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Weekly Contact– March 26, 2015

Hello there,

As most of you probably know, this last week has been one of loss.  Three members of our congregation passed away within four days of each other.  While it is sad, all three were in their nineties, lived long and good lives, and were lifelong Presbyterians with a strong faith.  So we celebrate that their journeys are over and they are home at last, and also give thanks that as we approach this Holy Week we know that our Lord has conquered death and new life waits for us all.

This Sunday is, of course, Palm Sunday.  The Cherub and the Chancel Choir will be singing together in the first service.  My sermon text is familiar, Mark 1:1-11, and my sermon title is “Open Things Up!”

Palm Sunday is always a great time, but it is incomplete without taking the time to reflect on the suffering of our Savior.  So I would urge you to come to our Seder Supper-Communion celebration on Maundy Thursday, April 2.  A soup and salad supper will begin at 6:00 and then at 6:45 we will go through a traditional Jewish Seder or Passover ceremony.  This was the last meal Jesus had with his disciples and as we go through the rituals we will be able to see clear connections with our sacrament of Holy Communion.  Reservation are appreciated so we know how much to plan for, but they are not required.

Good Friday is April 3, and we will be having a brief communion service at 1:00 in the chapel.

Finally, we need your help.  On this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. we will be having a church grounds clean up day.  We will be sweeping and raking up the winter debris in our parking lot and around the exterior of the church building, getting everything in good shape for Holy Week.  Please bring brooms, rakes, shovels and whatever else you think will be helpful.  We so appreciate your efforts.

Stay in One Peace,

Howard

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