Newsletter for March 26, 2021

HOLY WEEK SERVICES

MAUNDY THURSDAY – April 1

Join us for a time of coffee and communion on Maundy Thursday at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 1st.  We will have coffee for about 30 minutes and a short communion service at 7:30 pm.  This will be similar to our Ash Wednesday gathering.

  • Bring with you your favorite cup, mug, or glass and elements for communion preferably on a plate.

Join Zoom Meeting by contacting the office for deets.

GOOD FRIDAY – April 2

A brief Good Friday video will be uploaded on Friday.  This service will include Scripture readings and prayers.  It will be no more than 15 minutes.

EASTER

If the trends in declining positivity rate of tests and increasing number of those receiving vaccines, we may be able to proceed with an in-person service.  The final decision will be made by the Elders on March 28th.

For Easter, we will offer 2 options for worship.  There will be a video available for you to view at home on Easter morning.  It will be very similar to the in-person service that will be offered at 10:45 am on Easter Sunday morning.

The precautions required will be: 

  • wearing a mask that properly covers your nose and mouth.  If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you when you arrive at church.
  • practicing social distancing.
  • pews will be taped off to where you can sit to ensure that you do not sit too close to others
  • trays will not be passed for communion or offering.  
  • attendance will be taken of those who attend in-person so that we know who to call if someone gets sick following the service.
  • No singing and no bulletins

EASTER FLOWERS

You may bring Easter flowers, lilies, tulips, etc, on Easter morning to the service.  You may place them at the cross or on the altar.  You may take them when you leave.  If you are bringing them in honor or memory of someone, please notify the office at firstonfifthcc@gmail.com or call by Friday, April 2 by noon. We will include those honorariums and memorials in the slideshow on Easter morning and print them in the newsletter next week.

FROM THE PASTOR

I always look forward to a vacation after Easter to rest from the marathon through Lent.  Lent seems to have stretched from March 2020 through April 2021, so I’m taking an extra long Spring break this year.  I will be on vacation Monday April 12 through Monday April 26.  If you have any emergency needs during that time, please contact Pastor Sheri or Elders co-chairs Maria Lancaster and Brenda Staggs.  I will be unavailable and will not respond to emails, phone calls or text messages during that time unless I receive an emergency phone call from Pastor Sheri, Marie or Brenda.

Pastor Tracy

** for all Zoom meetings, the passcode will be 3904.  To dial by phone: +1 646 558 8656 US (long distance charges may apply). **

EVENING BOOK STUDY Wednesday at 7:00 pm

Join this 3-week book study of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho.

Join Zoom Meeting by contacting the office for deets.

ELDERS MEETING

The next Elders’ Meeting will be Sunday, March 28th at 1:00 pm. Join Zoom meeting by contacting the office for deets.

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY

Please join us for Bible study on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 pm.  There is an optional prayer time at 1:45 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting by contacting the office for deets.

BOOK CLUB

Our next book is The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton.  We will meet on Sunday, April 18th at 3:00 pm.  This may be an in-person / online hybrid meeting.  Stay tuned for more details.

EASTER SPECIAL OFFERING 

The Easter Offering, received by most congregations on March 28 and April 4, 2021, supports several of the general ministries of the Christian Church. Your gift supports college students in leadership development programs, global mission partners, health and social service ministries, the formation of new congregations, support for pastors and chaplains, and so much more.   Please send your gift to church with a notation that it is for the Easter Special Offering.

RACIAL JUSTICE TEAMThe Leadership Council has approved moving forward with creating a racial justice working group to fight the sin of white supremacy, both in the church and outside, and exploring how this work can bring us closer to God, fellow churches in our community, and be more active in the Kentucky Poor People’s Campaign and Kentucky Council of Churches work.   Our meetings will likely include a series that Pastor Tracy wrote on Racism and Slavery in the Bible, local calls to action on issues with a focus on their racial justice, and discussion on how we can work with other congregations to engage our broader community.

If you’re interested in being a part of this work, please contact the office.