Dear Church Family,
Last week, our Synod President, Rev. Matthew Harrison, sent out materials to all of the pastors and churches to help encourage people to prepare for Holy Week. The tagline that he chose was “Holy Week: The most important week in history. The most important week in your life…It is a matter of death and life. His. For you.” The following is his message to the church:
It was the most important week in history. Jesus was rejected, condemned, nailed to a tree and died. He rose from the dead and appeared to a number of men and women. They heard Him speak, they touched His body, they saw the wounds left by the crucifixion. They believed God raised Him from the dead. One of them wrote: “These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing, you may have life in His name” (John 20:31).
Every year, believers in Jesus come together, open the Scriptures and hear the account of the eye witnesses to all the events of that astounding week. We read what they wrote, that we might also believe in Him. We read it aloud and preach and sing it in faith.
We pray that you also will come to believe in Jesus and what He did for you, and that you will share our joy. Because He died and rose for you.
What happened to Jesus wasn’t just another event in the long series of travesties that befall good people trying to make this sad world a better place. This was different. Jesus went to His cross crying out to us: “I do this because I love you. I do this to forgive you. I do this to wipe out your sin. I do this to destroy your death.”
Love like that blows us away. It can only come from the Son of God. It’s a love mightier than all the mess we’ve made of our lives, and stronger even than death itself. Join us this week as we gather one more time to hear and ponder, to proclaim and sing and celebrate the most remarkable week in human history.
It really is a matter of death and life. His. For you.
We have a few updates to share with you on the various projects going on around the church. The elevator project continues to move forward, as the city informed the architect that certain fire and security features required in some places will not be necessary at Immanuel. The good news is that we will save money by not having to install these features, but this also means that the architect must resubmit the plans with these changes. Apparently, a red marker wasn’t sufficient!
We also met with the company who is helping us with the front drive project. They have submitted plans to the city for approval and will let us know the final cost of putting in the drive. We should have those plans to share with you at our May Voters Meeting.
You may have noticed a change in the emails you receive from the church. In addition to pursuing more effective forms of communication, we want to make sure that everyone is receiving the messages the church is sending out. If you aren’t receiving any emails from the church, please send an email to the church office to be added to the list.
Finally, we are already gearing up for Vacation Bible School this summer, which will be held June 24-28. We had a blast last summer and are excited for another great week! If you are interested in joining us in the fun, we are looking for volunteers who can help in all sorts of ways. Thank you for considering how you might be able to get involved!
The Lord be with you all,