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St. Peter's United Church of Christ

Inman, Kansas



April 2018 Newsletter

Posted by ureche1 on May 15, 2018 at 11:30 AM
From the Pastor�??s Desk �??When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, �??Peace be with you.�?��??John 20:19 �??�??I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.�?��??John 10:11 �??�??This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one�??s life for one�??s friends.�?��??John 15:9-17 Easter Sunday is over and done, so what comes next? In the Christian Church we have the season of Eastertide. Eastertide (also called the Easter Season as well as Easter Time) or Paschaltide (also called the Paschal Season as well as Paschal Time) is a festal season in the liturgical year of Christianity that focuses on celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It begins on Easter Sunday, which initiates Easter Week in Western Christianity Eastertide is the period of fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. It is celebrated as a single joyful feast, indeed as the "great Lord's Day". Each Sunday of the season is treated as a Sunday of Easter, and, after the Sunday of the Resurrection, they are named Second Sunday of Easter, Third Sunday of Easter, etc. up to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, while the whole fifty-day period concludes with Pentecost Sunday. Easter Sunday and Pentecost correspond to pre-existing Jewish feasts: The first day of Pesach and the holiday of Shavu'ot. There are several Eastertide customs across the Christian world, most of which we celebrate on Easter itself; including sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting (He is risen, indeed!), and decorating Easter eggs, a symbol of the empty tomb. The Easter lily, a symbol of the resurrection, traditionally decorates the chancel area of churches throughout Eastertide. Other Eastertide customs include egg hunting, eating special Easter foods and watching Easter parades. Many people considered Easter to be, not a day, but a season of the year, a seven-week season at that. Easter Sunday, from this perspective, begins a season in the church year that ends with Pentecost Sunday, the day Christians remember the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the earliest believers in Jesus. Easter hymns, may be sung, not only on Easter Sunday itself, but also during worship services during this time. During the season of Easter, we might let this be a time of spiritual growth, a season of deeper intimacy with God. In many ways, Easter gets short shrift in our churches. As a result, we miss out on some of the richness and joy of a full Easter celebration. Remember, there�??s no biblical rule that says you have to celebrate Easter for seven weeks. In fact, there�??s no biblical rule that says you have to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on any particular day. For the early Christians, gathering on Sunday was itself a weekly remembrance of the resurrection. So just what can we do with the season of Easter? I�??m not suggesting fifty consecutive Easter egg hunts, or fifty new Easter dresses, or fifty ham dinners in a row. Celebrating Easter for fifty days is not duplicating Easter Sunday fifty times over, either. Rather, it�??s taking time to reflect upon and delight in the truth of Easter and its implications for our lives. The basic truth of Easter is simple. In the classic litany of the church, it�??s this: Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! On Easter Sunday, we celebrate this good news, rediscovering for ourselves what the earliest followers of Jesus realized on that first Easter Sunday. Yet the implications of the resurrection are more than we can adequately ponder on one day. The season of Easter gives us a chance to reflect more broadly and deeply on the multifaceted meaning of the resurrection of Jesus. What might this involve? Let me suggest a few ideas: �?� We can meditate upon what the resurrection says about the character of Jesus Christ as the Righteous One of God (Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:25-28). �?� We can ponder the fact that death has been swallowed up in victory (1 Corinthians 15:54-56). �?� We can reflect upon the fact that the very power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to us today (Ephesians 1:15-23). �?� We can think of how the resurrection of Jesus is a precursor to our own resurrection (1 Corinthians 15). �?� We can consider how the resurrection gives us �??new birth into a living hope�?� (1 Peter 1:3) Eastertide allows us to think deeply and to pray broadly about what the resurrection of Jesus means, both to us and to our world. You might be thinking, �??For Christians, every Sunday is a kind of Easter. That�??s why we Christians worship on Sunday rather than Saturday, after all. So why do we need a season to reflect upon what we should be thinking about every single week?�?