Continuing the Work of Jesus . . . Peacefully, Simply, Together.
Holy Week Lasts Seven Days
One hundred forty. Is that:
a) the current number of hymnals in the Panther Creek sanctuary and narthex
b) the number of M&M’s in a one-pound bag of plain M&M’s
c) the number of days remaining until the next Sweet Corn Festival Parade
If you guessed “c”, you guessed
correctly. There are only 140 days left
until the 31st Annual Adel Sweet Corn Festival Parade. Jesus’ triumphal entry into
By the end of the week, the palm branches had dried up and blown away…the parade was over, and the crowd had turned against Jesus. In Mark 15:12-15, you will find these words: “Pilate spoke to the crowd, ‘Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?’ They shouted back, ‘Crucify him!’ Pilate asked them, ‘Why, what evil has he done?’ But they shouted all the more, ‘Crucify him!’ So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.”
Our temptation during the last
days of Lent is to simply skip from Jesus’ triumphal entry into
But the calendar doesn’t work that way – you cannot get from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday without going through Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Silent Saturday. I don’t want to “rain on your parade”, and I certainly don’t want to hinder your celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter morning. I just don’t want you to forget about everything Jesus experienced between Palm Sunday and Easter. After all, he didn’t forget about you during Holy Week!
Our “worship-filled” week will begin with our children and youth carrying palm branches to the front of the sanctuary on Palm Sunday while the Panther Creek Vocal Choir sings three selections from “He’s Alive Forever” created by Deborah Craig-Claar and Robert Sterling. All Panther Creek children and youth are encouraged to gather in the Youth Room at 10:20 a.m. on Sunday, March 28 to receive palm branches and instructions.
On Maundy Thursday (April 1), you are invited to participate in “The Love Feast: A Celebration of our Lord’s Last Supper.” (In case you are wondering, “Maundy” is derived from “mandatum”, the Latin word for “commandment.” The Thursday before Easter is named “Maundy Thursday” because of the command Christ gave his followers at the Last Supper, according to John 13:34 – “A new command I give you: love one another.”)
During the Love Feast, we will re-enact the events from the Last Supper as recorded in John 13. This worship service will begin in the sanctuary with a time of reflection, self-examination and prayer. We will then move downstairs for feetwashing (or handwashing), an agape meal (traditional 1st-century meal), and Holy Communion. If you are unable or reluctant to wash feet or have your own feet washed, you are welcome to sit at one of the handwashing tables or simply leave your shoes and socks on and observe the feetwashing service. If you’ve never attended a Love Feast before and have some questions, please talk to me or one of our deacons (Joe Berg & Sandy Trent, Ells Cackler, Dave & Linda Lantz, Harold & JoAnn Mack, Carl & Jennie Reiste, Karen Smith, Ed & Sue Swinger, Alan & Roxanne Wicks, Grace Berkenbosch – emeritus, Lowell Marshall – emeritus, Richard Reiste – emeritus, Dale & Ruth Wicks – emeritus, Eva York – emeritus).
At 7:00 p.m. on Good Friday
(April 2), I will be one of the speakers at an Ecumenical Good Friday Service
At 7:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday (April 4), we will have a “Sonrise” worship service at 7 a.m., an Easter breakfast served by the Panther Creek Youth at 7:45 a.m., a viewing of the video “Stations of the Resurrection” at 9:15 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m., a Jellybean Jubilee (Easter Egg hunt) for the children coordinated by PCY after the 10:30 a.m. worship service, and a potluck for those who would like to eat their Easter dinner with their church family. Alan & Denise Oneal will sing a duet during the “Sonrise” service and the Handbell Choir and Vocal Choir will share special music during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The Junior Youth will present a drama toward the end of the 10:30 a.m. worship service.
I hope you will spend some time each day of Holy Week prayerfully considering what Jesus went through during the days leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection. May God bless you with a deeper appreciation of the greatness of his gift!
