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Thursday, April 10 – noon
RITE OF CONFIRMATION
April 13, 10:15 a.m.
MAUNDY THURSDAY FISH FRY
April 17, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
ECUMENICAL GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
April 18, 7:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church
Easter morning, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
BLESSING OF ANIMALS
April 27, 3:30 p.m.
We encourage you to share in the life and ministries of St. Paul United Church of Christ. Enjoy the experiences of this church with its rich heritage, dating back to the beginning of New Bremen in 1833. Please feel welcome to join into any of the diverse programs that appeal to you and to your family.
We the people of
FROM OUR PASTOR
This holy season, I share with you a poem by Ann Weems in Reaching for Rainbows.
I think on Easter morning we should throw confetti in church!
What about a little fanfare?
A deafening drum roll?
A three-minute standing ovation?
What? Have we had the drums beaten out of us
That we in the celebrative community can’t really
About God’s aliveness?
About God’s love given to us unconditionally?
Have we given Easter to the lily bearers, the bunny rabbits, the patent leather shoes?
Let’s face it:
We live as if we don’t believe in Easter.
We’re the crowd—
Easily calling for blood.
We’re the good church people
Who can’t believe Jesus meant love one another—
Not all the one anothers,
Not drug addicts and criminals.
We hate injustice when it’s injustice toward us;
We love mercy when it’s mercy for us;
We walk humbly with our God when it’s convenient.
We’re Babe Believers who resist the resurrection;
We’re Christmas Christians who are very good at
Celebrating Christ’s birth.
We can cling to the Baby.
We’re even Crucifixion Christians,
Relating to the Hero on the Cross.
We can rock a Baby;
We can weep for a Dead Man;
But what can we do with a 33-year-old who won’t let the story end?
Easter scares us
Because we’re the people who can’t believe
That God gives us abundant Life;
We think we have to earn it.
In our pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps society
It’s hard to remember that God doesn’t buy the self-made man.
So we in the church spend our lives showing God
What good people we are,
What achievers we are,
How much we deserve God’s love.
We want to pay our own way,
But Easter says it’s already been paid!
Easter says, no matter how prodigal,
We can go home again!
Let’s celebrate that amazing grace
That in Christ’s resurrection
We are still loved even at our most outrageous.
The Lord has given us the music;
All we need do is dance it!
Come to the Easter party.
PASTOR BECKY IS ON FACEBOOK!
Facebook is an excellent way to stay in touch with one another. It has three helpful features: wall postings, private Instant Message chatting, and private inbox messaging. St. Paul United Church of Christ has a Facebook page online that is updated weekly. Pastor Becky also has a Facebook page. You are invited to “like” the St. Paul UCC/New Bremen page and to “friend request” Pastor Becky.
If you have a joy or concern you would like lifted up in prayer, the Prayer Chain is ready and available. Please contact Pastor Becky at 419.953.1152 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your prayer request. You are also invited to join this growing ministry. All are welcome!
Sometimes prayers that weigh on our hearts and minds need to be expressed tangibly. A Prayer Tapestry is available in the sanctuary (near the refreshment table). You are invited to choose a ribbon or cloth from the basket that represents your prayer, weaving it into the tapestry. Together, our prayers are a thing of beauty!