Spring has finally arrived, and with it we are now enjoying warmer weather, singing birds, green grass and leaves on trees. I have always found it amazing how a little warmer weather and a few green things can change one’s attitude about so many things. Spring is a time for new beginnings, new opportunities, and a new outlook for our lives.
Spring is also the time of Easter. For the past several weeks, we have been celebrating Lent as we prepare for the Easter celebrations to come. It has been a time of sharing with friends and neighbors, a time of welcoming back our snow-birds, and a time of making new friends as we enjoy our weekly Lenten lunches. It has been a time of sacrifice and honor as we remember the thoughts and actions of Christ as he prepared for his own ordeal.
As the seasons change around us, so do our lives. Each year about this time, I am reminded how our lives mirror our landscape. During the fall, we watch as leaves turn brown and fall from the trees, and the cold north winds begin to blow. All around us seems cold and lifeless and we endure the harsh realities of winter. But then comes the spring and the warm weather revives us, the new growth gives us confirmation of better things ahead.
And so it is with our Christian lives. Sin creeps in and the cold winds of resentment and disobedience interrupt our lives until all seems cold, lifeless and barren. But then when we allow God into our lives, the love of Jesus Christ warms our hearts, refreshes our lives, and his Spirit refreshes us in love.
Yes, I love this time of year. The old is past away and forgotten, behold all things become new again. It is a time for us to start over…a spring cleaning, if you will. Another chance at happiness, contentment, and renewed love as we remember the opportunity Christ has given us. He took our place. He suffered terrible things so that we wouldn’t have to. He died and rose again so that we too might join him. Welcome April, Welcome Spring, Welcome Jesus!
In His Service,
Pastor Gary Ginter
Wednesday 04/03 Adult Bible Study at 10:00 am
Wednesday 04/03 Church supper at 6:00 pm
Wednesday 04/03 Kingsley Kids and Youth at 6:30 pm
Wednesday 04/03 Adult Bible Study at 6:30 pm
Sunday 04/07 Church Breakfast served from 9-9:30 am
Sunday 04/07 Communion served during morning worship
Wednesday 04/10 Adult Bible Study at 10:00 am
Wednesday 04/10 Church supper at 6:00 pm
Wednesday 04/10 Kingsley Kids and Youth at 6:30 pm
Wednesday 04/10 Adult Bible Study at 6:30 pm
Thursday 04/11 Mission Committee at 7:00 pm
Friday 04/12 Mission Trip at Camp Widewater
Saturday 04/13 Mission Trip at Camp Widewater
Sunday 04/14 Palm Sunday – lunch served after worship service
Sunday 04/14 Palm Sunday – Easter Egg Hunt after lunch
Wednesday 04/17 Adult Bible Study at 10:00 am
Wednesday 04/17 Church supper at 6:00 pm
Wednesday 04/17 Kingsley Kids and Youth at 6:30 pm
Wednesday 04/17 Adult Bible Study at 6:30 pm
Friday 04/19 Good Friday Service at Ohio City UMC at 7:00 pm
Sunday 04/21 Easter breakfast at 9:00 am, No Sunday School
Sunday 04/21 Easter Sunday – Worship Service at 10:00 am
Sunday 04/21 Puppets during morning worship
Wednesday 04/24 Adult Bible Study at 10:00 am
Wednesday 04/24 Church supper at 6:00 pm
Wednesday 04/24 Kingsley Kids and Youth at 6:30 pm
Wednesday 04/24 Adult Bible Study at 6:30 pm
Sunday 04/28 Gideon Speaker and Offering