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E-Note From the Pastor / April 11, 2014



Dear Cedar Grove UMC family,

For the past several weeks we have been journeying with Jesus through his final week on the way to the cross. In this remarkable Lenten journey, we have followed Jesus’ footsteps, remembering the things Jesus said and did leading up to his crucifixion. Along the way, we have considered these questions: What king of king is Jesus? What king of kingdom is he ushering in? And what does he expect of his subjects, his followers?

At the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, we will continue our Lenten sermon series on The Final Week. Our Palm/Passion service will begin with a celebration of the Palms and conclude with a sermon, “Friday: The Sun Goes Dark” and Holy Communion. Please plan to join us for worship – and bring a friend!

Also on Sunday, the All God’s Children small group will meet following worship for lunch and discussion. Please join us!

Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m., the Community Youth Group will meet. Youth, please remember to bring your Bibles.

Financial Peace University, a life-changing 9-week program on personal finance, meets at 5:30 p.m. each Sunday at the church. Contact Courtney Doi at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Please note that the Men’s Prayer Breakfast group will not meet on Sunday morning; we will be preparing breakfast following the Easter Sunrise Service on April 20. (More on that below.)

During Holy Week next week, we have several opportunities for worship and fellowship:

  • On Maundy Thursday, April 17, we will have a special service at 7 p.m. that will include Holy Communion and stripping the altar.
  • On Good Friday, April 18, the sanctuary will be open from noon to 3 p.m. for anyone who would like to stop by for prayer and meditation.
  • Then on Friday evening, join us for  a special worship service at 5:30 p.m. at Anathoth Community Garden.

On Easter Sunday, April 20, we have two worship opportunities:

  • Community Sunrise Service at CGUMC at 7 a.m. with breakfast following.
  • Our Easter Service is at 10:30 a.m. (Please note that we will not have Sunday School on Easter Sunday.)

Please make plans to participate in all the wonderful activities we have lined up for Holy Week!

Our Annual Ham and Egg Breakfast and UMW Bake Sale will be from 6:30-9:30 a.m. on the Saturday before Easter, April 19, we will have a Kids’ Day and Easter Egg Hunt from 10-11:30 a.m. We will have crafts, games, songs, stories and an Easter egg hunt! We need to collect plastic eggs and candy to fill them. If you can contribute these items to Kids’ Day, just drop them by the church office. Thanks! Make plans now to support the Ham and Egg Breakfast and bring items for the UMW bake sale.

The Cedar Grove United Methodist Women are putting together a cookbook that they hope to have out sometime later this year.  The UMW is trying to combine the three past cookbooks with new recipes from those currently attending our church, and they need recipes from everyone!  You can email your recipes to Betty Compton at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   or give her a paper copy.  The more recipes that are received, the better the cookbook will be.  Anyone with any questions can contact Betty.

We collect canned fruit and other non-perishable items to support the food pantry at OCIM throughout the year. Please remember to bring your OCIM offerings each week as a way of reaching out to brothers and sisters around us.

You can follow the many happenings and ministries of CGUMC online in a number of ways:

For our Operation Christmas Child ministry,

  • we are collecting washcloths in April. Just drop off unopened bars of soap in the blue box beside the baskets where you put your OCIM donations and help us meet our year’s goal of 100 shoe boxes.

What an exciting way to bless children throughout the world! Your gifts will show the love of Christ and the power of the gospel to a child whose life you will indelibly touch, even though you may never meet that child.

Blessings! See you in worship on Sunday!
Karl

 

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