Loving God, Loving One Another, Loving the World

E-news for March 28 – April 3, 2021

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PALM SUNDAY TODAY!

When Jesus came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples

      began joyfully to wave palm branches and praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

                                       “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Did you know that palm branches symbolize both celebration and surrender? In Bible times, palm branches were waved enthusiastically to express joyous welcome of true royalty. The subsequent laying down of the palm branches onto the path the king would walk on represented a symbolic laying down of the people’s lives   in humble service to their king.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

Please join us at 8:45 a.m. in the Narthex for the last session of our “Matters of the Heart” Sunday School Bible Study. We will look at Jesus’ triumphal entry and ponder why so many religious leaders missed its significance.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE APRIL 2ND

Greetings Midway Family,

We are pleased to invite you all to come and worship with us on April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. for our Good Friday service. I am excited that we will be coordinating with City of Rain Covenant Church and Spirit and Truth Worship Center for a combined worship time! Each church will lead us in worship through song and praise,  and we will have seven ministers expounding on the last seven words of Christ. This will be an enriching and unforgettable time of worship and praise as we gather together in the Sanctuary, paving the way towards Resurrection Sunday. The service will be live-streamed, but I would urge everyone who is able to come and experience this in person. It is my prayer that, on this occasion, we will all experience the Holy Spirit moving in such a way that will fortify us with hope, purpose, direction, and zeal for our kingdom mission.

Blessings on you all,

Pastor Shaun Higgins

DIGGING DEEPER

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Last Sunday, Pastor Shaun preached from 1 Peter 1:3-9. Peter is writing to believers during a time of intense _________. He writes timely words of exhortation, reminding the scattered believers of the tremendous hope they have in Christ. Why? Because Jesus Christ did not stay dead; He arose!! That is _____ for great joy and rejoicing! Incredibly, this hope and this joy that Peter wrote to the believers about (nearly 2,000 years ago) is just as available to us today! It is ours not _______ of anything we have done, but because of what Christ has done for us—on the cross! We need only to receive the gift of salvation to become partakers of this hope and joy. It is available to us now. Peter ________ the early believers: Don’t be dismayed by the world’s persecution. Hold onto your hope! Keep expressing your joy! It’s one thing to be _______ and joyful when things are going well. But to maintain hope and joy in the Lord through difficulties and persecution—that requires something beyond ourselves. It is what is meant by “the joy of the Lord is our strength.” The world doesn’t _________ that kind of joy. They simply cannot comprehend it! Jesus gives us new birth into a living hope! In contrast to an earthly inheritance which can cause ________ in families, be squandered, get stolen, or become something to kill for, the __________ we have in Christ is new and living! It can’t be taxed or stolen! And it will never fade away!

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UPDATES FROM CASCADES CAMP
Our new website is live! Here at Cascades, we’ve been hard at work on our own much-needed virtual refresh, and we’re thrilled to announce that we have a brand new website! It’s officially LIVE, so hop on over to cascades.org and take a look around. You’ll find some of our favorite pictures, information regarding 2021 programs, COVID-19 policies and procedures, and more.
Register for family camps is open! In case you missed the news a few weeks ago, we’re excited to announce the return of our family camps: Memorial Day CampoutIndependence Day Family Camp, and Labor Day Family Camp! As you consider bringing your family out to Cascades, 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. Registration for family camps is open and spaces are filling up! Head here for dates, pricing, and all things family camp. (Note: information regarding summer 2021 Family Getaways and youth programs will be released at a later date.)
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. That’s right – while it will look different than it has in the past, we are officially hiring a summer staff! Applications are officially open online, so head here for job descriptions, details regarding dates and compensation, and a link to apply. Know an enthusiastic, Jesus-loving, servant-hearted young adult? Help us spread the word, and join us in prayer as we seek God’s very best for our summer 2021 team.

THANK YOU TO…

Dale Dowsing for bringing treats into the office!

Re’uven Higgins for the joy and “Amens” you bring to Midway!

Linda Morrisset for your calling ministry to our shut-ins!

Coe Scott for all you do as our church custodian!

Ken Walugembe for checking our doors and grounds each night!

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE…

Early one morning a husband and wife were arguing over who should get out of the warm bed to make the coffee. Finally the wife folded her arms and said, “You have to make the coffee. It’s in the Bible!” The husband was shocked. “It is not! Show me!” Pulling out her Bible, the wife opened it to one of the New Testament books and declared, “It says right here—HEBREWS!”

SERMON SCHEDULE

               March 28: Rev. Shaun Higgins, Luke 19:28-44

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

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 Bible Study: 8:45 a.m. in the Narthex

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

               The Clothing Bank is closed.