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This Sunday is Easter! It is on Easter that we celebrate God’s victory through Jesus Christ over sin and death. The resurrection was such a formative event in the early disciples' understanding of what God was doing in our world that those early Jewish Christians soon moved worship from the Sabbath (Friday evening to Saturday evening) to Sunday. The early disciples' response to the resurrection was worship not a day of rest. What God did through Jesus Christ on that first Easter Sunday was so significant that soon those early disciples would leave family, their wealth and venture outside of their comfort zone to proclaim that Jesus is Risen! I hope that you will be able to join us this Sunday in the proclamation of the greatest news the world has ever heard.
This Sunday is Easter Sunday. The Guthrie Ministerial Alliance will hold an Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at the Beacon Drive-in at 5:50 am.
Our Easter Cross will be in the sanctuary and you are invited to bring some cut flowers to place on the Easter Cross during the service. You are invited to think of those loved ones for whom you grieve. As you place the flowers on the Easter Cross, you may share a brief prayer or go to the Altar Rail for a time of prayer thanking God for the blessings of your loved ones and asking for strength and peace as you continue the journey of grieve. As we grieve, we do not grieve as those without hope. Because Jesus lives, so do our loved ones and so will we!
Following the service, you may take your Easter Lily home if you ordered one in honor or memory of your loved ones.
Sunday, April 23 will be a full day. Our Confirmation Class will be joining the church.
We will also have two students from the OU Wesley Foundation.
Sunday, April 23 will be my family’s last Sunday with you. This will be an emotional filled Sunday for our family. We have truly felt the love and support that you offered to us. Guthrie will forever be one of those churches that floods our minds with fond memories. We have been blessed to have been able to serve among you.
Rev. Chris Tiger the Conference Director of New Faith Communities will be preaching on Sunday, April 30th.
Rev. Bob Younts will be preaching on the Sundays in May. He will also be providing pastoral care and handling pastoral emergencies during this transition. Please pray for Rev. Younts as he leads you during this time of transition.
Rev. Derek Belase the Conference Director of Discipleship will preach on Sunday, June 4th.
Rev. Alan Nagel and his wife, Debra, will begin their ministry among you on Sunday, June 11th. I believe that you will be blessed through their ministry and presence among you. I know that they will be blessed by your love, support, prayers and presence.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
If God is calling you to consider any of the below areas of service, I am happy to meet with you sometime next week to help give you some guidance. I hope that you will respond as God leads.
1. A substitute Sunday School teacher for our Junior High Youth.
2. A couple of people who would be willing to lead a Junior High Youth Group on Sundays at 4:00 pm. Our Junior High youth are a blessing!
3. A couple of people who would be willing to work with our Senior High Youth to form a youth group and engage in activities.
4. A person who would be willing to open the church when Toni Scheihing is not able to do so.
5. We need someone who will review Julie’s monthly contribution of funds report that goes to our treasurer. This person would also serve on the Committee on Finance.
6. A person who go over the Registration Pads and track everyone’s worship attendance. This person would keep a record of new guests, mail a letter to our new guests, send the pastor the information regarding our new guests.
7. A person who would be willing to clean up the sanctuary following each worship service. This person would make sure that pencils, offering envelops, prayer cards are in the pews.
8. If you are not serving on a host team that serves for Funeral Dinners and our Monthly Fellowship Meal and would like to serve on such a team two months out of the year, please let me know. We also need two people who are not on a present team who would be willing to serve as a coordinator for their group.
9. People to pray for our church, for our community, for our church leaders and for Rev. Alan Nagel and his wife, Debra as they transition to this loving and supportive church family.
HOW TO SUPPORT THE CHURCH THROUGH YOUR GIFTS
If you are a person who is willing to make a pledge to the church and you have not yet done so, please consider doing this.
I am grateful for the financial support that you have given to help us make a Christian Difference in Guthrie.
You can find the list of apportionments and a description of those apportionments up on the bulletin board by the kitchen in our foyer.
OUR CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
We will have Capital Campaign cards available this Sunday. We are asking for a one-year Capital Campaign pledge from those who are willing and able. Those funds will go to paying the remainder of the heat and air conditioning upgrades and then will go toward the next phases of our master plan.
I am grateful for those who have responded to this need. Thank you.
OUR BENEVOLENT MINISTRIES
It is your support of Helping Hands that allows us to help those in need.
A person introduced me to this statement, “Not equal gifts, but equal commitment.” We do not have equal gifts. Some can give, some can teach, some can serve behind the scenes. We cannot give what we do not have. But if each of us makes the commitment to give as God has given to us and to serve as God has gifted us, then together, we will change the future. Remember this is not our church but God’s church. God will provide if we respond to God’s call on our life. We just may be the one God is calling to make an eternal difference is someone’s life.