Dear Friends, grace and peace to you from God, the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope you are enjoying these days that are hastening onward into Spring. Lent deepens and Easter approaches on Sunday, April 21.
As the Lord’s Day, Sunday March 31 approaches, a few notes of importance between us.
First, Adult Sunday School begins at 9:00 a.m. in Room #4. Topical Class and Bible Study Class will be combined. Dr. Andy Dearman will lead a two-week study on the city of Jerusalem in the ministry of Jesus and its importance to Holy Week and Easter observances.
During Young Adult Sunday School this Sunday in Room #3 at 9:30 a.m., Toni Howell and I will be teaching our children and their parents about worship, Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper.
Following worship this Sunday, March 31, I will lead a Presbyterian 101 Class in Room #4. All are welcome to attend! A lite lunch will be provided.
A few more notes of interest:
I wanted to thank all of you who attended the first San Gabriel Forum on Theology and Culture last Sunday, March 24, at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Emily Northrop gave a presentation on the science of global warming and its economic impacts. If the earth continues to warm, as it currently appears it might, our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be facing some climatic and economic challenges. It behooves us all to start taking seriously our theological and biblical mandate in the book of Genesis to “till it and keep it” – meaning the earth. (Genesis 2:15)
Also wanted to thank all of you who have contributed so very generously to our Lenten Mission Project for raising scholarship funds for the children of Congo. To date we have raised over $6300. A phenomenal response! We are not finished. The more we raise, the more children will have a chance to be raised out the poverty and violence in Congo and Sudan through education. The Lenten Mission Project runs through Sunday, April 14.
As we look ahead, please note that sittings for our Pictorial Directory are coming next week, Friday April 5 and Saturday April 6. If you want to have your picture taken, you must register for a sitting. You may do so at the display in the church’s Narthex as you enter the Sanctuary, or call the church office (512-868-0902), or email Linda in the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also looking ahead, please note the opportunity to participate in a region-wide gathering at First Baptist Georgetown for senior adults. The event is entitled “Vibrant Living! A Senior Empowerment Event.” It will convene at First Baptist Church on Monday, April 8, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This event will feature keynote speakers on aging well and offer workshops and information booths on a host of services for older adults. Registration is available online at www.VibrantLivingGTX.org.
As April approaches, note that we will have a Church Work Day on Saturday, April 13, beginning at 8:00 a.m. The work will continue throughout the morning and early afternoon, so come when you can and take part. We need all hands on deck as we spruce up the grounds, building, and Sanctuary for Holy Week and Easter Sunday. You can see signups for jobs in the church’s Narthex.
For fun, we will have an All Church Picnic on Palm Sunday, April 14, at 4:00 p.m. at Weir Ranch. There will be an Easter Egg hunt for children and you are asked to bring your own picnic supper, beverages, blanket and/or lawn chairs. Dessert and water will be provided. Come out and enjoy the fellowship and fun!
Please take note of our Holy Week services schedule, for yourself, but also for others. Holy Week and Easter Sunday are great times to invite people to church! We will have a procession of the palms on Palm Sunday, April 14, during our 10:30 a.m. worship service. Maundy Thursday is April 18 and we will gather in the Sanctuary for a Maundy Thursday Service at 6:00 p.m. Our Good Friday Service will be April 19 at 12:00 noon in the Sanctuary. Please note this change from our usual evening services on Holy Week. Again, Good Friday, April 19, we will worship in the Sanctuary at 12:00 noon. On Easter Sunday, April 21, we will have two services. A Sunrise Service will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the church’s Columbarium on the east side of the property. We will gather again for worship on Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Communion will be celebrated at both the Sunrise Service and the 10:30 a.m. Service.
Adult Christian Education Committee is introducing Brown Bag Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday, April 23, at 12:00 noon, here at the church in Room #4. Bring a sack lunch if you desire. Beverages will be provided. Dr. Andy Dearman will be teaching on four successive Tuesdays on Islam. Dr. Dearman holds a PhD in Old Testament and has extensive experience in Semitic languages and archeology in the Middle East. His presentations are entitled in order: 1. Muhammad, Mecca, and Medina, and the Birth of Islam; 2. The Quran and the Five Pillars (practices) of Islam; 3. Shiite and Sunni Muslims, Shariah, and the Expansion of Islamic Civilization; 4. Islam and the Modern Middle East. I hope you will place successive Tuesdays, April 23, 30, and May 7 and 14 on your calendar and come hear a gifted scholar and dynamic teacher on these vital topics impacting our world today.
Be safe. So good work! See you Sunday, if you are able.
Grace and Peace,