This Lenten devotional booklet is a project of the Stokesdale UMC Missions Committee. The committee decided to give our congregation an opportunity to tell our story about living through the pandemic. How our faith has been challenged and how God has given us the strength to overcome difficulties. We hope this booklet will allow our stories to encourage one another during the season of Lent.
We also believed that God is calling us to remember people outside the United States, specifically Armenia. Project AGAPE (American Greater Armenian Partnership Efforts) is a collaborative effort of both United Methodist Conferences in NC and the Armenian Apostolic Church. Armenia is not only dealing with the pandemic, but all aggression by neighboring countries: Turkey, Syria, and Azerbaijan. Lent is a good time to commit to giving to a project to help those in need. One way is to collect coins and donate the money to a cause like Project AGAPE. Each day of Lent, the guide will remind us of all we have and how little others may have. Each Sunday, pray as a family for the people of Armenia and the people who will benefit from your gifts. During the week of Easter, deliver, mail, or electronically give your Lenten offering to Stokesdale UMC so we can forward it on to Project AGAPE. Thanks to all of you for sharing your stories with us. We appreciate Nara Melkonyan, the director of Project AGAPE, for telling the stories of Armenia during the pandemic and the war. Also, we thank Rev. Cecil Donahue and Rev. Bev Coppley for their contributions to his booklet. A big thank you to our church administrator, Linda Curtis, for publishing this booklet. If you need a paper copy of the devotional booklet there are some available on the round table in the narthex.
Stokesdale United Methodist Church 8305 Loyola Drive P.O. Box 38 Stokesdale, NC 27357