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MAY 2017 NEWSLETTER

ASCENSION DAY SERVICE

Ascension Day isn’t quite as big a day as Easter, and yet it is a day worth celebrating. It is the crowning moment in Christ’s career. Most of His life He had spent in deep humility, but that changed when He rose from the dead. After spending forty days with His disciples, proving that He had truly risen from the dead, He ascended into heaven. He received once again the full exercise of the power and glory He had had all along.

We always celebrate Ascension Day forty days after Easter, for it was on the fortieth day after Easter that Christ ascended. This year it will fall on May 25. We will be joined once again by the members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lombard and so I ask that as many members of First Bethlehem as can come do so in order to give them a great welcome. The service begins at 7:30 p.m. It will be a service of word and prayer. Pastor Steven Wagner, Trinity’s pastor, will be the guest preacher. Trinity’s choir and organist will provide additional music, which is always a treat.

THEOLOGY TODAY DISCUSSION GROUP

Our Theology Today study group will meet on Sunday, May 28, after church, to discuss pages 251-295 (chapters 16 and 17) of The Church from Age to Age. Those chapters give details about Christianity in the Middle Ages. Chapter 16 looks at the conversion of Europe, especially the northern half, which took up until approximately 1000 AD. Chapter 17 explains life in the church during the feudal era, roughly 900 to 1200 AD.

FOLLOW UP ON EASTER PARTY FOR NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN

You are probably curious how our early Easter party went on April 8. We had twenty-nine children come, representing eleven families. (That is about one-third the number of children who came in December and one-quarter of the families.) Nearly all of them were from families where the parents’ native language was Spanish, although nearly all of the children spoke English fluently and so did many of their parents.

We didn’t have the largest crew helping with the program, but I think we did more than an adequate job. We served cheese pizza (cut in squares), and celery and carrot sticks (with ranch dip). The kids dyed a total of 261 eggs. They then looked for 72 plastic eggs filled with jelly beans that we had hidden in advance, and then we gave out bags of candy to all the children.

While the children were dyeing the eggs, we talked with them and their parents. We explained to them who Jesus was and how He died for our sins and rose again from the dead. In short, we were building relationships with them and pointing them to Jesus, something that all Christians should do with people they meet.

HUNGER WALK WILL BE IN SEPTEMBER, NOT JUNE

Usually in the May newsletter I remind everyone to save the date for the Hunger Walk, which is usually some Saturday in late June. However, this year it has been pushed back all the way into September—September 16, to be exact. So go ahead and save the date—you’ll just have a lot longer time to train for the Hunger Walk this year.