Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed!
The holiest day of the year, for Christians, is Easter Sunday when we celebrate Christ’s victory over death.
Join in the celebration on Sunday, as we Resurrect Joy, and share resurrection experiences we have each had in our lives!
“Holy Week” begins with Palm Sunday and concludes with Easter. It is important to hear the whole story of Jesus’ final week on earth, and not just move from “Hosannas” to “He is Risen!” In order to get the full picture, the whole story, with all the emotions and all the drama, it is important that we also attend to Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services.
Please make plans to be in worship on Thursday, April 18, at 7:00pm in our Baptistry Chapel for a special Maundy Thursday service, commemorating the last supper Jesus shared with his disciples. And also join with our ecumenical friends throughout Columbus at The Commons on Friday, April 19, at noon, for a special Good Friday service.
Indiana Disciples women are invited to gather at Abe Martin Lodge in beautiful Brown County State Park, Nashville, Indiana on August 23-25. The weekend will be filled with multicultural praise, worship, conversation and reflection. The theme, "Lift EVERY Voice", was inspired by the hymn, Lift Every Voice and Sing. During the retreat there will be speakers telling the stories of how various cultures have contributed to the whole fabric of the church. The hymn will serve as the centerpiece of the retreat.
Registration just opened on April 1st! So, head to tinyurl.com/liftEVERYvoice2019 to reserve your spot. The cost is $75 per person and covers meals and programming. You will need to contact the lodge to reserve your room. The room cost per night is $123.19. Rooms room can hold up to four people. Feel free to share a room and split the cost. Call (877) 563-4371 to make lodging reservations. Use Group Code 0823ID. There is also a $7 per car, one-time park entrance fee at the gate. For more information, contact Linda Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 9 from 4-10pm, go eat a delicious meal at Texas Roadhouse, bring this flyer with you (on your phone or print it out), and 10% of your food purchase will go to Columbus IN Pride!
In our passage from John’s gospel this Sunday, Jesus says “you will always have the poor with you.” Some have assumed that this passage lets us all off the hook. It sounds as though Jesus is condoning the permanence of poverty. There is nothing we can do to end it. It is beyond our control.
In fact, Jesus is saying the exact opposite. Ending poverty is everyone’s responsibility! Come explore this passage on Sunday!
Based on John 12:1-8 and Deuteronomy 15:7-11.
Be sure to pick up The Holy Week to Go Experience in the Narthex— an immersive journey of reflections, pondering questions, and symbols to guide you through the scriptures that tell of Jesus’ final days on Earth, from the cross to the resurrection.
After service, all are welcome to gather at Camila's Mexican Restaurant (1824 25th St) for a meal and fellowship. See you there!
The Art of Living, which meets at NCC on Sunday nights, is continuing to offer an additional short-term workshop on stress management, Tuesdays from 6:30-7:15pm in North Christian's Lower Level. It is free and open to anyone aged 18+. Contact IN.COLUMBUS@us.artofliving.org to RSVP or for more information.
The story of the “Prodigal” is probably one of the best known in all of scripture. It is also probably the least understood.
“Prodigal” means “wasteful.” Who is wasteful: the younger son, who wastes money and resources? The father, who wastes grace on his unrepentant son? Or the older brother, who wastes opportunity? And which character do you identify with?
This Sunday, let us learn to Cultivate Abundance and Let Go of Excess.
Based on Psalm 32 and Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32.
© "One More Year" by Hannah Garrity | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.org
Used with permission.
In Luke 13:1-9, Jesus tells the story of the barren fig tree. While the vineyard owner wants to cut it down, the gardener wants to give it more time to produce fruit.
How often do we grow impatient with ourselves and others when we are unproductive? How frequently do we want to act in haste to cut down progress, rather than give a little more time, a little more attention, a little more TLC?
Hannah Garrity writes this about her artwork:
“Give the fig tree one more year to fruit. Things that are worth working for do not yield immediate results. Difficult work does not reap quick rewards; yet, it is worthy. So, I keep going. I search for the sign of a bud on the limbs.
“In this image the fig leaves are full, but the buds are tiny. As in the parable, the fruit of this tree eludes the viewer. However, the buds are visible as a token in this painting. They are encouragement that it is worth the effort to care for the tree, encouragement that we should give it the grace of one more year.”
This Sunday, Cultivate Promise and Let Go of Procrastination.