This Week in First Church

– Thursday, 1:30 p.m. – Prayer Time

– Thursday, 7:00 p.m. – Sharpe Sisters concert

Bible Study: There will be no study this week. Our final lesson will be Tuesday, May 7, at Gwen’s home.  Refreshments and a time of fellowship will follow the lesson.

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 28 April, to Saturday, 11 May – Stewardship Visitation

– Sunday, 5 May, 5:00 p.m. – Spring Dinner

– Sunday, 12 May – Deadline for submissions for the June Newsletter

– Sunday, 2 June – Communion Sunday

– Sunday, 9 June – Outdoor Service and Barbecue at the Sneesbys’

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Christ is Risen

The Christian Year – April 21 is Easter Sunday, the third of our four major annual Christian festivals (the others being Christmas, Epiphany, and Pentecost).  Easter is the joyful celebration of the resurrection of Jesus (see Luke 24.1-49, and parallels).  On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the power and love of God, which triumphed over the forces of evil and death, reversing the events of Good Friday.  We also re-live the joy of Jesus’ first disciples, as they learned that Jesus was indeed alive again.  As well, we celebrate the promise that all who believe in Jesus will be raised from death to eternal life, just as he was.  Following his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples from time to time over a period of forty days, and then returned to heaven (Acts 1.1-11).

Easter is a season as well as a day; it lasts for 50 days (7 weeks), and ends with Pentecost, the festival celebrating the giving of the Holy Spirit.  The symbolic color for the Easter season is white, signifying joy and celebration.

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Upcoming in the church

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday, following the service – Choir practice

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, at Gwen’s home

– Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. – Meal-in-a-Bowl Supper

– Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – Pot-luck supper and Maundy Thursday Communion service

– Friday, 10:30 a.m. – Good Friday service

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 28 April – Stewardship Sunday

– Sunday, 28 April, to Saturday, 11 May – Stewardship Visitation

– Thursday, 2 May, 7:00 p.m. – Sharpe Sisters concert

– Sunday, 5 May, 5:00 p.m. – Spring Dinner

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Coming up – Week of April 7, 2019

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday, following the service – Choir practice

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, at Gwen’s home

– Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – F&M Committee meeting

– Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Men’s Breakfast

Coming Up:

– Wednesday, 17 April, 5:00 p.m. – Meal-in-a-Bowl Supper

– Thursday, 18 April, 6:00 p.m. – Pot-luck supper and Maundy Thursday Communion service

– Friday, 19 April, 10:30 a.m. – Good Friday service

– Sunday, 28 April – Stewardship Sunday

– Sunday, 28 April, to Saturday, 11 May – Stewardship Visitation

– Thursday, 2 May, 7:00 p.m. – Sharpe Sisters concert

– Sunday, 5 May, 5:00 p.m. – Spring DinnerI

Holy Week – Join us for our two special services in Holy Week:

– Our annual Maundy Thursday Communion service in the Church Hall, which will be preceded by a pot-luck supper at 6:00 — on Thursday, 18 April

– Our annual Good Friday service, in the sanctuary, on Friday morning, 19 April, at 10:30.

Appeal – PWS&D is appealing for donations toward the relief effort following Cyclone Idai, which hit parts of Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe recently.  Over 2.6 million people are in need of humanitarian aid due to severe flooding.  Roads, schools, homes, and crops have been badly damaged, and access to electricity and safe water is limited.  This is the same appeal we publicized last week, although last week’s announcement focused on Malawi.  Until the 14th of April, the federal government is matching all donations made to the Humanitarian Coalition and its member organizations (which include the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and PWS&D), up to $2 million.  Donations can be made through our congregation — just make your cheque payable to our congregation, and mark “Cyclone Idai” on the memo line, as well as the appropriate line on your offering envelope.  Alternatively, you can make a donation online, using your credit card, by visiting www.WeRespond.ca.  Visit the website also for further details on this relief effort.

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