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Dear Congregational Family,
1.     Holy Week Schedule:  
a.      Maundy Thursday – 2:00pm & 7:30pm.  Both services will offer Holy Communion.
b.      Good Friday – 12:30-3:00pm.  This service is filled will special music, and meditations on the “Instruments of suffering transformed into instruments of salvation” (ie – nails, cross, crown of thorns, etc.).  Fred is also going to play his incredible organ piece in which the organ itself is caused to depict the story of the crucifixion.  If you have never heard it, you owe it to yourself to hear it.
c.       Good Friday – 7:30pm (NOT 8:00!) – Our evening service with meditation, Tenebrae and special choir numbers of The Passion of Christ.
d.      Easter Sunday:  7:00am, 8:30am, 11:00am.  Services will be filled with songs of celebration, and God’s life-giving Word!  Holy Communion will be offered after the 8:30 and 11:00 services.  (It is not too late to invite someone!)
2.      Easter Baskets: Dozens of Easter baskets were given out to our shut-ins on Saturday!  What a blessing to see our congregation serving each other in the love of Christ!  Thanks Bev Rowan for directing this ministry!   (see picture below)
3.      Family Easter Festival: Palm Sunday also featured our Easter Festival.  Again, it was such a joy to see so many serving our younger families in this wonderful festival!!  Thank you Barb Harrold for organizing and directing it, and to Peggy Cox for being in charge of all the food!   (see pictures below)
4.      The Chronicles of Narnia:  For those of you looking to get ahead on the Easter message, I am using an example from C.S. Lewis’ regarding Aslan in the land of Narnia.  The witch calls him a FOOL as he exchanges his life for the guilty human.  Thankfully Jesus gave His life in exchange for ours on the cross and in His resurrection, we have life eternal!
5.      April Fool’s Day: Yes, Easter is on April Fool’s Day this year!  I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes which comes from Jim Elliot, missionary in South America who was killed there.  “He is no fool, who gives what he can not keep, to gain what he can not lose!”

God bless you as we continue,

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

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