our world.  In this study, we explore how God’s Word is revealed to us, both through Scripture and through His creation.  To accomplish this, we will draw from science, the systematic study of God’s creation.  While science is often placed in opposition to Christian faith, in this five-week study facilitated by Mike Lipschultz, we will discover how it can actually deepen our faith.  There is no science background prerequisite for this class.

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 10 @ 7am-7:45am | 5828 Forward Ave.

As Christians, we believe that true joy and transformation is preceded by repentance. So before celebrating the joy of Jesus’ resurrection and the transformation that is ours in his death and resurrection at Easter, we first prepare with a season of penitence and fasting called Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. As a community, we’ll begin Ash Wednesday, and the season of Lent, with a “solemn assembly” early in the morning. The service will include time to commit personally to Lenten disciplines God is calling you to take on, and also the imposition of Ashes. Throughout Scripture, the people of God lay in and cover themselves in ashes as a visible and public sign of repentance. We’ll mark our foreheads in ashes with the sign of the cross, a visible sign of our repentance to those who see us during the day.