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From the Pastor
As you know if you were able to attend, on Easter Day, April the 21st, we had two glorious services here at Burgaw Presbyterian with a total of about 130 worshipers. Combined with the 140 who attend the Palm Sunday service and another 50 or so at Eggstravaganza, we were able to reach more than 300 people this Easter with the good news that Christ is Risen!
And, of course, Easter is not over. Just as the Resurrection itself is the opening to a vast new reality, Easter Day is the opening to a protracted celebration known as Eastertide: a period of fifty days and eight Sundays that culminate with the Day of Pentecost on Sunday, June 9. Here is a bit of what we have planned:
On Sunday, May 5, the Rev. May Craven will be here to help us kick off the new month of worship; and we will also receive the Birthday Offering of the Presbyterian Women. This special offering gives us a tangible way to celebrate the blessings in our lives by funding mission projects to improve the lives of women and children nationwide.
Sunday, May 12, is Mother’s Day, which we will celebrate through anthems, hymns and liturgy. Our text from the Acts of the Apostles will recall the story of Tabitha—a female disciple of the Lord Jesus whose life was miraculously restored through Simon Peter.
On Sunday, May 19, we will be treated to a concert by the Burgaw Presbyterian Children’s Violin Orchestra. And, in our lesson from the John’s gospel, we will hear how Jesus responded to a group of religious leaders who confronted him in Jerusalem during the final week of his life asking: “Are you the Messiah?”
Then on Sunday, May 26, we will remember Memorial Day in song and prayer: lifting up the men and women who have given their lives while serving in the military forces of the United States. Our New Testament text that day will revisit the story of Lydia, who helped establish the first Christian congregation in Europe.
One quick reminder that there is a display in the front parlor of the manse that shows what the proposed columbarium will look like when completed, along with samples of the urns and memorial bricks that will fund the project. Please take a look and feel free to address any questions you have to the Columbarium Team.
And lastly, there will be a New Member Class on Sunday, June 9. We will meet in the Homebuilders’ Sunday classroom immediately after the 11AM service. Over a light lunch we will talk about the history of our church, the Presbyterian denomination, and how our Reformed theology shapes the way we worship and serve others—concluding with a tour of the buildings and grounds. This class is also open to anyone who wants to know more about this historic congregation. Please call the church office if you plan to would like to attend.
Come worship and serve with us in May!
Yours in Christ,
ITEM OF THE MONTH – Goldfish Crackers for Child-Care Center
ITEM OF THE MONTH –2LB flour for Pender County Christian Service Food Bank