The Lovers Lane Foundation Presents:
2023 Owen Lenten Lecture Series
Featuring our Newly Appointed Bishop
Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.
April 4, 5 and 6
12:00 PM | Lovers Lane UMC | Shipp Chapel
Owen Lectures will be in-person and live-streamed. No reservations are required.
Childcare is available with advanced reservations by April 1.
— LECTURE SERIES SCHEDULE —
Tuesday, April 4
Lovers of God Weep
Wednesday, April 5
Lovers of God Withstand
Thursday, April 6
Lovers of God Watch
Complimentary buffet lunch is provided afterward each day in Watson Hall.
Lunch will include a question and answer session with the Bishop.
For those who have to get back to work or pick up kids etc., a limited quantity of grab-&-go boxed lunches will also be available immediately after the lecture each day (at 1:00 p.m. or a little earlier).
If you are on a tight schedule, join us at noon and we will get you in and out of here in less than an hour.
The Owen Lenten Lectures are endowed through the generosity of Babs and Arch Owen and were established in 1985. Arch Owen was the first president of the LLUMC Foundation and it was his great vision that recognized the need for an endowment to support, in perpetuity, Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, its Ministry, Outreach, and Evangelism.
Arthur Lee Owen passed away on February 21, 2010; Babs enthusiastically supported Lovers Lane and the Lecture Series until the end of her fruitful life on December 7, 2021, just shy of her 104th birthday. The Foundation Board of Directors holds immense gratitude for Babs and Arch Owen for their steadfast generosity and loyalty and hopes these lectures will enhance your time of renewal during this Easter Season.
Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.
Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. is a native of South Texas and a lifelong United Methodist. He was elected bishop at the 2016 South Central Jurisdictional Conference and was assigned to the Great Plains Conference, effective September 1, 2016.
While serving as resident bishop of the Great Plains Conference, Bishop Saenz was also assigned to provide episcopal coverage for the Central Texas Conference, beginning January 1, 2022.
Effective January 1, 2023, Bishop Saenz was assigned as resident bishop of both the Central Texas Conference and the North Texas Conference.
In his role as an episcopal leader in Kansas and Nebraska, Bishop Saenz led three former conferences through a unification process that began in 2014. Under his leadership, the conference focused on the four pillars of a robust ministry and witness for Jesus Christ in the Wesleyan tradition: Love God; proclaim Christ; serve others, especially the poor; and seek justice.
Bishop Saenz is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and a former high school teacher, high school football coach, and businessperson. He earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. As a pastor, he focused his ministry on intentional spiritual practice and formation, developing a lay apostolate, and giving people the tools and encouragement to move out of generational poverty. He served congregations in East Dallas, Oak Cliff Dallas, El Paso, and Edinburg, Texas. El Buen Pastor—The Good Shepherd—in Edinburg, Texas, was the largest Hispanic-American United Methodist Church in the country during his pastoral tenure.
In 2010, he was appointed to serve as the Southwest Texas director of congregational and new church development, and he helped start 11 new churches before being named director of the conference connectional ministries and executive director of the Rio Texas Conference’s Mission Vitality Center in January 2015. In that role, he oversaw the conference’s missional strategies and objectives for congregational vitality, starting new churches, clergy and lay leadership vitality, uniting people, and transforming communities.
Bishop Saenz has been married to Maye since 1981. They have four children and nine grandchildren, with one on the way.
OTHER HOLY WEEK HIGHLIGHTS
SUNDAY, APRIL 2
KIDS Palm Parade in all worship services
12:00 PM | Easter Egg Hunt & Picnic
12:00 PM | Easter Celebration | Walnut Hill Campus
MONDAY, APRIL 3
HOLY WEEK ORGAN RECITAL
12:00 PM | Shipp Chapel
THURSDAY, APRIL 6
MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE
7:00 PM | The Mystery
Lovers Lane Modern Worship & Communion
FRIDAY, APRIL 7
GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP
12:00 PM | Asbury Hall
6:30 PM | Walnut Hill Campus
GOOD FRIDAY CONCERT
7:00 PM | Sanctuary | Jimmy Emery, conductor
SATURDAY, APRIL 8
AFRICAN FELLOWSHIP EASTER VIGIL
12:00 PM | Shipp Chapel
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 9
7:00 AM | Sunrise Service | Amphitheater
8, 9:30, & 11:00 AM | Traditional Worship
8:30 AM | Deaf Fellowship Worship
10:00 AM | Modern Worship
11:00 AM | Walnut Hill Worship
11:00 AM | African Fellowship Worship
All events are live and in-person and live-streamed at llumc.org/live.
Click here for the full list of Holy Week events.