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Special Holy Week Worship Opportunities

Thur. April 18   Maundy Thursday  Seder    6:30pm
The Seder is a Passover observance that our Jewish brothers and sisters have observed for centuries.  We will use it for worship to share our common heritage and because we find in it the origins of our Lord’ Supper.
The worship takes place around the table with symbolic samplings of foods, so we do need you to sign up ahead of time to prepare the food and set the tables.  This is a great inter-generational learning/worship event.   Sign up at the welcome desk or call the church office.

Fri. April 19   Good Friday Tenebrae & Vigil   6:30pm
The Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”) is a service of quiet reflection on the passion of our Lord where the sanctuary is slowly darkened.  We will use music, scripture and candles to help us focus on the power of the cross.
Following the  Tenebrae we will have a prayer vigil in the sanctuary until midnight.  You are invited to sign up for a 15 minute period of time for prayer.  Pastor Steve will be available with devotional guides during this time.

Lenten Worship begins Wednesday, March 6th with Ash Wednesday and continues through April 10th from 6:30-7:15pm

Fall, Winter, Spring Schedule
Sunday-Traditional Worship  8:15am
Faith Formation  9:25am
Contemporary Worship & Sunday School 10:15am Fellowship Time Following Worship

Summer Schedule Begins Sunday, May 5th through September 1st(Memorial Day-Labor Day)
Sunday-Blended Style Worship 9:30am
Wednesday-Informal Campfire Worship 6:30pm

Whoever you are, however you come, you are welcome here.

Below is a video Pastor Steve made from their visit to Malawi  June 2018

What is the difference between “Faith Formation” and “Sunday School”?  

If you have noticed the signs for the fall schedule change you have seen references to both Faith Formation and Sunday School.  What is the difference? Both have the same goal of helping to form faith but they go at it in different ways.
First of all, Sunday School: Sunday School is a model of faith formation that we have used for many years.  Most recently it has meant a setting where kids were dropped off for class, while parents went to worship.  It allowed teachers to prepare a very age appropriate experience for children, while parents worshiped without distraction.  However, the unfortunate side effect has been that children don’t learn how to worship by experiencing it with their parents.

That will be changing this year, at least partially, because Sunday School will begin with worship in the sanctuary with their families.  The worship at 10:15 will look a little different because of that. It will be very intentionally cross generational and interactive. After about 15 minutes the children can be dismissed for their Sunday School class.

The Faith Formation time (45 minutes between services)  at 9:25 provides an educational experience which is separate from worship, so parents who want to worship as families have that opportunity. There are two elements: The first element is something we are calling Faith U (faith university) and will consist of two classes, offered each week for adults.  There will be a variety of topics offered, dealing with both life application, as well as Bible and theology topics in short series.
Questions about how this will work? Talk to Christy or Pastor Steve
PS.  I have long valued having children in worship  check out this article on “my kid doesn’t get anything out of church”