10:00 a.m. Sunday, March 29
On Palm Sunday we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Palm branches will adorn our sanctuary and our Sanctuary Choir will offer special music.
Maundy ThursdayAt this candlelight communion service we relive Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples.
7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 2
Good FridayOur first floor chapel will be fitted for self-guided contemplations of “The Way of the Cross.” Masterpiece paintings by such artists as El Greco, Bosch, and Caravaggio will trace Jesus’ journey from the Garden of Gethsemane to the Tomb. You are invited to come any time between 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m. to spend a quiet, meditative time reflecting on Christ’s sufferings.
12:00 noon-8:00 p.m., Friday, April 3
Easter PaschalAt this service we enter the darkened chapel, reminiscent of the tomb. As scripture is read, the light gradually rises until the proclamation; “He is risen!” is at last announced. At that point all participate in the stripping of the dark vestments and replacing them with white and Easter lilies
8:00 a.m., Sunday, April 5
Easter BreakfastWe will enjoy a full breakfast in our Fellowship Hall. A free will offering will be received.
9:00 a.m., Sunday, April 5
Easter Worship Service
10:00 a.m., Sunday, April 5
Holy Week comes to a joyous climax as we rejoice in the message of resurrection at our 10:00 a.m. service.
Mission SundayOn Sunday, April 12 we will celebrate our annual Mission Fest by welcoming the Rev. Lisa Harris to our pulpit. Rev. Harris is the National Coordinator for the ABC Justice for Children Initiative and the American Baptist Christian Centers. She comes with a passion to bring people as close to God and as close to one another as possible, based on the Great Commandment to love God, neighbor and self. She works with congregations and community ministries to address the needs of children in the most vulnerable communities of our nation. One of her sermons is published in Those Preaching Women: Vol. 4. Rev. Harris will be sharing the story of how the America for Christ Offering reaches out to those in desperate need in our country. After the service she will be joining the pastor’s Sunday School class for a time of question and answers.
10:00 a.m., Sunday, April12
Classes for all ages are offered. We hope you will want to start the fall off right by deciding to grow in your understanding of scripture. The following is a summary of our offerings.
Adult OpportunitiesMatthew Studies—
9:00 a.m., Sellers Rm.; Fay Havlick, Teacher; The Stories of Samuel, Saul, and David in 1&2 Samuel, whose main issue undergirds the Gospel of Matthew: “Does God Speak Best through Prophets, Kings, or Otherwise?”
Living Waters—9:00 a.m. in Dining Room. Teacher: Steve Bruner; Following the Israelites as they wander in the desert (Exodus), coffee & cookies!
Pastor’s Bible Study—11:30 a.m., Parlor; Dr. Harry Parker, Teacher; This class will be studying Tim Keller's The Reason for God
Youth Opportunities--September to JuneYouth Bible Study
(6th-9th Grade)--11:30 a.m., Youth Room (in basement); Join Lauren Visser, Minister of Youth and Young Adults, and discover what it means to be a dedicated follower of God. Classes will be interactive, conversational, and hands-on as students discover how the messages in the Bible relate to their everyday lives. Topics last year included Bible study methods and the gospel of Mark, which was chosen by the students.
Children’s Opportunities--September to June
Children’s Church (4 years old and up)—10:10 a.m., 2nd floor; Teacher: Sharon Mullins
Preschool-2nd Grade: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in 2nd floor room across from the nursery, Teachers: Neil Lane & Kathy Ogundipe.
3rd- 5th Grades: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on 3rd floor; Teacher:s Norma & Amy Gavard. Both classes will use curriculum from Gospel Light and and Christian Book Distributors, and will supplement lessons with activities crafts, videos, and songs. Children will be encouraged to learn memory verses and to master such Bible skills as learning the books of the Bible in order.
9:00 a.m. Men's Bible Study
9:00 a.m. Matthew Studies Adult Bible Study Class
9:00 a.m. Living Waters Adult Bible Study Class
10:00 a.m. Morning Worship
10:30 a.m. Latvian Baptist Church
11:30 a.m. Bible Study for Youth, & Children
11:30 a.m. The Life You've Always Wanted Study
12:00 noon India Telugu Church
4:00 p.m. Youth Group Hangtime
6:00 p.m. Youth Group Bible Study
7:00 p.m. Sanctuary Choir
7:00 p.m. Al-Anon