It is with deep gratitude that I thank the Session and Congregation for the beautiful Service of Installation and Reception that followed last Sunday. What a joy to worship God in the presence of representatives of the larger church. Our guests were quite complimentary of our congregation and they experienced joy and beauty in our worship and warmness in our hospitality. I am humbled and honored to be your pastor!
This Saturday and Sunday following worship there is an opportunity to join Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Becoming a member of the church involves a profession of Jesus as Lord, an intension to live under the power of God’s grace, and being faithful in the ministry and mission of the congregation. Joining a church has proven to be of significant spiritual benefit. When we say “I’m in” to God and a Christian community, our minds seem to become more steadfast in our relationships of love of God and others.
For those who join and those who are curious, there will be a Discover Eastminster day on Sunday April 6 from 8:45 am until 12:30 pm. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall for coffee and then go on a tour of the facilities and meet some key leaders of the church. The group will worship together at 10 am. After we will reconvene, examine some basics of being a Presbyterian, and will have a time of questions and answers. There is a sign up “Tear off” card in the announcements to place in the offering for those who would like to come and learn. Discover Eastminster is open to non-members and members alike. Childcare is provided upon request.
Also in the bulletin is a postcard concerning “The Final Teachings of Jesus” sermon series that starts next week. Please pass it on to a friend, relative, neighbor, or acquaintance. This series will take us through Easter and will look at those last teaching opportunities of Jesus as recorded in Mark 10, the story of Palm Sunday in Mark 11, and the account of the Resurrection in Mark 16. I hope we grow deeper in faith and knowledge through this series, through our personal Lenten prayers and devotions, and through participation in other worship, fellowship, service and study activities that are part of this Season.
May they know we are Christians by the light we bear… and by our Love!