The Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is an astonishing claim. The scriptures present a number of responses to the claim: disbelief, confusion, bewilderment, and mockery. It’s fair to say that these reactions to the story have not disappeared—even within the church.
How did it happen? How can someone come back from the dead? Is it the same body? Changed? In what ways? These are among the many questions that we are fond of asking and debating and sometimes judging other people’s answers to.
We can get hung up on the details that we imagine they are the things we’re supposed to have faith in. The arguments that Christians get in with non-Christians and with each other over the nature of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and how to understand it ignores the powerful world-changing reality at the heart of the proclamation.
For this reality requires not our doctrinal assent but our discipleship. It calls us to follow in the path of faithful discipleship in the way of the One raised to new life.
Rev. Mark Schaefer, Pastor
SUNDAY’S WORSHIP SERVICES
Thanks to everyone who participated in worship services Sunday. Thanks to Crystal Reed and Cara Schaefer for running the Zoom and Facebook livestreams during worship, and to Chiara Griffith for taking the time to record and provide our music.
Sermon: “Is the Resurrection Real?” Rev. Mark Schaefer
Sunday’s attendance: c. 40
Collection: $ TBD
NEXT SUNDAY SERVICES, MAY 3, 2020, 10:00 a.m.—ONLINE
Fourth Sunday in Easter
Sermon: “Faith Questions: Why Does God Allow Evil?” Rev. Mark Schaefer
Scripture Lessons: Acts 2:42–47; 1 Peter 2:19–25; John 10:1–10
To Join Online:
- Watch the livestream on Facebook
- Using Zoom on a smartphone, computer, or other device
- Calling in on your telephone
- Dial +1 (301) 715-8592
- Enter meeting ID: 418 392 652#
- Enter password: 001873
- To give an offering or tithe
- For all information and resources, including bulletins
Want to help out in worship? Use our online sign-up to be a greeter, usher, liturgist, lector, or communion server.
HOW TO MAKE A DONATION ONLINE
If you’re looking to make your contribution of tithes and offerings online, you can do so easily at the following links:
Community Events & Information
STAYING AT HOME? JOIN MONDAY METHODISTS!
Are you one of the many who’ve never been able to join the Monday Methodists prayer group because you’ve always had to go to work? Are you now stuck at home and looking for ways to connect with other people? Then we have the solution for you. Join Monday Methodists every Monday at 9 a.m. for a time of fellowship and prayer via Zoom. You can use a device to log in or call in by telephone. To join us, use the login information below:
- Via Zoom: https://bit.ly/CUMCMM
- Via Phone:
- Dial +1 (301) 715 8592
- Enter meeting ID: 306 194 066#
- Enter password: 001873
REVELATION BIBLE STUDY—NEW TIME!
Mondays, 7:00 p.m., Online
Join us for a special post-Easter Bible Study on the Book of Revelation. This oft-misunderstood text is viewed with fear and apprehension by many, but in reality has a powerful message of hope. Join us via Zoom video or conference call, beginning this Monday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. using the login information below. If you missed last Monday’s bible study, watch the video here (Password: 8h&f!C%7)
SPRING FLING POSTPONED
Our annual Spring Fling, usually the first Saturday in May, has been postponed due to our inability to gather into May. Church leadership is looking at when to schedule the event (either summer, or perhaps fall). Watch this space for updates!
POST-EASTER SERMON SERIES: QUESTIONS OF FAITH
April 19–May 24, 2020
Join us for an exploration of some of the more frequently encountered questions of faith that people have. Throughout the Easter season we'll explore questions like: Am I lost if I have doubt? Is the resurrection real? Why does God allow evil? Do non-Christians go to heaven? How is Jesus both human and divine? and Does forgiveness require me to be a victim?
PASTOR’S OFFICE HOURS
As with all our other programming, Rev. Schaefer’s regular office hours are online
. If you cannot make office hours but would like to talk with Rev. Schaefer, you can book a time to do so through a handy online tool called You Can Book Me
. You can use this to book time to talk online via chat or by phone. You can also reach him by phone at (202) 486-6061. One final option is to use Google Chat:
From your online gmail
, initiate a hangout chat
and invite him (firstname.lastname@example.org) to chat. Once you're connected, you can talk online through chat.