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Athens First United Methodist Church Palm Sunday

March 20, 2016 8:30, 9:45 & 11:00 a.m.

Welcome

We are glad you are here! Thank you for joining us for worship this Sunday. Members of this congregation have been gathering here to worship since 1804. Over the past two centuries our congregation has changed, but our mission remains the same: to make disciples of Jesus Christ. We are inspired by the words of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, who encouraged believers to “do all the good you can, in all the ways you can.”

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Attendance

Martha Aenchbacher Minister of Congregational Care [email protected] | 678-230-9708

Please let us know of your attendance this morning by completing the pew pad.

Newcomer Orientation

We invite you to learn about the life of our church, ways you can get involved, and how to become a member by attending Newcomer Orientation, which is held every second Sunday of the month at 9:45 and 11:00 a.m.

Sunday School

We offer Sunday school for children age 2 through adult each Sunday from 9:45–10:45 a.m.

Children

1 8 12

Order of Worship The Steeple Calendar

Ministers and Ministry Directors

Chuck Hodges Senior Minister [email protected] | 706-206-5529

Beth Dickinson Minister of Discipleship [email protected] Betsy Butler Minister of Missions [email protected] Josh Miles Director of Student Ministries [email protected] Robin Stewart Director of Children’s Ministry [email protected] Sarah Lawing Director of Children’s Music Ministry [email protected] Stephen Mitchell Director of Music [email protected]

At Athens First United Methodist Church, we invite families to worship together. Children’s Church is held for children in kindergarten through grade 2 most Sundays during the 11:00 a.m. service.

Janis Maxwell Director of Youth Music & Organist [email protected]

Financial Report

Linsey Jarrett Director of Weekday Preschool [email protected]

Amount Given YTD | $578,271

Julie Caldwell 8:30 a.m. Worship Leader [email protected]

Budget for 2016 | $2,789,339 Goal for March | $226,004 Amount after 1 Sunday | $57,880

Attendance on March 13 Total Worship | 855 Sunday School | 467 8:30 a.m. | 187 9:45 a.m. | 177 11:00 a.m. | 374 Online | 117

Rusty Wood Director of Recreation Ministries [email protected]

Contact Us

Our church office is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Find us on Facebook at Athens First United Methodist Church. athensfirstumc.org | 706-543-1442

The Worship of God

Gathering Flowers

The greenery for Palm Sunday is placed on the altar to the glory of God by the Altar Guild.

THE PRELUDE

"Hosanna, Loud Hosanna!” | Burkhardt THE W ELCOME A ND THE PASSING OF THE PE ACE

8:30 a.m | Martha Aenchbacher 9:45 a.m | Betsy Butler 11:00 a.m | Beth Dickinson

Praise & Thanksgiving THE CALL TO WORSHIP

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!

When Jesus and his disciples were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’” They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest! Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest!” Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve. *Please stand as you are able. | The congregation speaks or sings the text in bold type.

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Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest! Note to Parents

Children who led the processional will be cared for throughout the 11:00 a.m. service. Ages 3-4 return to Sunday School classrooms. Kindergarten–grade 4 will go to Hancock Hall for children’s church.

*THE PROCESSIONAL OF THE PALM BR A NCHES

278 “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” | ELLACOMBE THE PALM SU NDAY A NTHEM

“Lo, He Comes” | John D. Horman

8:30 a.m. | Sung by children's ensemble; Julie Caldwell, guitar 9:45 a.m. | Sung by the Lyric and Celebrate Choirs 11:00 a.m. | Sung by the Sunday school children

*THE H Y MN

280 “All Glory Laud, and Honor” | ST. THEODULPH Verses 1-3

*THE CALL TO CONFESSION

We sing, we wave our branches, we shout 'Hosanna.' Then, we turn away, to go back to our old ways, our old lives, our old sins. But God is in the business of granting forgiveness and filling us with new life. Let us confess to the One who comes to fill us with grace.

