Announcements & Sermon – April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday – “He is Risen, No Foolin”

April 1, 2018 Sermon – Easter Sunday – He is Risen – No Foolin


April 1, 2018

A: This is the day the Lord has made,         C: let us rejoice and be glad in it!

*A most blessed and happy Easter season to all. And a special welcome to guests visiting with us today. We are blessed by your presence and pray you are blessed as we worship together.

*The celebration of our Risen Lord continues after worship as we share refreshments and fellowship across the lobby in the parlor. We ask children to please stay with parents until we call them for the Easter Egg Hunt.

*On page 16 of your bulletin you can read about a new opportunity for fellowship, food and worship called, “Dinner Church.” If you have any questions ask Seminarian Kelly. Sign-up to come to the April 13th event on your attendance sheet. All people, all ages are welcome.

*Our Women’s Retreat at Shepherd’s Spring is on Saturday, April 14th, 9 am to 7 pm. It is a day for reflection, conversation, fun and nourishment. It’s not too late to register. Pick up a registration form in the lobby and submit it by Friday, April 6th. Come bask in God’s presence.

*Calling duckpin bowler to join Haven’s team at the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Bowling Party on Sunday April 22, at 2 pm. You can sign-up and get a sponsor sheets at the Sign-up Central bulletin board.  If you can not bowl, Pastor Alessandri is looking for sponsors!

*Be sure to list three favorite hymns on your attendance sheet. The hymns that receive the most votes will be used in our Music Sunday worship service on April 15.

*Those who sponsored lilies, tulips and hyacinths to decorate our sanctuary for Easter may pick up their flowers after worship today. If you have forgotten what you ordered, there is a list on the mobile message board. Thank you for bringing such beauty to our Easter worship.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Bob Lochbaum and Sharon Hartsock are in Meritus Hospital for observation and testing. Please keep them in prayer.

*Thanks to our Parish Life Team, Haven’s Youth Team, the Property Team, Altar Guild and all who helped prepare the church for our Easter Celebration. Thanks to Ann Conrad and our soup, sandwich and dessert makers for our Midweek Lenten meals. Many thanks to all participants, the Altar Guild, Worship Team, and our music leaders for all their efforts in making this Lent and Easter season such a blessing. To God be the glory!

*Our Easter Food Basket Collection was an extraordinary success! Thanks to you, 11 families were blessed with an abundance of food. God’s Work. Our Hands.

*We also thank the Parish Education Team for their extra efforts to have today’s Jesus is the Light devotionals ready to give out today. Be sure you have one.  The children will get their copy during the Children’s message. Check out the special gifts inside.

*Best wishes to Donna Dickinson, Phyllis Meyers, Sari Kilheffer, and Joyce Meredith who celebrates a  birthdays this week. Congratulations to Ed & Prue Yelinek and Jim and Brenda Hassinger who have wedding anniversaries this week.

A:We prepare for worship as we listen to our prelude.