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“Out of the Box – the Daniel Plan & Jerusalem Walk” – Rev. Sterling

This month our church is going to do something new. Something out of the box. During
our Rally Day last fall, we used the story of Daniel as the theme for the new year. In the Bible we learn that Daniel was strong in faith to God. He was committed to his community and worked hard to develop relationships. He was careful about the food he ate and made sure to maintain a healthy body. Above all, he centered his life on witnessing his faith to others.

With Spring around the corner, the theme of new life is starting to show its face to the world; a reminder of God’s presence in our life. “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19

Starting March 10, our church will embrace the qualities of Daniel as we make our way to Easter
Sunday. As part of our Lenten focus, the Invitation Team is offering two programs to encourage holistic healing and growth. The first program is the Daniel Plan. Through the Daniel Plan, participants are given tools in order to develop our relationships with faith, food, fitness, focus, and friendships. The wonderful part is that we do it together as community and with the help of God.

The second program is Walk to Jerusalem. Through the Walk to Jerusalem, members track
different activities which have set miles. These activities include physical fitness, fellowship,
spiritual growth, outreach, and worship. Like the Daniel Plan, this is a program we do together,
tracking enough miles to make our way from Suffolk Virginia to Jerusalem. We will have the children help tally miles each week which will help them see our commitment to growth during the Lenten season.

Now you may wonder how these programs fitinto your life. If you are anything like me, your
schedule is filled with things to do. You may be hesitant to take part in what looks like a new “diet fad” or “self-help program”. The great thing about the Daniel Plan is that the focus is on making healthy life choices. The end goal is being the best self you can be and do this together with God. In Jerimiah 32:27 God tells us “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Whenever we let God lead, how fail. Besides, part of Lent is taking time for Sabbath to recommit ourselves to God. These programs give you time throughout the
week to stop and be with God. The best part about both these programs is that they can be used together to complement each other or independently. Also, with the Daniel Program, each week has a new focus. You do not have to go through the whole process to get something out of the plan.

I encourage you to join me in these wonderful programs during the Lenten season. Through the Daniel Plan and the Walk to Jerusalem we can work together to be the best self and a healthier church.

Blessings,
Rev. Julie Sterling

Interested? Please register below or contact the church office:
The Daniel Plan Registration Form

Walk to Jerusalem handout:
Walk to Jerusalem Handout