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 30 Details - This will be our fourth 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.
For our fourth Lenten movie selection, we will be watching MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF THE LAST DECADE. It tells the true story of Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian farmer who was drafted to serve the Nazi cause in World War II but who refused on religious grounds to make an oath of loyalty to Hitler. This flick has a positive message about resisting authoritarianism and hate even when they become normalized by society. One critic writes, "This is a beautiful film well worth the absurdly long three hours it takes to watch." It contains no sex, no profanity, no drugs, and very little on-screen violence. However, it does deal with heavy themes of social capitulation to evil, and it might move a little too slowly to hold the attention of most children. We bring you....
A HIDDEN LIFE
with August Diehl and Valerie Pachner (famous actors in Europe), PG13, 2019
Watch the movie by selecting one of the links below, then bring a dish to share and join us on Wednesday, March 30, at 6:30pm.
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You can also find it on Vudu.