There are many kinds of deserts. There are hot deserts full of sand, and there are cold, ice-slicked deserts. A body of lifeless water could be considered deserted.

During the six weeks leading up to Easter, Bereans will gather each Wednesday to consider the desert experience in their spiritual lives. During this tough season of spiritual dryness, the relationship with God feels distant but lifeless. The series of speakers presented at the Berea United Methodist Church will each share the experience of desert times in their own lives.

The lunches, which are open to all Bereans, feature a speaker, music and a soup-and-sandwich lunch each Wednesday during Lent, Feb. 21 – March 28.  There is no charge for the meal, which begins at Noon in the Parish House and ends by 12:45 P.M.

Berea United Methodist Church is located on the corner of Fee and Chestnut Streets in Berea, KY.  The Parish House is at 101 Fee Street. Doors for the luncheon will open at 11:45 A.M.  For more information about the church, or the Lenten Lunch series, please call 859-986-3485.

Leading the series on Wednesday, Feb. 21 will be Dan Klinefelter. He is a veteran white water raft guide, who spends his summers in Colorado and Arizona. Dan grew up at Red Bird Mission here in Kentucky.  His father was a Methodist pastor and his mother a nurse. He resides in Berea during the winter months.

Other speakers include:

Feb. 28 — Verlaine McDonald, a professor in the Department of Communication at Berea College, where she has taught since 1995.  Her talk is entitled “Deserts and Daughters.”  The presentation will be about the value of “passionate patience” and “alert expectancy” during trying times as one waits to understand God’s plan.

March 7  — Mark Catron, a physician assistant, husband and father who has lived in Berea since age 4 and grew up in the local Methodist Church. His talk will be on his recent hypothermia accident, or “The Cold Desert.”

March 14 —  Martin Kameya, from Namibia in the south western part of Africa. He is a senior at Berea College, majoring in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Finance and a minor in Economics. Martin will be talking about how faith has carried him through tough times,  “Confronting the Desert: Overcoming Barriers through Faith”

March 21  — Liz Marrtta, speaking on “Re-finding My Faith When I Took a Literal Leap of Unfaith On New Year’s Eve 2017.” She literally took a leap away from her faith in God by jumping from one of the ledges at The Pinnacles.  She survived her suicide attempt and wants to share her message of hope.

March 28  — During the final Lenten Lunch, participants will be invited to share their own desert experiences, with Laura Compton as moderator.

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