April 1 “The Foolishness of God” 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Maundy Thursday Love Feast in the Panther Creek Fellowship Hall
April 4 “What Are You Carrying On Your Cross?” Mark 8:31-36; 15:21-32
April 4 “How Does Grass Become Wool?” Matthew 28:1-10
April 11 “The Parable of the Pouting Son” Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
April 18 “What Do Sheep Eat?” John 21:1-19
April 25 “I Don’t Like Raisins!” John 15:1-11
May 1 Guest Speaker
1 - Roger Bever
5 - Mark Heefner
7 - Burke Emmert
8 - Jana Heefner
11 - Grace Berkenbosch
13 - Christy Berkenbosch
14 - Rachel Hoy
18 - Karin Kliewer
23 - Pam Broyles
24 - Leah Thill
25 - Nick Dawes
26 - Brenda Wicks
27 - Marilyn Stine
28 - Rowdy Dymond
30 - Sarah Miller
8 - Jeff & Patty Harker
13 - Brock & Presha Emmert
19 - Larry & Deloris Davis
Thank you to Grace Berkenbosch, Dorothy Broyles, Ardie Carrico, Marilyn Hoy, Dave & Linda Lantz, Denise Moses, and Marilyn Stine for helping put together the March Portal and the 2010 Directory/Yearbook. Doris Henderson
Thank you everyone for your prayers, cards, visits and delicious meals. We greatly appreciate all your love and support. I have all my cards displayed on a library table in the living room and when my daughter, Amy, came over she was amazed at how many there were and said, “I don’t even think I have that many friends!” I told her that most of them came from my church family. What a wonderful feeling to know that so many do care and love us.
God Bless You All, Roxanne Wicks
Pathfinders will meet on Saturday, April 10th, at 6:30pm in the fellowship hall. Rod & Reba Armstrong and Peter & Sandra Marshall will serve as hosts. Meat and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert and table service.
Bereans will not meet this month.
Women’s Fellowship will meet on Thursday, April 1st at 9am. Please bring a sack lunch. On Thursday, April 15th, Helen Dawes and Lola Knoll will serve as hostesses for a Lasagna Dinner. On Thursday, April 29th, please bring a sack lunch. Bible Study will be held at 11am on each meeting day.
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All Panther Creek members and friends are invited to a SPRING CLEAN-UP on Saturday, April 10 at 9am (rain date: April 17). Please bring paint brushes, hedge trimmers, rakes, chain saws, and gloves. If you have any questions, please contact Norman Stine at 993-4043.
Hamballs, Handbells & Harmony!
Sunday, April 25
10:30 a.m. – Worship
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Hamball Dinner (freewill donation)
1:15 p.m. – Handbell & Harmony Concert
Handbell Selections: My Favorite Things (Sound of Music); How Majestic Is Your Name; Song of the Wind; Siyahamba (African Freedom Song); Hymn of Promise (In the Bulb);
Rondo Festivo; Blessed Assurance;
My Favorite Things (reprise)
Harmony Selections: Fall on Me;
May the Peace of the Lord;
It Is Well with My
Invite your friends, neighbors, and family
to join us in thanking God
for blessing us with 25 years
of handbell music!
Stover Memorial Music Festival
The 2010 Stover Memorial Music
Festival has been scheduled for Sunday, May 2 at 4 p.m. at the
April 25th Special Offering: Brethren Disaster Ministries
On the last Sunday of April, you are invited to make a gift to support Brethren Disaster Ministries, a program that provides volunteers to clean up debris and to repair or rebuild homes for disaster survivors who lack sufficient resources to hire a contractor or other paid labor. The presence of these volunteer work teams helps to ease the trauma that is felt in the aftermath of a disaster.
Through Children’s Disaster Services, Brethren Disaster Ministries has been meeting the needs of children by setting up child care centers in shelters and disaster assistance centers across the nation. Specially trained to respond to traumatized children, volunteers provide a calm, safe and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by tornados, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and any other natural or human caused disaster.
On April 25, you are invited to
place your financial gift for Brethren Disaster Ministries in the wicker basket
that will pass through your pew during the offertory. If you choose to write a check, please make
it out to the
EASTER SUNDAY SCHEDULE
7 am “Sonrise” Service
7:45 am The Panther Creek Youth will serve breakfast following the “Sonrise” Service. All proceeds
from the free will offering will be used for the 2010 or 2014 National Youth Conference.
