News and Events for March 20

We are excited about our special worship days of Holy Week and Easter Sunday !

  • Maundy Thursday Worship , March 24, 7:00 pm, our Sanctuary ‐‐ our choir will perform a beautiful cantata, No Greater Love . With Piney Flats UMC
  • Good Friday Worship , March 25, 7:00 pm, at Piney Flats UMC
  • Community Easter Sunrise Worship , March 27, 7:00 am, Morning View Cemetery
  • Community Easter Breakfast , March 27, 8:00 am, our Fellowship Hall
  • Sunday School , March 27, 9:15 am
  • Easter Sunday Worship , March 27, 10:30 am ‐‐ combined worship in our         Sanctuary

We hope you will make plans to attend them and invite a friend ! Please take a church ministry card that gives you an easy way to invite people to worship. Just give them a card and welcome them to join us. Please do note for them the  special schedule for Easter Sunday.

We will have regular church activities this Wednesday.

The Pray Eat Laugh Love Life Group will not meet this Friday, but participants are instead encouraged to attend the Good Friday worship service.

Today we continue a Lenten sermon series called Freeway , based on a small group curriculum by the same name. The Freeway sermon series and small group gatherings are designed to help free us from our brokenness and take steps for healthier lives in Christ to live free. The Freeway workbook for use in small groups is something that you “do instead of read.” The workbook and sermon series are designed to compliment one another. If you’d like to be part of a group, please talk with Pastor Dan or Mike Miller, our Small Groups  Coordinator . If you would like to see a video preview of Freeway, go tohttp://www.secondchance.org/foryou/and scroll through the webpage to the bottom to see a short video.

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday before Easter Sunday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten , which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter . It is a time of self‐examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini‐Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

For daily devotionals from the Upper Room , visit http://devotional.upperroom.org/ .

During our worship services in Lent, our children will be collecting change to give to Change for Children , one of our Holston Conference ministries. Each year, churches give loose change to benefit children’s ministries in Holston Conference and in Africa. And each year, several groups receive that pocket change in the form of grants. Change for Children grants support new and existing ministries with economically disadvantaged children, from birth to age 12, and their families. Holston churches and related United Methodist agencies are eligible for these funds.

For Easter Sunday , we will have a cross outside the Sanctuary entrance that will be covered in chicken wire, allowing you to place live flowers on the cross as a sign of the Resurrection. Please bring these flowers with you to church on Sunday morning. You can place the flowers on the cross at any time Sunday morning. Please do not do it before Sunday morning, as we recognize that Christ was in the tomb until then.

 

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