We are edging towards spring (though there is plenty of cold weather ahead), and my daffodils are starting to poke through the earth. I love seeing the flowers begin to pop up at church, reminders that even though it is cold now, it won’t be forever.
With the arrival of April comes the fast approach of Holy Week! Sunday is Lent V and the following week is Palm Sunday. This is my first Holy Week that I will celebrate in the church with you all, and I am really looking forward to it. I hope you will join us for Palm Sunday (April 10 at 8 and 10 a.m.), Maundy Thursday (April 14 at 7 p.m.), Good Friday (April 15 at noon and 7 p.m.), Easter Vigil (April 16 at 7 p.m.) and Easter Sunday (April 17 at 8 and 10 a.m.). On April 10 we will have an Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m., and if you are willing to help hide eggs, please join me at 9 a.m.
We are starting Sunday School this week! I want to thank Pam Z, Carol C, John & Julie W, and Kelly N for being willing to help teach and supervise our youngest members during the first half of the service. We will invite the teachers and students into the Parish Hall following the Opening Hymn at 10 a.m., and they will join us again at the Peace. If you are interested in being involved, please let me know.
If you want to support Children’s Formation at St. Mary’s but don’t feel called to teach Sunday School, please sign up to help with our Interactive Holy Week experience on Maundy Thursday. We will have stations to take kids through the events of Holy Week: entering the city of Jerusalem, the Last Supper, washing feet, praying in the garden, forgiveness of sins, the tomb and resurrection. If you can supervise a station, please sign up in the Parish Hall.
Finally, we have added a Puzzle Table in the Parish Hall. We will have a puzzle in process available for anyone who would like to work on it. This can be a fun group activity, and I look forward to seeing the puzzles we are able to complete as a parish. Thank you to Marian K and Sally K for getting us started.
Prayers and Blessings,