� My answer is that many of us forget the Easter dynamic of weekly Sunday worship. Setting aside a season to focus on the meaning of the resurrection doesn�??t deny the importance of weekly Sunday worship. In fact, it can enhance it. If nothing else, recognizing Eastertide gives us a chance to take the truths of Scripture and to allow them to percolate in our hearts. I don�??t know about you, but I need this sort of percolation. What would happen in our lives if we went through each day with a sixth-sense awareness of the resurrection? What would we attempt if we truly believed that the power that raised Jesus from the dead was available to us? What difference would it make if we knew for sure that death has been defeated through Christ? Even if you aren�??t ready to view Easter as a fifty-day experience, perhaps you can take some time today to think and pray about some aspect of Easter truth that, to this point, you�??ve neglected. If you do, you�??ll begin to taste the richness of Eastertide. Adapted from Blessings and peace, Pastor Dennis Please pray for these people on their designated day in April. 1) Merle and Karen Thiessen-Jessica 2) Verla Thomason 3) Donna and Jim Toews 4) Lamont and Kelly Turcotte, Aoife, Loki 5) Pastor Dennis Ureche and Diane Miller 6) Peggy Watts 7) Marcelyn Wittorff 8) Lois Wright 9) Kathy Zimmerman 10) Greg and Heather Thiessen, Taylor, Brooke 11) Norman Achilles 12) Scott and Connie Achilles 13) Phyllis Armstrong 14) Adolyn Bartels 15) Rosetta Bartels 16) Joe and Colette Berger 17) Dan and Fay Binder 18) Cody and Ashley Bornholdt 19) James Bornholdt 20 Tim and Terri Bornholdt 21) Richard and Beverly Castleberry-John 22) Gary Ely 23) Gene Ely 24) Gladys Erskin 25) Tim and Cindy Fay 26) Shirley Friesen 27) Todd and Janell Harman-Max, Rachel 28) Matt and Brenna Harris, Suttyn, Kru, Mac 29) Gretchen Kimble 30) Gene Allen and Phyllis Knackstedt Revised Common Lectionary Readings for April April 1 Acts 10:34-43 Psalms 118:1-2,14-24 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 John 20:1-18 April 8 Acts 4:32-35 Psalms 133 1 John 1:1-2:2 John 20: 19-31 April 15 Acts 3:12-19 Psalms 4 1 John 3:1-7 Luke 24:36b-48 April 22 Acts 4:5-12 Psalms 23 1 John 3:16-24 John 10:11-18 April 29 Acts 8:26-40 Psalms 22:25-31 1 John 4:7-21 John 15:1-8 ************************* Ellen Angell, Colette Berger, Virginia Bosworth, Sandy Bundy, Paula Holt, Glennis Lee Howard, Gretchen Kimble, Gene Allen Knackstedt, Kairos Prison Ministry, Judy & Wayne Lintz, McPherson Congregational Church, Beth Miller, Nathan Schierling, Jim and Sophia Stephens, Peggy Watts, Ellie Mae Weathers, Roselyn Emery, Fern Raleigh, ****************** Family and Friends of Lynell Postier Family and Friends of John Reimer Easter Sunday April 1 ************** Communion Sunday, April 1 ************** Women�??s Fellowship Thursday, April 5 2:00 p.m. ************* Acolyte and Baptism Classes Saturday, April 7 9:00 a.m. ************** Men�??s Fellowship Breakfast Meeting Saturday, April 14 7:00 a.m. Inman Harvest Café ************** Church Council Meeting Thursday, April 19 7:30 p.m. ************* American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, April 20 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ************** Senior Center Breakfast Saturday, April 21 7:00 a.m. ************** Earth Day Sunday, April 22 ************* Spring Congregational Meeting Sunday, April 22 After Morning Worship Endowment Sunday April 29 ************** April Birthdays 1 Becky Knackstedt 5 Rachel Harman 9 Jessica Thiessen Landon Slipke 13 Gene Schierling Denise Postier 15 Taylor Thiessen Pastor Dennis Ureche 20 Dorothy Luty 22 Shivawn Schierling 23 Beverly Castleberry 25 Levi Spears 30 Terri Bornholdt April Anniversaries No anniversaries ************** A special thank you from Junis and Velma Schroeder�??Thank you for your concerns with phone calls, cards, and prayers. God bless you everyone. *************** Kairos Prison Ministry April 26-29 �??...I was in prison and you came to visit me.�?� (Matthew 25:36) Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (Kairos) is a lay-led, interdenominational Christian ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ's love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families. The Kairos programs take the participants on a journey that demonstrates the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. A Prayer Vigil sign up sheet has been posted on both bulletin boards. Please choose a time that works for you to pray for the Kairos volunteers, inmates, and all individuals involved in the prison ministry weekend. Another way to help is with a monetary donation. You may donate any amount, or choose to purchase a meal for the inmate, or sponsor a full weekend. More information and donation slips are on both bulletin boards. Any questions or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Allen Thiessen. ************* St. Peter�??s United Church of Christ 107 North Pine, P.O. Box 506 Inman, Kansas 67546 (620)-585-2627 Fax (620)-585-2628 Parsonage: 585-2670 Website: Church�[email protected] Pastor Dennis Ureche �?? [email protected] RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED 2018 CHURCH STAFF: Rev. Dennis Ureche, Pastor Ellen Neufeld, Organist Beverly Castleberry, Church Secretary Worship Schedule Sept. thru May: Sunday School 9:30 AM Morning Worship 10:30 AM June thru August: No Sunday School Morning Worship 9:30 AM Followed by Brunch

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