Loving God, Loving One Another, Loving the World

E-news for April 4-10, 2021

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HAPPY EASTER, MIDWAY FAMILY!

Please join us in worship on Sunday, April 4, at 10 a.m., as we gather together to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord! Communion will be served during the service. HE IS RISEN…

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

There will be no adult Sunday School class for the next six weeks as we take a break and plan for the next session starting in mid-May…stay tuned!

A DEFINITION…

Peace: It does not mean being in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means being in the midst of those things and still being calm in your heart.   –Author unknown

DONATE TO THE GIDEONS

One organization that Paul Hanson believed in was Gideons International, a Christian organization that puts Bibles into the hands of people who might otherwise never have a chance to read about God’s redeeming love. If you would like to make a donation of Bibles in Paul Hanson’s name, you may do so on Sunday using  the specially-marked envelopes located next to the offering boxes.

AN ACT OF KINDNESS…

The neighbor of a four-year-old child was a kind elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.  Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went over to the man’s porch, climbed onto the porch swing beside him,  and just sat there. Later when his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy replied, “Nothing. I just helped him cry.” 

DIGGING DEEPER

Fill in the blanks using the words in the box below.

Last Sunday, Pastor Shaun preached from Luke 19:28-44. He said we may not always be able to understand what God is doing in us, but when we _______ to praise Him regardless of our circumstances, He has a way of deepening and widening our joy! When we think who He is–his great mercy, how eternal and unchanging He is—we have _____ for rejoicing! When Jesus’ disciples brought the donkey to Jesus and spread their cloaks, they didn’t fully understand the significance of the _______, but they realized enough to stand together and praise and exalt him for the miracles He had done. The Pharisees and religious leaders responded differently to Jesus. They failed to ________ him for the Savior and Messiah he was; they were holding out for someone else who would be their choice, not God’s. As Pastor Shaun said, “A person denying Christ, or causing others to deny Him, doesn’t make it so!” Jesus’ offer of salvation is available to ___. He knows that we are sinners in need of a Savior, and He doesn’t want anyone to be separated from Him for eternity. Yet many will _____ Him and will experience the reality of hell—for eternity! Just as Pastor Shaun doesn’t want to assume that everyone at church has accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, so we shouldn’t assume that our friends, neighbors, and co-workers know who Jesus is. Who might the Lord want you and me to share the gospel with this week?

               moment            all           cause            recognize            continue            refuse
UPDATES FROM CASCADES CAMP Registration for family camps is open! We’re excited to announce the return of our family camps: Memorial Day CampoutIndependence Day Family Camp, and Labor Day Family Camp! Know that we have been working closely with state and local authorities to determine the safest path forward for our guests. Our current operating procedures and safety protocols not only meet but exceed CDC and DOH guidelines, and we have officially received the green light to host households in a socially distanced manner. Head here for dates, pricing, and all things family camp. Summer youth programs are back! We are beyond thrilled to announce that summer youth programs are returning in 2021! That’s right – Rainier Kids Day CampBrightwood StationCamp Timber Rock, and the S.A.L.T. Program! While we are excited to have campers back on our grounds, it’s important to note that this won’t be a full return to normal operations. We will be offering limited weeks with limited capacities as we journey along this path toward normalcy. As always, we will be closely monitoring further developments in Washington State, and working closely with the local Thurston County Department of Health to make sure that everything is done in accordance with their guidelines to ensure a safe and fun experience for all. Registration for youth camps opens mid-April, so keep an eye out on our website and social media accounts for more details in the coming weeks. Apply to be a part of our summer team! With the return of our family programs this summer, we’re going to need some extra hands to make it all happen. Applications are officially open online, so check out our job descriptions and read all the details regarding dates and compensation.

THANK YOU TO…

All the helping hands who assisted in cleaning the Sanctuary and moving the sound equipment back in!

Dennis Brass and Dale Dowsing for helping with signage and clean-up of our grounds!

MJ Higgins for your amazing decorating touches throughout the church. The palm branch bouquets are lovely!

Rosemary Maulden for bringing so many delicious deli sandwiches for the Ladies Discipleship lunch! Thank you also for watering the colorful flowers in front of the church!

Don Paige for all the time, effort, and coordinating you’ve put in over the past month so that our Sanctuary furnace is up and running!

Our sister churches—City of Rain and Spirit of Truth and Worship—for coming together on Good Friday to worship the Lord with us as one Body of Christ! What an unforgettable and uplifting time!

                      SERMON SCHEDULE

April 4:   Rev. Shaun Higgins, 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

April 11: Rev. Shaun Higgins, Psalm 133:1-3; Ephesians 4:4-6

April 18: Rev. Shaun Higgins, Ephesians 4:1-6; Psalm 133:1-3

April 25: Rev. Shaun Higgins, Colossians 3:9-15; Matthew 19:6

CHURCH & OFFICE INFORMATION

The Church Office is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Office phone number: 206-878-4861 // Office email: office@midwaycovenant.org                     

Sunday Morning Worship Service: 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary (or online at live.midcov.org)

The Clothing Bank is closed.