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This Week's Big Event: Sunrise Service and Easter Activities

With Palm Sunday, we began Holy week and the solemn walk with Jesus to the Last Supper, his crucifixion, and his resurrection. All are invited to join us as we journey toward the cross and to Easter morning.


Holy Week and Easter Morning

  • Maundy Thursday: Join us for the Service of Tenebrae at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. This service will also stream live from the church website.
  • Easter Sunrise Service: Join us at 7 a.m. at Romare Bearden Park for citywide Easter service. Six churches will participate in worship, with Gail Henderson-Belsito preaching. Hear her words about being called to preach in our latest edition of Voices from Church and Trade.
  • Intergenerational Formation and Butterfly Release: All are invited to gather at 10 a.m. in Wood Fellowship Hall for intergenerational fellowship, including coffee and doughnuts, on Easter Sunday. An activity table will be available for children and at 10:15, children, youth and adults will gather at the stage to prepare for the butterfly release. All ages, including adults and youth, are invited to hear the brief Easter message related from Director of Youth Ministries Natalie Raygor. Then, everyone is invited to follow the children to the lawn for the butterfly release. These activities will conclude by 10:30 so everyone can move into the Sanctuary for worship.Preschool & Elementary Butterfly Release (Toddler-5th Grade), Wood Fellowship Hall, 10:30-10:45 a.m.
  • Worship: 9 and 11 a.m., in the sanctuary.
  • Flowering of the Cross: Bring flowers from your garden and place on the wire cross outside the sanctuary.

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This Week's Blog: What in the World is Tenebrae?