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Our food ministry is called  The Welcome Table and provides hot meals free of charge for all, each Tuesday evening between 5:30-6:30 pm.  Due to COVID-19 we are currently serving individual meals packed to go and delivered to you in our parking lot.

Any donation, any amount, goes toward the serving of those in need of meals.

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Brave Enough to Show Our Passion for Christ

Easter Sunday was on April 17, 2022, but we have been celebrating the season of Easter for seven weeks.  This Easter season culminates on Sunday, June 5, 2022, with the celebration of Pentecost.
 

Some of you may already know that Christians did not start Pentecost.  It was already an established Jewish holiday long before Jesus was born and was celebrated 50 days after Passover.  This festival is also called Shavout (Festival of the Weeks) and is the second of the three Pilgrim Festivals of the Jewish religious calendar.  It was originally an agricultural festival, marking the beginning of the wheat harvest, but now it commemorates the giving of the Torah to the Israelites at Mt. Sinai.  The name Pentecost comes from the Greek word, pentekoste, which means "fiftieth day". 

Many of you already know that we celebrate Pentecost on the eighth Sunday after Easter.  We often think of Pentecost as the birthday of the Church, because we are celebrating the day that the Holy Spirit manifested among the disciples with a sound like a mighty, rushing wind, and what seemed like tongues of flame hanging over their heads.  This gift of the Holy Spirit enabled the disciples to speak in different languages so that everyone who heard could understand the Good News. 

Red is the liturgical color of the season of Pentecost.  It represents fire and passion as we share God's love and forgiveness in big ways and small throughout our lives.  Fire and passion are what fuel our dedication and courage as followers of Jesus Christ who have been called into community to serve our God.  So we encourage everyone to wear something red in worship on Sunday, June 5, 2022.

And remember, this gift of the Holy Spirit came in an unexpected way with loud noises and visions of fire.  WHen we are dealing with the Holy Spirit: Expect the unexpected.

Let us pray.........Living God, you sent the Holy Spirit to breathe life into your church.  Let us no longer be captives to fear, but messengers of your saving love, so that all may be reconciled in you; through Jesus Christ, our peace.  Amen.

 

 

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