Posted by Paul Ellis Jackson

Sermon title: “Reclaiming the Symbols of Lent: Garden of Gethsemane

We welcome all of our visitors today and invite you to the fellowship hall for beverages and cookies after the worship service.  Please follow the congregation to the left out of the sanctuary.

TODAY

THE FLOWERS ON THE COMMUNION TABLE TODAY are provided by
Jim and Natalie Barclay. “In memory of Helen and Donald Morse, and Mildred and Robert Barclay.”  
THIS WEEK

HOUSE CHURCH – On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, we will conclude this session with Kiana Knolland, Smart Justice Field Organizer for the ACLU of Kansas, she will speak to our House Church participants about prison reform and related racial justice issues. Any members, and friends, of UCC are cordially invited to attend. For further information contact Bill Skaer at (wcskaer@aol.com).   

EASTER BASKET TIME – The Women’s Guild will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10th to prepare Easter baskets for our shut-ins.  Please contact Judy Tremble at 210-8167, if you are able to help. This is open to anyone, not just members of the Women’s Guild.  

YOGA meets every Tuesday at 4:00 and Friday, at 10:00, in fellowship hall. The cost for the Tuesday class is $5 because it is instructor led.  

NEXT WEEK

PALM SUNDAY SERVICE is on Sunday, April 14, at 10:30am.  Join us as we celebrate Palm Sunday, featuring our children’s choir.

HEAD-TO-TOE HYGIENE PANTRY workday is this Thursday, April 18, from 9:00-11:00am, at 2130 E. 21st St. N. The Pantry is open on Saturday, April 20, from 9:00-11:30am.  

GOOD FRIDAY TENEBRAE SERVICE is on Friday, April 19 at 7:00pm, in the sanctuary. During this service, the increasing darkness by extinguishing of candles symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus’ death and of hopelessness in the world without God. Everyone is invited to attend this service.  

EASTER SUNDAY – There will be one extended service from 10:30-noon on Easter morning with communion.  This service will feature music from F. J. Haydn, “Lord Nelson Mass”.  There will be an Easter egg hunt for all children to be held immediately following the worship service at noon, on the south side courtyard lawn.  There will be no Easter sunrise service.  
POLO AND T-SHIRT ORDERS – Order your new UCC polo shirts and t-shirts through the end of April. Choose from three colors: turquoise, hibiscus, and light stone.  Order online at www.ucchurch.org – just click on the polo/t-shirt banner at the top of the page and it will direct you to the page to place your order. You may also place an order on the computer provided in fellowship hall on Sundays through April 30.  

CHURCH GROWTH – Remember the first time you went to Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts? If you went by yourself, it was pretty scary. Well…that’s how it is visiting a new church. But being invited to go, with someone you know, makes it much easier. Bringing a friend to one of our House Church or small group sessions is a safe, easy way to introduce them to UCC. Call and ask someone today!  

OUTREACH IN ACTION – Last year, thanks to UCC, adults ready to take their GED  exams received scholarships to cover the cost of the tests. Each of the three tests they must pass cost $66. Many of these students live at or near the poverty line, and this expense is a barrier to their GED completion. The Outreach Board made a $1,000 contribution from its operating budget to the organization that supports these students – The Next Step Alliance – to pay the modest cost of these important tests.