4/1/2015 Holy Week Newsletter

Holy Week at First Presbyterian Church   March 29 April 5, 2015

Our regular first Wednesday Fellowship will not meet this week.  Wednesday is rehearsal night for participants in the Maundy Thursday Drama(see below).  There will be no  other activities this Wednesday.


Maundy Thursday - April 2

6pm - Choir Rehearsal

7pm - Worship

Worship begins with communion as we remember the last supper Jesus shared with his disciples.  After communion we will turn to the story of Jesus arrest, crucifixion and death on the cross. This part of the worship service is called the Tenebrae which is Latin for darkness or shadows.  We will bring to life several key participants in the events of Thursday night and Good Friday. At the conclusion, as the passion story is read,    candles will be extinguished until only a single light remains burning.   The title of the drama is What Shall We Do with the King of the Jews? 

Maundy Thursday is also the time when our church asks for a special offering for the ministry of One Great Hour of Sharing .  OGHS is our first line of defense in times of disaster.   Be it a tornado, hurricane, earthquake or a manmade disaster we can reach out to people in need around the world with OGHS funds. 


Good Friday Prayer Vigil from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

We have 30 minute time slots available before 9am and after 4:30pm. This is a time of prayer and reflection.  Some participants read scripture, journal, or simply sit quietly.

The prayer vigil has been a tradition in our church for more than 40 years.


 9:30 a.m.  Easter Sunday Service

As is our custom we will begin our worship with the sanctuary shrouded in darkness.  When the good news of resurrection is announced, the sanctuary will be flooded in the light of Christ.

In addition, our young people will also be performing in the Easter Service.  The Lil' JC Crew group will perform (Ages 2yrs to Kindergarten) and then the older kids Ages 1st grade thru 5th grade.  Parents, please have the kids at church by 9:10 to go thru the songs one last time

 10:30 a.m. NO JC Crew Sunday School


Presbyterian Women News

Faith Circle - April 7th at 9:15am at the church

Hope Circle - April 9th at 4:30pm at the home of Marge Lancaster.

The Ladies & Lassies Brunch is scheduled for Sunday April 12 at 10:45 a.m. following the regular church service.  The program will be presented by Patti Winn on words from the Mama who prepared the fishes and loaves for the boys lunch that day on the miracle of the Feeding of the 5,000.  Tickets are on sale for $7.00 a person with age 10 and under FREE.  Tickets may be purchased before and after church service on Sunday April 5 or by contacting Theresa Harner.

PW is collecting seed packets  (flower and/or vegetable) to take to the SPRING GATHERING  in Decatur on April 18.  If you wish to participate, please bring to church by April 12 and deposit in basket in the Narthex. 

Spring Rummage/Bake Sale : April 24-25.  All hands are needed to set up, sell and clean up.  This is a wonderful fundraiser for our church.  Please come out to help make it a success.  We will need extra help with cleaning up after the sale and setting up for the Ladies and Lassies Brunch.  Signup sheets are on the Narthex table.

A word of special thanks to the Welcoming Team for the greeters welcoming first time guests to our church and all those who helped put together the gifts and informational packet to give to our visitors.  A whole lot of time and effort goes into making us a friendly and welcoming church If you heard our radio spots last week and this week thank Tod Lancaster for getting them on the air.


Looking forward to May!

Sunday, May 17 - Celebration Sunday

Sunday May 24- Memorial Day Weekend - worship in the Inspiration Garden.

Sunday May  24 is also Pentecost Sunday - We celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit.


 Its time to plan for Summer!!

Vacation Bible School - June 7-11th -get ready to climb Mt. Everest

Presbyterian Women Triennium in Minneapolis.   June 17-21

Mission Trip - We plan to travel to Conway, AR. to help clean up and rebuild in two small communities hit by tornadoes in April 2014.  We leave June 22 and return June 27.

Camp Carew

Our youth ministry director, Scott Goodson will be attending camp the week of July 5th to the 11th.  This is a general camp with all kinds of activities for the kids.  The young people will learn about their fight and the Bible - in addition to fishing, swimming, camping, canoeing and meeting other young people from all around Central Illinois.   Church will pay for 1/2 the cost. Friends are welcome to come along.

Kaitlyn Holste Blood drive will be April 10th from 2-7pm.  Sigh up to give the gift of life.