*THE PR AY ER OF CONFESSION

Almighty God, we confess that we are not so different from those who welcomed Christ into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, yet later shouted 'Crucify him!' or remained silent in the face of injustice. We have betrayed you too, Lord Jesus, by our sins both secret and known. Yet you died for people like us, and you rose on the third day that we might be redeemed. For the sake of Jesus Christ, do not hold our sins against us. Forgive us, Steadfast God, and shine your face upon us. Help us to have the same mind as Christ, so we would know your promises; help us to have the same heart as Christ, so we might serve your children; help us to have the same Spirit as Christ, so we might go wherever you lead us. Open our eyes to the power of love, shown to us in the unselfish sacrifice of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. All pray in silence.

*THE DECL AR ATION OF FORGIV ENESS

If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Christ has come to save us! Hosanna in the highest.

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* THE K Y RIE

Translation: Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.

Proclamation of the Word

THE OFFERING A ND THE OFFERTORY A NTHEM

“Ah Holy Jesus” | Walcha



THE HOMILY

Chuck Hodges

Sunrise Mass by Ola Gjeilo

Dedication

This music has been placed in the choir library and today’s orchestra was funded to the glory of God and in loving memory of our parents by the Jeremiah 29:11 Music Fund.

The Spheres Kyrie eleison, Christe elesion, Kyrie eleison. Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy. 3

Sunrise Gloria in excelsis Deo. Glory to God in the highest. Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis. And on earth, peace to all those of good will. Laudamus te. Benedicimus te. Adoramus te. Glorificamus te. We praise thee. We bless thee. We worship thee. We glorify thee. Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam. We give thanks to thee according to thy great glory. Domine Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens. Lord God, Heavenly King, God the Father almighty. Domine Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe. Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris. Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father. Qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis. Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Qui tollis peccata mundi, Thou who takes away the sins of the world, suscipe deprecationem nostram. Receive our prayer. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis. Thou who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. Quoniam tu solus sanctus. For thou alone art holy. Tu solus Dominus. Thou alone art the Lord. Tu solus altissimus, Jesu Christe. Thou alone art the most high, Jesus Christ. Cum Sancto Spiritu in gloria With the Holy Spirit in the glory Dei Patris. Amen. of God the Father. Amen. The City Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, I believe in one God, the Father Almighty factorem caeli et terrae, Maker of heaven and of earth, 4

visibilium omnium et invisibilium. And of all things visible and invisible. Et in unum Dominum Jesum Christum, And I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, Filium Dei unigenitum. The only begotten Son of God, Et ex Patre natum ante omni saecula. Born of the Father before all the ages. Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine, Deum verum de Deo vero. God from God, light from light, true God from true God Genitum, non factum, consubstantialem Patri, Begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father, per quem omnia facta sunt. By whom all things were made. Qui propter nos homines, et propter nostram salutem descendit de caelis. Who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven. Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto And was incarnated by the Holy Spirit ex Maria Virgine. Et homo factus est. Of the Virgin Mary. And was made man. Crucifixus etiam pro nobis: sub Pontio Pilato passus et sepultus est. Crucifiied also for us under Pontius Pilate, died and was buried. Et resurrexit tertia die, secundum Scripturas. And on the third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures. Et ascendit in caelum, He ascended into heaven and sedet ad dexteram Patris. He sits at the right hand of the Father. Et iterum venturus est cum gloria, And will come again in Glory judicare vivos et mortuos, To judge the living and the dead; cujus regni non erit finis. And of his kingdom there will be no end. Et in Spiritum Sanctum And I believe in the Holy Spirit Dominum et vivificantem, The Lord and Giver of Life, 5

qui ex Patre Filioque procedit. Who proceeds from the Father and the Son Qui cum Patre et Filio Who together with the Father and the Son simuladoratur et conglorificatur, Is adored and glorified, qui locutus est per Prophetas. Who spoke to us through the Prophets. Et unam sanctam catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam. And I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Confiteor unum baptisma I confess one baptism in remissionem peccatorum. For the remission of sins. Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum. I await the resurrection of the dead, Et vitam venturi saeculi. Amen. And the life of the ages to come. Amen. Identity & The Ground Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Holy, Holy, Holy Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Lord God of Hosts. Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua. Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory. Osanna in excelsis. Hosanna in the highest. Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Osanna in excelsis. Hosanna in the highest. Agnus Dei, Lamb of God, Qui tollis peccata mundi, Dona nobis pacem. Who takest away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

