Thursday Lent Connect

You are invited to connect in new ways at KUMC on Thursdays during Lent! Beginning Thursday, February 27 – and meeting on Thursdays, March 5, 12, and  26, and April 2 – your family is invited to enjoy a little TLC – Thursday Lent Connect!

TLC at KUMC will begin with a homemade fellowship meal in The Commons beginning at 5:30 pm. Following dinner at 6:30 pm choose from the following group options:

  • A Lenten Devotion Study, “Wilderness,” led by Pastor Katie
  • The new MOVED Small Group led by Pastor Jess
  • A Bible study on the Gospel of John led by Rev. Dennis Crosson
  • 2020 Vision: Seeing Urban Poverty Clearly led by LifeWise StL Staff
  • The One – A study for KUMC Youth led by Jeremy Melton
  • Childcare is available for younger children
Activities will conclude at 7:30 pm. All ages are invited to attend, with child care available beginning at 6:15 pm each evening. Won’t you join your pastors and others in your community for a little TLC at KUMC? 
Read through the group descriptions below to find the one you would like to participate in and register for your class, childcare and meals using the form at the bottom.

Dolan Bayliss invites you to stay after the TLC series for Chancel Choir practice from 7:30 – 8:30 pm on Thursdays. You’re already there, give it a try! There is always room for more in the Choir and this is a perfect opportunity to give it a try! 

Inner Wilderness
Devotional Study
Led by Pastor Katie Trinter

In this study with Pastor Katie, you will spend the season of Lent exploring the theme of the wilderness within. It is often in the places of doubt, questions, and anxiety that God’s presence becomes most real to us. We’ll draw on the work of theological thinkers such as Henry Nowen, Friedrich Bonhoeffer, Brene Brown, Richard Rohr and Jan Richardson as resources to discover the God who meets in every wilderness, including the one within ourselves. 

MOVED in 2020 – Small Group 
Led by Pastor Jess Horsley

Join Pastor Jess Horsley and his wife Shelly for MOVED in 2020, a new small group that will continue meeting on the first Thursday of each  month, and will meet each week during Thursday Lent Connect. This group is for anyone looking to be moved on their faith journey. The group will watch videos and perhaps even participate in Room at the Inn in mission work together. If you are looking to be MOVED in your faith, then this is the group that will challenge you to continually consider, “How am I being being Moved? 

Lenten Bible Study:

Personal Encounters with Jesus on the Way to Easter

in the Gospel of John

Led by Rev. Dennis Crosson

Only in the Gospel of John do we find Jesus engaged in lengthy conversations with individuals. In the dialogues that ensue, we come to experience and know Jesus more fully than in the short, compact stories of the other three gospels. In these conversations, the writer of the fourth gospel doesn’t just tell the reader about God’s presence in Jesus, but shows us and, in so doing, gives us insight into who we are because of this Jesus. 

February 27:  Revelation in the Fourth Gospel. How is God known? … John 1:1-18
March 5:  Jesus and Nicodemus … John 3:1-15
March 12:  Jesus and the Samaritan Woman … John 4:5-42
March 26: Jesus and the Man Born Blind … John 9:1-41
April 2:  Jesus and Mary, Martha and Lazarus … John 11:1-45
2020 Vision: Seeing Urban Poverty Clearly
Led by Volunteer and Service Learning Staff from LifeWise StL

In this TLC group we will look at the issues faced by those living in poverty in the urban core of our city. We will take part in an online poverty simulation and dive deeper into the topics of racial, economic and educational disparity. With our new awareness and knowledge, we will discover ways to engage, build relationships and affect significant change.

Youth  Lent Study: 
The One
Led by Youth Director 
Jeremy Melton

In a fractured and on-edge world, there are some who are called to unity. Unity is not always easy or intuitive. It is simply a better way. It was one of Jesus’ final prayers for us before his death. Let’s take a look at what practical wisdom scripture has to say about how we become as one.

Two books we will be using as resources: “The Genius of One” by Greg Holder, and “One” by Nick Cunningham.