The Easter season, which begins with the First Sunday of Easter, usually called Easter Sunday, is the Church’s commemoration and celebration (“feast”) of the resurrection of Jesus. This year, Easter Sunday falls on April 21, almost as late in the year as it ever occurs.
The liturgical season leading up to Easter is called Lent. It is a time of grateful humility, an opportunity for Christians to prepare for Easter by engaging in deep personal reflection on their own faithfulness in light of the cross and what God has done for us, and is doing for us, in Christ. Lent can be a challenging spiritual discipline for those who enter into it. The church’s role is both to help disciples explore the challenge unflinchingly and to provide comfort and encouragement for those on the journey. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and lasts 40 days (not counting  Sundays), culminating in Holy Week, which includes Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. On behalf of Montreat Presbyterian Church and in the name of Christ, I invite you to come confidently with us on a life changing journey!
We continue our tradition of partnering with Black Mountain Presbyterian Church for our evening Ash Wednesday service. This year, BMPC is the host church. (A midday service for the whole community is also held at St. James Episcopal Church at noon that day. Both services are complete Ash Wednesday services which include communion and the imposition of ashes. It is perfectly OK to attend either, or both!)
Wed., Mar. 6
6:30 P.M. Ash Wednesday Service
for MPC and BMPC

    Black Mountain Presbyterian
Wed., Mar. 20
12:00 P.M.
Lent Worship & Lunch
Co-hosted by MPC & MRA

Upper Anderson
Sun., Apr. 14 10:00 A.M. Palm Sunday
Upper Anderson
Thu., Apr. 18 7:00 P.M. Maundy Thursday Service
Upper Anderson
Fri., Apr. 19 12:00 P.M. Good Friday Service
Upper Anderson
Sun., Apr. 21 10:00 A.M. Easter Sunday
Upper Anderson
The Swannanoa Valley Ministerial Association 
also sponsors a Lent series of noon worship services 
followed by a simple lunch, Wednesdays during Lent.