Welcome to Christ Church
Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.
`Pope John Paull II
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What’s Happening This Weekend
Maundy Thursday, April 17, 7 pm
Light Agape meal begins at 6:00 pm.
Good Friday, April 18
Worship at noon*
Worship at 7 pm.
Great Easter Vigil, April 19, 5:30 pm
Easter Day, April 20, 8 am
Easter Day, 10:30 am, followed by the Great Easter Egg Hunt (rain or shine)
*Childcare available at all services except the noon Good Friday worship.
The office will be closed Monday in observance of Easter.
Helping Hands Progressive Dinner: Three churches in the southeast quadrant of Cedar Rapids are participating in the progressive dinner this year. It will begin at 5 p.m., April 25th,with St. Paul’s United Methodist Church serving chicken noodle and potato soup and a tossed salad. Next, ticket holders go to First Lutheran for the dinner entrée of roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy and vegetables. Dessert will consist of dessert bars, cheesecake or fruit cups at First Congregational Church. Cost is $15 per person or $30 for a family. Tickets may be purchased at any of the three churches. The deadline to make a reservation is Monday, April 21. Call Helping Hands Ministry at 366-2651 if you have any questions.
Celtic Fest*, a traditional Scottish party celebrating our relationship with the Diocese of Brechin, is being held this year on Saturday, April 26th at the Old Brick in Iowa City. Social time starts at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner, Piping, Step Dancing by the Irish Champagne Dancers, and music by the Beggermen. Whether it’s the keg and pub finger food, traditional Scottish meal or live Irish folk music that calls your name, you can reserve a seat by purchasing a ticket in advance, either in the narthex after services, or in the Church office during the week. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 for a family before April 22nd, or $15 per person and $35 for a family after. Children are welcome at this party! See Judy Schillinger or Paula Sanchini for more information.
*This event is brought to you by the churches of the Three Rivers Chapter
Our Mission Statement at Christ Church
share God’s love by welcoming, empowering and serving in Christ’s name.
Our Vision Statement
Seeking Christ in ourselves,
Serving others in Christ.
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Is your committee meeting missing? Please phone the office! (363-2029)
Easter is almost here! As we gather in worship, the Saturday Easter Eve Vigil will see us lighting the first light of the Risen Christ and we’ll hear the stories of our own salvation history. On Sunday we will shout with joy that Christ is risen and because he has, we will too. And that Easter joy in prayer and worship is hard for some of us who won’t be in a joyous place this weekend due to the challenges of life in a quickly changing world. Worship will help us all remember what was done on our behalf and we have faith in the resurrection. Some of our hearts will be happy; some will be heavy with other mixed emotions. That’s okay. We still come together for renewal, for saying thank you and for knowing that because God lives, we have opportunity at all times of our days and weeks to have ‘little Easters’. Little Easters, according to author Rupp, are the times ‘when we feel hope press against our spirit and say “Hooray! God IS alive and loves me.” Little Easters are those moments when something that has died in me is raised to live again. It would be so easy to pass these things by or not notice how significant they are to our life. Rupp says that she may not always have a high-in-the-sky feeling when she celebrates Easter, but she does know that little Easters provide quiet reassurances that God keeps raising dead parts of our spirits to life. The risen Jesus is not just a bible story. He is here, in our very midst, calling us to a deeper faith. In olden days, the church bells would become silent on Good Friday, symbolizing the silence the crucifixion brought into the world. But on Easter morn, the bells would ring joyously calling us to life, calling the whole town to know that death no longer is the answer. Bring a bell to church on Easter weekend and help us make the joyful noise announcing that gift. We’ll ring out our personal bells throughout worship to say Alleluia! Make a joyful noise! See you in church for Holy Week and Easter! Martha+
Sr. Warden Mary-Jo Lee, Jr. Warden Jerry Davenport, Doug Anderson, Herm Reininga, Anne Salamon, Eric Fleming, Trish Varnum, Peter Sorenson, Karen Parker