April 20, 2017
Connections: Easter Celebration!
Christ is risen.
Christ is risen, indeed!
What a joyful Easter Celebration!
Ann’s prelude; the choir’s procession; the sounding of the trumpet! The children seeing right through the Easter message, and the blessed charge of Christ and the Spirit to create something good and beautiful with our holy agency. It’s a joyful celebration, with a hopeful, joyful, beautiful commissioning. I absolutely loved it.
This coming Sunday, we’ll continue to move deeper into this commissioning, by receiving part of the same scriptural text, and then looking closely at Christ’s charge: “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” What does it look like when we begin to accept an active role in the holy movement of God to breathe Grace into the world? What does it look like when we choose to forgive a friend or family member? What does it look like when we move as a body into a community where sin has brought pain and suffering, with the intention of disrupting the sin and bringing reconciliation through forgiveness and mercy?
We can see what’s going on here. Christ doesn’t just invite us to believe that he has been resurrected. Christ invites us to be part of the resurrection. The Christian has purpose. The Church has purpose. The Spirit is moving, empowering, and equipping and we can be an Easter People bringing good news to all the world by offering the gift of Grace. I love it.
Christ is risen.
Christ is risen, indeed!
Grace and Peace,
In Sunday School this week, we'll study the Easter story and make
coffee filter butterflies. Next week, we begin a unit on Paul
starting with his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus.
In Sunday School this week, we'll study Saul's encounter with Jesus on
the road to Damascus and his conversion to Christianity which included
changing his name to Paul.
Movie night is this Friday, April 21st. All children ages 3 and older
are invited to join us for videos, snacks, and a craft. Wear your
pajamas and bring a blanket to sit on. We begin at 6:00 pm and
usually finish by 8:00 or 8:15.
NO Sunday School next week due to the Maple Festival. On May 7th, we'll
begin studying Paul's travels. This will be a three week unit that ends on
May 21st, the last day of Sunday School until September.
Chi Rho meets this Sunday from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Join us for fun,
fellowship, and lunch!
Looking ahead: May 19th - movie night
May 21st - last day of Sunday School
Last week, your generosity supplied a meal for our brothers and sisters at Project Hope. Thank you for sharing of your abundance.
Chi-Rho (4-8th grade) will gather this Sunday from 11:30-1:00pm for games, food, and fellowship. Last time, the youth gathered to share the joy of easter by “egging” some of our neighbors. Come on out to see what’s happening this week!
Friends of Refugee Meeting: Monday, April 24th
There is another meeting at First Presbyterian Church in Willoughby on Monday, April 24th @ 7:00pm to continue formalizing ways to welcome and support refugees resettling in the Cleveland area. Thus far, the meetings have led to individual participation through volunteering and mentoring. There are ideas about fundraising, partnership, and collections to demonstrate the gift of hospitality. If you are interested in attending, please speak with Rev. Chris or Roz Kvet.
Consistory Meeting: Monday, April 24th:
Consistory will gather in the parlor on Monday, April 24 @ 7:00 PM
Thank you to the Arotins!
Bill and Linda have been doing photography sessions for the new church directory, and the pictures look fantastic!!! There will be one final session this Sunday, April 23rd. Thank you to Bill for sharing his gifts and to Linda for sharing her gifts to bring all of this together!!!
Maple Festival Weekend Pancakes Breakfast
There are still a few time slots to sign up and volunteer for the best pancake breakfast in Geauga County. We host this breakfast Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30th. If you would like to support this fundraiser for Men’s Fellowship, which supports the life and ministries of the Church, please contact Ward Lawrence on Sunday.
Rev. Chris Out:
Rev. Chris will be at the Chautauqua Institute this week (Mon-Thur) for the Chautauqua Clergy Leadership Program. If you are emailing or calling, please expect the delay.
Bunco for the Food Pantry!
On Monday, May 8th at 6 PM at Barbara Inderlied's home. Please RSVP to Jan Stewart at 285-9292.
Bring feminine hygiene products, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, etc.
Barb will have corn chowder. We could use thick crusted brad fruit and desserts.
Thank You to the Church!
Late in Holy Week, I walked into my office to find a large, green, canvas bag with a card on top. I opened the card to read a wonderful birthday card from the congregation. Then, I looked in the bag to find all sorts of snacks, treats, and wine! Thank you for such a thoughtful and generous gift. I'll be celebrating this birthday for a long time!!!
Office volunteers are needed for June 5-9 and 12-14 to answer phones.
The office is also in need of someone to complete administrative tasks during that time. They do not need to be completed during office hours. Please contact Cheryl in the office if you are available to help.