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APRIL 2018 NEWSLETTER

LENTEN MISSION OFFERING DUE BY EASTER

Every week during Lent there has been a special bulletin insert inviting you to sponsor a Military Bible Stick, which is essentially an MP3 player the size of an oversized thumb drive. They are very portable and can be used by our troops in the field, where they don’t have the luxury of taking along a big, thick Bible. Each of the Bible Sticks cost $25, and we are encouraging as many members as possible to buy a stick (or two) during the Lenten season.

After Easter we will add up whatever money has been received for this purpose and send it off to Faith Comes by Hearing, which is the organization that distributes these Bible Sticks. Therefore, if you would like to contribute to this project, please do so no later than Easter Sunday, April 1.

LENT WRAPS UP AND EASTER BEGINS

This newsletter will be handed out on Palm Sunday and mailed out in early Holy Week. Thus, this newsletter will remind you one last time of the upcoming Holy Week services:

  • There will be no Wednesday service during Holy Week because of all the extra services from Thursday through Saturday.
  • There will be no Bible classes on Holy Thursday or Easter Sunday.
  • Holy Thursday service, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. This service commemorates the institution of the Lord’s Supper on the first Holy Thursday and thus begins in a festive manner. But at the end of the worship service the altar will be stripped bare in preparation for the Good Friday service, just as our Lord’s glorious institution of the Lord’s Supper was followed by His arrest, trial, and condemnation.
  • Good Friday service, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. We will follow the Order of Tenebrae, a service in which the church grows progressively darker as the seven last words of our Lord are read. The service is not a funeral for our Lord, but rather a grateful and prayerful remembrance of our Lord’s death, even as we anticipate the celebration of His resurrection.
  • Easter Vigil service, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. This service on Saturday night is the beginning of the Easter celebration. We start at sundown in darkness and light the Easter candle; we then hear the Scriptures read that proclaim God’s work of creating the world and delivering His people in the Old Testament days. We draw parallels between those events and Easter, for God also delivered us by Christ’s resurrection and created something new. As part of the service, the altar will be redecorated and prepared for Easter.
  • The Easter Divine Service (April 1) will take place at 10:45 a.m., just as normally is the case on Sundays. However, there will be no Bible class preceding the service. Instead, we will enjoy a delicious Easter breakfast.

EASTER BREAKFAST

Join us before our Sunday Easter service for a breakfast in the church basement at 9:30 a.m. We know that some people like to cook and some don’t. If you want to cook something for the breakfast, sign up on the sign-up sheet in the narthex. If you would prefer to bring your appetite rather than the food but still want to contribute something, you will be able to make a free will offering.

THEOLOGY TODAY DISCUSSION GROUP

Our Theology Today study group will meet on Sunday, April 29, after church, to discuss pages 572-622 (chapters 34 through 36) of The Church from Age to Age. These chapters cover the rise of Pietism in Protestantism in the 17th and 18th century and the arrival of the Enlightenment in the 18th century.