The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system that helps identify what motivates us, for better or worse. Master teacher and best-selling author Suzanne Stabile will guide participants through the workshop at Covenant from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. During the workshop, Suzanne introduces the nine Enneagram Types and reviews them in detail.
For participants of the Enneagram workshop who are not part of another small group who would like to meet regularly to discuss the enneagram, Jon Wasson will lead a discussion based book club on Mirror for the Soul: A Christian Guide to the Enneagram. The bookclub will start on Wednesday, March 13. Contact Kathryn Sedberry for more information. Sign up here.
Ash Wednesday officially kicks off the Lenten season. Covenant will have Ash Wednesday Services at noon and 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Ashes will also be imposed at the Wednesday Morning Prayer service, which takes place at 7 a.m. in FE 100. A light lunch will be served at the noon services and Covenant’s regular Wednesday night dinner will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in FE 200.
Families of all ages are invited to participate in Covenant’s annual Resurrection Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday, April 10. Drop in to Eaton Hall anytime between 5:30-7 p.m. to begin the hunt - this is not a timed event! Families will visit 11 stations throughout the campus to hear the Passion story, collect a resurrection egg set and decorate an egg carton. Volunteers to share scripture and man stations are needed. For more information or to volunteer, contact Deon Wright at email@example.com
On April 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., Covenant members and friends will meet in homes throughout Austin for an evening of fellowship, a potluck meal and communion as we remember Jesus’ last evening with His disciples. These will be informal gatherings for the whole family. A few homes will be designated for preschool/elementary families. Sign up online coming soon. This is sure to be a meaningful time together with our Covenant community. Contact Kathryn Sedberry.
Good Friday marks the death of Jesus Christ. It is called “good” because of what Jesus’ death means for the redemption of the world. Covenant marks this day with a “Tenebrae” service. Tenebrae is Latin for darkness. The service is a prolonged meditation on Christ’s suffering. As the service proceeds, the room changes from light to darkness until all that remains is the Candle of Prophecy. Covenant’s Sanctuary Choir, GraceNotes Ensemble and a string quartet will provide music for Friday's service.
For centuries, Christians have practiced the discipline of fasting during Lent. Fasting is an act of imitation of Christ’s own 40 days in the wilderness, where he met the temptations of greed, idolatry and power with the power of the Spirit. This holy experience must be what the author of Hebrews referred to when reminding us that He was tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin.
Fasting does not need to be limited to food or drink. You might consider fasting from your current diet of social media or from your attachment to technology. Whatever you decide to “give up” for Lent, remember that the purpose of fasting is to create more space in your life for the more important things God might have for you during this season.
If you’ve never fasted for Lent before, consider these reasons for engaging this practice.