To the people of Flemington UMC,
Grace and peace to you all this Holy Week!
Friends, as in years past, we find that our Lenten journey is quickly ending as we draw near to Good Friday and Easter Sunday. In these coming days, we will once more hear the ancient stories that serve as the foundation for our Christian faith:
The stories of Christ crucified and Christ Risen.
As we prepare for these most sacred of days, I wish to share a story that reminds us of what the cross and empty tomb can mean for our lives.
A few decades into his life, the great Protestant reformer Martin Luther began to rethink who God was and what it meant to be a Christian. During this time of spiritual change, one of Martin Luther’s close friends found him one day holding a crucifix and sobbing with joy as he repeated: “Fur mich! Fur mich!” (In German, Fur mich means “for me!).
Saints, this Holy Week, may each and every single of you remember that Jesus Christ died and rose for YOU; that you would know God’s boundless love both now and for all eternity.
Good Friday: Tenebrae Service
We are having a Good Friday Tenebrae service at 7 pm on Friday, April 15th in the sanctuary during which time we will be reading through the gospel of John’s account of Jesus’ crucifixion during the service.
Easter Sunday: Traditional and Sunrise Services
We will be having a traditional service (10:30 in the sanctuary as usual) and a sunrise service on Easter Sunday. The sunrise service will be at 7 am and will meet in the prayer garden. There will also be light refreshments, such as bagels and coffee, provided after the sunrise service.
Faith in Action: Local Church Partnership
On May 15th, four churches in Flemington are coming together for a fellowship luncheon and then will all go out in the community to do several service projects. During that day, we will meet on the Flemington Presbyterian lawn at 12:30 for a luncheon. Afterward, at 1:15, everyone will break up into different service groups. Some will be held at the Presbyterian Church, and others will be off-site.
To see what service projects there will be, you can click on this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4cafac29aa8-faith
All participants are asked to sign up (you can sign up by clicking on the above link and selecting which project to do).
For this event, our church will be focusing on gathering diapers and hygiene kits for families with newborns who need some extra assistance.
There will be a box in the back of the sanctuary where you can drop off size 4,5,6 or pull-up diapers. We are also asking for baby shampoo, baby bath wash, baby brushes, combs, toothbrushes, paste, baby lotion, baby nail clippers, or rubber ducks for the hygiene kits.
Easter Plant Sale
If you ordered an Easter plant be sure to pick it up right after our Easter Service. If you ordered a plant, but are unable to attend the service, please email the church office to coordinate a time to pick up your plant.
Volunteers for Coffee Hour
We are looking to resume coffee hour in the near future. However, we need more volunteers to make this happen! Should you be interested in helping out, please connect with Grace Espeut.