Jesus took the command to love our neighbors as we love ourselves very seriously. He pushed the definition of “who is our neighbor” out, out and still further out, until it reached to the ends of the earth and included all of humanity–all of God’s children. In response, for 2000 years the church has tired to care for those who cannot care for themselves. This study will explore how societies throughout the ages have cared for the poor. April 1 – Philosophies of Care
Saturday, April 4 is the date to mark on your calendar. We’ll have our annual
church-wide egg hunt and then enjoy refreshments on the front lawn! This is a great
family outing, so make plans to be here beginning at 10:00 am.
We have our plastic eggs but we need pre-wrapped candy to fill hundreds of eggs. You
may leave your donation in the baskets by the elevators and in the Welcome Center.
(Please, due to food allergy concerns, no candy with nuts or peanut butter.) If you would
like to volunteer to help with registration, refreshments or egg-hiding, contact Susan
Tatum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 246-4666. We need several volunteers!
Maundy Thursday Service – April 9, 2009 at 6:30 pm
Join us on Thursday, April 9, for our Maundy Thursday service. This service will begin with the Lord’s
Supper and end with the stripping of the altar, a traditional practice of the Church symbolizing the death
of Christ. The scripture readings containing the seven last words of Christ will be read, and the Sanctuary
Choir will sing anthems reflecting the themes of the Lenten Season. Please join us for supper in Trentham
Hall at 5:00 p.m. (regular Wednesday night prices) and for the service at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary as we
recall the final moments of Jesus’ life.
Good Friday Ecumenical “Stations of the Cross”
The Downtown Cooperative Ministry is comprised of these downtown churches: Immaculate
Conception, Church Street United Methodist, First Christian, First Presbyterian, All Souls, St. John’s
Cathedral, and First Baptist. On Good Friday, April 10, these churches will celebrate an ecumenical
Stations of the Cross service, leaving at 5:15 pm from Market Square.
This ancient service commemorates the Passion of Christ. Each station observes a particular event of
Good Friday. Participants will have the opportunity to assist in carrying a large wooden cross, as Jesus did
on the first Good Friday. This hour-long service brings the Christian family of all denominations together
as well as individual families together. Parents, children in strollers, grandparents, neighbors…all are
welcome. Please join us in this Good Friday celebration.