April 21, 2017

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Mark 5:36

From the Pastor...

If you've gone to a Target or a drug store this week, you've found out that Easter is over. The plastic eggs and the Easter candy are in the clearance aisle, banished until next February. There's just one problem with that: commerce aside, Easter isn't over.

Last Sunday we celebrated the good news of Easter, but liturgically, we are still in the Easter season, which lasts until Pentecost (June 4.)   Which means that we are only just beginning the journey of the season of Resurrection.

The mystery and promise of the resurrection could never be contained or explained by just one day, so we are given 50 days to linger in the mystery and to remember the promise of the angels, “He is not here.  He is risen.”

As Rev. Emily Heath writes, "Sometimes we journey through Lent thinking that we are running a marathon that ends at the entrance to the empty tomb. Some of us arrive exhausted, crashing through the finish line, maybe even ready to pick back up whatever we've given up for Lent. But, the reality is that Lent is not the race. Lent was just practice for what comes now. Because Easter is where we learn how to live in the joy of the Resurrection."

And so, now it's up to us to decide how we will live into the promise of Resurrection.   Will we let joy and love guide us through this season? Will we let new life take root in us? Will offer it as a gift to someone else?

I, for one, am thankful for this long season of Resurrection, and pray it will offer unexpected gifts for all of us.


Deep Peace,

Alexis

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Looking Ahead
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Sunday, April 23rd

9:00 a.m. -Bible Study with Rev. Bob Moore

10:00 a.m. - Worship Service *Nursery Available*

11:30 a.m. - Second Hour with Dr. Charles McCollough

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Book Club

Saturday, April 22nd, 7:00PM Christ Congregation Book Club will be held. Light refreshments will be served as we discuss J.D. Vance's bestselling book "Hillbilly Elegy". Please RSVP to Carol McCollough at cmccollough1@verizon.net

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Our Outreach Ministry Offering

For the month of April is America For Christ. The theme for the America for Christ offering 2017 - "Cultivating Leaders, Equipping Disciples, Healing Communities".

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