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From Pastor Kent’s Desk

I always breathe a sigh of relief when Holy Week and Easter are behind us. Not for
theological reasons, of course, but because of the important role they play in the life of the
community of faith. Jesus’ final week, the Last Supper, his betrayal, his crucifixion, and his
resurrection are integral parts of our faith formation. They constitute the central core of
our belief system.
More-than-Christmas with all its attendant secular traditions, the celebration of Easter is
still the purview of the church. Easter is the lynch-pin of our faith. The bodily resurrection
of Jesus from the dead is an extraordinary event, one which transcends time and space and
is clearly the work of a loving God. The idea of anyone being bodily raised from the dead
flies in the face conventional wisdom. Things like that simply do not happen. But, in the
case of the miracle of Easter, they do. And that’s what makes Easter the pre-eminent
celebration for the Christian community.
Each year, around the globe, Christians gather to commemorate
and share the extraordinary events surrounding Easter. In
myriad languages and with an amazing variety of customs,
Easter announces to the world that God is indeed the creator
and redeemer of the whole of humankind. And, as we witnessed
in Sri Lanka, that’s what makes Christianity such a threat to
those who do not fully understand the all-encompassing nature
of the Risen Christ. Jesus is Christ Pantocrator, “Ruler of All,”
or “Sustainer of the World.” Jesus is “Almighty” or “AllPowerful.” This is primarily an Eastern Orthodox of Eastern
Catholic theological conception, but one from which those of us
in the West could benefit.
As I alluded to earlier, Easter is the centerpiece of our faith. Its implications are manifold
and varied, but it is primarily Easter that gives life and energy to those of us who are
followers of the Risen Christ. We should be humbled by the sacrifice made on our behalf.
God sacrificing God’s only Son to save the soul of humankind. I know of nothing more
awe-inspiring or life-sustaining then that!
From Pastor Kent’s Desk
Grace & Peace, Kent

It’s Time for VBS!

Vacation Bible School is coming up in June from Monday,
June 17 – Friday, June 21, 6:30pm-8:30pm for ages 3 years
to 6 grade. Like last summer members of our sister
congregations – Oromo and Resurrection Chapel – are
joining us on the planning committee, the staff and as
young participants that week. This year’s VBS Theme is
“ROAR! Life is Wild, God is Good”. The Next VBS planning
meeting will be taking place on Wednesday, May 15 at 7pm
in Donegal Hall. Come join us!

Special Guest Speaker

On Sunday, May 5th, during worship, we will welcome Susan Lilly, Executive Director of the Arch Street Center, to our congregation. The Arch Street Center, located in downtown Lancaster, supports the recovery of adults living with serious mental illness. Established in 1983 by community members concerned about the long-term recovery of those diagnosed with serious mental illness, the Arch Street center offers its members a variety of opportunities and services to sustain their recovery. From meals to recreation, the Arch Street Center plays an important role in the continued recovery of those who are traditionally underserved by the community.

Spring Basement Sale

It may be twenty or thirty degrees outside, but Spring is coming, and with that comes the Bethany Women’s Association Spring Basement Sale on Saturday May 11 from 8am 12pm. So clean out those closets, the garage, basement, and hidden cubby holes, and bring your donations to Bethany. Christmas de cor may also be brought for the November sale. New this year, Clothing will not be accepted! As we all are aware, the Women’s Association has used their basement sale proceeds to beautify our church building. From the parlor overhaul to the kitchen color refreshing, to the restrooms, we all have benefited greatly, and owe them a huge thank you. If you have any sale questions, please contact Pat Rineer.