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April Message from Bro Steve

Bro Steve at the PulpitIt is time! This is that great part of our Christian calendar, the week of Easter. Holy week is what really separates the Christian disciple from all God s other children on earth. This is the week we celebrate his greatness as we feel the excitement of palm Sunday. But then it goes bad-very bad!

Through very solemn services on Maundy Thursday we feel Jesus agony as he prepares for betrayal, arrest and torture. Then on Good Friday, (really  Good Friday?) we mourn the suffering and his death. But that is not the last of the week.

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!

Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!

Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!

Sing, ye heavens and earth reply, Alleluia!

These wonderful words written over 250 years ago by Charles Wesley sum up our praise and joy as well as anything. This is what Easter and the whole Holy Week experience is all about. Jesus, Son of God, our protector and redeemer lives!

I invite each and every one to become involved this Holy Week. Go to Burke on Thursday, come to St. Paul s on Friday, and celebrate the risen Lord on Easter Sunday. We will worship at 7:00 AM outside as well as our normal 11:00 AM service. Come, invite others, get excited!

Love s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!

Fought the Fight, the battle won, Alleluia!

Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!

Christ has opened Paradise, Alleluia!

Go-Fight-Win. Amen.

Bro Steve

Jesus Didn’t Blame Anybody

Think back to the story of how Jesus was crucified. He must have been lonely – more lonely than anyone else before or since. His execution was a crime, but he forgave. Even as the nails were hammered home through those gentle hands and feet, his first thoughts were to bless and pray for those around him. He blamed no one. Could we do the same? How often we blame someone else. ‘Have this mind in you which was in Christ Jesus… who emptied himself… humbled himself…became obedient unto death.’

Through that death on the cross it is possible for us to know him as a friend. And it’s only by accepting him as Lord that you find him as Savior.

Florence Nisbet

Worship Opportunities for Holy Week & Easter Sunday

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MARCH 29 – APRIL 4
Sun. – Palm Sunday
Noon: Fifth Sunday church wide Baked Potato lunch
Free-but donations will accepted
Mon. – 9:30 AM: Quilting
Thur. – 7:00 PM: Maundy Thursday
Service at Burke UMC – Bro. Steve will be bringing the message
Fri. – 7:00 PM: Good Friday service at St. Paul’s – Rev. Keith Broyles of First church, Diboll will be bringing the message
Sat. – 10:00 AM: Shared Ministry
Easter Egg Hunt at Ryan Chapel with Hotdog lunch to follow.
All children welcome. One Dozen filled plastic eggs per child is required. Eggs need to be at the church by 9:00 AM so they can be hidden.
APRIL 5TH – EASTER SUNDAY
6:30 AM: Shared Ministry Sunrise
Service at Ryan Chapel with breakfast to follow.  Please bring a cooked breakfast casserole if you are planning to stay for the meal. Two casseroles per church are required.

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7:00 AM: Sunrise Service at St. Paul’s
with breakfast to follow.
10:00 AM: Sunday School

11:00 AM: Morning Worship

The Tastes of God’s Love

Rev. Robert Faulk provided the sermon for the Sunday Service on March 8, 2015. His message “The Tastes of God’s Love” from Psalm 34:4-8 was both inspiring and moving. The congregation was pleased to welcome Bro Robert back and hopes he will return. It was a joy to have him back among us.

New Ministry at St. Paul’s

Knitting clipartAnn Reyes has started a Prayer Shawl  ministry at St. Paul’s UMC.  Anyone that likes to knit  and/or crochet is invited to join this group meeting on the 4th Thursday of the month at 11:00 am. If you would like to learn to knit or crochet or just need to refresh your skills bring your yarn, needles or hooks.   We’ll provide patterns and lots of help.

See you Thursdays at 10:00 am at the church.

United Methodist Women

Marilyn Edens-Treasurer
The United Methodist Women will meet Thurday at 11:30 am for lunch. Bring a brown bag lunch w/drink. Marilyn Edens will give her presentation on Rehab. Don’t forget to bring school supplies for the kits that will go to UMCOR.

Tammy’s Testimony

February 15, 2015 Tammy, a member of the St. Paul’s Chancel Choir shared her testimony before the invitational hymn was sung. Tammy relates to the congregation how a hymn written by Andrae Crouch brought her to Christ.