Events – Folder

Ash Wednesday 2020

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.
Psalm 51:10-12

The season of Lent is the forty days before Easter (not including Sundays). It is a season of the church year which developed into a season of fasting and penitence by the sixth century. It is a season of reflecting on Jesus’ path to the cross on Good Friday. This series is based on a book by Amy Jill Levine called “Entering the Passion: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week.” We will explore Jesus’ experiences from Palm Sunday through Holy Saturday each Sunday during worship. We will enter into the Passion of Jesus through “freeze-framing” particular moments in his last days. We will frame his story with art from various artists throughout history, and consider how his story intersects with our own. Ultimately Jesus gives up his life on the cross, and it leads us to consider what our lives are worth. What is worth dying for? What is worth living for? What are we willing to risk as we follow Jesus and his teachings?

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. In our worship together, we will prepare ourselves for this Lenten journey by preparing the canvas of our lives, applying a base coat on which to create new works of art and new ways of seeing both Jesus’ story and our own.

Drive-Up Glitter+Ashes will be available anytime between 1-5 pm on February 26 at Pikes Peak MCC at 1102 S. 21st Street in Colorado Springs.

Since 2017, Pikes Peak MCC has participated in “Glitter+Ash Wednesday,” a movement created by Parity, a nonprofit organization that celebrates the spirituality and religious expression of LGBTQIA people of faith. Glitter+Ash Wednesday promotes the visibility of progressive, queer positive Christians and the loving God we worship. Pastor Alycia will be offering Glitter+Ashes to anyone stopping by Pikes Peak MCC tomorrow between 1-5 pm and during the Ash Wednesday service at 7 pm.

What is Glitter+Ash Wednesday?
  • Ash Wednesday is a day when Christians receive the mark of the cross on their foreheads to begin the 40 days of reflection and repentance in preparation for Easter.
  • Glitter Ashes lets the world know that we are LGBTQI-affirming Christians. We are in the pews, in the pulpits and giving glitter ashes in the street to those who either may not have time to go to a church—or may have been rejected by a church.
Why are you doing this?
  • The public face of Christianity is often a face of intolerance — especially toward LGBTQI people.
  • There are millions of Christians who believe that the Gospel commands us to love, not hate. Glitter ashes are a witness to an inclusive Christian message.
  • It is commonly believed that the God of Christianity condemns LGBTQI people. This is Christian “fake news” not the Good News of Jesus.
  • Christian condemnation is toxic, doing vast damage to queer people, especially to queer youth—and to their families who are told they should reject their children.
  • By becoming visible, we show our faith in God who empowers us and wants us to repent of hurting each other.  We want people to see how important our faith is to us.

2020 Lenten Study Group with Pastor Alycia

Entering the Passion of Jesus:
A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week

The events of Christ’s Passion, which take place during the last week of Jesus’ life, often don’t receive enough time in our worship and study. These stories are important to our faith journey and our identity as followers of Jesus. And yet we often move too quickly from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with little time to take in the dramatic story of that last week. Throughout the six weeks of Lent we will “freeze-frame” moments in Holy Week so we might put ourselves in the picture, thereby “Entering the Passion of Jesus.” How might taking a closer look at the ancient story open us to deeper conviction for our role in its ongoing message? Enter into the story and experiences of Jesus in a different way this year during Lent.

This Group will meet from 7-8 pm on Monday evenings
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & April 6
We will meet ONLINE with Zoom

Have questions or would you like more information? Contact Pastor Alycia at pastor [at] ppmcc.org

A limited number of books will be available for purchase for $9 each from Pastor Alycia or you may purchase the book online or as an e-book from Amazon.com.

Anyone can use Zoom with a smartphone, tablet or computer. Another option is to call in to each week’s meeting with a phone number. Check out how Zoom works, or test your settings here.

Register Online Here

Exploring Your Spiritual Location Workshop

Saturday, Feb 15, 1:00-3:00 PM
PPMCC Social Hall
Suggested Donation $10

The journey of asking yourself “Where am I, in this moment, in my spiritual life?” is a journey that asks you to pay attention to what your inner world is telling you, what your body is trying to say, and what your spirit longs to speak. 

During this two hour workshop we will be guided in the practice of paying attention  to ourselves in these ways as we explore our spiritual location at this moment in our lives. 

Through reflective  activities and interactive exercises designed to deepen personal awareness, participants will explore what next step is right for them in their spiritual journey. 

Facilitated by pastor Alycia Erickson and Denise Foerch, Spiritual
Director.  Register here.