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Dear Congregational Family,
 
1.      Holy Week & Easter Sunday:  Last week was filled with wonderful services as we walked the final steps together on the “Way to the Cross” with Jesus.  I was so impressed with how our church family came to worship Jesus together.  We were so blessed by all of the music (Bob, Fred, Melissa, choirs, vocalists, instrumentalists….) throughout the season!  All the speakers on Good Friday afternoon were remarkable in the content of their messages.  So many (that I dare not begin to name them) worked tirelessly to make sure that everything was perfect!  It was so good to see the church filled on Easter Sunday!  Thanks for inviting so many to come with you!
 
2.      Follow Up:  Now is the time to follow up with people as well.  Those who came with you on Sunday, invite them to come again!  Engage people in spiritual conversations and find out where they are at in life.  Continue to share Jesus with them and invite them to get to know Him more.  Ask if they have any questions about Jesus, His death, His resurrection, and if they are ready for His return.
 
3.      Martin Luther King Jr.:  He was assassinated on April 4th, 1968. Our nation continues to be divided by racial tensions and hostilities.  As we have just observed Good Friday and Easter Sunday, it is worth recalling to mind, that ONLY in Jesus will all divisions and hostilities be resolved and for true PEACE to come forth.  Jesus died to restore us first to God in salvation, and then to each other through the grace, love, and peace of God.  Our world needs the Good News of God’s salvation!
 
“But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, but abolishing in His flesh the enmity . . . so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.”  – Ephesians 2:13-16

God bless you as we continue,

                  “Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God.”
                                                         
                                           Pastor Carlson

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