FROM BETH'S DESK -

As we journey through Lent towards Holy Week and in anticipation of Easter and our reminder of the reality of Jesus’ resurrection and its promise for our own lives, I am minded of Jesus’ call that we take up our own crosses and follow him, denying ourselves in the process. It was a challenge given in the face of Peter’s efforts to dissuade Jesus from the course he was set upon, as Jesus both rebuked Peter’s shrinking away from Jesus’ own impending death and challenged Peter and all his other followers, even those yet to come, to understand that following him is a costly thing. (See Matt. 16.21-28)

We can think of Jesus’ call as a call to heroism, bravery for the faith. And sometimes, it is. But most times, I’m thinking, the challenge to take up our cross is much more simple than that – a challenge to get on with life and all that it throws at us, but to do so with a spirit of hope and in a faith of confidence that we follow the One-to-be-Risen and in the following of him, whatever we may lose, whatever life may throw at us, we gain not less than everything God has to offer.

It doesn’t make the journey easier. But it definitely makes the journey much more worth the taking.

Blessings,

Pastor Beth

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Sunday, April 1 Easter Sunrise Service @ 7.03 a.m. @ McDowell Cemetery
Breakfast hosted by the men of the church @ McDowell Presbyterian following Easter Sunrise Service
Easter Communion Service @ 11.15 a.m.

Community Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds @ McDowell Presbyterian  @ 3.00 p.m.

Tues, April 3 Bible Study @ McDowell Pres. @ 9.30 a.m.

Weds., April 4 Spiritual Tea @ Angelika Levien’s @ 9.30 a.m.

Sunday, April 8 Worship @ McDowell @ 11.15 a.m.

Confirmation classes begin @ Monterey Presbyterian

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Monday, April 9 MVFD Auxiliary meeting @ 6.30 p.m. @ the McDowell Fire House

MVFD meeting @ 7.30 p.m. @ the Fire House

Tuesday, April 10 Bible Study

Weds., April 11 Spiritual Tea

Sunday, April 15 Worship
   
Session meets following worship

Confirmation class

Tuesday, April 17 Presbyterian Women (PW) meet @ 10 a.m. @ the Fellowship Hall

Weds.,, April 18 Spiritual Tea

Sunday, April 22 Worship

Confirmation class

Tuesday, April 24 Bible Study

Weds., April 25 Spiritual Tea

Sunday, April 29 Worship

Confirmation class

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