CRFUMC Email Blast for April 5th 2023
Connect with us online in one place: https://linktr.ee/castlerockfumc
Please come and join us for Holy Week Services.
You are invited to “The Living Last Supper” The program will start at 6:00 PM with a potluck dinner of salads and desserts to follow. We will have a sign-up at the welcome center if you plan to attend. We also need volunteers to assist with “hand washing” before the program. Please consider joining us!
Good Friday Service at 6 p.m. on April 7th is centered around the Tenebrae. 'Tenebrae' is the Latin word meaning 'darkness.' The service of Tenebrae as practiced in most Protestant Churches is an adaptation of medieval Roman Catholic practices for each of the days of Holy Week dating back to the ninth century. For United Methodists and some other Protestants, the story of the suffering and death of Jesus from John’s gospel is divided into 16 readings. After each segment of the story is read, a candle is extinguished. After the fifteenth reading, which confirms that Jesus had died on the cross, the last of the 15 lit candles is extinguished or taken away, and a loud sound (called strepitus in Latin) is made to convey the sense of total loss of God’s presence and the effect of the death of Jesus on the universe. The final story of the burial is read in near darkness. Worshipers leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ's death and await the celebration of the coming Resurrection, on Easter Sunday (from umc.org).
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The April newsletter is up on the website at https://www.fumccr.org/newsletter
Easter Egg Candy
We have set a box out by the welcome desk. Community Kids will be having an Easter Egg Hunt immediately following the 9:00 Easter Service. They would love donations of plastic-filled Easter Eggs by April 6th.
MSC Digital Devotions Returns for Lent: Come join with voices from across the Mountain Sky Conference for a Lenten Devotion. Each morning’s devotion will be led by a different clergy or laity person from the MSC, as we come together for a time of scripture, reflection and prayer, every weekday during the season of Lent. Digital Devotion begins at 6:30am, February 23-April 7 (Mondays-Fridays) Zoom Meeting ID: 859 9454 0738 Passcode: 002216
Catch Pastor Matt for Coffee: Join me at Crowfoot Valley Coffee on 734 Wilcox St. Monday-Thursday from about 7:45 a.m. until about 10 a.m. Feel free to swing by and grab a drink of choice and talk to me you will not be bothering me if I have my laptop up and typing away. If you want to meet me there to chat just give me a heads-up to make sure I am going to be in the coffee shop.
Backpack Ministry:. Mike Vitek, coordinator of the our backpack ministry program reports an enthusiastic response of donations and remind us that these donations are due this Sunday, April 9. This ministry responds to Christ’s concern for prisoners (Matthew 25: 36, 39, 43). Our Church is the only organization that provides backpacks to indigent men and women being released from the Douglas County Correctional Facility.
2023-2024 Stewardship Campaign: John Wesley the founder of the Methodist movement, gave a remarkable sermon called “The Use of Money.” In it, he said that the important thing isn’t money itself but how we use it. Wesley’s surprising advice still rings true today: earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can. Our 2023-2024 emphasis will be center around John Wesley’s use of Money looking at the book: Earn. Save. Give.: Wesley’s Simple Rules for Money, developed by popular author and pastor James A. Harnish. Today you will be given stewardship campaign cards. Please begin praying on how much you are willing to commit to 2023-2024 fiscal year. On May 7th we will have our Commitment Sunday.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study meets from 9:30 -11 am on Tuesdays and is currently studying Adam Hamilton’s 24 Hours that Changed the World. This group is open to anyone who wishes to s