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Lent Devotions

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 22nd.  we invite you to join us for worship on Ash Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

As a community of faith we’ll be making the commitment to read a Lenten Devotion for each of the 40 days of Lent.  Here is the link for the 40 Days of Lent Devotional: Easter Prayer and Scripture Reflections.  Visit our Facebook page once a week one of the weekly devotions will be featured we’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the reflection question.

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Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. The English word “Lent” comes from the Anglo–Saxon word lencten, which means “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of “spring.” In many other languages, the word used for this season refers to the 40-day length of the season (cuaresma in Spanish and Tagalog, carême in French, quaresimain Italian) or to the fasting that characterizes it (Fastenzeit in German, fastan in Swedish, paasto in Finnish, posta in Russian). The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter.

Historically, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time for penance by all Christians. The First Sunday describes Jesus’ temptation by Satan; and the Sixth Sunday (Passion/Palm Sunday), Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and his subsequent passion and death. Note that the readings during Lent, until Passion/Palm Sunday, focus primarily on the meaning of baptism and discipleship, in continuity with the season’s original purpose. Because Sundays are always little Easters, the penitential spirit of Lent should be tempered with joyful expectation of the Resurrection.


Chili Cook off Benefits Rise Against Hunger

Come one, come all to the Harrisburg United Methodist Chili Cook-off. Whether you come with your best chili – vying for the honor of “Best in Class”, or you come to enjoy many types of chili and cast your vote, it will be a fun time for all!

  • • When: March 18, 2023 5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • *Contestants: deliver Chili by 3:00PM
  • *Tasting and voting from 5:00 – 5:45PM,
  • then sit down to a chili dinner.
  • • Where: Harrisburg United Methodist Church •
  • Cost: Donations requested •
  • Our goal this year is to raise $5700. The cost per meal is 38¢ that equals  15,000 meals.

Join us for this fundraiser, it’s fun with a purpose!

Sign up here to enter your chili


Ash Wednesday, Feb 22, 2023

Why ashes on Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.

Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helping us to realize that both have been triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

During some Ash Wednesday services, the minister will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship. Historically, ashes signified purification and sorrow for sins.

It is traditional to save the palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday service to burn to produce ashes for this service. Sometimes a small card or piece of paper is distributed on which each person writes a sin or hurtful or unjust characteristic. The cards are then brought to the altar to be burned with the palm branches. The ash cross on the forehead is an outward sign of our sorrow and repentance for sins.

— Adapted from The United Methodist Book of Worship

Preschool 2023 – 2024 Registration

Registration for the 2023 – 2024 school year:

  • Class assignments will be made using a lottery system. The lottery will take place on February 10, 2023.
  • Tuition for the 2023 – 2024 school year is as follows:
    • T/TH – $160/month
      • MWF – $240/monthM – F  $360/month
  • Here is the link to our online Application Form in a platform called Brightwheel. You will need to download the App in order to complete the form. Once the form is submitted, you will receive an invoice for the Registration fee. The fee must be paid in order for your application to be considered. The Registration fee is $100 for the first child and $70 for each additional child in the same family. 


  • Applications submitted by February 10, 2023 at 2:00 pm will be processed with priority given in the following order: church members, current students, siblings, then public. Applications received after February 10, 2023 will be processed on a first-come, first served basis. 
  • Confirmation emails will be sent by Friday, February 24, 2023. 
  • If we do not have a space available, the Registration Fee will be refunded. Otherwise, it is non-refundable. 

New Years Worship

Worship with us Jan 1 at 10 a.m.

Beginning Jan. 8th we’ll be back to our normal worship hours: 9 am Contemporary and 11 am. Traditional 

Leading God’s People with a Purpose/ From the Book of Joshua

January Sermon Series

Jan 1th – “Read Sea Moments”

Jan 8th – “No Time for Compromise”

Jan 15th – “Time to Crossover”

Jan 22nd – “Let’s Not Forget”

Jan 29th – “Consecration”


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