Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Holy Week Reminders & Notes on the Easter Sunrise Vigil

Holy Week Services
  • Maundy Thursday Service with Holy Communion: April 2 at 7pm
  • Good Friday Tenebrae Service: - April 3 at 7pm

Easter Sunday - April 5
  • Easter Sunrise Vigil: 7:00am
  • Easter Egg Hunt: 8:10am
  • Easter Breakfast: 8:30am
  • Resurrection of our Lord with Holy Communion: 10:00am

  •  Notes about Easter Sunrise Vigil:
    • We begin this ancient liturgy outside (or in the basement) in darkness, gathered around a candle representing light - the first work of the Creator, the visible token of Christ, the Light of the world, who arose at Easter, shining as the dawning sun, conquering forever the dark night of sin.
    • Then, as Israel was led by a pillar of fire from slavery to freedom, so we, the church, will be led by a pillar of fire - the candle representing the light of Christ - into the sanctuary to hear how Christ rescued us from slavery to sin.
    • Once inside, we will hear the Easter Proclamation - a lengthy, but beautiful and ancient chant of praise, inviting first heaven, then earth, then the church and this congregation to join in the praise of God. This chant is one of our oldest surviving liturgies, dating back at least to the 7th century, and beautifully recalls the moment of our salvation - when Christ rose triumphant. And by repeating the phrase "This is the night:" mystically erases time, such that the events of that holy night are present once again. The chant itself invokes that deepest of mysteries, where, in the light of paradise, even the sin of Adam is regarded as truly necessary and a "happy fault" since it won for us so wonderful a Savior.
    • Then we will hear (and see) several readings which recount God's saving deeds throughout history, concluding with an account of the blessed Resurrection.
    • Up until this point, the church is still dark and bare. But during the hymn, the lights will come up, all of the paraments and candles and flowers will be brought in, and the altar dressed and ready for the celebration of our risen Lord's Supper, at 10am.

    If you wish, you may bring flowers to help flower our cross during the 10am service.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Holy Week & Easter Services

Holy Week Services
  • Palm/Passion Sunday:  March 29 at 11:00am
  • Maundy Thursday Service with Holy Communion:  April 2 at 7pm
  • Good Friday Tenebrae Service: - April 3 at 7pm
Easter Sunday - April 5
  • Easter Sunrise Vigil:  7:00am
  • Easter Egg Hunt:  8:10am
  • Easter Breakfast:  8:30am
  • Resurrection of our Lord with Holy Communion:  10:00am
Notes about Easter Sunday:
  • The Sunrise service will be a modified Vigil service this year.  We will gather at 7am, in darkness, and will recall God's saving action throughout history as told and staged by our kids, youth, and adults as we wait for the dawn to celebrate the light of Christ.
  • There is a sign-up sheet for the Easter Breakfast in the narthex
  • 10am  is the time for the late service will Holy Communion.  10am,  NOT  11!  If you wish, you may bring flowers to help flower our cross during this service.  (see the cross pictured above standing beside the doorway)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Flooring Project Complete

The big reveal!

 Thanks to everyone who helped with ALL aspects of this project.  It went very smoothly because of all the help we had at every stage.
Sanding Trim


Dusting top to bottom


Putting everything back together



Puzzle-piecing the pews back in order


Monday, February 23, 2015

Hunger Banquet and Hunger Simulation

We had a great turn-out at our first Lenten Study on Hunger and Poverty
On Feb. 22 we had a Hunger Banquet, in which our meals represented hunger or plenty around the world.
Afterwards, we did a Hunger Simulation, in which participants took on the roles of people living in food insecurity and tried to procure enough food for their families for a week.
Both experiences were very eye-opening.

Filling out SNAP applications at the "Human Services Office"

Trying to calculate & buy food at the "grocery store"
Join us for our upcoming Studies, Sunday evenings in Lent, beginning with a meal at 5pm:
  • March 1 – What’s the Bible say about hunger and poverty?
  •  March 8 – What’s the true need, how do we know who’s truly needy, and what do we do?
  •  March 15 – Christian response
  • March 22 – Service Project
Or join us in a suggested Lenten discipline: fasting for one meal/week, and donating the money you would have spent on that meal to a cause to alleviate hunger.  We will be collecting this money on Sunday evenings, as well as Sunday mornings in the narthex.  The discipline of fasting, spending a few hours with the physical discomfort of being "hungry" and the mental and emotional toll that takes will hopefully remind us of what we're doing, as well as of Jesus' sacrifice, and may give us a greater drive to help alleviate hunger for all people for whom Christ died.
God bless us in our Lenten disciplines, that we may draw closer to Christ.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ash Wednesday Service Canceled

Ash Wednesday Service Canceled
for tonight

For your personal devotions, the readings for Ash Wednesday are:
Joel 2:1-2,12-17
Psalm 51
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6,16-21
Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Shrove Tuesday Canceled

Our Shrove Tuesday Pancake
Supper has been canceled.
Stay safe and warm!

Sunday, February 15, 2015


Council Meeting,
Sunday School,
have been cancelled this morning (2/15).
Please stay warm and safe!