March 2012 Crossroads

Holy Week at the Presbyterian Church
Please come, share in these times which recall the heart of our faith. Invite your friends!

Passion/Palm Sunday, April 1
Remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to confront the power of sin and death.
10:30 a.m. Worship
In keeping with tradition, there will be a palm procession, special music, and the dedication of our One Great Hour of Sharing offering.

Maundy Thursday, April 5
Remembering the Last Supper

“Maundy Thursday” gets its name from Jesus’ “new commandment”
(mandatum in Latin) to love one another as He has loved us.

6:15 p.m.

Family teaching supper about communion. Gathering for all families with conversation about the sacrament.
Then they may remain for:

7:30 p.m.

A brief service with celebration of the Lord’s Supper— on the night we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples.
Communion is served around the communion table.

Good Friday, April 6
The Day of Jesus’ Crucifixion
It is “good” Friday because, despite appearances, it is God’s Friday.

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

A vigil of prayer, readings, and extinguishing of candles in the darkened sanctuary, as we reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion, of our lives, and our world.

Easter Sunday, April 8
The Day of Resurrection
9:00 a.m.

With cries of “He is risen!” we greet one another at our annual Easter Breakfast.

10:30 a.m. ALLELUIA!

Worship will celebrate the heart of the Good News, with jubilant music.
This is the love that overcomes death!

No Sunday School  worship will be for the whole family.
There will be child care for infants and toddlers only.

News of our Church Family
In memory and prayer…

Two memorial services took place in our sanctuary on Saturday, February 11.

One was for Harry Thomasian, who along with his wife, Betty, was one of the earliest members of our church in 1962. Though he had lived away from Burlington for a long time, it was good to gather with his family, and remember and give thanks.

The other was for Bill Piper, a member of our church for about 9 years. Bill and his wife, Rose Mary (an active Roman Catholic), moved to our area to be closer to their two daughters as he was encountering health issues. Though he wasn’t able to attend worship often, several members of the church came to be fond of the Pipers through visits with them.

Our prayers are with the families of both.

Service for Jay David…

A memorial service for Jay, who entered God’s peace on New Year’s Day while he and Sheila were visiting family in India, is planned for Saturday, March 24. For reasons of space, it will be held at Mt. Hope Church in Burlington. A definite time will be announced.

Crafts and fellowship…

Do you know about the new opportunity for anyone who enjoys any sort of crafts to gather for “work” and fellowship? It will be on the third Friday evenings of each month. See Jane McIninch (jane.mcininch@verizon.net) for more info.

Deacons Corner

Please welcome our new deacons, Colette Greco and Niloo Hennings. Many thanks to Annelies Rots for agreeing to stay on for one more year as our Deacon Moderator.

The Food Pantry is requesting toothbrushes, both adult and child size. As usual, the official collection date will be the first Sunday of the month, but you can bring them anytime and leave them in the red tub outside the church office.

One Great Hour of Sharing

The Presbyterian Church (USA) is one of eight denominations supporting this offering. Each denomination decides how the money will be used. In PC(USA), the offering is divided among three programs. Self-Development of People and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance each receive 32% and the Presbyterian Hunger Program receives 36%. The additional 4% is used for the Hunger Program’s work on homelessness and affordable housing.

During Lent, the children will receive the usual fish banks for their part of the offering and there will be envelopes in the pews. A Sharing Calendar will be available for those interested in a daily reminder of what our gifts can accomplish. For more information on this program, check http://www.pcusa.org/oghs. Our offering will be received on Palm Sunday, April 1.

Save the Date(s)!

The 50th Anniversary Planning Team announces the following events to celebrate BPC’s 50th Anniversary:

• Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Sixties Theme Party for all adults

• Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

International Potluck Dinner & food raffle-all ages

• Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.

Worship Celebration & Anniversary Reception

Put them on your calendar and plan to come.

Stay tuned for exciting details of all events to come. Please speak to one of us to help plan and/or work on one of these events: Judy Brunner, Sue Hadsell, Jen Dewar, Barbara & Steve Karanja, Susan Kemen, Marion McPhee, Colette Greco.

Revised Coffee Hour Schedule

The following is the revised schedule for hosting coffee hour from February through June. Please notice that I have made some changes because of the new roster of Elders and Deacons. There is an asterisk next to the dates where changes have been made. Please contact me if there is a problem with the date you are scheduled to host

Date Team

March 4 Session

March 11 Deacons

March 18 Amankwaa & Asantewaa

March 25* Stalker & Wells

April 1 Palm Sunday Session

April 8 Easter Breakfast
No Coffee Hour

April 15 Deacons

April 22* Adisho/Chapman & Ross

April 29* Clark, Marshall & McGilvray-Rivet

May 6 Session

May 13 Deacons – Mother’s Day

May 20 59th Anniversary Reception

May 27* Emma Sarpong & Esther Sarpong

June 3 Session

June 10 No Coffee

June 17 Dewar & Doubek

June 24 Anderson & Briggs

Thank you everyone.

Jennifer Dewar

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