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Sending Forth *THE BLESSING

We have gathered with the crowds crying Hosanna! Because even if we were silent the stones themselves would have called out. We have shared the hope for a world about to be changed, and then it changed. We have walked with another crowd. One that called words of scorn and condemnation. And now we follow the crowd as it leads out to the cross, and yet even as the world grows dark, we cannot lose hope. Because God is with us. God will be with us. Whatever happens. We are not alone. And so we watch the crowd and we follow...

*THE POSTLUDE

“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” | Hobby

Violin I Rachael Fischer, Lucas Scalamogna, Moises Cunha, Minhye Park Violin II Serena Scibelli, Pedro Miszewski, Carly King, Teresa Grynia Viola Larissa Powers, Rebecca Floyd, Chris Williams, Maria Kindt Cello Ana Abrantes, Laurel Pistey, Noah Johnson, Alina Vazquez Bass Mauricio Souza, Chris Enghauser

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The Steeple

Holy Week

From the Upper Room to the Empty Tomb

"I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins." Joel 2:12-13

Maundy Thursday

*Thursday,  March 24 7:00 p.m.

*Service will begin in Hancock Hall

Good Friday

Friday,  March 25 12:00 p.m.

*Service will begin in the Simpson Memorial Garden on Hancock Ave.

Easter Sunday

Sunday,  March 27 *6:30 , 8:30, 9:45, &11:00 a.m. *Evergreen Memorial Park

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New Members Lenten Book of Prayers

We hope that the booklet of Prayers for Lent has been useful and encouraging to you throughout this season. As we enter Holy Week, we encourage you to use the following prayer and scripture from week six of the booklet to prepare your heart. You may also find the material and learn more about the season of Lent on our website. Learn more | athensfirstumc.org/prayersforlent

"God does nothing except in response to believing prayer." -John Wesley Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. -Mark 1:35 (Jesus prayed) "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. -Luke 22:41-44 (Jesus prayed) "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." -Luke 23:34

Week 6 | March 20-26 Thanks be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits you have given me, for all the pains and insults you have borne for me. O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.

by Richard of Chichester

On March 13, we welcomed Vic and Caroline Copeland, Megan Gallagher, Jack and Brett Glenn, Nan Powell, and Alex Roberson to the Athens First United Methodist Church family.

Wednesday Night Meal

The meal on Wednesday, March 23, is Brixx and Fox’s Pizza. Join us for either 1/2 of a chicken sandwich and side salad from Brixx or a personal cheese or pepperoni pizza and apple slices from Fox’s Pizza. Meals are $6 each. Advance dinner orders are required. Order your meal online or by calling the church office by Tuesday at noon. Take-out boxes will be available if you have to eat and run, or run and then eat! You and your family, friends, and/or small group are invited and encouraged to eat and spend time together in Hancock Hall. Volunteers are needed to help serve the meal, and volunteers eat free! EA Whorton | [email protected] | 706-543-1442 Learn more | athensfirstumc.org/wednesdaynightmeals

Children's Consignment Sale

As you are cleaning out closets from the school year and transitioning into summer clothes, please consider donating your gently used children’s items to be sold at the fourth annual Children’s Consignment Sale, August 12-13! We accept clothes from all seasons; however, swimsuits and undergarments cannot be accepted. All proceeds to this year's sale will go to the United Methodist Children's Home. Please bring items to Room 103, and contact Mary Claire if you have any questions. Mary Claire Wills | [email protected] 706-543-1442

