EASTER LETTER FROM OUR PASTOR
Expect the Unexpected
“But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened,” (Luke 24:12).
This month we will celebrate Easter – the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. In my opinion, the empty tomb was the most important event in the history of the world. The implications are eternal: It meant that sin had lost its power, that death was defeated and that we have been freed from the fear of the grave! Jesus has indeed given us eternal life through his death and resurrection. Easter Sunday is the time of year that we focus on the resurrection, but it should be a continual celebration in our hearts. It’s the source of our joy of salvation which bears witness to the world.
One aspect of the resurrection that is fascinating to me is that the disciples were not expecting it. They were expecting to find the body of Jesus in the tomb on Easter Sunday. Despite the fact that Jesus had told them numerous times before it happened, it didn’t sink in.
They had seen Jesus die and laid in the tomb. They thought that this was the end of their hopes and dreams that Jesus was their Messiah. Little did they know, Jesus wasn’t defeated. He was defeating the enemy! Jesus was about to exceed all of their expectations. Easter is the ultimate “surprise party.”
We can feel lost in this dark world because it offers no lasting hope. If we’re not careful, we can become discouraged and even hopeless. But God has given us reason for a living hope – Jesus Christ offers resurrection life to all who call upon his name! We can expect him to do glorious works in our lives because he is alive and gives us life.
I want to assure you that God loves you and is with you. In fact, he was willing to take on flesh and suffer the cross for the world. Today, he is doing a work in this world that we wouldn’t believe, even if we were told. He has promised to redeem his creation and bring an end to all evil. Are you waiting in expectation for this? Or are like the disciples and expect too little from God? Jesus’ tomb is empty, and this is a reminder that God is doing far greater things. I hope that you know this resurrection hope and share it every day with the world.
Pastor Keith Buckbee
April 18- Holy Thursday Worship @ 6:30
April 19- Good Friday- Worship at 6:30
April 4- Easter Sunday 8 o’clock Traditional, Traditional Worship at 9:00 with
Brass Ensemble, Contemporary Worship @ 11:00
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Men's Group: Next meeting we continue our study - Saturday April 17th at 7:30am. Contact Pastor Keith for any questions.
Our memory café is another way people with memory loss and/or their loved ones are coming together for coffee, tea and/or treats at Zion United Methodist Church on the third Tuesday of every month in
At our memory café everyone is going through almost the same things that you are going through every day.
Janelle Brandt, Certified Dementia Practitioner, will open our gathering with monthly agenda. We will meet for one hour in Fellowship Hall. Please contact Judy in the church office if you are interested. We will begin April 20 from 1-2 pm in Fellowship Hall. CDC guidelines apply.
VBS – SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 20-24 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Great volunteers are needed for this event. Please prayerfully consider giving of your time.
Contact Kaloni Doll if you are interested - 717-866-6531 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Date - Zion is considering a Reading Phillies Ball Game and picnic at the end of June. Contact Kaloni Doll if you are interested - 717-866-6531 or email at email@example.com
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN NEWS:
Can you believe that Spring is here, a time of budding trees and flowers coming up through the earth? Isn’t it nice to shed heavy coats, & boots?
It’s a time to get out and spend time with other women. Our Zion United Methodist Women are having their meeting on Wednesday, April 7th at 2pm. Hannah Krause (daughter of Missy) wants to share her experience with our unit. Come and spend time with other women. Bring a friend. Support one of our youth.
Our may meeting is still planning so watch the Newsletter in the future. Also mark your calendar on June 8th at 6pm for our annual picnic at Sandy Sandoe’s House.
Enjoy Spring! Louise Gettle, President, Zion United Methodist Women
Travel back in time to turn-of-the century America. Skirts trailed the floor, hats were a must, and corsets were commonplace. People traveled by horse and carriage, locomotive, or ship. The first skyscrapers were built. The World’s fair arrived in Chicago.
Life was swiftly changing in the United States; but for the most, it was also difficult. Men and women flooded the cities in a desperate search for work. Former slaves fled north seeking freedom and education. Crime began to rise as brothels and saloons became commonplace in American cities.
It was in this word that Fanny Crosby, Mary McLeod Bethune, Nettie McCormick, Sara Dunn Clark, Emma Dryer, Virginia Asher, Evangeline Booth, and Amanda Berry Smith lived and worked and served. They were ordinary women called to serve God. They followed His leading, risking their own safety and reputation. In doing so they changed the world forever.
The stories of these eight historic, faithful women will change your life as well as you see what God can do through the willing hearts of ordinary women.
We have received a special donation from Rod & Mary Ellen Shearer. The book titled, We Bear it in Tears, Stories from Nigeria. It was written by Carol Mason, who is the sister of Mary Ellen Shearer. This is a very powerful book, but it is a bit hard to read. It is a book that you may want to read a little at a time. But do not let it stop you from reading it. We have added some DVDs to our collection as well. We have the Blind Side, Courageous and Fireproof. I would like to add some music CDs to our collection too. Feel free to add your suggestions or book/movie reviews in the suggestion basket. Thank you! Missy firstname.lastname@example.org
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, he communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
New Sermon Series - The Apostles Creed
April 11 - I Believe in God the Father - Genesis 1:1-28
April 18 - I Believe in Jesus Christ - (Pastor Rob)
April 25 - I Believe in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:1-11)
May 2 - I Believe in the Holy Catholic Church (Ephesians 5:25-33)
May 9 - I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body and the Life Everlasting (1 Corinthians 15:1-19)
1 Georgene Nee, Chris Shaak
2 Nancy Kirsch
3 Barb Steiner
4 Betsy Bateman
1. Janet Schell, Donald Steiner,
9 Geoffrey Ebling
1. Benjamin Burkhart, Josh Mull,
20 Jenn Buckbee, Linda Woodard
21 Layne Conners
22 Sheila Spitler, John Spotts
25 Wyatt Gassert
27 Ruth Rudy, Rebecca Lutz
30 Theresa Tobias, Lynn Gassert
1 Tiff and Lynn Gassert,
1 Bob and Linda Strayer
28 Sherrie and Michael Burkhart
30 Michelle and Todd Smith