Dear Friends:

Have you ever had that week where you went through emotional whiplash? Where it just seemed as if there were moments of extreme joy juxtaposed with moments of extreme pain? A friend of mine from seminary got married the same week that her grandfather passed away. Extreme joy.  Extreme pain.  Extreme emotion.

That is what we get when it comes to Holy Week. We begin this Sunday with Palm Sunday, celebrating Christ as King, the power of Jesus to save and liberate us! But while the week begins with the triumphant entry celebrated with shouts of acclamation and palm branches (like we’ll be having Sunday! Make sure and come!) it ends with tragedy, with pain and grief, despair before the dawn.

But the emotional roller coaster makes sense when we consider who Jesus was, his character that seems to not make any sense. He is the king of kings but he was born in a barn. He is Lord of Lords but he takes the form of a servant. He is the greatest who becomes the least. This Sunday, as we celebrate Palm Sunday, we will read from Luke 19:28-40 (you can pick up the guide in the back of the sanctuary) and recognize this different kind of processional for this different kind of king as we finish our “Return to God” this Lenten Season by Preparing for this holiest of Holy Weeks.

In Christ,

Pastor Kathleen

PS I hope you’ll also make plans to join us for all our Holy Week festivities – our Walk with Jesus,our daily community services, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter!

Monday – Friday — Noon Services at First Presbyterian Church (CUMC Choir on Tuesday)
Maunday Thursday – Bring a potluck dish and join us in the Fellowship Hall at 6 pm. We will have a short communion service in the Sanctuary following our meal.
Good Friday Service – Join us at 6 pm for music from our Praise Band and Choir and the story of the crucifixion.

April 14 – Palm Sunday (Walk with Jesus & Egg Hunt at 2 p.m.)

April 15-19 –Holy Week with Weekday Community Services at Noon (First Presbyterian Church)
April 18 — Potluck Soups & Maundy Thursday Communion Service (6 pm)
April 19 – Good Friday Service (6 pm)
April 21 – Easter Sunday
May 5 – Senior Sunday
May 21 – Finance & Council Meeting
May 29 – June 1 – Arkansas Annual Conference
June 2 – 5 – Vacation Bible School (6 pm – 8:30 pm)
June 19 – OMP Staff arrives
June 23 – 27 Ozark Mission Project (Junior High Camp)

 PALM SUNDAY — On Sunday, April 14, please have your kids meet in the Conference Room at 8:50 a.m. so they can be given instructions and palms to process in for Palm Sunday. The kids will also sing and process in at the very beginning of the 11:00 a.m. service.

WALK WITH JESUS — Sunday, April 14, 2 p.m. at Cornerstone,. Kids & their families will journey through five interactive stations experiencing Jesus’ last week on earth. (Age level Easter Egg Hunts to Follow.)

NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS — A new class will begin next week facilitated by Lesley Bauders. This class is open to all adults. The class will meet in the Children’s Wing of the Education Building in Room 205.

UMW COOKBOOKS — Cookbooks are in! If you did not pre-order, you can still purchase a cookbook for $15.

FUNDRAISER — To help raise money for camps and summer activities, the Youth, Children & LINK departments invite you to take an envelope off of the bulletin board in the Education Building from the Giving Tree. If you pick Envelope #1, we request that you give $1, pick Envelope #40 to give $40, etc. (Feel free to “round up” or give a larger amount if you feel led!) Thanks for your support!

BREAD OF LIFE —   The next Bread of Life Mobile Food Pantry grocery distribution at ASU – Newport (Jonesboro Campus) will be Wednesday, April 17, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. See Pastor Sam to volunteer!

HELPING NEIGHBORS FOOD PANTRY — You may contribute food to Helping Neighbors by placing groceries in the cart at the back of the sanctuary.   Week of 4/14 – Toilet tissue, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, canned milk.  Week of 4/21 – Peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits.

MUSIC MINISTRIES —  All are welcome to play or sing. If you are interested, contact one of our music folks today. Ethel May Beall is our Accompanist (ebrook50@hotmail.com). Our Music Director is Laura Syc (music@cornerstoneumc.net).

WEATHER — In case we have inclement weather, always check your e- mail, Facebook, TV, etc. for lists of closings. Pastor Kathleen will make the announcements any time she feels that traveling would be too dangerous for us to attend scheduled events, church services, etc