Posted by: place holder | March 6, 2013

Lent Easter Season 2013

The Katonah United Methodist Church is planning several special events for the Lenten and Easter season.  All are welcome to attend.  Bring your friends!

On Palm Sunday, March 24, at 9:30 am, Katonah United Methodist Church will join the other churches of Katonah gathering at the old train station (now Pepino’s Restaurant) for the annual ecumenical blessing of the palms and procession through the village.

On Maundy Thursday, March 28, at 6:30 pm, the church will hold its annual Agape Meal (Love Feast) and Service of the Shadows commemorating the Last Supper and Christ’s death.  Your experience of the joy of the resurrection will be deeper and more meaningful if you attend this interactive service.  The first part of the service is a convivial potluck supper of simple finger foods, i.e., fruit, cheese, dips, crackers, and bread.  Beverages are provided.  It’s a festive time of fellowship.  After the supper, we enact a symbolic hand washing and move into the dramatic telling of the Passion story. We need volunteers to help set up and clean up.  Call Deborah Moore or Melva Pitts if you can pitch in.  Please bring your food contribution in ready-to-eat, bite-sized pieces on serving plates.

The annual Easter Sunrise Service will be held Sunday, March 31, at 6:30 am at the south end of the Cross River Dam.  Dress warmly.

On Sunday, March 31, the joyous Easter Service at 10 am in the church sanctuary will feature special music and musicians.  A special brunch will be served after the service.  Please sign up to bring something to share.

Help decorate the cross and bear witness to God’s power and love to our community.  All attending the Easter Service are encouraged to bring cut flowers to hang on the cross standing outside on the church lawn.  The flowers symbolically transform the cross, an instrument of suffering, humiliation, and death, into a symbol of resurrection, love, and victory.  Flowers like daffodils, tulips, and daisies from your garden or the super market are perfect.

Commitment Sunday is coming up on May 4, when we will make our pledge to support God’s healing ministry through the life and work of Katonah United Methodist Church.  As we go through the spiritual season of Lent and celebrate the power of God’s love in the resurrection of Jesus on Easter, let us reflect on how grateful we are that God loves us and is active in our lives.  How can we demonstrate our gratitude for all that God has done and is doing in our lives?  On May 4, we will make our pledge for the year beginning June 1, 2013 and ending May 31, 2014.

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