Thank you to the Sunday School children, youth and adults for leading a very meaningful service of worship with a Shadow Play depicting the events of Holy Week.
HOLY WEEK 2017 Journey To Easter
*Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on Sunday, April 9th. The Sunday School will be leading worship with a “Shadow Play”.
*Monday- Wednesday we gather at 6pm to be guided through the story leading up to Christ’s crucifixion. These services are led by the Moravian Holy Week Readings which incorporate song with the Gospel texts to share this story.
*Holy Thursday worship and Holy Communion are shared at 6pm in remembrance of the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples.
*Good Friday we are again led by the Moravian Holy Week Readings as we worship at 12pm.
*Easter Sunday begins with Easter Sunrise at 6am, which begins in the Sanctuary at West and part way through we travel to the West Cemetery in Ashwaubenon. Following the Sunrise service all are invited to breakfast in the Fellowship Hall- please sign up if you plan to attend. Worship for Easter Sunday is then at 9am.
Summer Moravian Camping Ministries at Mt. Morris in Wautoma, WI
4M Camp for children who have completed 1st and 2nd grades
Ba6 Camp for children who have completed 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades
Jr. Camp for children who have completed 3rd, 4th and 5th grades
July 31st- August 4th
Winmor Camp for youth who have completed 6th, 7th, and 8th grades
Chetek Camp for youth who have completed 9th grade through age 21
Loaves and Fishes
We continue to share food and fellowship the fourth Saturday of the month from 8am-10am. This month’s breakfast is on Saturday, April 22nd. In addition to feeding hungry stomachs, our ministry is dedicated to showing our guests warmth and hospitality while providing a place of fellowship. If you are interested in volunteering at an upcoming breakfast please contact Patty Jahnke at #680-1733 or PJahnke14@yahoo.com
Meal at NEW Community Shelter
Serving an every other month meal at NEW Community Shelter is one of the outreach programs of our congregation. The next meal will be shared Sunday, April 16th at 4:30pm. Please contact Tarra Bruckner if you can help serve or can help in preparing the main course, and other items needed for the meal. Items for donation to the meal can be brought to the shelter at 4:30pm or to morning worship that day.
WESTERN DISTRICT CONFERENCE
The Moravian Western Christian Education Commission (MWCEC) is hosting a District Conference on April 21st – 23rd at Olympia Village in Oconomowoc, WI. The speaker is pastor, theologian, and author Tripp Fuller. The theme is “Our Changing World . . . Same God.” The goal will be to equip attendees to talk positively about their faith. For more information (including how to register), go to: www.moravian.org/moravian-church-western-district/spring 2017conference.
“Laughter of the Redeemed”
One of the prayers lifted up almost weekly in our Wednesday morning prayer/study group is that we would be Easter people. This is an important prayer for April as we transition from Lent’s preparations to Easter celebrations.
It is also important for us to consider what it means to be Easter people. One can think of Christ’s action at Easter as stop on the Monopoly Board game where you access the “Get out of Jail Free” card that can be used at some future point. Easter can be thought of being all about grabbing a “get out of hell free” card that we can use when we die. But such thinking is limiting. As significant as Jesus who conquers earthly death’s power, there is more. As fundamental as the promise to share heaven’s eternity one day, there is more. There is the gift of new life here and now.
One of my favorite theologians is Jurgen Motlman who speaks well to hope we have in the here and now. He writes the “with the resurrection the dance of the liberated and the laughter of the redeemed begins.” This Easter dance and this Easter joy has been set against the gospel of death and violence. Easter’s promise is that we do not have to live in the “hells” of greed, violent word and action. The Resurrection proclaims that we do not have to live devoid of forgiveness or not know our worth as human beings created in God’s image. Also, we do not need to live into the “hell” of isolation that demands we pull ourselves up on our own bootstraps from grief, illness, or poverty (physical or spiritual). Instead of isolation, we can live into the communion we share with Christ and the community shared with friends in Christ. Easter’s liberated new life begins here and now.
Easter’s dance is underway and beckons us to share in the “laughter of the redeemed”. Like any good jig others may feel compelled to dance. Authentic church community shows this Easter joy in care and encouragement for one another. Others can see Easter’s dancing lived out as justice is shared in a warm meal, or speaking boldly for just change to places of power, or proclaiming equity to uphold the dignity of all human beings.
May our prayer to be Easter people be answered in an embrace of the joy, dance and laughter of the redeemed. May our dancing and joy be contagious to others in what we do and say.
In Easter’s Joy, Pastor Marian