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• Saturday, April 19th, 2014
Blessings All,
According to my calendar – tomorrow is Easter Sunday.  Paul Vachon is coordinating the continental breakfast.  The youth will be leading the Sunrise Service at Comfort Hill beginning at 6:30.  Youth will meet at the church at 6:00.  The Easter morning service at 9:30 will include the scriptures:  Colossians 3:1-4 and John 20:1-18 with a Sermon/Message entitled:  “Easter – Day or Way.”
Special music will enhance our time together and we will decorate the cross.
There is an after church – during coffee hour surprise planned for the children.
I hope to see you tomorrow.
God Bless You
Gary
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• Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Holy Week Events

Maundy Thursday  Tenebrae Service: 7:00PM April 17.  In Fellowship Hall.

Watch Night Vigil 7:00 pm Thursday, April 17 to 3:00pm Good Friday, April 18.

Family Fun (with easter egg hunt) 9:30-11:00, Saturday, April 19.

Easter Sunrise Service on Comfort Hill: 6:30am Sunday, April 20.

Continental Breakfast immediately following Sunrise Service in Fellowship Hall

Easter Service: 9:30am, Sunday April 20.  Celebrate Christ’s resurrection with a cross of flowers.

All Are Welcome.

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• Friday, April 11th, 2014
Blessings to you all,
As we are on the threshold of Holy Week we will begin with Palms on Sunday, with a bit of a parade with the children with the Palms and then we will move to the Passion side of things with a dramatic reading including the carrying in of the cross.  The children, grades 1-6, are invited to stay for the entire service as it has action and story.  The youngest ones will have Sunday School.  Of course the parents can decide to have the little one’s stay if they wish.
We will use Matthew’s Palm Sunday reading:  21:1-11 and Matthew’s Passion Reading (read dramatically from chapters 26 and 27).   This service is one of the most emotionally challenging services with a rollercoaster ride from Palms to Passion.  This would be a great Sunday to invite friends as it will help prepare all of us for Easter.
I hope to see you on Sunday
In Christ,
Gary
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• Saturday, April 05th, 2014
Blessings to you all – Every three years the trek toward Easter includes a journey through the image of a valley of dry bones shared through the words of the prophet Ezekiel.   This Sunday is it .  The scripture passage is:  Ezekiel (known by one as – Zeke) 37:1-14.   The message is:  “Can These Bones Live?”  God knows.
We will share communion and following the service and a bit of coffee Chessy Kelley will be with us to lead us in a meditational experience followed by some discussion and sharing.  THERE WILL BE EXTENDED CHILD CARE available.
The Deacons’ fund will be used to bring Chessy here on a monthly basis.  It being communion Sunday if you wish to support the Deacons’ Fund you are welcome to use the special offering envelope in the pews for that purpose.
As we move toward Holy Week I am looking forward to sharing time with you in worship this Sunday.
May God Bless You
in Faith,
Gary
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• Friday, March 28th, 2014
Blessings All,
This Sunday’s service will focus on another extended passage from John:  John 9:1-41.  This is the story of Jesus healing a blind man by spitting on the ground and making mud with his saliva and putting the mud on the mans eye’s.  He could see.  I do not know if the eye doctors have used that approach recently but it worked 2000 years ago.  Kind of earthy.  Jesus was a hands-on kind of guy not afraid to get down into it for the benefit of someone.  The sermon title is:  “Blind Spots.”
As we get closer to Palm Sunday – Holy Week – Easter things begin to speed up.  This Sunday the Deacons will have the sign-up sheet for the Watch Night Vigil.  This is a vigil with people signing up for an hour long time slot.  The vigil begins at 8:00 on Maundy Thursday and extends to 3:00 pm on Good Friday.  Through that time – someone will be awake and in the sanctuary.  There will also be a sign – up for Easter Lilies.
I hope to see you on Sunday – but please be safe –
In Christ,
Gary
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