Easter is here, friends! What an incredible time of worship and community we shared Sunday morning, complete with fantastic music and Spirit-filled worship.
As we continue in the season of Easter for the next 50 days of Eastertide (the season where we celebrate Christ’s resurrection in the church, concluding with Pentecost on June 4), I think back to the disciple’s first days after the resurrection:
A couple of disciples are travelling down the road to the city of Emmaus, and there on the road they encounter Jesus. Like Mary in the garden, they don’t immediately recognize him as Jesus! It isn’t until they are coming to the end of their conversation with this stranger that they turn to one another and say, “Weren’t our hearts on fire when he spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32)
Friends, how is your heart on fire after Easter Sunday? I hope it is, because we have a lot of things going on in the life of the church. We don’t put things on the calendar to keep us busy; instead, we create worship, fellowship, and service opportunities so that the fire in your hearts will be stoked, continuing to burn for Jesus. What will you get involved in to tend to your Jesus-heart-flame?
On April 26, Veronica Whitehead from NTARUPT (North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens) will be coming to talk to our youth parents about how to talk to their child about healthy sex choices. Does this sound like something that could benefit you or someone you know? Reach out to a parent of a teenager, and let them know about this seminar! It’s free for all attendees, no membership to PPUMC required.
On May 7, we’re hosting Feed Our Neighbors, Feed The World again. Rise Against Hunger will be coming out to PPUMC so we can pack 20,000 meals for children all over the world. Last year, we had 200 participants ranging in age from 3 to 92 in the Activity Room, stoking their Jesus-heart-flame packing rice, dehydrated veggies, and protein powder and sealing them in packages that were sent to children in Latin America. You can also contribute financially to this endeavor. Spend time in community afterwards as we eat together with our friends and neighbors! What a fantastic opportunity to build community and Christ-centered relationships.
On June 10 and July 12, our high school and middle school students will leave on mission trips in Houston and South Dallas to serve others. They’ll replace siding, read to children, run a day camp for inner city kids, and spend time with elderly and homebound persons. Yet another hands-on way to stoke your Jesus-heart-flame! Adult leaders are necessary to make these experiences possible for our beloved teenagers. Sign up to serve! Or donate to our stock sales, so that they can eat well, travel safely, and worship fully.
At the end of July, the Garage Sale will be hosted by PPUMC Missions team again. What an incredible opportunity for all people: You can quietly sort through donations in the weeks leading up to the sale, you can actively work the sale on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, or you can help set up items for sale in the classrooms. The funds raised from the Missions Garage Sale benefit Feed Our Neighbors, Feed The World and sponsor our Lydia Patterson intern, among many other things.
There are also some amazing experiential worship opportunities coming your way, starting with 360° Experience in P3 on April 30. If you liked the wonderful experience provided by the Chancel Choir on Good Friday, make plans to attend 360° Experience at 9:15 a.m. each time there’s a fifth Sunday in the month. Stoke your Jesus-heart-fire through hands on worship fit for every age in our church.
I am so excited to be in a ministry that provides all our people a chance to keep their flame lit. I invite you to keep the fire going, and stay engaged in the work Jesus is doing.