Wednesdays during Lent March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6 at 6:30 p.m.
LENTFLIX will be our Wednesday evening program this year. Let me give a shout out to Deb Boisvert for coming up with the clever name! Lentflix is a potluck and movie discussion group in Fellowship Hall. Here’s how it will work: Every week in Lent except Holy Week you will be assigned a movie to watch. These will not be religious movies; they will be mainstream or indie films that deal with moral and spiritual themes. At least two of the five films will be kid-friendly. All others will come with a guide for parents, telling them which segments to skip. You will be sent links to places where you can find these films online, sometimes for a rental fee of about $4. In some cases, I will show these movies in the Friendship Room on the Sunday afternoon prior to discussing them. On Wednesday evenings we’ll gather for dinner at 6:30 p.m., and we will have a guided discussion about the film. These dinners will be total potlucks—with emphasis on the “luck” part! We have no one to set up, clean up, or make drinks, so bring simple foods to share, things that can be eaten with eco-friendly disposable tableware. I’m thinking sandwiches, pizzas, salads—no boeuf bourguignon. You might want to bring soft drinks, otherwise there will be lemonade and tap water. If you bring a dish, you will take it home to wash it. We will eat whatever people bring and nothing more. (We did this in Lent 2011, and one evening we got all desserts and one salad, so let’s avoid desserts.) What if you didn’t watch the movie? Come anyway! A brief synopsis will be given. What if you can’t bring a dish? Come anyway! This is as much about getting people together as it is about eating and discussing the film. What if I have small children? Come anyway! They might or might not want to talk about the movies, but they’re welcome to eat and play in Fellowship Hall. I reserve the right to talk about these movies in the sermons on the following Sundays.
All are welcome!
March 9 Details - We begin our Lenten potlucks and movie discussion series: LENTFLIX: FILMS, FOOD, FAITH, FRIENDS. Watch the movie ahead of time (see below). At 6:30pm bring a simple dish to share in fellowship hall while we talk about issues of faith found in the film. Our first cinematic selection is a comedy set in Ukraine.....(drumroll)
EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED
with Elijah Wood, PG13, 2005
In the early 2000s, a young Jewish man (Elijah Wood) travels to Ukraine to learn about his grandfather's life during World War II and the Holocaust. This comic film deals with serious themes of time, guilt, rootlessness, identity, and our shared connection to the past. Parents: While there are no explicitly violent or sexually graphic scenes, there is a small amount of profanity. Also, one character dies by suicide--the depiction is not shocking, but it is a heavy topic. Also, it contains a few flashbacks of the Holocaust with implications of violence.
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