Easter comes very early this year. Some of us may not even feel ready for that celebration to happen. Holy week we will celebrate in many different ways, and I encourage you to be a part of all that you are able to share in.
At the worship on that Sunday morning we will celebrate with palms and remember the triumphal entry of Christ into the city. Our children will be an integral part of that worship, as we recall the story and prepare for a week of remembrance.
We will gather in the Fellowship Hall on March 28th at 6:15 p.m. to share a Family Dinner. In much the same style as a Passover Seder meal, we will celebrate Holy Communion at the end of the meal. Do you know what happened each day of Holy Week? Come to share in this celebration as we remember the days leading up to the Crucifixion of our Christ.
We will have two opportunities to worship and remember on Good Friday this year. At noon at the Spencerport Wesleyan Church we can share together with friends and neighbors in a joint worship. Then at 7:00 in our chapel, we will share in a Tennebrae worship of remembrance of the grace that came to us that day.
There are a number of folks who look forward to the worship at the Gazebo on Easter Sunday morning each year. At 7:00 a.m. we will gather with folks from our community to celebrate the good news of Christ’s resurrection and our victory through him. Plan now to come to this time of joyous celebration as we share together.
Always a highlight of the year, this worship will be a glorious celebration of the resurrection of our Savior. Music is always an important part of this worship. Plan now to join us as we celebrate Christ’s victory over death.
Many of you are aware that this is a very special offering. Other “all church offerings” that we receive are basically handled by the United Church of Christ. One Great Hour of Sharing is an offering that receives contributions from many different denominations. The offering benefits many people around the world and when we give, we have a share in bringing joy to many people. The theme for this year is just that: Sharing Brings Joy. And that joy is contagious. Plan now to bring your special offering on March 17 as we share with other joyful souls around the world.
SEM TAKES ON HISTORY
Solving a history mystery .....
"How to safeguard your churches' heritage, history
and important documents."
SEM all church event to learn about keeping our history.
Speaker, Gail Fischer, from New York State Archives
Thursday, April 11 - 4-7 pm, with light supper
Registration must be received
by Sunday, April 7.
People are welcome to bring items they
have questions about.
The Board of Christian Education has worked hard to provide an interesting, diverse and interactive array of Lenten programs for 2013.
All members of the congregation, their friends and family, are welcome to attend. Programs, including dinner, will take place at 6:00 PM each Wednesday evening during Lent, starting 2/20/2013.
Favorite Hymm Sing – bring your best voice and sing your heart out to some of your most
Muslim speaker from the Islamic Center of Rochester. A great opportunity to learn more
about the Muslim culture. The Center’s mission is to promote friendly relations between
Muslims and non-Muslims in the Rochester community;
Comedy tape- “Super Sheep”; Motivational speaker Ken Davis answers the compelling
question “Have you ever wondered why the Bible compares mankind to sheep?” His
answer will have you in stitches!
From the Spiritus Christi Church, the Director of the Prison Outreach Program will speak
about this important ministry, including the in-person testimony of some of its clients on
how this ministry has changed their life.
Play: “Poems of The Passion”; we will be looking for volunteers.
This year’s program will also include some relevant congregation community service participation. Each week, in support of the particular program for that evening, attendees will be asked to bring something to support some element of that program. Watch the bulletin for more details.
An added incentive: Bunny Tubbs will again provide her wonderfully delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner at the 3/13 program. You won’t want to miss that!
The current food needs are pudding/jello, canned tomatoes, baked beans/pork & beans, jelly, peanut butter, cookies, juices, coffee, hot chocolate, paper towels and kleenex.
The Food Shelf is looking to relocate and we need help in finding a new location. If you know of any empty building or storage facility that might be a possibility, or have any questions regarding this, please contact Nancy Wilcox @ email@example.com or 391-3082.
If you know of anyone in need of food, please refer them to 277-4917.
To commemorate the beginning of Lent, we will again have a worship for Ash Wednesday. At 7:00 p.m. in the chapel on February 13, we will remember the sacrifice of our Savior and our need for redemption. This is a solemn time, but also a time filled with hope because of the gift of God in Christ.
Once more, this year, we will celebrate Mardi Gras at our worship on the last Sunday of Epiphany. For those of you who haven’t been to our worship immediately preceding Ash Wednesday, you’re in for a treat. Jazz and a parade and sharing beads and masks are just a part of that. Because Lent begins early this year, our Mardi Gras worship will be on February 10. Plan now to be a part of that celebration.