Easter Egg Hunt Tomorrow! (and then Palm Sunday)

Dear Church Family,

Tomorrow is our Easter Egg Hunt! A huge THANK YOU to those of you who donated candy and/or signed up to volunteer at the event itself. Along with Vacation Bible School and Trunk or Treat, the Easter Egg Hunt is one of our church’s biggest forms of outreach to families in our community. I can’t wait to see all the families God leads to our church tomorrow. By the way, it’s not too late to volunteer. If you’re interested in helping out, make sure to join us tomorrow morning. We’ll start setting up at 8:00 a.m., and the fun starts at 10:00 a.m.!

This last Monday we hosted a new membership class at the building. I’m excited to share that 8 people have decided to join our Motley Crew after attending that class! All 8 of these persons will be joining at our 8:30 a.m. service this Sunday. In addition, 1 of these persons will be baptized into the Christian faith. I’m grateful for the way God continues to bring people to Community of Faith, and for the way our congregation welcomes these individuals with Christian love. At the class, one couple commented, “We felt so at home the moment we walked in the building. Not only were we greeted by the name-taggers and the people passing out bulletins, but the people sitting next to us in service were so kind and hospitable.” So thank you, Community of Faith, for intentionally welcoming visitors and guests who attend our services, and for ensuring that these folks feel right at home. 

As we welcome new members, we also remember that this weekend is Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Holy Week. I know I did so in this email last week, but I want to remind us again of the dates and times of our various Holy Week services.

Palm Sunday Weekend (April 13/14) – normal weekend services in the sanctuary

Maundy Thursday (April 18) – special service at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary

Good Friday (April 19) – special service at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary

Easter Sunrise (April 21) – special service at 6:30 a.m. outside by the cross

Easter Weekend (April 20/21) – normal weekend services in the sanctuary

I hope you will join us for as many of these services as possible. Together we will journey with Jesus toward the cross and anticipate the hope and joy of Easter.

Finally, even though this weekend is Palm Sunday, my sermon isn’t going to focus on Palm Sunday, but rather, the events of Good Friday and Holy Saturday, when it seemed like God was silent. I know many of us have had moments in our own lives when we felt the weight of what seemed like God’s silence. So join us this weekend as we explore this tough topic and learn how Jesus responded.

See you soon!