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April 3, 2021 

Beautiful Beloveds,

Today is Holy Saturday, the day after Jesus was crucified and lain in the tomb, and the day before resurrection.  It is a day of waiting.  A day for holy pondering and contemplation.  Today, we consider the joys and costs of mortality.  We consider the life and death of Jesus.  We consider the life and death of our loved ones, as well as those unknown to us. 

I don’t know about you, but mortality seems so present these days.  COVID-19, racial violence and injustice, natural disasters, life and death are on the news, in my inbox, on my heart.  We see each day the fragility and tenacity of life.  Today, let us give thanks for the gift of life, even as we mourn the deaths.  Today, may our gratitude and grief mingle, as we await with holy expectation the joy of Easter.

Peace,

Heather

Mark Your Calendars

Sunday, April 4: Easter Sunday

5:30am Worship available on our YouTube channel

8:30 am:   Virtual Worship premier on Facebook

11:00 am:  Worshipful Engagement in our Parking Lot.   Please register here

While Barnstable remains in the Red, we ask everyone to remain in your cars, before, during and after our worship.  If you need something, flash your lights and we will come to you.

            No Youth Group this week.  We will resume April 11th.

Monday, April 5:

            9:00 am:     Lend-a-Hand

            7:00 pm:    Men’s Study Group (via Zoom)

Tuesday, April 6:

12:00 pm: Deadline for “A Word on Wednesday,” AND Saturday Tidings

            10:30 am Miracle Kitchen

            Wednesday, April 7:

             7:00 pm Church Conference followed by Church Council Meeting

Thursday, April 8:

            10:00 am:    Zoom Bible Study—Join us as we explore the gospel of Matthew, Zoom Link below.

            6:30 pm COVID-19 Leadership Task Force           

Friday, April 9:          

Saturday, April 10:           

Sunday, April 11:  

            5:30am Worship available on our YouTube channel

            8:30 am :   Virtual Worship premier on Facebook

            11:00 am:  Worshipful Engagement in our Parking Lot.   Please register here

             7:00 pm:     Youth Group meets via Zoom (link below)

 

Together in Christ—We worship, learn and grow

Easter Worship

Please register here to attend 11am Easter worship in our parking lot. You can sign up for Easter Sunday and/or the whole month of April.  

While we are not offering Sunrise worship this year, you can tune in to worship  on our YouTube channel as early as 5:30am

At 8:30 am, watch our Facebook Premiere, and offer one another Easter Greetings!

Then at 11:00 am we’ll gather in our parking lot for “Drive In” Style Worship.  Hear the Easter hymns and a short message on your radio.  See friendly, familiar faces.  And proclaim with your car horn, “Christ is Risen!  He is Risen indeed!”     Please register here**Please note, we may be trying a different set up to make Easter Extra Special.  Be sure to look for our “traffic directors.” 

Committed to Serve—We are making a difference

A note of gratitude from Louise Toler

“Thank you to everyone in church who has been praying for me.  It seems to be working, because we’re beginning to talk discharge.  I also want to thank everyone for their cards. It means a lot.” 

Food for Thought:  As we move from the injustice of the cross into the season of Easter, may God give us courage to reflect on privilege, injustice, and ally-ship. 

Green Tips: Share good news! Tomorrow is Easter, Good news for you and me. While climate change is serious and can have deadly effects, people are working hard to reduce and even reverse the damage. Check out some positive stories of innovation, resilience, policy, and collaboration at Environmental

Health News’ “Good News” site.

 

What’s Going on in the United Methodist Church?

Our Bishop, Sudarshana Devadhar will continue to serve the New England Conference as an active bishop.

You can Read the announcement here.

Read Bishop Devadhar’s response here.

 

Need Prayer?

Please submit prayer requests here or contact Pastor Heather directly, pastorheather@umcchurches.org  and 774.994.3645

April Collection for Local Food Pantries:  Many thanks Church Family for your donations last month of Spring Cleaning Supplies!  For April we are collecting Protein and Ponchos:  canned chicken, tuna packed in water in cans or pouches, canned ham, canned beans, lentils, protein bars, nuts and seeds, quinoa, oats, peanut butter, and for April Showers, adult ponchos.  Please put your non-perishable donations in the large “trash can” outside the church front door. 

 

Zoom Links

Church Conference

Time: Apr 7, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88207547026?pwd=U3VMaHZzM08wQTVlQVo5ZXpQcERRQT09

Meeting ID: 882 0754 7026

Passcode: 952246

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Meeting ID: 882 0754 7026

Passcode: 952246

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keAVVwb7bz

 

Thursday Morning Bible Study

Time: Thursday mornings, 10am

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 839 5836 0902

Passcode: 477955

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Or Call:          +1 646 558 8656

Meeting ID: 839 5836 0902

Passcode: 477955