FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
111 N 5TH ST.
MURRAY, KY 42071
PH: (270) 753-3824
For the week of Tuesday, April 16, 2019
“For you, O God, are my hope, my trust, O God, from my youth.”
Dear Church Family and Friends,
Holy Week is upon us! I encourage you to take time this week to reflect upon Jesus’ journey to the cross by attending two special services that are offered at church this week. First, on Wednesday at 6 p.m. there will be an Anointing and Healing Service in the sanctuary. I have created a brand new service this year, in which, in addition to an anointing service in which we will remember Mary’s anointing of Jesus in Bethany to help prepare and strengthen him for the challenges that he would face that week, we also will be lifting up very intentionally all the people listed on the prayer list on the back of our bulletin. Second, on Maundy Thursday, please attend a Biblical Foods Meal at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall that I will be hosting that will include foods traditionally eaten in the Middle East (chicken, lamb, hummus prepared by Rasha Khalil, lentil soup prepared by Janet Schell, nuts, grains, eggs, dates, wine, yoghurt, etc). Following this, at 7 p.m., we will have a special Maundy Thursday worship celebration that will include a commemoration of Jesus’ last supper, followed by a 4th-century Tenebrae service in which we will remember the last seven words of Jesus on the cross, as candles are extinguished, leaving us in darkness in the sanctuary, representing Jesus’ crucifixion. We will be singing beautiful chants from the Taize tradition. For many, this is the most meaningful service of the church year. We also hope to see all of you next Sunday when we celebrate the Resurrection and proclaim that “He is Risen! He is Risen, indeed!”
In honor of Easter, the sanctuary will be decorated in lilies. To order your lilies in memory or in honor of someone special, please fill out the form attached to this email or found in the church office. You can bring your check to the church office by noon TOMORROW, April 17. You may also email your lily requests to email@example.com. The order form is also attached to this email.
Please put the following two dates on your calendar:
· Monday, April 22 at 4:30-7 p.m., FCC will host Laundry Love at iWash.
· Wednesday, May 8, CWF Mother-Child Banquet
Tickets for the Mother-Child Banquet are currently on sale for $6.50. The annual CWF event will be held on Wednesday, May 8 at 5:45 p.m. Tickets must be purchased no later than Friday, May 3. You can purchase your ticket from the following members: Leah Hart, Vicky Holton, Betty McCord, Teresa Nixon or Bobbie Raby.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES, AND EVENTS HELD AT OUR CHURCH THIS UPCOMING WEEK
Tuesday, April 16
7 p.m. ~ Far West KY DMF in Benton
Wednesday, April 17
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ~ Homeschool Co-op
5:30 p.m. ~ Pizza in the fellowship hall
6 p.m. ~ Healing and Anointing Service in the sanctuary
7 p.m. ~ Choir
6 p.m. ~ Candlelit Biblical Foods Meal
7 p.m. ~ Maundy Thursday Service
Saturday, April 20
Happy Birthday Lily Sanchez!
Sunday, April 21
10:30 a.m. ~ Worship (Easter Resurrection Celebration)
Happy Birthday Joseph Gould!
Monday, April 22
4:30-7 p.m. ~ Laundry Love
7 p.m. ~ Home Bible Study
UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE CHURCH
· Wednesday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday Night Live will have its closing banquet. This is a potluck, bring a side dish to share.
· Saturday, April 27 is Spring Work Day at Camp Kum-Ba-Ya.
· Wednesday, May 8 is the Mother-Child Banquet.
· Saturday, May 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Murray Cooperative Vacation Bible School (made up of First Christian, First Presbyterian Church, New Life Church, and St. John’s Episcopal Church) will have a meeting to help build set pieces and decorations for VBS. VBS is scheduled for the week of June 17.