Green Hill Good News Online* Edition for April 2022
PASTOR’S CORNER—APRIL 2022
“April showers bring May flowers!” And, after a rather dry March, we caught up with the average monthly rainfall in one afternoon of rain!
This is the month of Easter, the highlight of our Christian calendar. It begins with our traditional monthly Communion Service on the 1st Sunday (April 3rd), then, Palm Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of the month. Then comes Maundy Thursday, when we will gather at 5:30 for a special Communion Service of Remembrance. EASTER SUNDAY, the 3rd Sunday of the month, our day of celebration. I look forward to seeing you!
• April 10 – Palm Sunday, Worship @ 11:00am
• April 14 – Maundy Thursday, Service @ 5:30pm
• April 15 – Good Friday
• April 17 – Easter Sunday, Worship @ 11:00am
EASTER LILIES FOR EASTER SUNDAY
If you are going to place a lily in the sanctuary for Easter, please let the church office know no later than April 10. The names of those being remembered and/or honored will be printed in the bulletin on Easter Sunday. Slips are available in the pew racks.SPRING BREAK
Enterprise City Schools will be on Spring Break from March 28 to April 1. The church office will be closed part of this time, the dates are not yet confirmed.
SEASON OF EASTER
Easter isn’t just a Sunday — it’s a season. One day out of 365 is hardly sufficient to celebrate the great mystery of our faith — that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Accordingly, the season of Easter lasts seven weeks (a “week of weeks”), spanning the 50 days from the Sunday of the Resurrection to Pentecost Sunday and encompassing the festival of the Ascension of the Lord.
The season of Easter is intended to be a joyful time for celebrating the presence of the risen Christ in the church. If your congregation doesn’t already celebrate the Lord’s Supper (a feast with the risen Lord) each week, the season of Easter is an excellent and appropriate time to explore this practice.
Of course, Easter really isn’t just a season either. In the fullest sense, Easter is a new way of life — in which we are “dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 6:11), called to “walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6:4). Every year, for fifty days, the church celebrates and rehearses this new way of life in the Season of Easter — as we await its completion in the fullness of Christ’s reign.
excerpt from Presbyterian Mission Agency: Season of Easter
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. Your generous gifts to this Special Offering help provide relief those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed. If you feel called to give, please use one of the special blue envelopes can be found in the pew racks. The final day this offering will be collected for 2022 will be Sunday, April 17.
GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY
The Girl Scouts would like to thank Green Hill for hosting Girl Scout Sunday last month. It means a lot to us that you took the time to recognize us, and to feed us cupcakes! Girl Scout Sunday is a time for girls to reflect on the words “to serve God” in the Girl Scout Promise. Thank you for helping us to do that.
-the Girl Scouts of Service Unit 923
Please take note of our cross on the hill. This is the only time of the year we place a drape on the cross. We use purple for the season of Lent, black on Maundy Thursday, and white on Easter. The white cloth will remain in place until June 5, the day of Pentecost.