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Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
These joyful words are the heart of the Christian faith. They are the reason almost all Christians worship on Sundays (or on Saturday evenings). We believe that God’s Son in human flesh, Jesus, suffered and died to take away the sins of the whole world and then rose from the grave victorious over sin, death, and evil. Christ’s resurrection was His transformation to a brand new mode of existence, the first-born from the dead.
Easter faith is rooted in what Christ Jesus did in the past. It is also firmly based on the hope we have for the future now that sin, death, and evil no longer have the capacity to grab us away from God’s eternal life and love in Jesus. Easter faith informs how we live as people of God given the gifts of faith, hope, and loving service to others.
Easter Sunday is one day, but the Easter season is a week of Sundays. We sing the songs of joy that come from knowing that Christ is alive, and so are those who have died marked with Christ’s cross in the washing of Baptism.
During the month of May, we gather for the National Day of Prayer at noon on Thursday, May 2. We celebrate Cantate Sunday on May 4-5 featuring all of our many wonderful musicians. We celebrate the Feast of the Ascension on Thursday, May 9, at noon and 7pm. On Mother’s Day, May 11-12, we give roses to all the mothers, grandmothers, and godmothers and offer gifts of blankets to Church World Service in their honor or memory. We rededicate the Memorial Garden, Robert Perry’s Eagle project, after the 11am Eucharist on May 12.
We have our annual Confirmation banquet on Wednesday, May 15, at 6:30pm. Then, the Easter season concludes with the celebration of the Feast of Pentecost on May 18-19. Thirteen eighth graders will be confirmed at the 11am Eucharist on the day of Pentecost. The festival half of the church year comes to a rousing conclusion on the Feast of the Holy Trinity, May 25-26, when we welcome new members.
We invite you to worship with us this week. Please get to know us as a community of faith. We are traditional in our worship style but not rigid. We are open to newcomers, and we offer a variety of activities and classes for all ages.
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Thanks for stopping by!
Pastor Sam Zumwalt, STS
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Calendar at a Glance for 1 Week
Youth Groups (excluding May thru August)
Wednesday at 6:00 pm (Middle School) and Sunday from 6:00 to 7:30 pm (High School) . High School Bible Study on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Wednesday Music Practice Schedule:
4:00-5:00 BibleBeat Music (K-5)
6:00-6:45pm Handbell Choir (older youth and adults)
7:00-8:00pm Adult Choir
8:00-8:30pm Choir Sectionals