March 29, 2015
LOTS OF CANDY NEEDED! It's that exciting time of year again where we invite the community to join our Easter Egg Hunt Celebration on
Saturday, April 4th. That means it's also time to start collecting mounds of candy for all of the eggs that will be filled, and we need your help! Donations of candy that is individually wrapped, and can fit into a plastic egg, will be collected every Sunday. A bin will be placed in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall. We also need volunteers. See Conor Kristensen in the Fellowship Hall to sign up to help.
EASTER FLOWERS will decorate our Sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 5th. If you would like to purchase a flower(s), please complete the pink form that was passed out today and put it in an offering plate or return it to the church office by Wednesday, April 1st. Cost is $9.50 per plant. Make checks payable to Cottonwood Presbyterian Church.
BUILDING IN FAITH – GIVING IN JOY -We hope to have the loan for the building renewal paid off at the end of our three year campaign. We have a small gap to fill between the money pledged and the money used. Purchase a brick by Easter Sunday to help fill the gap. Thanks for all you have done to make the Building in Faith – Giving in Joy campaign so successful.
GLORY TO GOD: In the Fall of 2013 the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) released its new hymnal, “Glory to God”. It is a marvelous collection of hymns, songs, and liturgy for worship. In December of 2014 the projection version of the hymnal was released, and the session decided to purchase it for our use. Since January, Pastor Tom has been picking some music from the new hymnal, as well as the two hymnals in the pews, plus other music sources. If you would like to have a copy of the new hymnal so that you can use it in worship, you are welcome to purchase one. You can purchase them through the Presbyterian Publishing House. As a congregation we saved around $4500 using the projection version, while still having access to this marvelous collection of worship music. You can tell on the slides which songs come from “Glory to God”. What a gift to broaden the sources of music available to us for worship.
PRAYER AND STUDY GROUPS
SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY CLASS - Each Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. a group meets in room 1 to ponder the scripture passages for the upcoming week of worship. We invite you to join us for this wonderful time of investigation and learning from God’s Word.
ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION - Over the next few months this class will focus on seven spiritual practices that roughly correlate with the practices that we are working on as a whole church. The creative class materials engage both right and left brain and will stimulate lively discussions. Please join us Sundays at 9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
INQUIRER’S CLASS: Are you wondering about the Christian faith? The Protestant Church? What is a Presbyterian? What it means to be a member of Cottonwood? If so, join us on April 12th, 19th, 26th and May 3rd from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in room 5 for a time of investigation and asking questions. We hope you will risk checking out the inquirer’s class.
PRAYER GROUP meets each Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in the prayer room of the church. You are invited to gather with others in a time of focused prayer. These gatherings last about an hour.
HOLY WEEK PRAYER SERVICE - There will be a daily prayer and communion service at 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday of Holy Week (March 30-April 3). These services last about 30 minutes.
COMMUNION CELEBRATIONS - We will celebrate the sacrament of communion Monday – Friday, March 30 – April 3. Communion will be served by intinction during these services.
MAUNDY THURSDAY - We will have a Maundy Thursday evening worship service, at 7:00 p.m. Communion and Foot washing will be celebrated and practiced.
EASTER SUNDAY - Communion will be celebrated on Easter morning at both the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services. The 8:30 a.m. service will be by intinction and the 11:00 a.m. service will be served in trays in the pews. There will also be a Sunrise Service in the garden starting at 7:00 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served after the Sunrise Service. In addition, breakfast will be served between the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. service in the Fellowship Hall and patio area from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. We hope you will join us for one or more of these opportunities to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord.
THE ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT for the community will be on Saturday, April 4th at 10:00 a.m. Invite neighbors, family and friends to join the fun. There will be crafts, bouncy houses, a balloon twister, the egg hunt and a special visit from EB himself! We still need help in the craft room. Let Julie Speck or Merri Lee Zaba know if you can help.
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING (OGHS) is a yearly offering collected by the Presbyterian Church. It provides water, food, disaster relief, and empowerment for persons in need around the world. Relief workers often provide long-term support to ensure that afflicted communities receive what they need to regain self-sufficiency, and not merely survive in the wake of a disaster or famine. OGHS offering can be placed in the offering plate. If giving by check, mark OGHS in the memo section, or place in an OGHS envelope which is located in the pew racks.
CROSSROADS URBAN CENTER - Food of the month for March is juice in small containers but all non-perishable food and beverages are appreciated, especially food in snack-size containers and single-serve beverage items. Water in plastic bottles is always needed in addition to food and beverage items. Crossroads Thrift Store is in need of towels.