REFLECTIONS FROM PASTOR AMY JO
During the end of March and April, my family prepares our garden beds for spring. In all of the beds, we remove the winter debris, and in the vegetable garden, we turn over the soil in preparation for the spring seeds. The perennial flower beds look very quiet right now, but under the ground, I know that the bulbs are gaining strength during their dormancy, preparing to shoot up and bloom in only a few weeks. Lent is a time of quiet preparation for our hearts. Much like the
underground bulbs gaining strength, we spend Lent preparing our hearts for Easter. Our spirits gain strength through our practices of prayer, meditation, searching the Scriptures, and caring for our neighbors. How has your spirit grown and developed during this Lenten season? At Easter, we celebrate the way that our hearts overflow with Christ’s love as we celebrate resurrection and new life.
Please join us in the joy-filled celebration of Holy Week at Saint Paul’s, with both in-person and video worship.
Palm Sunday Worship with Communion. Sunday, April10, 10:30 am. Kidz 2Gether Worship with Puppet Choir & Chancel Choir.
Maundy Thursday. Thursday, April 14, 7:00 pm. Worship with Communion,
remembering the giving of the Great Commandment, and Christ’s Last Supper with the disciples.
Good Friday. Friday, April 15, 7:00 pm. Worship with Chancel Choir focusing on the Stations of the Cross
Easter Sunday. April 17 9:30 am. Egg hunt, Cookie Decorating, Photo Booth, Coffee Hour, and other fun children/youth activities 10:30 am. Easter Worship with Handbell and Chancel Choirs celebrating the resurrection of Christ
It has been the tradition at Saint Paul’s UMC to receive a special Easter offering that goes beyond our regular gifts. This year, the Easter offering will be designated in the following ways: 25% to hunger alleviation through our youth group service projects, 25% to emergency humanitarian relief in
the Ukraine through UMCOR, and 50% toward the general fund of Saint Paul’s UMC. Thank you to all who are giving generously to these missions!
The season of celebration will continue after Easter at Saint Paul’s. On May 1, we will gather for worship, and to celebrate the refresh of our sanctuary, narthex, building, and grounds. The crisp, clear images on the new video screens and clear sound quality are a joy to experience during worship, as are the aesthetic updates to our building. Outdoors, invasive species have been cleared from the property, and many hardy native trees and plants have been planted. Our rain gardens have become well-established, with deep roots to filter run-off water as it soaks down into the aquifer. All of these updates are worth celebrating!
Sunday, May 1, Celebration of the Refresh 10:30 worship
11:30 music, snacks, awards, and thanks Following worship, there will be delicious snacks and beautiful music. Our guest musician will be the pianist, Don Irwin. We will take time to thank those who have been involved with the Refresh and see before-and- after photos of the updates. We will award prizes in the spring photo contest, and see the photo contest submissions on the new big screens. Please make plans to join in this festive day of celebration!