Easter Traditions

Good morning,

 Yesterday morning I got myself out of bed before the crack of dawn, got dressed and headed over to Bird-in-Hand Bakery to get Fasnachts for the family.  BIH actually has a Fasnacht Drive Through tent that they sent up to handle all the orders, but the line for that was really long, even at 6 am.  So I parked the car and walked up to the tent to make my purchase.

 The person in front of my ordered 3 dozen Fasnachts, so I ended up standing in line a bit.  It was then that it hit me – here I was standing in the freezing cold before sunrise to overpay for something that I wasn’t even going to eat!

 Why?

 Well, it’s because I love my family and my pre-dawn dash for heavy doughnuts has become an annual Phillips family tradition…and you don’t mess with tradition!  The season of Lent and especially Holy Week is full of many traditions for many families.  Whether it is going to an Easter Egg Hunt, purchasing a big piece of ham for Easter dinner, or buying an unhealthy amount of candy to give to the grandkids, many Easter traditions will happen over the next 40 days.

 Enjoy every one of them, even the weird ones that only your family does and even if it means standing in 12-degree cold just so your kids can have a fun breakfast.

 The season of Lent is here!

 Here’s what’s happening:

1.      Choir Rehearsals continue Monday nights at 7 pm.

2.     Lenten Devotional Guides are available at the usual spots in the sanctuary.  Grab one for yourself and one for a friend.

3.      VBS Meeting this Tuesday, 3/12 at 6:30pm at the church.

4.     Speaking of Easter…looking ahead to Holy Week:

a.      4/14 – Easter Cantata and Fellowship Meal

b.     4/17 – 4/18 – Prayer Vigil

c.      4/18 – Maundy Thursday Communion Service at 6:30, followed by “Breads and Spreads” fellowship time.

d.     4/19 – Community Good Friday Service hosted by Emmanuel UMC at 7 pm.

e.      4/21 – Community Sunrise Service hosted by Carpenters Community Church at 6:1 5 am.

f.       4/21 – Easter Celebration at 10:15 am!

 This week we continue our sermon series on the disciples as we look at the life of James.  While many of disciples shied away from the limelight, James seems to have relished being on the “front lines.”  His passion and zeal for Jesus was admirable, but it also got him two different rebukes from his Savior!

 Scott