Each Sunday during Lent, Community United Methodist Church in Cedaredge is adding a chair around its communion table to express its welcome of all people.
In keeping with the church's Lenten theme of "Extending the Table," the first chair -- a young child's high chair -- was added Sunday, March 10. A wheelchair will be added Sunday, March 17, followed by a dining room chair, an office chair, a rocking chair and a bar stool on consecutive Sundays through Palm Sunday, April 14, when new members will be formally welcomed into the congregation.
As the chairs are added, the church is planning for Easter 100 on Sunday, April 21, a day when church members have set a goal of welcoming 100 people to worship at the church at the corner of NW 3rd Street and Aspen Avenue.
The church invites all who are interested to participate in any and all of the congregation's three weekly Bible studies during Lent. Two of the groups are studying "Making Sense of the Bible," a book by Adam Hamilton, pastor of United Methodism's largest congregation, Resurrection United Methodist Church in Kansas City. Each session begins with a video by Pastor Hamilton followed by discussion. Participants can attend at 10:30 a.m. Mondays at Community United Methodist Church or 6:30 p.m. at the home of Bev and Jack Gardner, 280 SW 11th Avenue, Cedaredge.
The third Bible study is the ongoing Men's Bible Study that meets at 8 a.m. Saturdays at Aspen Trails RV Park on Highway 65 north of downtown Cedaredge. Community UMC member Steve Countryman is leading the ecumenical group of men in a study of the Book of Revelation.
For information, contact Pamela Gubkin weekday mornings at Community United Methodist Church at pgubkin@firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-856-3696, or Pastor Joe Agne, email@example.com or 720-891-5233.