Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019. We will worship at 9:00 and 11:00 and consider Joshua 4:1-7 and Luke 19:28-40. “The Witness Stones of Jerusalem” is our message for Palm Sunday. If those old stones could tell their story, what would we hear from them?
And at 3:00 that afternoon, we will go as a church over to Nolan Terrace Apartments for an Easter Egg hunt, fellowship and food.
Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019. We will worship at 6:00 p.m. and focus on what happened in the upper room that night. The homily is “Washing Up” and our scripture is John 13:1-17. Mom always calls out to the kids “wash up” before dinner. And Jesus does the same. We will meet in our Fellowship Hall this evening and have Holy Communion.
Good Friday, April 19, 2019. We will worship at 6:00 p.m. and consider Matthew 27:11-26; 45-50. The sermon title is “Darkness”. On Good Friday, Pilate washed his hands of the whole mess, but was it that easy?
Easter Sunrise, April 21, 2019 at 7:00 a.m. at William Taylor United Methodist Church, followed by breakfast and fellowship. Pastor Bill will preach a homily, “The Message about the Cross” relying on Luke 24:1-12 and 1 Corinthians 1:18-25.
Easter Morning, April 21, 2019 at 11:00 combined service. “An Idle Tale?” is the message for the day as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Our scriptures are Luke 24:1-12 and 1 Corinthians 15:19-26. It will be a glorious morning of worship with all of the traditions of the church, but with the “newness” that our Jesus brings. Some hearing of the empty tomb thought the news was an “idle tale”. How about us? What do we believe?
We have added a prayer wall to our church for Lent. As with the Western Wall in Jerusalem, this is a place to prayer and leave prayers in the cracks and niches in the wall. Anyone is welcome to do so. The prayers will remain personal. The Pastor will pray them and come Easter, we have a plan for them.
We begin our Lenten Journey with the imposition of ashes from 7:30 in the morning until 9:30, Wednesday the 6th. The sanctuary will be open. Just come on in and we will be there. Our Ash Wednesday worship is at 7:00 in the evening. The Homily is “Desperate Prayers”. Our text is Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 and Luke 18:9-14.
Our Candlemas 2019!
Bearing the Light into the Church
Gathering in the Narthex
LasPosadas was such fun as the Holy Family went in search for an inn. We are so thankful to our friends at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation who helped host the event. And next year will be even bigger and better!
Trunk or Treat 2018 was a great success. Here is Mamie and she is ready! We wisely moved the evening inside as we knew a storm was going to blow in. So, we stayed dry and so did the kids (mostly). Thanks to all of the workers who prepared such a nice evening for the kids!
And speaking of the workers, here are the men. Hard at work. Ok, they did set everything up and deserved some of that candy.
This photo of our altar, as prepared for the Bishop’s visit, might just be my favorite. See the stained glass reflected on the table? So beautiful. And the folks who prepared the altar and made it shine. They are beautiful too.
We were so very blessed to host the Pastors and Professionals conference at our church with Bishop Robert Schnase and Superintendent Marcus Freeman. The singing was robust, the preaching was heartfelt, the message was informative and the food was “over the top” good. Thanks to so many of our humble servants who made this event such a blessing!
Sunday the 14th is “Children’s Sabbath”. The Message is “God Sightings”. Where have you seen God lately?
September was our “Jewish Heritage” Preaching series. We had a Sukkot in the Narthex
Health Fair at “Stuff the Bus”
Our Wesley Nurse helping kids with socks, socks and more socks and some shoes too
Children’s Time on August 19. Sometimes we are like this rough old board. A few cracks. Some places that are rotting. A few holes. But God does not just toss anything away. He makes beautiful things! Even from an old piece of wood. Even from us! Especially from us.
“Safe Gatherings” is the Conference’s new training and background checking for those who work with children, youth and vulnerable adults. So, those who teach Sunday school, VBS, visit shut-ins, work with children/youth need to have this training. It comes in three parts. The first step is to register at safegatherings.com. Registering will initiate the background checks and references requirement. There is a fee which of the conference will pay part and the church will reimburse you for any excess. The second step is a relatively painless computer training program we do individually at our own pace. The safe gatherings webpage will lead you into this training. The third step is an interactive session you can either do in person or at a webinar. Go to https://riotexas.org/safe for times and places. We might just schedule a training at one of our close churches and go as a group. “Safe Gatherings” will be required beginning right after Annual Conference (July 1), but it sure ma