“Lenten Luncheons” to be held during Lent

A series of six “Lenten Luncheons” will be held in the parish hall of St. Michael’s Catholic Church from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Thursday in Lent, beginning March 6. A soup and bread luncheon will be served by women from St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Pondera Valley Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church for a small donation. After lunch, Pastor Alan Daugherty, Deacon Marcus Raba or Rev. Kirk Kestler will give a brief talk.

“Our purpose is to offer people in our community a time for reflecting on their spiritual lives,” says Rev. Kestler. “Lent is a good time for us to take a break from our busy routines and consider things that really matter.” The luncheons begin at noon each Thursday in Lent and conclude at 12:45 p.m. so people can attend over their lunch hour.

Rev. Kestler adds that everyone is invited to attend: “We offer this as a non-denominational Lenten program for people in the Conrad community, whatever their church affiliation. This is why Pondera Valley Lutheran, St. Michael’s Catholic Church and First Presbyterian are doing it together.”

The six Lenten meditations presented by Pastor Daugherty, Deacon Raba and Rev. Kestler will be based on a book by Henri J. M. Nouwen:The Life of the Beloved.The theme of the series of talks is “spiritual living in a secular world.”

In the face of all the pressures and stresses of modern life, Nouwen shows us the way to discover who we really are as people of God, and find renewed strength and purpose. St. Michael’s Catholic Church is located at the corner of Second Ave. and Maryland St. in Conrad.