2017 Lenten Dinners

Please use the link provided below to sign-up for one week or all of them.  There is no set price this year, but donations are kindly accepted! 


5:50                              Doors Open

 6:00pm - 6:45pm       Dinner

 6:30pm                       Youth not joining for dinner should arrive at 6:30pm for youth group.

 6:45pm                       Children are dismissed to their program

 6:50pm - 7:30pm       Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality.


Theme: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality

What happens when you stop reading and talking about God and open yourself to an ever-deepening relationship with God.  In this Lenten discussion series Rev. Dr. L. Roger Owens invites us to return to the heart of Christian spirituality.  Each week he will present some practical strategies for cultivating a closer relationship with Jesus Christ, and provide tools for implementing these strategies in your daily life.  The series is meant as a companion to his recent book What we Need is Here and will ties in with the themes of our Lenten preaching series Holy Habits.  If you are longing to grow closer to Jesus but need guidance in how to do that, then this series is for you.

March 8, 2017    Why Spiritual Disciplines?

Menu: Chicken Cordon Blue, Roasted Potatoes, Normandy-Style Vegetables, Garden Salad

Kids Menu: Hot Dog and Tater Tots

March 15, 2017  Praying with Scripture: Listening to God’s Voice

Menu: Lasagna and Vegetable Lasagna, Green Beans, Garden Salad, Garlic Bread

Kids Menu: Buttered Noodles

March 22, 2017  God in the Daily Grind: Prayer as Paying Attention 

Menu: Roasted Pork loin w/Maple-Mustard Crust, Roasted Butternut Squash w/Sage, Asparagus, Green Salad

Kids Menu:Chicken Tenders 

March 29, 2017  Meeting God in the Poor: Prayer a “Being With”

Menu: Swedish Meatballs, Jenkin Style, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Garden Salad

Kids Menu: Mac & Cheese

April 5, 2017      Putting it All Together: Shaping a Spiritual Life

Menu: Carved Roast Beef, Roasted Carrots and Parsnips, Garden Salad

Kids Menu: Pizza


About Our Presenter

Rev. Dr. L. Roger Owens is Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality and Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  He received his PhD. in Theology from Duke University, where he also received his M.Div.  An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, he served as co-pastor with his with, Rev. Ginger Thomas, of Duke Memorial UMC in Durham, NC for eight years before becoming a professor.  His books include What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality (Upper Room Books, 2015), Pastoral Work: Engagements with the Vision of Eugene Peterson (edited with Jason Byassees), Abba, Give Me a Word: The Path of Spiritual Direction, Wendell Berry and Religion: Heaven’s Earthly Life (edited with Joel Shuman) and The Shape of Participation: A Theology of Church Practices, which was called “this decade’s best work in ecclesiology” by The Christian Century. Owens has preached and lectured across the country, and his work has appeared in The Christian Century, Currents in Theology and Mission, The Journal of Religious Ethics, New Blackfriars, and elsewhere. Owens serves on the faculty for the Upper Room’s Academy for Spiritual Formation, where he lectures on postmodern spirituality and traditions of Christian spirituality. Owens and his wife are the parents of three children, Simeon, Silas, and Mary Clare.   

Lenten Series Book

What we Need is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality by L. Roger Owens (Abingdon Press, 2015). 

You may purchase a copy of the book for $12 through the Church Office.


We are looking for volunteers to help with the cleanup after the Lenten Dinners starting Wednesday March 8th.  If you are able to volunteer please use the link below to specify which date you are available!