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“Lent 2021”
Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, and we are once again in the season of Lent getting ready to reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus on Good Friday and celebrate the joy of the new life of Easter. The Lenten Challenges are our focus once again as we challenge ourselves to live out our faith in sacrificial ways for others’ benefit. While some fast to focus their attention on God and Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross, we also want our fasting to be a means of feasting God’s blessings for others. We want our sacrifice to benefit others.

One of many lessons we have learned from the pandemic is just how important people are in our lives. When we had to shelter-at-home, we all experienced “interaction insufficiency,” exposing our inherent need for human interactions—this hit all of us, introverts and extroverts alike.

This year’s Lenten challenge starts this Sunday, and we will live our faith in ways that positively affect the lives of people we interact with in everyday life.
2021 Lenten Challenges

Week 1 (February 21 - 27)
Acts of kindness – show kindness to someone, a neighbor, or friend
Week 2 (February 28 - March 6)
Promote Joy – Do something to help people feel joy
Week 3 (March 7 – 13)
Work for Social Justice – Sign a petition, send a letter or any other means of standing up for justice.
Week 4 (March 14 – 20)              
Acts of Service – Perform some kind of service for others
Week 5 (March 21-27)
Create Peace – Do something that promotes peace in the world
Week 6 (March 28 – April 3)
Share Faith – Express your faith in a meaningful way

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                                             PRAYER REQUESTS & THANKS

Please continue your prayers for Maryan's sister, Cathy, who has Stage 4 lung cancer which has spread to her brain. To treat the spread she will get radiation then doctors will treat other areas of her body.  May God give peace to Maryan and her family and recovery for Cathy.

April requested prayers for her father who has been diagnosed with Covid-19. Although he's recovering, his experience with it felt fatal to him. Please pray that he gets a quick recovery.

John has two prayers of celebrations. First, he has received laser surgery on his eye and now sees perfectly. Second, his mother is experiencing a higher quality of life with cleaned ears and they are able to have great conversations again.

Bonnie requested prayers for her friend, Olivia, who has an OPT visa coming to an end. She wants to continue working at Bonnie's company, but she's not sure if she should stay in the US or not.

Rev. Shin Hwa requested prayers for two groups in conflict, of which she's a board member. The groups might split and she is very concerned and wishes that they come together.

Michael requested travel mercies for he's returning to Los Angeles. He also requested prayers to uplift the broader Asian community experiencing hate crimes, especially the elders in the Bay Area and the international students being physically assaulted.

Bonnie also requested prayers for solidarity and community, for there are differing opinions on how to address the problems of hate crimes such as whether to have an increased presence of police or not. She prays that there be anti-racist solutions.

Prayers for Kristina who recently turned 20.

Prayers for everyone's health and safety.

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