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In-Person and Livestream Worship


Sunday, April 10, 2022, at 10 a.m.


Click here for the livestream


Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:1-11
    Sermon: “Who Is Jesus to You?...”

Children join Pastor Mary in the Chapel at 9:55 to prepare
for the Palms parade during the opening hymn


Join us after the service for the Palm Sunday Brunch!

Palm Sunday and Easter Week

April 9, 7:15 PM - Iftar All-Community Event (A break-the-fast meal with our Muslim neighbors; click here to RSVP)

April 10, 11:00 AM - Palm Sunday Brunch (Click here to RSVP, to volunteer, or to donate)

April 14, 7:00 PM - Maundy Thursday Worship

April 15, 12:00 PM - Good Friday Service (at St. Stephen's Lutheran)

April 16, 7:00 PM - Easter Vigil All-Community Event (Interactive worship service)

April 17, 8:30 and 10:00 AM - Easter Worship Services; 11:15AM - Children's Egg Hunt

Children's Worship

for children ages 3 through Grade 5 meets following the Message for the Whole Family of God.  This week, is Palm Sunday.  Children are invited to help with the Palm Parade during the opening hymn.  Meet Pastor Mary in the Chapel a few minutes before worship so we can get organized.  This week Children's Worship will meet in the Elve's Den to make room for the Palm Sunday brunch preparations.  Next week: EASTER - no children's worship, though there will be an Easter Egg hunt following worship!
Youth Group
meets IN PERSON this Sunday following the Palm Sunday Brunch in the youth room.  And if you'd like to help set up for the Palm Sunday Brunch during worship, let Pastor Mary know.  Youth include those in 5th-12th grade.  Contact Pastor Mary if you need to join the meeting by Zoom.  Next week:  EASTER - no confirmation or youth. 

Adult Education, Sunday, April 10, 2022, 9 a.m.

Join us in the chapel or on Zoom at 9AM as we continue our Lenten series:
"Nurturing the Heart of Community"

This week, Pastor Mary will lead us in a discussion of
"Rule of Life"
as we continue in our journey towards emotionally healthy spirituality.

Click here for the Zoom link

Maundy Thursday Service
April 14, 2022, 7PM
in-person and livestreamed

Accompany Jesus and his companions on the journey towards Jerusalem.  Communion is offered to all.  The elements will be distributed in the traditional manner or you may ask for individually packaged elements. As is our practice, all communion bread is gluten-free.
"This is the night!" The night when all of creation holds its breath waiting for new birth, when God's love defeats the power of death. This is the night!

Starting outside with lighting the fire of creation, we process into a darkened sanctuary to hear the stories of God's saving acts throughout the Old Testament.  The stories are told in experiential ways: dramatic readings, skits, music, videos, and more.  We also remember our baptisms (and get a little bit wet!) and hear the announcement of the resurrection. This is a deeply moving and fun service for all ages.  Join us for this joyful celebration!

It's Time to Order Easter Flowers
to Beautify the Sanctuary

Click here to order online

or purchase at the table in the Gathering Area
on Sunday, April 10

Suggested donation per plant is $15.00 Proceeds from the sale of flowers/plants go toward the Grace Community Center food boxes at Christmas. To make a donation online, click here and then select "Grace Community Center/Poinsettia" in the drop-down menu. You may designate that the flower/plant is in honor of or in memory of someone dear to you. 

Bible Study will not meet on April 14 due to Maundy Thursday worship service. Join us when the study resumes on April 21!

The Lenten Offering this year will go to Grace Community Center to help with two of their ministries: the hygiene boxes they provide to the elderly and homebound in their area and the Educamp youth programs they sponsor during the summer. 

Each hygiene box costs approximately $10.  Grace is also always very grateful for funds donated to the youth programs to help offset the costs associated with them. 

Donations can be made on website by clicking on "Give," then "Donate," and then using the second drop down menu to select "Lenten Offering."  Checks can also be dropped off in the Sunday collection or mailed to the church office with "Lenten Offering" in the memo line.

How to help your child and adults endure the effects
of COVID-19 and other traumatic events
Your child can be experiencing the same or even greater effects from COVID that you are.  Especially when they are attending in-school learning and then being home schooled.  There is no consistency in their life.  It may not be an immediate response, but could occur several days, weeks or even months from the event.  It can also be something troubling that happened to friends or a shooting, that may not even be in their immediate surroundings.   Several short-term responses can happen like feeling anxious, being sad or angry; trouble concentrating and/or sleeping; or continually thinking about what happened.  For typical people these lessen with time, but in some cases, they continue and can interfere with daily life.  If this happens it is important to seek professional help.  Signs to look for are crying often, feeling anxious or fearful, having frightening thoughts, feeling resentful or irritable, having nightmares or difficulty sleeping, avoiding people or places that bring back disturbing memories, or isolating from family and friends.  Or they may develop physical symptoms such as: headaches, stomach pain, feeling tired, racing heart and sweating, or being jumpy and easily startled.  Children that had  mental issues before COVID, may need professional help sooner.
A very informative website for this is:
Traumatic events must be dealt with as quickly as possible and explain to them that you love them, the event was not their fault, you will do your best to take care of them, and it’s okay for them to feel upset.
Here is a website to help you deal in a positive way with your children and, also, what not to do:
There are so many events these days that are affecting kids as well as adults.  Kids do not have the skills to deal with some of these events.  Adults don’t always have the appropriate skills either but have experience that might help them know where to go for help or even what to do.  

There has been a lot of mental issues caused by COVID that are new to people in general.  Don’t be ashamed or afraid to get professional help.  The number of people getting help is astronomical and you may have to wait a little bit to get in to see someone, but be persistent.
From the Mental Health Committee of Health Ministries Board

Upcoming Events:

April 23, 6:30 PM - Film Screening by Green Team, an All-Community Event ("Youth v Gov" in the sanctuary)

April 24, 11:00 AM - Children's Earth Day Activity (Plant seedlings for our pizza garden, decorate small stones for garden)

May 1, 3:00-5:00 PM - Children's Storytelling Day All-Community Event


Visit the Birmingham jail where Dr. King was incarcerated…
walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma…
on Sunday worship at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. 
These are just a few of the places we will be visiting on our Civil Rights Tour.

We are happy to report that the deadline for the Civil Rights Tour has been extended and that the tour is confirmed for October 6 - 10, 2022.  We currently have 20 firm reservations. If you have thought about the trip, you still have time to make your reservation. Consider asking family members or friends to participate who might also appreciate such an opportunity.  Please feel free to contact any member of the tour committee if you have questions or need copies of the registration form.  Thank you.

Civil Rights Tour Committee:  Barbara Eikost, Sue Crescitelli, Al Compaan, David W. Andersen

The deadline for receipt of information for weekly updates is Wednesday, noon
for release on Fridays of the same week.


The deadline for receipt of information for the
May newsletter is April 15, 2022.


or call the office at 419-882-0048

Refer to the online church calendar on the website
for scheduled meetings and events.  

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Please email to communicate updates, cancellations/deletions, and additions to be made to the calendar. For room set-up, including heat and A/C, contact Bruce.

Week of April 10 - 16, 2022

Regular hours: M - F, 9 a.m. - noon; 12:30 - 3 p.m.

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