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 16 Details - This will be our second movie in the 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.
PLACES IN THE HEART
I promised you at least two kid-friendly films for our Lentflix series. For March 16, we thought an old classic might hit the spot. This movie is the story of a young widow trying to make ends meet on a Texas farm during the Depression. It deals with themes of grief, race, community, resilience, and adaptability. Its closing scene, which takes place in a church, is poignant and surprising.
Note: Although I had never seen our second Lentflix movie--Places in the Heart--I had it on good authority that the film was kid-friendly. Also, it is rated PG. However, upon viewing it, I must warn parents that the movie depicts life in Depression-era Texas... That's to say, there is frequent use of the N-word. Racial inequalities are openly portrayed. One person dies by gunshot early in the film, and another is lynched. Nothing graphic is shown, but the bodies are.
I apologize for this oversight. It is definitely a very good film that does not seek to shock, but which only shows life as it was in a certain time and place. This might make for a good discussion with children? In any case, please be warned.
This week, let's watch...
PLACES IN THE HEART
with Danny Glover, Sally Field, and John Malkovich, PG, 1984
Then join us Wednesday evening, March 16, at 6:30 with a dish to share.
Click this link to view the free trailer and / or to rent the film on YouTube:
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Apple TV: https://tv.apple.com/us/movie/places-in-the-heart/umc.cmc.302y98uyxcrlm877ur5zhbiax?action=play