Celebrating God's Love Every Sunday at 10 am
Dear First Church,
Holy Week is upon us; this most special week of the year is filled with times for reflection, action, and celebration.
This is also the time of year to bring a friend to church; remember that ~80% of new members join a church because they are brought by a friend, and the top three services for visitors are Christmas, Easter, and Mother’s Day (Lifeway Research, 2006). Especially if your friend had a bad experience with religion in the past, think how much it could matter to be invited, accompanied to the service, and to have Easter Nibbles afterward as the kids play and Easter Bonnets parade in the courtyard?
Here is an overview of Holy Week:
Palm Sunday: Festival Service at 10 am with Easter Bonnet Tea to follow.
Maundy Thursday: 7 pm service with symbolic foot washing, Communion, and Tenebrae … a truly unique and stirring service which walks us through the events of Holy Week into Good Friday.
Easter Sunday: 9 am Continental Breakfast for all, hosted by Christian Education. Do you have extra flowers? Bring some to place in the flower-filled cross in the courtyard.
9:30 am Egg Hunt for Kids in the Courtyard
10 am Service of Celebration in the Sanctuary, featuring the Sanctuary Choir singing Handel's "Let Their Celestial Concerts All Unite."
11 am Easter Nibbles in the Courtyard, hosted by Parish Life with photo opportunities in front of the beautiful flower-filled Easter cross on the grass.
Sunday, April 23: Earth Day Celebration featuring Leeav Sofer, guest musician! Earth Day Fair in the courtyard, hosted by the Board of Social Justice and Outreach with activities for all ages.
Free Church parking in the City Garage and Church’s Chestnut Lot, and nursery care for little ones will be open for all of these services and events.
The Rev. Elena Larssen