First Church Alert April 1st
5 Things to Know This Week @ First Pres
1 Easter Now
Easter Now is our church’s Holy Week experience. It begins with a daily guide in the form of a booklet or a phone app. Every day, beginning on Palm Sunday, you’ll find scripture readings and insights into the events leading to Jesus death and resurrection. So, a first step, for those who are able, is to download the Easter app to your phone or tablet. We’re attaching instructions to download the Easter Now app below. Not for you? You’ll receive a hard copy of the guide on Saturday when we deliver your Easter in a Box kits. You won’t miss a day.
2 Easter in a Box kits
To dig deeper, every household in the church will receive an Easter in a Box kit, with items that teach or remind us of those same events, including communion elements so that we can celebrate communion together via Facebook Live on Thursday night. The kits will include items for children, youth, and adults, depending on your household, and those kits will arrive on your doorstep on Saturday.
3 Daily contacts
To gather together through this week, we’ll be creating and sharing devotionals and music. Dean Rees is preparing a short organ recital. The praise band is working up a set for Good Friday. You’ll find these on our website and Facebook.
4 A Easter gift to share
Would you like to share this experience with a friend, a neighbor, or a family member? Just shoot us an e-mail with a name and address. We’re putting together extra Easter in a Box kits to share in the community.
5 Palm Sunday
Finally, a special note for this Sunday, April 5, Palm Sunday: Put on your walking shoes! It’s forecast to be a beautiful day, so, once you’ve got your palm in hand (it’ll come in your Easter in a Box kit), we’re sending you out for a prayer walk. For those who live at a distance or who are unable to make the trek, a prayer drive is just as marvelous. Prayer cards
Friends, we long to gather together as a church family, in person. The governor, though, has already indicated that our stay at home order will likely be extended. So, the best way for us to love each other in this time is to remain physically apart. That doesn’t mean we have to remain spiritually apart. Easter Now is a tool to help us remain close, despite our distance. Our mission is, after all, to be disciples who make disciples of Jesus Christ, and that mission hasn’t been stopped by any virus.