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Hello beloved people of First Lutheran and beyond –

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. ~ Ephesians 5:1-2, NRSV

It is hard to believe we are already in April, and Holy Week is fast upon us. Because we have a lot to cover with regards to Holy Week, let’s dive in.

Holy Week will kick off on April 10 with Palm Sunday and a Palm Sunday Fellowship. The Sunday School will sing two songs for us at the beginning of worship. After we read the Palm Sunday story and hear the kids sing, we will then turn to the cross. As we’ve done the last five years, we will read through the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, and death to prepare us for Holy Week. Our Order of Worship will also follow along with the story timeline – i.e., when Jesus celebrates Communion with his friends, we will celebrate communion; when Jesus prays in the garden, we will pray; etc. Following worship, the council will host treats and coffee in the Fellowship Hall.

The next day of Holy Week is Maunday Thursday. Maunday Thursday worship will take place on Thursday, April 14 at 7 PM. This day celebrates Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, the foot washing, and his new command to love each other. This Maunday Thursday is also special because our 3rd and 4th graders will be celebrating their First Communion. Their final First Communion Class will be 5-6 PM on Wednesday, April 6.

Good Friday will be Friday, April 15 at 7 PM. On this day, we will hear the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and death from the gospel of John.

Easter Vigil will be Saturday, April 16 at 8:30 PM. This worship service will be led by our confirmands. Weather permitting, we will begin outside by candle light. We will make our way into the dark church and rejoice in Jesus’ light in the darkness. After the Service of Light, we will celebrate the Service of the Word and hear God’s redeeming story throughout history. Finally, we will end our service by remembering our baptisms and celebrating Holy Communion.

Holy Week concludes with Easter Sunday, April 17 at 9:30 AM. For the season of Easter, instead of following the lectionary, we are looking at Resurrection Encounters from the gospels of Luke and John. For our liturgy, we will pull out all the stops. We’ll begin our worship with an Easter Litany. And we will return to singing our Kyrie, Canticle of Praise, and Communion liturgy.

Almost done with announcements! For our year of generosity, this month we will intentionally give to Pathways Bible Camp. As a church, we know camp ministry is so important for shaping kid’s faith. Because of this, we want to bless the camp of our synod. Our offering for Pathways will be taken on Sunday, April 24.

Finally, I am taking time off after Easter. I am for sure taking off April 18-21, but I might also take off April 25 and 26, as well. The last two days all depend on wedding planning. As soon as I know my time off, I will announce it in church.

That’s it for April announcements! I am thankful to remember the gift of Jesus’ death and resurrection with you all. God’s blessings on your Holy Week and Easter.

God’s Peace,

Pastor Caitlin Jensen


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