ALL CHILDREN interested in being part of the PALM SUNDAY PROCESSION OF THE PALMS – please gather in the Ogburn Sunday School room just before worship this morning. You will be processing during the first hymn immediately after the choral call to worship and the call to worship – after which you may please return to your seats. Come be an important part of our church this Palm Sunday!
Maundy Thursday Tennebrae Service this Thursday 6:30 p.m.
Invitation for Good Friday Prayer Vigil – Attention: Please take a small portion of your Good Friday by using a 30-minute time period to pray during the prayer vigil on Friday, April 6th from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Please sign up on the chart in the narthex.
Friendship Circle meets today right after church.
Lenten Bible studies will be held today at 3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served by the ladies circles.
The Garner Ministerial Association’s Garner Community EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE will be held next Sunday, Easter Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m. at Lake Benson Park. Come celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord!
Easter Egg Hunt: There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children, next Sunday on Easter Sunday, April 8 at 10:15 a.m. Visitors are welcome to join us. If you have any questions or would like to assist with this event, please contact Sarah.
Easter Sunday – Decorate the children’s cross next Sunday - April 8th – Please have your children or the child in you bring flowers to decorate the small cross with flowers and help to make this a very special service. The cross will be in the narthex and Sandy Lee will be there to help with decorating.
The Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet Thursday, April 19th in the Faith Formations Classroom at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to caregivers, family members, neighbors and friends of individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. Someone will be available to sit with the individual who is suffering from dementia during the meeting in a comfortable room in the church if needed. For further information contact Donna.
EIGHT DAYS OF HOPE – Mission Trip! Eight Days of Hope, Christian mission service re-building ministry, is sponsoring a massive effort to work on repairing homes in the Pamlico County, North Carolina area – May 26th – June 2nd. You may have read about this project recently in the News and Observer. The hope is to have over 8,000 mission volunteers in place over this one week to make such a difference before the summer comes. Our own Rick has been inspired by this and feels the call to go. He is looking for folks to go with him. Our Missions Committee has appropriated $1,000 of church funds to help with this effort. If you are interested, if you too feel called, please contact Rick, Jim, or Carol or Martha from the Missions Committee. Registration will close May 19th.
Presbyterian Tornado Response: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance – a Ministry of the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering – has been able to respond immediately to the horrible tornado disasters early this month in the Midwest and South. We here at our church will be participating in this offering once again this year next Sunday, Easter Sunday. Please be generous. The need is great.
2012 Garner First Presbyterian Church Adult Mission Trip – November 3rd – 10th.
Youth Schedule for April
April 1: Youth Group at the church 5- 6:30
April 8: Easter Sunday, no Youth Group.
April 15: Youth Group at the church with dinner, 5- 7.
April 22: Ice Skating 1-4 PM
April 29: No Youth Group, Garner Relay for Life.
What Do You Like to Sing? Now that somber, thought provoking, taking up your cross, sacrificial Lent is drawing to a close and the glory of Easter is almost upon us — its time to ask you what hymns you would like to sing during the upcoming non-liturgical Spring and Summer Seasons of the year. Would you take a few moments to write down and submit a list of your favorite hymns? Either a written or mailed note will do
- or, you can let us know by email. What are your favorite hymns?
What is it that you would most want to sing?
New Baby: As we all know, Kim, our Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry, just had baby Levi, and we can remember how hard it was to get through those first few weeks. We are such a giving church and last Sunday night at the session meeting we discussed how nice it would be to just take a dish over to help them out. If you would like to take something to them let Lisa know so she can coordinate the effort and we don’t overwhelm them or take too much at once. Thank you all again for your wonderful willingness to help out and be so sharing and giving.
Worship Help Needed: We need folks to assist with worship activities by signing up to usher, be in the nursery, give a children’s sermon during church, learn to do the sound system and help with that. If you are willing to help see Sandy. Eventually we plan to get a better system in place but for now we are still asking folks to sign up. Thank you for anything you can do to assist in making worship more meaningful to all.
Children’s Church: Please sign up on the monthly chart in the narthex to help out with the children in our church.
Deacons meeting Sunday, April 15th right after church.
Lillie Circle meets Monday, April 9th, 7:00 p.m. with Ann as Hostess.
Ida/Joy Circle meets Tuesday, April 10th, 10:00 a.m. New Beginnings class.
Men of the Church meet Sunday, April 15th, 8 a.m. and Sunday, May 20th,
8 a.m. Dates have been pushed up due to Easter and Mother’s Day.
The Annual Relay-4-Life Chicken BBQ Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, April 22.
The Garner Relay for Life will be held Friday night April 27, 2012. Activities begin at 6:00 p.m. with opening ceremonies followed by the Survivor Walk.