Welcome to our worship service on Palm Sunday, April 2, 2023! The Order of Worship is available at this link.
EMMANUEL’S NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS for April 2
*Today’s April Communion Offering will support the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund that helps our church meet emergency needs of local families in Amherst County as they arise. Your generosity is appreciated.
*Easter Donations to the Capital Improvement Fund: Please use the purple insert in your bulletin to honor and remember loved ones with an Easter Donation to our Capital Improvement Fund. Forms and donations are due to the church office TODAY Sunday, April 2. Please see the insert for details and thank you for your generosity. An insert will be included in next Sunday’s Easter Worship Bulletin naming all those who have been honored or remembered.
*Worship, Today, April 2, 10:30 a.m.: Palm/Passion Sunday with the procession of palms, music and Scripture readings.
*Passover Seder Meal, Today, Sunday, April 2, 4:00 p.m. in the Social Hall. Donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of the special foods. Reservation deadline has passed.
*Maundy Thursday, April 6, 7:00 p.m. The Living Last Supper: A Dramatic Musical and Worship Experience for Holy Week by Ruth Elaine Schram. Our Chancel Choir presents a living portrayal of the Last Supper through music and dramatic monologue. Holy Communion will be served during the service. A love offering for local missions will be collected. The actors will meet this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. for a read-through rehearsal and costuming; Dress rehearsal with the choir is Wednesday, April 5 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
*Good Friday Observance, Friday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. Several prayer experiences will be available in the Sanctuary, ending with Holy Communion. Booklets from the Society of Saint Andrew are available today in the Narthex for those who wish to participate in a time of fasting on Good Friday.
*Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on the Church Lawn, Saturday, April 8, 10:00 a.m., Preschool thru Grade 5. Thanks to everyone who helped out by bringing candy for the hunt. You may place your candy donations in the Narthex tub. Any help we can get with refreshments on the day of the event would be most appreciated (finger foods, kid-friendly snacks and treats, etc.). Bring your food items to the church kitchen before the hunt.
*Easter Sunday, April 9, 7:00 a.m. Easter “Son”Rise Service at Amherst Cemetery followed by our Annual Easter Breakfast in the church Fellowship Hall. If it rains, the service will be held in our Sanctuary. Our church family is encouraged to volunteer to bring breakfast foods by signing up TODAY for the items listed on the sheet posted on the big bulletin board upstairs. You may also email or call Melanie in the church office to sign up (firstname.lastname@example.org, 434-946-7624).
10:30 a.m. Resurrection Celebration in Worship The congregation is invited to bring fresh flowers to decorate the Easter Living Cross before the worship service. Invite others to join us as we worship our risen Lord!
*An online schedule to provide meals for the Ruggles family has been set up through “Meal Train” If you wish to help out, please visit this link: https://mealtrain.com/ly6v0d
*Habitat for Humanity welcomes volunteers to assist with their new construction across the street from our church. If you wish to volunteer, please email Robert Habel at email@example.com to be added to the email list. Robert sends out a volunteer email every Sunday evening about the work for the upcoming week.