9:15 am Sunday School for all ages in the sanctuary (“Stations of the Resurrection”)
10:30 am Easter Worship Service
11:45 am Jellybean Jubilee, sponsored by the Panther Creek Youth
During the Sunday school hour on
Easter Sunday morning, you are invited to gather in the fellowship hall to view
the video “Stations of the Resurrection” by Paul Grout, 2010 RYC speaker &
former Annual Conference moderator. The
video will be shown on the big screen in the sanctuary. Here is a brief description of the video: “The Roman Catholic tradition depicts Jesus’
walk to the cross, crucifixion and death through 14 ‘Stations of the Cross.’ Paul Grout seeks to interpret the salvation
message through 19 painting-constructions entitled ‘Stations of the
Resurrection.’ Beginning with Jesus
setting His face to go to
Thank You to the Following Individuals and Families Who Purchased Easter Lilies to decorate the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday
In memory of Velma Garrett (Marylin Reynolds, Peg Kelly, Lowell Garrett, Deloris Marshall & Harold Garrett)
In memory of
In memory of Everett & LuAnn Myers (Eleanor Myers)
In memory of Jack & Anna Button, Carl & Elva Myers (Eleanor Myers)
In memory of Beth & Ira Stine (Norman & Marilyn Stine)
In memory of Dr. Harold & Dr. Bill Banwart, Bette Banwart (Lois Banwart)
In memory of Cherie S. Pollock (Elwyn Pollock, Dana Booge, Rita Pollock)
In memory of Inga Cackler (Ells Cackler, Sue Swinger & family)
In memory of Wendell Hunt (George & Charlotte Hunt)
In memory of Walter & Wilma Kliewer (Roy & Karin Kliewer)
In memory of Velma Garrett (Lowell & Stacy Garrett)
In memory of Beryl Berkenbosch (Beryl Berkenbosch family)
In memory of Tim Messamer (Darlene Messamer)
In memory of Robbin Hackbart, Josh Hackbart & in honor of Louie Hackbart (Pat Hackbart)
In memory of Ruby Wicks (Lowell & Helen Dawes)
In memory of Bill Gilmer (Dave Gilmer)
In honor of Francis & Helen Kerkove, Leroy & Connie Hull (Caleb & Joshua Kerkove)
In memory of Roland Dion (Kris & Michelle Marshall)
7:30 p.m. ~ Friday, April 16
This program is built around two stories; the first story is a soldier’s life and the love that is cut short. The soldier’s story features works such as “Sweet William” and “Last Letter Home,” by American composer Lee Hoiby. The second story traces a relationship from start to end and features compositions which embrace the wonderful and bittersweet moments in love, but also some that show the more humorous aspects of living with someone. To tell the story of a love that lasted, the choir is performing works that range from “Der Gang Zum Liebchen,” by Brahms, “I Wished to be Single Again,” arr., by Ricketts, to “The Coolin,’” by Samuel Barber. The McPherson College Singers will function in these stories, but they will also perform Benjamin Britten’s challenging a capella cycle “Choral Dances from Gloriana.” The sacred portion of this program will be spaced evenly throughout the performance and will include works by Copland and Gjeilo as well as a very new arrangement of “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me,” by American composer Tom Shelton.
The McPherson College Choir tours
annually. This year’s tour takes singers
The McPherson College Choir is directed by James Keith, visiting professor of music, and accompanied by Amanda Keith. A free will offering will be taken to help support the expenses of the tour.
The Panther Creek Church of the Brethren will be responsible for feeding them supper at 6pm on April 16, serving punch & cookies after the concert in the fellowship hall, housing the students & advisors overnight (approximately 63 students & advisors), and providing breakfast on April 17 (in the homes of host families or individuals). Please sign your name on the sign-up sheet located on the table in the narthex or call the church office if you can help host our Brethren college singers and advisors.
