April 2019 Newsletter
Happy Easter – Almost!
I am sitting here listening to birds, feeling the fresh spring air, hearing the sweet sound of the sander, and “enjoying “ the smell of fresh paint. Ahhhhh – spring!
Several people have been hard at work all week painting and cleaning the front lobby and hallway. By the time you read this, you may have already seen it in progress. We have laughed, teased each other, made decisions, called in others for advice and leadership, and painted and painted, and painted. I think you will be pleased with the results! Pat Aggregard and Patty Ross led us in the selecting the colors, and we appreciate their help tremendously!
Lent is a time that we are to clean up and redecorate our daily lives spiritually. We can use this time to clean out some emotional closets and strengthen those parts of us that need more work. God leads us, and supports us in these efforts, but we have to be willing.
With the cleaning and painting, we keep finding yet another door to sand, a corner to repair, and then the lobby itself badly needed sorting out. With all our careful plans, they are being adjusted as we continue to find new needs and problems. But the results from all this hard work are beautiful!
How appropriate to our faith walk! Life doesn’t go as planned most often, but God is always ahead of us, using all things and situations for our good – AND for the good of His Kingdom, the kingdom that passionately seeks the lost children of His family.
Well, I think its time for me to rejoin the painting crew. May God continue this Lent as a time of renewal and refining for us all. And – Happy Easter! It’s not here yet, but its coming! It may seem to be dark and terrible on Friday, but remember, Sunday is a-comin’! As an Easter people, Sunday is always coming! We are indeed a resurrection people – God makes beauty from the ashes!
In His Love, Rev. Diane
Don’t miss out on these exciting monthly opportunities to
reach out in love to our community! April 5th 11:30 – 1:30
1 Matthew Butler 9 Tyler Sanders
2 Jack Anderson 19 Bailey Sanders
3 Shelby Hart
Strength and Refuge by Kasy King
Isaiah 25:4, For You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat…(NKJV)
There is a lot of our faith tied up in this verse. God is our refuge against evil and will be there through all of life’s turmoil. The fierceness of the oppressor is represented by the intolerable heat, and the forcefulness of a storm. God holds and sustains us with everlasting strength against the storms, calamities, and afflictions of life. So all who are undergoing earthly trials and struggles are to hold out and to be assured of a sure refuge in God during difficult times. God is our strength and refuge.
Lenten Luncheons: Every Tuesday until Easter @ 11:30 – 1pm
Ladies’ Bible Studies: Every Tuesday until Easter @ 6:30 – 8pm
Palm Sunday: April 14th @ both services
Holy Week: Nightly Study “Entering the Passion of Jesus” April 14-19 @ 6pm
Easter Egg Hunt: April 20th 11-1pm
Son Rise Service: April 21st Easter Service at regular service times
We are in a seasons of changes at our church! There are renovations being done around the church and there will be changes in our youth group! Tommy is moving on to other opportunities and will be leaving us soon. But don’t worry! Our youth program will still stay up and running! We have amazing youth leader volunteers who are ready to take over until we find a new youth leader. Taylor Draper, Devin Moran, Hector Pando, and Gracie Lemmon are dedicated and ready to continue to help our youth grow in Christ. April 10th, at our normal Wednesday night we will have a brain storm session! We hope all youth will attend and let us hear your ideas!
@228_Students meet Wednesdays @6:00 and Sundays will start back April 14th time TBD
Watch for details on service projects and our Summer trip!
April 2019 Calendar
(Every Tuesday: 10 a.m. Bible Study in the Jubilee Center; 1:30 p.m. Knittie Bitties in the Fellowship Hall)
(Every Wednesday: 6:00 p.m. Meet & Eat and Bible study and Youth Meeting)
(Every Thursday: Boyscouts meet in our Sunday School rooms and Fellowship Hall)
(Every Sunday from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. we have Holy Communion & prayer in the sanctuary;
Youth Sundays will start back April 14th TBD)
- April 1 Prayer Walk 5:30 pm
ABC Meeting 6:30 pm
- April 2 Lenten Luncheon 11:30 am
Ladies’ Bible Study 6:30 pm
- April 5 Drive Thru Prayer 11:30 am
- April 8 Shalom 6:30 pm
- April 9 Lenten Luncheon 11:30 am
Ladies Bible Study 6:30 pm
- April 10 Fill Easter Eggs 6:00 pm
- April 11 Finance Meeting 6:30
- April 12 UMM Retreat 6:00 pm – Saturday 11 am
- April 14 Holy Week Service 6 pm
- April 15 Holy Week Service 6 pm
- April 16 Holy Week Service 6 pm
- April 17 Holy Week Seder Dinner 6 pm
- April 18 Holy Week Service 6pm
- April 19 Good Friday 6 pm
- April 20 Easter Egg Hunt 11 am – 1pm
UMM Breakfast 8 am
Morning Glories 9am
- April 21 Happy Easter!!!
- Son Rise Service TBA
- Early Service 8:30 am
- Breakfast 9:30
- Late Service 11:00
- April 22 ABC Meeting 6:30
- April 26 Trike A Thon NACC
- April 27 UMW Yard & Bake Sale 7am-1pm
- Lay Servant Training @
- April 28 Worship Meeting 12pm
- Fellowship Dinner @ 6 pm
- April 29 SPRC Meeting 6:30 pm
Thoughts from Jack’s Computer
Monday morning, March 25th, 7 am: April newsletter deadline fast approaching, nothing to write about. Then suddenly out of nowhere these thoughts appeared. I hope you will take time to read them and hopefully realize what I am trying to say.
A popular saying I remember from the 60’s and 70’s goes like this: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. Words may not leave physical damage as sticks and stones do, but they do indeed inflict mental damage. Many words have been said in haste or in anger that have inflicted much hurt to other individuals. The old saying, “when angry count to 10 before saying anything” definitely applies today. Many problems exist today because one individual did not think before replying to a situation. Several other sayings come to mind; “loose lips have sunk many ships” and “put brain in gear before opening mouth”. The person that you are angry with may have problems that you are unaware of, and your remarks make be the “straw that broke the camels back”. Many people are very good at consealing their feelings. With the weight of the world on their shoulders, they go about day to day life as if nothing is wrong. Maybe, they just lost their job or just received news that they or a loved one has a serious medical condition. My challenge to you is for you to think back to yesterday, last week, last year or maybe years ago. Can you think of someone you may have hurt with unpleasent words. Try to approach that person, if possible, with LOVE and attempt to make ammends. Be careful though that you don’t compound the situation. One last saying from the past; “If you can’t say something good about someone, don’s say anything at all”. We are commanded in Matthew “To love God and to love as neighbor as ourselves” and “to do unto others as we would have others do unto us”. I’m starting to ramble now so I will stop until next month. Remember LIVE LOVE.
“Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.” Mahatma Gandhi
Important UMW Unit Meeting will be April 15th @ 6:30 pm!
MORNING GLORIES CIRCLE;
The Morning Glory Circle of the UMW will meet on Saturday morning April 20th at 9 am. The UMW is open to all women who attend Heritage.
Shalom Circle will be meeting on Monday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m.
UMW yard and bake sale: April 27th @ 8am – 1pm. Helpers need to be there 1 hr early to help set up. Please price all items except clothing. For more information, call Julene Anderson @ 872-3471.