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Word to the Wise:

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living

Wednesday Feb.21 - Mar. 21st  Cranberry Campus



What does it look like to follow God amidst the ups and downs of daily life? As disciples of Jesus Christ we are all called by God and sent into the world to love God, love others, and love to serve.  While there are high and holy moments in life when we carry out that calling (such as a mission trip, or a special church service project) most of the time we carry out that calling during the normal happenings of life.

It is for just this reason that God gives us the gift of wisdom.  Wisdom is practical knowledge that empowers us to know how to remain faithful to God while navigating the many facets of our daily lives.  Word to the Wise is a five week Lenten series that uncovers the Wisdom Literature of the Bible, seeking God’s guidance and direction for the challenges of daily life.


Session 1:  The Search for Wisdom

Date: February 21, 2018

Speaker: Tom Parkinson

How do I make good life decisions?  That’s a question we all need to answer.  No matter who we are or what we do, we all search for practical wisdom that will enable us to make choices that lead to a good life.  In this session, we will read from the book of Proverbs, and discover how our relationship with God is the starting place for making good life choices.

Rosemary & Pepper Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Roasted Potato Wedges

Chicken Nuggets (Kids)


Session 2: Dealing with Life as it Comes

Date: February 28, 2018

Speaker: Jim Gascoine

Sometimes life seems so out of our control, and turns out drastically different than we plan.  How do we remain faithful to God when things around us seem to swirl out of control?  In this session, we seek wisdom from the Book of Ecclesiastes for how to stayed anchored to God amidst the turbulence of life. 


Mashed Potatoes

Hot Dog (Kids)


Session 3: Sweating the Big Stuff

Date: March 7, 2018

Speaker: Tom Parkinson

Suffering. Pain. Grief. Despair.  All of us, at some point or another, will experience the tragic brokenness of life.  Such moments can bring a crisis in our faith, causing us to distance ourselves from God.  Where is God in the midst of our suffering, and how can we stay connected to him in moments of distress?  In this session, we explore the story of Job, seeking wisdom for the most difficult moments of life.

All-American BBQ (Chicken & Ribs)

Mac & Cheese (Kids and Adult Size)


Session 4: Dealing with Differences

Date: March 14, 2018

Speaker: Jim Gascoine

In an increasingly diverse world, where we encounter people of many different backgrounds, there is also an increasing amount of division, violence, and discord.  As followers of Jesus, how do we deal with difference in our world?  How can we stay true to our faith, while also loving our neighbors who are different than us?  In this session, we uncover the story of Ruth, and discover how God can use our differences to make something beautiful.

Chicken & Bacon Pasta  in Garlic Cream Sauce

Chicken with Peach Glaze

Noodles with Butter (Kids)


Session 5: The Futility of Riches

Date: March 21, 2018

Speaker: Tom Parkinson

One of the greatest causes of stress in our lives is money.  No matter how much we have, we never seem to have enough, and no matter how much we try, we cannot avoid the fact that we have to make financial decisions when making daily life choices.  In this final session, we discover from the book of Proverbs the futility of riches, develop a biblical perspective on money, and look to ease our anxiety about our pocket books. 

Roast Beef

Baked Potatoes

Chicken Nuggets (Kids)



Lenten Family Night—Mars Campus

Join us on Saturdays (2/17-3/31) following the service at 6:15 pm for a short lesson, family discussion, and potluck dinner (just bring a side dish or dessert).  Lent is a time to reflect and reconnect on our spiritual journey.  As a family, we will be looking at the character traits of Jesus and how to become more like Him.  Please contact Sarah at children@dutilhumc.org if you would like to participate.


Lenten Dinner Series for Kids

Join us as a family on Wednesdays (2/21 - 3/21) for a family dinner and speaker series.  Following dinner,  children 3 years - 6th grade are invited to dive deep into the book of Proverbs during the Lenten Dinners.  This series will teach kids how to use wisdom to make good choices, so they can live the amazing life God has planned for them.  Please contact Sarah at children@dutilhumc.org if you have any questions.  Please register for the Lenten dinners on the Dutilh website.

** We will have homework helpers available to help the kids with their homework! Kids are encouraged to bring their homework with them to give you a relaxing evening!!!