Everyone is invited to a wedding shower honoring Ben Swinger and Jenna Matson on Saturday, May 22, at 3:30pm in the Panther Creek fellowship hall. They are registered at:
Name: Jenna Matson
Wedding Date: June 2010
Young Adult Get-Together 5 p.m., June 25 – Noon, June 27 $35
Junior Youth (Grades 6-8) 10 a.m., July 12 – 10 a.m., July 16 $185
Primary Overnight (Grades K-2) 4 p.m., July 23 – 4 p.m., July 24 $40 per person
Senior Youth (Grades 9-12) 10 a.m., July 27 – 10 a.m., July 31 $215
Middler (Grades 3-5) 10 a.m., August 2 – 10 a.m., August 6 $185
All Ages 10 a.m., Sept. 4 – 10 a.m., Sept. 6 Freewill offering
Half of the registration fee
for all Panther Creek CoB children and youth will be paid by the Panther Creek
church budget. If it is your first
time as a camper at
Matt and Betsy Kuecker,
Northern Plains District youth,
their families and friends are invited to help
Brethren Disaster Ministries and
the Northern Plains District are seeking volunteers to participate in an
“Ecumenical Blitz Build” in
Please contact Alan & Denise Oneal, Church of the Brethren coordinators for the Cedar Rapids Disaster Response Project, or Dick Williams, Northern Plains District Disaster Coordinator, if you are interested in volunteering. Alan & Denise can be reached at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 993-3411. Dick can be reached at email@example.com or 641-667-3862. You are also encouraged to fill out a volunteer skills assessment form which can be found on the table in the Panther Creek narthex and return it to the church office, a member of the Panther Creek Gifts Ministry Team or Alan Oneal.
Church of the Brethren volunteers will be housed in the Cedar Rapids Baptist/Brethren church building where there will be sleeping quarters, showers, and a kitchen. Morning and evening meals will be served at the church building and sack lunches will be provided for the noon meal. Church of the Brethren volunteers will be mixed with volunteers from other denominations during the workday. You also do not need to be a Church of the Brethren member to volunteer – friends, family members and neighbors are welcome, too!
Church of the Brethren Prayer Calendar
Week of March 28: Spend some quiet time with God, and listen for what God’s Spirit may still be trying to teach you as you continue along the journey of faith.
Week of April 4: As we celebrate Easter, pray for new life in Christ to come to all those around the world who are seeking answers. Pray, too, for those who are carrying that word to places near and far.
of April 11: Pray for Brethren in
of April 18: Be in prayer for this week’s Cross-Cultural Consultation and
of April 25: Pray for the
The Church of the Brethren
The earthquake response has built
on a Brethren program started following the four hurricanes and tropical storms
that hit the island in 2008. "Without
all this in place, we couldn't be doing earthquake response this quickly or
effectively," Winter said. He
reported that the death toll from the earthquake now stands at around 230,000,
but that the final number is expected to be close to 300,000 people killed in
and around the city of
The National Committee of Eglise
des Freres Haitiens has officially invited Brethren Disaster Ministries to
continue working in
"We need to keep those
relationships solid," he told the board as he reviewed the way the
earthquake response is being organized and led.
The Haitian and
Haitian church leaders are carrying out the on-the-ground relief work, and the Church of the Brethren is providing funding through its Emergency Disaster Fund.
The earthquake response includes
support for feeding programs at six locations in Port-au-Prince: a daily hot
meal for children at a school in Port-au-Prince, through which about 20,000
meals have been served Winter said; a feeding program through the Kids Club of
the Delmas Church of the Brethren; feeding programs for the church communities and
neighborhoods around the three Port-au-Prince congregations at Marin, Delmas,
and Croix des Bouquets; and a feeding program for children at the Vine Ministry
Church, which has Brethren connections.
Another part of the response is the building of temporary shelters primarily for Haitian Brethren families – "effectively a plywood shed with a tin roof" in Winter's description – with the first families moving in this past weekend. A short-term medical delegation will be offering five clinics in
Through grants from the Emergency
Disaster Fund, the Church of the Brethren is providing support for the wider
ecumenical effort of Church World Service (CWS) and ACT International in
is work going on to connect with some of the other mission efforts in
A final element of the response
is the collection of Family Household Kits for
New Disaster Rebuilding Site in
Brethren Disaster Ministries
staff announced a new project site in
The project will offer skilled assistance in disaster rebuilding, while also helping with the high unemployment rate on the island by having local apprentices from a government-funded program work with rotating teams of skilled volunteers selected by the three church organizations. The first team of disaster volunteers from the
Northern Plains District Prayer Calendar
The Northern Plains District Nurture Commission encourages all of us to participate in prayer for one another, as we are admonished to do in scripture. If you would like, you may drop them a note of encouragement during the week you are praying for them.
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