He is Risen! Join the Community Choir to greet the Easter Dawn!
Holy Week is upon us. Sometimes this week seems more like “Holy Cow” week as we run from service to service, event to event, and family time to family time. This is a busy time in the life of the church. It is easy to put aside attending worship services because of other obligations and things that seem to be more important. But I encourage you not to do that. For this one week, I urge you to try even harder to step away from the busy-ness of life to spend extra time with Jesus.
Just before Christ died on the cross, he said the words, “It is finished” (John 19:30 NIV). With those three words, Christ defeated sin. He gave everything that He had for you. He gave His life so that you could wake each morning knowing that you are a loved child of God. You have been given the greatest gift of all. .. the gift of salvation with the promise of eternal life.
But there is a catch … You must be willing to accept the gift.
Easter weekend, there will be lots of eggs hidden that are filled with goodies for the children to find. There will be Easter baskets flowing over with surprises of chocolate, candy, toys, and even money. The excitement of the children will barely be able to be contained. Ask anyone of them what is required of them to receive the eggs or baskets and their response will be things like “find the eggs” or “nothing – it’s just given to me.” They know there are goodies waiting for the taking … all they have to do is accept them.
As heartwarming as it is for us to see the children finding eggs and opening baskets at Easter, I want you to imagine how much more heartwarming it must be for God to see His children discovering the love He has for them and accepting the gift of salvation that Christ has to offer.
Holy Week is busy and demanding of our time. But giving a week of our life to our Savior is a small price to pay in relation to the life He gave for us at Calvary!
I’m looking forward to worshipping with you!
In Christ’s Love,
Blog by Dan Reiland discussing Church Growth – particularly the barriers that slow down or halt growth in a church. Shared by Pastor Kim during Committee meetings, and well-worth the read.
Thanks, Janet, for pointing to the fun song.
It’s February! Where has the time going? We have just gotten all the Christmas decorations put away and already, January is over.
The month of February was “named after the Latin wordfebruum, which means purification. In Old English, the name for February used to be Sprout-Kale, but was later changed to Solmonath which means sun month. The Solmonath, or sun month, was chosen “because it is the time when the sun rises higher in the sky and begins to drive away the chill of winter with its glowing rays.
The meanings behind these names for the month of February could not be more appropriate. This year, on February 14, we will be celebrating Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. This is a day that emphasizes two themes: repentance and purification. As we receive the ashes, we are acknowledging that our sins have separated us from God and that we are repenting of those sins. In addition, we recognize the saving grace that has been offered through Christ’s death on the cross and the purification that has been provided to us through that act. This serves as a reminder that Christ has risen, and the light of Christ drives away the darkness that can make us cold.
Did I mention Ash Wednesday is February 14th? Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday coincide to help us celebrate the greatest love story ever told! Were it not for the love of God and the gift of His Son Jesus Christ on the cross, we would all be lost. We would have no reason to hope or feel joy. So this year, instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day with gifts of flowers, chocolates, candy, or red hearts, we are going to celebrate the truest form of love with ashes.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3: 16-17).
Throughout the purification month of February, embrace the act of repentance and the gift of forgiveness and cleansing that comes from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, be certain to share the gift of His love with everyone!
In Christ’s Love,
The Missions Committee is hosting a Valentine’s Theme Pitch-In Dinner on Sunday, February 11, following Sunday School. Bring your favorite food to share, and “Share the Love” in feasting and fellowship!
Order your Super Bowl Subs Today! Annual Fundraiser for Youth Projects!
Many of us have heard the song “Auld Lang Syne” which is typically sung at the end of the year or beginning of the new year. “The phrase ‘auld lang syne’ roughly translates as ‘for old times’ sake,’ and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year.” It brings to mind a call to remember the past and the blessings while looking forward to the future.