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Holy Week Worship Opportunities

The journey through Holy Week to Easter is always so much more meaningful when we are able to move through all of it together. We hope you will be able join us for these services, which are offered to provide depth and integrity to our life as a Christian congregation.

Palm Sunday: April 9, 9:30 a.m.

Our worship will include a parade of palms, remembering Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The children will be invited to lead the procession, and all will be greeted with joy during this festive moment before the darkness that comes during the week ahead.

Maundy Thursday: April 13, 7:00 p.m.

We remember the night that Jesus gathered with his disciples in the upper room and shared the meal that has become our Sacrament of Communion. We will also join in a ceremony of washing feet and remembering our human frailty, through remembering this powerful and somber story. This service ends when Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane, praying to accept the journey he must take.

Good Friday: April 14, 7:00 p.m.

Picking up the story of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, and then continuing on to remember his betrayal, abandonment, arrest, trial, and death on the cross, this is the night of darkness that allows the light that comes on Easter Day to shine so brightly. We will gather in prayer and candlelight during this time of shadows and tragedy.

Palm Sunday Brunch: April 9, 10:45

The Youth of the church invite all to come to brunch on Sunday, April 9, after worship. This is an opportunity for them to raise funds for various retreat and mission experiences coming up in the year. It is also a delicious way to be with family and friends. Please join us, and bring your family and friends

Easter Basket Fundraiser: Sunday, April 9, 10:30 a.m.

We’re bringing back the basket sale, with a few changes. We will have a limit of $40 on the price of a basket, and we encourage you to consider going back to the original idea of Easter baskets, with Easter themes. Small, simple baskets are welcome, as well as homemade candies and baked items. The sale will be held on Palm Sunday, after worship.

Egg Decorating: Saturday April 15, 10:00 a.m.

Once again, the Fellowship Committee is sponsoring an Easter egg dyeing event at 10:00 at the church. Parents: bring your own hard-boiled eggs (as many as you think you need) and appropriate paint-shirts/old clothes for kids to wear. Fellowship will supply egg-dyeing resources and accessories and a few goodies. Come and have fun dyeing Easter eggs! There will be a poster and an informal sign-up sheet in the narthex for two Sundays before the event.

Easter Sunday: April 16, 10:00 a.m.

Join us for our highest Holy Day when we remember and celebrate the resurrection of the Christ! With trumpets and song, and festive worship, we will welcome all with joy! Please be sure to mark the special time in your calendar!

A Visit from UCC Mission Personnel, the Westras

Sunday, April 23, 9:30 a.m.,

On Sunday, April 23, we will be joined in worship by Mary Jane and Don Westra, who have been serving as UCC Mission Personnel in Honduras for the last four years. Previous to that they served in Zimbabwe for four years as well. They have been traveling around the country sharing about their experiences, and we are blessed to have them join us and be our preachers on the 23rd.

Youth Sunday Worship, Sunday, April 30, 9:30 a.m.,

The “post-confirmation” youth of our church are excited to lead worship and share their thoughts and perspectives with us in our Youth Sunday Worship. They will be leading the whole service and have been working hard to bring a meaningful and timely experience to us. We hope you will come and celebrate that this group of young adults is so fully engaged with our faith community and the world.

SANCTUARY DISCERNMENT

The Sanctuary Discernment Task Force has been meeting regularly and have done much research and learning on the issue of becoming a Sanctuary church, or a Sanctuary Supporting church. They are ready to share some of what they have learned with the congregation. Therefore, they are inviting anyone interested to join them for their meetings in April. These will be opportunities for members to learn more, ask questions, and share some of their perspectives on the issue. These sessions will be held on April 3, 17, and 24, at 6:00 p.m.

A document with the Task Force’s findings will be available on Sunday, April 2. If you are unable to be at church and would like a copy emailed to you, please be in touch with the office.

There are many dynamics to this issue, and we hope that the congregation will be as fully informed as possible before we bring any proposals or take any votes as a body. We also pray that we will all be guided by our faith, and by the spirit of God to act with wisdom and compassion in all we do. We hope you will join us.

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