Circle Spotlight | UMW Circle 4

The United Methodist Women Circle 4 is open to women of all ages. This service-oriented group meets once a month on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Hull Conference Room at 5:30 p.m. They serve with Our Daily Bread and many other service projects. Circle 4 will meet this Tuesday, March 22. If you would like more information about Circle 4, contact Kasey Clayton. Kasey Clayton | [email protected]

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Later Book Group

The Later Book Group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in room 247. On March 23, we will begin a new discussion using Philip Gulley and James Mulholland’s book If Grace Is True. For seekers, for thoughtful Christians, and for the simply curious, Gulley and Mulholland offer a beautiful, timeless message of hope. We will start with the first two chapters. Everyone is welcome to this group where lively discussions are encouraged. For additional information, contact April Webb. April Webb | [email protected] | 706-546-6274

Senior Fun Luncheon

Senior Fun will meet this Thursday, March 24, at 12:30 p.m. The directors from Talmadge Terrace/Lanier Gardens, Magnolia Estates, Presbyterian Homes, and Iris Place will present an informative program on their various offerings and the costs of their facilities. To reserve a seat, contact the church office by 12:00 p.m. this Wednesday, March 23. In addition, a contest is underway to rename the group to clarify that the age range is "fifties plus." A prize, a free trip to Flat Rock, NC, will be given to the member whose suggestion is chosen for the new name. Members should turn in suggestions on March 24 at the luncheon. Church office | 706-543-1442

Easter Egg Hunt | Join Us!

All families are invited to celebrate Easter with us at our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 26, at 4:00 p.m at the home of Stacy Stephens. Easter eggs are greatly needed and appreciated. Please donate one dozen plastic eggs (filled with goodies—no nuts or chocolate please) per child attending. Eggs can be dropped off at the church office or in the galleria by Friday, March 25. April Allen | [email protected] | 706-543-1442 Location | 379 Westview Drive Athens, GA 30606

Easter Services

We will offer four services on Easter Sunday. The youth will lead a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Park. We will also offer three services in our sanctuary at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 a.m. Please make plans to join us on Easter morning as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord,

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Jesus Christ.

Five Marks of a Methodist

Five Marks of a Methodist will meet on Wednesdays starting March 30 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and run until May 4. We will be looking at how a Methodist loves God, rejoices in God, gives thanks, prays constantly, and loves others. We will have a large group time and break into smaller groups for discussion. Everyone is invited. This group will meet in room 222. For more information, contact Beth Dickinson or Martha Aenchbacher. Please register online to help facilitate planning. Register | athensfirstumc.org/registration Beth Dickinson | [email protected] | 706-543-1442 Martha Aenchbacher | [email protected] 706-678-9708

Pack One Pancake Supper | March 30

Pack One will be hosting a pancake supper on Wednesday, March 30, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Since it is a fifth Wednesday, this meal will take the place of our regular Wednesday night meal. Tickets can be purchased before and after worship services on March 20 and 27 as well as on Wednesday nights beginning March 16. Cub Scouts will be located outside of Hancock Hall and in front of the preschool wings to sell tickets on these days. If you purchased a semester Wednesday night meal package, you do not need to purchase a ticket for the pancake supperwe are already accounting for you! There will be a limited number of walk-up meals available, so we encourage you to buy your tickets early! The cost is $5 per person with a $20 maximum per family. We hope you will come hungry! Julie Caldwell | [email protected]

Our Roots in the Reformation

When was the Reformation, and where did it begin? What was Reformed? Were the people called Methodists once part of the Lutheran Church? Was King James a Lutheran, and did he really translate the King James version of our Bible? Was our founder John Wesley a Catholic or Lutheran priest? Learn the answers to these questions and many more as we discuss our Protestant heritage. If you already know the answers, then join us to share your wisdom and enjoy short biographical videos depicting the stories of some of the martyrs who made the Protestant Reformation and the King James Version of the Bible possible. See how

