Last Tuesday, April 23, 2019, the scholarship committee met and award the following scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year:
First-Time Applicants — United Methodist
Audrey Unruh — $750
Brenna Riffel — $750
Grace Griffith — $750
Sydney Burton — $750
First-Time Applicants — Non-United Methodist
Trey Hoerner — $500
Prior Recipients — United Methodist
Alexandria Walters — $500
Jaden Walters — $500
Kyler Schardein — $500
Rae Schwarting — $500
Tucker Robinson — $500
Kate Morehead names complaining and lamenting how busy her job and her three small boys keep her as personal temptations. And then later she makes this point:
“If only I could see that my job and my children are blessings from God and not busyness to overcome, I could enjoy my life in deeper way.” — Kate Moorehead 
I need to remember that.
 Kate Moorehead, Get Over Yourself; God’s Here! (Wichita, Kansas: St. Mark’s Press, 2009), 10.
This Holy Saturday, I want to share this poem by N. T. Wright:
On the seventh day God rested
in the darkness of the tomb;
Having finished on the sixth day
all his work of joy and doom.
Now the word had fallen silent,
and the water had run dry,
The bread had all been scattered,
and the light had left the sky.
The flock had lost its shepherd,
and the seed was sadly sown,
The courtiers had betrayed their king,
and nailed him to his throne.
O Sabbath rest by Calvary,
O calm of tomb below,
Where the grave-clothes and the spices
cradle him we did not know!
Rest you well, beloved Jesus,
Caesar’s Lord and Israel’s King,
In the brooding of the Spirit,
in the darkness of the spring.
— N. T. Wright 
 N. T. Wright, The Challenge of Easter (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2009), 33-34.
We’re updating the paper contacts directory that we put out in 2017. There are four options for four different kinds of people:
- For those whose names and contact information are already in the directory and the information hasn’t changed you don’t need to do anything.
- For those whose names and contact information are already in the directory, but the information has changed, we need you to fill out a new form (on the back of the attendance insert). Only the information on the new form will be published.
- For those whose names and contact information are not in the directory, but want to be included this time, we need you to fill out a form (on the back of the attendance insert).
- For those who don’t want to be in the directory, you don’t need to do anything, but you will also not receive a copy of the directory.
There will be a Service of Death and Resurrection for Ruth Dieter tomorrow (Friday, April 19, 2019) at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Interment will follow in the Abilene Cemetery. Jenny and I will preside. There will be no visitation and no funeral dinner.
You are invited to an All-Church Easter Breakfast on Sunday, April 21, in Wright Hall during the education hour (9:20-10:20 a.m.). Celebrate the Resurrection with food, fellowship and special entertainment from our youth. Please bring a favorite breakfast dish. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids following breakfast at 10:15 a.m. Children should meet in Wright Fellowship Hall.
This past Sunday (April 14, 2019) we welcomed our newest member Easton James Heger, the son of Heather James and Michael Heger. He was baptized at the 8:15 worship service.
NO COMMUNION SERVICE ON WEDNESDAY
Because there will be communion at the Holy Thursday service, we will not be having a Wednesday evening communion service this week.
HOLY THURSDAY SERVICE
This year’s Holy Thursday service will be held on: Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. It will be a service of Tenebrae (Latin for darkness) and will include Holy Communion. Children are welcome, but they may have a hard time appreciating the service.
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
We will be holding a Good Friday service at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2019. This will be an “interactive” Good Friday service designed with children and youth in mind.
This coming Sunday (April 7, 2019) is Confirmation Sunday. The confirmation class, consisting of Blair Adams, Troy Boyd, Joy Clemence, Ava Crist, Jack Hunter, Carson Woodworth, and Jensen Woodworth will be leading the service. I looks to be a great service and we hope to see you there.
Evelyn Carter officially transferred her membership from Crossroads UMC to Abilene First UMC at last night’s Wednesday evening communion service.
This announcement is coming late, but Jennifer Green joined first United Methodist Church by profession of faith on February 20, 2019 (at the Wednesday evening communion service). We’re glad to have her officially with us.
Our next All-Church Potluck dinner will be this Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. in Wright Hall.