Hi All –
Hope you’re having a good Good Friday, and I hope you’ve had a good Holy Week, and are looking forward to the great weekend to come – the greatest in all of the Christian year! It’s been so moving to make this Lenten journey using our church’s Lenten devotional (thank you Sandy Lavelle for putting it together, and thanks to all of the writers who shared their hearts with us!), studying with 25 or more church members every week during the Lenten Lunch and Learn class, and considering on Sundays all of the people who were out to get Jesus. Today, starting at noon at Trinity Episcopal Church, with other Christians from throughout Elkton, we’ll walk the final journey to the cross on the annual Crosswalk – and then we wait – like they did that first Easter weekend.
The wait will be over on Sunday morning – as we celebrate Easter together! Be sure to come to worship and enjoy, particularly, the incredibly wonderful music that will be offered by the Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, Men’s Choir, Brass Choir and organ! We’ll have three identical services – at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 a.m. Why not invite a friend or neighbor to join you for Easter worship?
Don’t forget that we’ll also be having a wonderful Easter breakfast in Weldin Hall from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. Gerry and Jaime Treese will cook up their usual magnificent feast, so make plans to have breakfast at church on Easter!
Now, on a totally different note: Most of you probably received a “robo-call” from me this week letting you know that our church is getting ready to put together a new pictorial directory. We’ll have tables on Sundays, April 3, 10 and 17 in the Hospitality Area for you to sign-up to have your picture taken. The photos will be taken April 27-30. Please be a part of this, even if you don’t like to have your picture taken. The directory is a great way for us to learn each other’s name, and it’s a particularly helpful tool for someone new who joins the church to use to get to know us.
Finally, let me reflect back on last Sunday for a moment. How great was the Chancel Choir cantata? It was phenomenal! I can’t tell you how many people told me they thought it was the best thing the choir had ever done! It was so moving, and told the story of the journey to the cross so very well. Thank you, thank you, thank you, choir members, and Steve and Sharon! Your talent and dedication is always appreciated, but last Sunday you outdid yourselves!
As soon as the 11:00 service ended, we moved into Weldin Hall for the Easter Egg Hunt, and what a joy that was as well! The room was packed with excited kids and their parents and grandparents. As soon as they could swallow their lunch, they grabbed their Easter baskets, ran outside, and within just a few minutes, burst back through the doors with baskets overflowing with brightly colored eggs, chocked full with candy. You should have seen their faces, and the excitement as they cracked open the eggs and discovered the goodies inside. I’m kind of glad I didn’t have to take any of those kids home – because I have a feeling there were some pretty good sugar-highs in a lot of homes! Anyway, it was a great day thanks to all of you who donated candy – we stuffed and hid 1250 eggs!!
I think that’s it for now. Have a good Friday, and a great weekend! Enjoy time spent with family and friends, and especially enjoy Easter morning here at church, as together we give God thanks for the greatest gift of all – Jesus and his victory over death! I can’t wait to celebrate with you!
Grace and Peace,