Christianity was born again by the efforts of a few inspired heroes risking, and sometimes losing, their lives proclaiming that salvation comes only by faith in God through Jesus Christ. Join us for this informative and entertaining small group study with minimal reading. This group, led by Bob Dean, will meet Mondays, beginning April 4, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. in room 100. Register | athensfirstumc.org/registration Beth Dickinson | [email protected] | 706-543-1442

Battle Plan for Prayer

The Battle Plan for Prayer, a new small group for men, is based on the popular movie War Room. This study begins with prayer’s core purpose, its biblical design, and its impact throughout history. Readers will be guided through scripture in the fundamentals of how effective prayer works, inspired towards a closer, more intimate relationship with God, and shown how to develop specific prayer strategies for each area of life. It should be your first plan of attack in all of life’s battles, not your last resort. If you want to experience the joy of mightily answered prayer, then it’s time to engage with God at another level. Keith Wilson will lead this group on Wednesdays, beginning April 6, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 240. The study guide costs $10. For more information, contact Beth Dickinson. Register | athensfirstumc.org/registration Beth Dickinson | [email protected] | 706-543-1442

Great Day of Service and Celebration Brunch and Basket Auction

Come serve at the Great Day of Service before heading out to watch the Dawgs! Projects are family-friendly and will be located here at Athens First United Methodist Church and throughout the community. On April 16, we will gather for light refreshments and Holy Communion at 8:00 a.m. and then head out together to share the love of Christ. Childcare is provided for children age 4 and under. We will gather as a church family for fellowship at our Celebration Brunch and Basket Auction on April 17. Please consider donating baskets for our auction, as an individual or with a group. All proceeds will benefit foster care in the Athens area. Register | athensfirstumc.org/gdosandcelebrationbrunch Betsy Butler | [email protected] | 706-543-1442 Mary Claire Wills | [email protected] 706-543-1442

Weekday Preschool Summer Camp

Registration has begun for summer camps! We are offering three camps: May 16-20—Let’s Pretend May 23-27—Exploring God’s World June 13-17—A-Camping We Will Go All camps take place Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please visit the webpage for age requirements, camp details, and registration forms! If you have any questions, please contact Susan Brodrick. Learn more | athensfirstumc.org/summercamps Susan Brodrick | [email protected] 706-543-2427

Music and Arts Week | Hidden Treasure

Music and Arts Week is a fun-filled three-day camp held June 1-3, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Children currently in Kindergarten through grade 4 are invited to come find hidden treasure. Mark Burrows, Director of Children’s Ministries at FUMC Fort Worth, will lead us in fun, singing, and storytelling each day. Mr. Mark uses found objects and recyclables to turn trash into treasure as he tells exciting stories of Biblical proportions. Registration is open until May 22. Learn more | athensfirstumc.org/musicandartsweek Sarah Lawing | [email protected] | 706-543-1442

Vacation Bible School | June 6-9

Kids: bring your imaginations and some friends! Register now for our Vacation Bible School adventure where we will follow Jesus, the Light of the World. We will meet Bible characters who discover that Jesus gives us hope, courage, direction, love, and power. VBS is open to all children who turned three by September 1, 2015, through those who are completing Grade 4. We will also have childcare for the younger children of our adult volunteers, and a special Route 56 program for our Grade 5 students! Visit our webpage for more information and to register for Cave Quest VBS! Learn more | athensfirstumc.org/vbs Robin Stewart | [email protected] | 706-543-1442

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This Week

S U N DAY, M A RC H 2 0 | Psa lm 31:14-15

5:30 p.m. 5:45 p.m.

