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PONDERINGS OF PASTOR PAUL….

It is hard to believe but our Lenten Journey is nearly completed.   EASTER IS UPON US!  But, wait…  We are not quite to Easter yet.  While we have experienced our own personal journeys during Lent from the wilderness to hope, we have yet to walk with Jesus’ experience from Palm Sunday to Maundy Thursday to Good Friday to EASTER SUNDAY!   So often I find myself wanting to take a pass on the whole Holy Week encounter… it is much easier to just slide from Palm Sunday into Easter rather than deal with all of the pain and passion that Holy Week brings.  But, we have to experience the Holy Week journey with Jesus to fully appreciate the joy of Easter and all of the power and blessing it brings, as we recall the in-breaking of God’s new life into our world!  I invite you to be ALL IN on HOLY WEEK – to prayerfully enter the journey with Jesus, to walk with him from the cheers of the joyous “HOSANNAS” of Palm Sunday to the jeers of “CRUCIFY HIM” on Good Friday… and then be open to fully realize the joyful blessing that “HE IS RISEN” on Easter Sunday!  My hope and prayer is that you will fully engage in the Holy Week experience… to embody the journey that Jesus took and fully embrace the message of hope - the new life -  the blessing – the hope -- the resurrection that God has provided, not only for us, but for the whole world!  May God bless you.  HE IS RISEN!  ALLELUIA!

Peace

 


Pastor Paul

 

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR HOLY WEEK SERVICES

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 29   ~   PALM SUNDAY
8:30 a.m. Traditional & 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Services

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 2  ~ MAUNDY THURSDAY SOUP DINNER  AND WORSHIP
6:30 p.m.                 The soup is being prepared by Joe & Judi Hensel and Pamela Haase.  Communion will be served. An OPTIONAL Foot Washing service will be held.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 3   ~ GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
6:30 p.m. Experience the power of the passion at our moving Good Friday Service.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 4  ~ EASTER VIGIL SERVICE
7:30 p.m.                 This is a new service this year.  Easter Vigil Services, however, are very traditional and has been observed in the  United Church of Christ for many years.  This prayerful service centers on the significance of new life in our midst and reaffirming our baptismal vows.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 5   ~   EASTER SUNDAY
8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.            Both services will be filled with the same music from our Festival Choir Of Peace and ONEVOICE.  Communion will be celebrated at both services as well.  Come and experience the joy and blessing of Easter Sunday!  HE IS RISEN!

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UPCOMING NOTES FOR APRIL

April 11                    New(er) Members (within past 2 years) and Visitors Brunch (Please RSVP)

April 12                    “FOOTSTEPS TO THE FUTURE” Capital Funds Commitment Sunday

April 19                    Mission 21 (Human Trafficking) Presentation & Discussion (9:45 and Noon)


April 26                    Earth Day Celebration Sunday