A Public Service Announcement: the Cardinal Singers from Red Bird Christian School, a United Methodist Institution in Beverly Kentucky, will be presenting a free concert of contemporary and traditional Christian music at Emanuel United Methodist Church tomorrow (Thursday, April 19, 2018) at 7:00 p.m.
2018 Scholarship Applications are now available at abilenefirstumc.org/downloads. The due date is May 18, 2018, the Friday after the Abilene High School Graduation Ceremony.
The Mission and Outreach Ministry Team will be having a bake sale booth at the Spring Reitz and Rust Vintage Market on April, 28th. They are asking for donations of desserts, breads, candies etc. Proceeds will go to the Mission and Outreach Ministry. More details to come.
We’ll have our regular 8:15 and 10:30 Sunday morning services for Easter Day tomorrow, but we’ll also have an Easter Breakfast Potluck at 9:30. If you don’t cook or bake, please know that a box of cereal and a half-gallon of milk would be an acceptable contribution. (Especially if that box of cereal is a box of Lucky Charms.)
There will be a Good Friday service of the stations of the cross tonight (March 30, 2018) at 7:30 p.m. I’m not sure that any Good Friday service can be called “Child-Friendly,” but this one probably comes the closest. It’s very interactive and involves walking around the sanctuary to see and touch the stations of the cross. Hope to see you there.
There will be a Holy Thursday service of Tenebrae this evening (March 29, 2018) at 7:30 p.m. If you can’t make it in person, you can watch it online (on your phone, tablet, or computer) at the link below.
If you’re bringing your own lily in honor or memory of someone (as opposed to having ordered one from the florist via the church), the deadline to drop it off is Friday at noon. If you want the name of the person it’s in honor or memory of printed in the bulletin please let me (John Collins) know by Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
This past Sunday, I announced that we’re beta testing an additional new system for electronic giving online or on your phone (we’re keeping all the current ways of giving right where they are). Here’s a 34-second introductory video. I really have found it easy to use. Please contact me if you’re interested in helping us beta test this new service.
A reminder: Jenny and I are on vacation this week so there will be no Communion Service this evening (Wednesday, March 21, 2018).
Tim Johnson will be preaching the Sunday as Jenny and I are taking a week off. We won’t technically be back on the clock until Friday morning, but please feel free to call us on our cell phones in the event of a pastoral emergency.
Sunday, March 18, 2018 — Regular Sunday Worship Services at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. — Jenny and John on vacation, Tim Johnson preaching.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 — No Wednesday Evening Communion Service (John and Jenny on vacation).
Sunday, March 25, 2018 — Regular Sunday Worship Services at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. — Palm/Passion Sunday. John and Jenny back.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 — No Wednesday Evening Communion Service
Thursday, March 29, 2018 — Holy Thursday Service of Tenebrae (with Communion) at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 30, 2018 — Good Friday Interactive Worship Service at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 1, 2018 — Easter Sunday — Regular Sunday Worship Services at 8:15 and 10:30 with a Youth Sponsored Potluck Easter Breakfast between services.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 — Regular Wednesday Evening Communion Service at 6:00 p.m.
The kingdoms of the world run on violence. The kingdom of God, Jesus declared, runs on love. — N. T. Wright.
N. T. Wright, Simply Good News: Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good (New York: HarperOne, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017), 44.