Just These Lines My Friends,
To say I am looking forward to many April blessings in worship and ministry. The month begins with the opportunity to attend this year’s Bishop’s Convocation on Prayer- the theme is God, How Would You Have Us to Pray? The plenary speaker, Rev. Juanita Rasmus, is both a pastor and spiritual director with a passion for outreach to our world’s most impoverished citizens. She co-pastors one of the most culturally diverse congregations in our country and UMC connection. (Saturday April 1). That same weekend, the Ramsey United Methodist Women will lead our Sunday worship services at 9 and 11; they will highlight the ministry of UMW and lead the congregation in our VA Conference wide Day of Prayer for our denomination. We will be offering a prayer vigil that day; it is an important time to ask and listen for God’s leadership of our church. (Sunday, April 2)
Holy Week starts off with Palm Sunday (April 9); our music ministries will be sharing their musical cantata “Praise The Risen Lord “. Later that week, we will share in a Maundy Thursday drama and Holy Communion; and the Hispanic ministry will lead our Good Friday service. Easter Sunday dawns on April 16th with the Community Easter Sunrise service @ the Manchester YMCA; Pancake Breakfast at Ramsey @8AM; and our Holy Easter worship services at 9, 11 and 12:30 (Hispanic). The children will gather for an Easter Egg Hunt that morning, during the 11:00am service.
On Saturday April 22nd, our Ramsey Church hosts a party for the neighborhood with our Community Spring Festival and Agape Yard Sale. It is our largest attended outreach event of the year: fun, games, laughter, BBQ, Hot dogs and popcorn are on the menu. Come out to J.L Francis Elementary School on Friday, April 28th for the annual Book Tasting! This will be Ramsey’s fourth year of participating with volunteers in this great event, supporting the kids in one of our neighborhood schools.
What a wonderful congregation in which we worship and serve. We follow a Risen Savior, and together may we prepare our hearts for a sacred Holy Week and to proclaim His Resurrection on Easter Sunday and during Eastertide.
It is my joy to be your pastor and friend,