So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (II Cor. 5:17)
Finally, Spring is arriving! There is no more beautiful place on earth in the Springtime than in the South! The daffodils begin to bloom, then the honeysuckles and wisteria. The earth shakes off its winter coat, and new life breaks forth.
It is no wonder that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the spring time! People often ask me, “Who determines when Easter is?” It was the Council of Nicaea in 325CE that decided Easter would be celebrated on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the vernal equinox.
As much as we may want to get to Easter to experience this new life in Christ, we would be wise to remember Paul’s words that when this new life comes, the old life passes away. Now, there may be much of the old life that we really want to pass away. You and I could each make a list of the parts of the old life that we need to have pass away…but then there are those others parts that we would prefer to hold on to. As wonderful as new life sounds, sometimes we aren’t sure that we are ready to let go of some of the old life quite yet.
The message of Easter is one of transformation—a huge, dramatic transformation beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. This is the Good News of Jesus Christ. God is at work creating new life. The journey of faith is that we are willing to let the old life pass away so that God’s new creation breaks forth in each one of us and in the church of Jesus Christ! Happy Spring!
May God bless you all,
VBS volunteers needed!
Spring is here! Halleluiah!
With the onset of warmer weather, I am in full planning mode for children and youth summer programming. One well loved tradition that I am preparing for is Vacation Bible School. Our theme this year is Bible Science. We’ll be learning how Bible lessons apply to modern scientific principles the week of July 29-August 2. I have been having a lot of fun planning for this week-long event, but of course, I can’t pull it off alone.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 336-667-1288 to volunteer your time and talents for VBS later this summer.
On Monday, March 25, 2019, the Elderberries will meet at Teresa’s Carousel Café at 11:30 am. This month will be Vacation Senior Show and Tell, so bring a photo or memento from a recent or past special vacation to share with the group! It will be fun with lots of special stories, fellowship and food!
Hope to see all the Elderberries or Elderberry Wannabes then! We have a great time and the more of us there are, the better it is enjoyed by all! See you on Monday the 25th!!! Please let me know if you are attending!!
Future Planning –
April 22 (?) – Lunch at Fine Friends
May 20 (?) – Outing to the Yellow Deli in Hiddenite, NC
The culture in Corinth conflicted greatly with the lifestyle that the Apostle Paul proclaimed to those who chose to follow Jesus. In the same way, the church today is called to proclaim the gospel in every environment, showing the world what it looks like when we give our lives to Jesus.
Filmed on location in Israel and Greece, in the Cultures in Conflict Study, Teacher Ray Vander Laan in this 16th volume of the That The World May Know ® film series, addresses how you live in a culture where the worldview conflicts with Christianity.
The schedule for these sessions to be shared during Kirk Night is as follows:
March 20 – Turning Weakness into Strength filmed in Israel and Corinth, Greece
March 27 – The Lord’s Supper: Discerning the Body filmed in Greece
April 3 – Transforming the Chaos filmed in Corinth, Greece
I believe you will enjoy these lessons and gain new insights into Jesus’ world and life through the eyes of Ray Vander Laan. A historian and teacher who sets his teachings in the framework of what the Jewish people encountering Jesus and his message would have heard, Ray provides messages that will encourage you to look at the Bible in a new way.
April 24 – Who Is This Man: Three Days That Changed The World by John Ortberg
Presbyterian Minister, John Ortberg, reveals how Jesus and Christianity came to make an inescapable influence on our world, and how we as Christians can make a difference too.
Please join us for all, or just one, of these lessons on Kirk Night at 6:30 pm.
Don’t forget to Spring Forward your clocks on Saturday evening, March 9. Daylight Savings begins on Sunday, March 10.
Worship begins at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday morning and is followed by Sunday School at 10:00 a.m.
Holy Communion will be celebrated on March 3, 2019 during the worship service.
Bible study dates are March 13 and 27, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Our Sunday school class is studying “What is the Bible?” by Rob Bell.
On Wednesday, March 6, the Ash Wednesday service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten Season in the life of the church, when as disciples of Jesus, we traditionally observe a time of penitence, prayer, and self-examination. The ritual of the imposition of ashes will be offered to all.
I remember being in school on minor holidays and wondering, if they were such a big deal, why were we in school that day? Then I grew up and realized that holidays like Halloween, ground hog day, and Valentine’s Day were only a way to celebrate something in school. These days aren’t really such a big deal at all in the “real world.” St. Patrick’s Day is another one of these not-big-deal days that we celebrate, and several years ago I began to wonder who St. Patrick was and why he had a day named after him at all. During my research I came across St. Patrick’s breastplate prayer. It has since been a favorite of mine, especially this part:
“Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.”
What a beautiful sentiment. God is always with us. I urge you to look up St. Patrick’s story. It’s really much more interesting than eating cabbage and pinching people who don’t wear green.