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Easter Sunday Schedule

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09:00 a.m.    Easter Breakfast
09:15 a.m.    Adult Bible Study, Sunday School
10:30 a.m.    Easter Worship Service

Easter Worship Bulletin

We will be printing the bulletin for our Easter Worship Service on Thursday, April 2nd. If you have anything to include, please let me know before then. THANKS!

Holy Week Schedule

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Maunday Thursday Service in Culbertson at 7:30 pm coffee, cookies, & fellowship in church basement after Service.

Good Friday Service at 7:30 pm in Oberlin

LYF Breakfast will be from 9:00 to 10:15 on Easter Morning.

Sunday School 9:15 am on Easter Sunday with Easter Egg Hunt to follow.

Easter Service is at 10:30 am in Oberlin.

 

April Message

The month of April is here.  The big event in April is on Sunday, April 5, as we celebrate Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

On the first Easter Sunday, the faithful were still in shock and disbelief. They still could not believe that their Master, Jesus, had been arrested, gone through two trials, one sacred and one secular, found guilty, crucified on Good Friday and died on the cross, just before the sun went down on the Sabbath. It was like a nightmare in overdrive.

The Sabbath Day of rest did little in providing comfort or understanding. Easter Sunday rolled around fast and the women found themselves on the way to the tomb, early in the morning while it was still dark and cold. They were on a mission to anoint the body of the Master with burial spices. It was the right and proper thing to do.

Even while on the way, the women wondered what in the world they were going to do with the huge stone rolled in front of the tomb to seal it.  But, our Lord had already taken care of the problem by sending an angel to roll the stone away. The stone was rolled away from the entrance of the tomb, not to let Jesus out, but to let the world in, in order to witness the miracle of the resurrection, and the defeat of sin, Satan, and death. Many Bible scholars believe the resurrection happened when the sun rose over Jerusalem, as the bright beams of light conquered the darkness of Easter Sunday morning.

When the women arrived at the tomb, they were confused. There was no body of Christ to anoint with burial spices. Jesus, after being resurrected, used all of His divine powers to bodily pass though the burial linens and the walls of the tomb. So, out of love, our Lord sent a messenger, an angel, to tell the women, “He is not here. He is risen from the dead. Now, go, tell the disciples hiding in Jerusalem.”  So, off they went.

The disciples had gone into hiding in Jerusalem. They were afraid the same thing would happen to them that had happened to Jesus.  The last thing they wanted, was to be arrested, tried, found guilt, and have to die by crucifixion. So, on Easter Sunday evening, Jesus passed through the walls of the house where the disciples were hiding, and the first thing He said to them was, “Peace be with you.”

In all the events of Easter Sunday, we find our God abundantly providing for the needs of His people. Got a big obstacle? Why don’t you give it to the Lord?  He is great at removing obstacles.  Are you confused?  Why not turn to the Lord, He is great at understanding and explaining in His Word. Are you afraid and gone into hiding?  Jesus says also to you, “Peace be with you, I will never abandon nor forsake you, and I will always be by your side to give to you strength and hope when you are weak and afraid.”

Have Great Easter and April    Pastor Brad Rick

Pastor Rick in office today

Pastor Rick is in the office today, Thursday March 26th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. He will not be in the office tomorrow due to a funeral in Culbertson.

Office Hours

Pastor Rick will not be in today, Friday March 20th, instead he will be in Saturday, March 21st from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

LWML Meeting

LWML meeting Saturday, March 14th at 9 am.   Devotions by Peggy Groneweg.  Topic by Pam May.

Pancake & Sausage Fundraiser

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE FEED BENEFIT FOR ELEVATOR Sunday, March 8th right after Worship Service.  Thrivent will supplement our benefit with a donation of $150.00.  Also, the 6, 7, & 8th graders will be having a bake sale, to raise funds for Camp Comeca, during the benefit.  Plan to attend and enjoy some great food.

Please note time change!

NEWSLETTER

Newsletter time is here. Please message me, by Friday February 27th, if you have something you would like included in the calendar or newsletter for March! THANKS!