Palm Sunday Worship Service SANCTUARY Preschool Nursery FIRST FLOOR Fun Gym GYM Worship Service SANCTUARY Adult Sunday School SECOND FLOOR AND SAYE BUILDING Preschool Nursery & Sunday School FIRST FLOOR Elementary Sunday School THIRD FLOOR Grade 5 & 6 Sunday School: Fuel FIRST FLOOR Youth Sunday School: First Word FIRST FLOOR Sack Lunch Ministry HULL STREET ENTRANCE Worship Service SANCTUARY Preschool Nursery FIRST FLOOR Costa Rica Mission Trip Meeting ROOM 103 Cub Scout Pack 1 ROOM 100 Youth Worship Team Rehearsal ROOM 119 Agapé Choir Rehearsal ROOM 148 Route 56: Open Road ROOM 120 Wesleyan Youth Choir Rehearsal ROOM 148 Carillons Ringers ROOM 150 Connect Group (Moms) ROOM 224 Making Sense of the Bible ROOM 229 Alleluia Ringers ROOM 150 Encounter YOUTH AREA

9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 1:15 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

UMW Circle 3 Meeting THE HOME OF DIANNE WALL UMW Circle 6 Meeting HULL CONFERENCE ROOM Disciplines Devotional Bible Study ROOM 200 Building Committee Meeting HULL CONFERENCE ROOM Community Bible Study, Athens Evening Class

8:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:45 a.m.

10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:45 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

4:45 p.m.

5:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

MON DAY, M A RC H 21 | John 12:1-11

T U E SDAY, M A RC H 22 | John 12:20-36

Fashion Fitness GYM Community Bible Study Leaders Council Wesley Leadership Meeting HULL CONFERENCE ROOM Girls' Spring Volleyball League GYM Fashion Fitness ROOM 119 UMW Circle 6 Meeting HULL CONFERENCE ROOM 7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts Troop 1 SCOUT HUT

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9:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

4:45 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:10 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

5:20 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

6:45 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

W E DN E SDAY, M A RC H 23 | John 13:21-32

This We Believe ROOM 222 Esther ROOM 229 A Woman’s Heart HULL CONFERENCE ROOM Fun Gym GYM Kids Music and Arts: Dance Class ROOM 145 Kids Music and Arts: Lyric Choir Grades 1-2 ROOM 151 Kids Music and Arts: Grades 3-4 Worship Arts ROOM 314 Prayer Shawl Ministry ROOM 200 Early Book Group ROOM 247 Route 56: GPS ROOM 120 Wednesday Night Dinner HANCOCK HALL Kids Music and Arts: Celebrate Choir Grades 3-4 ROOM 151 Kids Music and Arts: Cherub Choir Age 3 ROOM 321 Kids Music and Arts: Sonshine Choir Age 4 ROOM 325 Kids Music and Arts: Joy Choir Kindergarten ROOM 320 Kids Music and Arts: Grades 1-2 Worship Arts ROOM 314 66 Love Letters | Women's Bible Study HULL CONFERENCE ROOM Connect Group (Young Married Couples) ROOM 301 Men’s Prayer Group ROOM 226 Connect Group (Young Married Couples) ROOM 307 Engage Bible Study YOUTH AREA John | Lenten Study ROOM 222 Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal ROOM 148 Disciple 3 ROOM 229 Later Book Group ROOM 247 Forgiveness | Lenten Study JOHN WESLEY PARLOR Chamber Ensemble Rehearsal ROOM 148

T H U R SDAY, M A RC H 2 4 | John 13:1-17, 31b-35

5:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday Fashion Fitness GYM Community Bible Study HANCOCK HALL Senior Fun HANCOCK HALL Souper Supper HANCOCK HALL Girls' Spring Volleyball League GYM Fashion Fitness ROOM 119 Maundy Thursday Service SANCTUARY Adult Softball BISHOP PARK

F R I DAY, M A RC H 25 | John 18:1-19:42

12:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

Good Friday—office is closed Good Friday Service SANCTUARY

S AT U R DAY, M A RC H 2 6 | John 19:38-42

Easter Egg Hunt HOME OF CAREY & STACY STEPHENS

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