Our Lenten and Holy Week worship services will focus on core Christian Lenten themes including repentance, grace, temptation, and forgiveness. This is the most important time of the Christian year, so I hope you will make plans to attend worship with your church family throughout Lent and Holy Week. It would also be a good time to invite friends, family, neighbors and fellow students to visit FUMC. I hope to see you each week. ~ Martin Thielen
As a way to encourage thoughtful study and meditation throughout the season, FUMC has provided a Lenten devotional entitled A Wondrous Love. Two of the most widely read and respected spiritual writers of the 20th century, Henri Nouwen and C.S. Lewis, are brought together in this Lenten daily devotional booklet. Nouwen and Lewis offer their deeply personal insights, understanding and pastoral sensitivity in this booklet that is an ideal accompaniment for the holy season of Lent. You are encouraged to pick up a copy of this wonderful devotional to read throughout the season. You’ll find A Wondrous Love available throughout the church.
FUMC Kids Easter Egg Hunt
March 24 from 10 a.m.—noon at Dogwood Park
FUMC Kids and families are invited to join us at Dogwood Park as we have a blast hunting Easter eggs! We hope you will invite your friends to come together and enjoy this time in our community!
Community Lenten Services
First Presbyterian Church
20 N. Dixie Avenue
Monday - Friday, March 26 - 30
Lunch served: 12:30—1:00 p.m.
During Holy Week Christians re-live the events of Jesus’ last week on earth: his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, cleansing the temple, teaching his followers, dealing with challenges of Pharisees and Sadducee, his Last Supper with the disciples, prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, betrayal, trial, crucifixion, death, and burial. Holy Week is our time to join with others throughout the community to worship and remember.
Sunday, March 25 in the sanctuary
Palm Sunday, or Passion Sunday as it is referred to in some Christian churches, is the sixth Sunday of Lent and last Sunday before Easter. On this holy day we commemorate Jesus Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We gather together to celebrate and remember Christ's sacrificial death on the cross, praise God for the gift of salvation, and look expectantly to the Lord's second coming.
At FUMC, our children, ages 3-6th grade, are invited to participate in the palm processional. Our kids will meet in the landing in the Narthex at 8:20 a.m. for the early service and/or 10:50 a.m. for our second service.
March 29 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary
On Maundy Thursday (also called Holy Thursday), we commemorate the Last Supper. During the meal, Jesus broke bread and shared the cup, saying “This is my body, given up for you and this is my blood poured out for the forgiveness of your sins. Holy Communion is one of the two sacraments recognized by the United Methodist church and a meaningful experience we share together.
Good Friday Service
The Road to Calvary
March 30 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary
As we come together to remember the suffering of Christ on the cross, we will witness the pain and agony experienced by those along the road of suffering. The service of scripture, monologue, and music will bring to life the suffering of Christ in the last hours of his life. The Good Friday service will conclude with the singing of “Were You There?”
6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service at Wesley Chapel
8:30 a.m. Service in the sanctuary
9:45 a.m. Sunday school classes
10:55 a.m. Service in the sanctuary
Why do you look for the living among the dead? He isn’t here, but has been raised.
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Easter is our day of celebration! We celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and through it the defeat of sin and death by God’s grace. We hope you will join us for the most important and holy day of celebration on our Christian calendar.