Devotionals and recipes from Church Health Center Wellness
As we forge into the new year, it might seem premature to start pondering Lent — the six-week Christian observance leading up to Easter. Traditionally a time of self-sacrifice, “giving up” something for Lent is a common practice.
While Christianity does use food as a part of its rituals, we’ve drifted away from focusing on what we eat as part of liturgy and worship.
For the third year, Church Health Center Wellness has designed a recipe program paired with weekly devotionals to tie the two back together. The program, Seasoning Lent, is available online and in print, and challenges you to think differently. “Lent is a good time to do that,” says Stacy Smith, manager of Faith Community Outreach at Church Health Center. Sure, you can give up something, “but at the end of Lent, what have you accomplished if you’ve given up chocolate for 40 days, and then go back to it?”
With daily recipes developed by the staff at Church Health Center Wellness, led by Carolyn Nichols, and devotionals developed by Kira Dault and Stacy, who is also a minister at Idlewild Presbyterian, the program is a complete package of exercises in faith, nutrition, and taste.
“Not all of the recipes are vegetarian,” says Stacey. “We’re not trying to get people to diet, but to make healthy food choices, be knowledgeable, and enjoy!”
For those to whom cooking is new, the daily cooking classes held at Church Health Center Wellness will prepare many of the Lenten recipes throughout the season. Carolyn and the teaching staff focus on economical cooking with emphasis on health, but they don’t skimp on taste. Even for Lent, they include a recipe for mac ‘n’ cheese.
The Seasoning Lent program is excellent for individuals and families, but also for entire congregations. In prior years, congregations have cooked recipes for Sunday lunches and for community meals. Get started for Lent, but the program is one you can use all year long.
Church Health Center Wellness
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Seasoning Lent (Volume 3)
This year’s Seasoning Lent program will be available online and in print by January 15.
The books are $10 each (you can also order Seasoning Lent from the past two years).