April 4, 2021
The earth doesn’t deserve the sun.
We pollute her skies and poison the air.
And yet, day after day,
She keeps coming back.
Day after day, she warms my skin,
Lights the night, and draws me in.
I think that’s what Easter feels like.
We haven’t earned love,
And yet, love couldn’t stay away.
The stone had to roll,
The dawn had to break,
Love had to win.
So each morning I thank God for this tiny glimpse of Easter—
Light that breaks through the night,
Love that can’t stay away.
Prayers by Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.org
Family Worship Day, April 4 and 11: Today and next Sunday are Family Worship Days. Children’s Sunday School will not meet so families can worship together. Virtual Sunday School will resume on April 18.
New YouthTUBE Episode, premieres today at 6:00 p.m.: We are so excited about our newest YouthTUBE video! This episode was created by and features our amazing talented youth. You do not want to miss it! Subscribe and watch here!
Midday Music - Live from MPUMC!, April 7, 12:00 p.m.: Join us for a program of handbell music, including our MPUMC choirs, as well as some duet and solo music. Click here to watch live and to view previous programs.
Wednesday Bible Study, April 7, Live at 11:00 a.m. or 8:00 p.m. and viewable later: Yom Hashoah, which falls on April 7 this year, is a day set aside for Jews to remember the Holocaust. Rabbi Michael Wolk will join Dr. Howell to talk about the Holocaust and why its remembrance matters. Watch live on Facebook live or Livestream.
Sunrise Yoga, Sundays beginning April 11, 7:15 a.m.-8:15 a.m.: Meredith Starling will lead Sunrise Yoga on the sanctuary lawn on Sunday mornings. All ages and levels are welcome! We encourage you to bring your own mat and mask and to maintain distancing during our practice. If you have any questions, email Rev. Taylor Pryde Barefoot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easter Exultations - A Live Concert of Brass and Organ Music, April 11, 4:00 p.m., Sanctuary: Join us for a live concert celebrating the Resurrection featuring daCapo Brass, James R. Jones, and Evan Wesley Currie. Seating is limited. Click here to sign up to attend. You can also view the concert on Livestream.
Grief Support, April 12, 6:30 p.m., Zoom: Offered by Rev. Bill Roth and Parish Nurse Lauren Smith, this is a safe place for people looking to share, learn, and connect with others who are coping with loss. Register in Realm or with Carmen Rivera at email@example.com. You may also directly join the Zoom meeting at your convenience.
Praying the Psalms, April 12-May 7: Join a clergy-led small group study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s tiny, powerful book, Psalms - The Prayer Book of the Bible. In the form of both a devotional and a bible study, you will learn from the witness of a martyr of the Christian faith. Read the first four chapters of the book, and then view our schedule and connect using the Zoom links at www.myersparkumc.org/small-group.
Putt Putt and Prayer, Sunday, April 18, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Join us for an awesome event of prayer and putt putt! We will have a course set up in the parking lot and Jubilee Hall. Snacks and drinks provided. Friends are welcome. Cost is $10 per person. Sign up here.
Mindful Mondays on Zoom, April 19, 10:30 a.m., Zoom: Offered by Rev. Bill Roth and Parish Nurse Lauren Smith. Learn to embody the present moment with compassionate awareness and discover the emotional, physical, and spiritual benefits of meditative practices. Open to first-timers or those who wish to renew their mindful practice. Register in Realm or with Carmen Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also directly join the Zoom meeting at your convenience.
High School Retreat in a Day, Saturday, April 24, 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.: Want to spend an amazing day together? Join us at Camp Canaan, a 100-acre island camp! We’ll play archery tag and disc golf, scale the high ropes course, set up an Eno village, and so much more. We will close the day with Cameron Moore, a bonfire, and a special senior ceremony. Dinner and snacks provided. Cost $70. Sign up here!
Senior Recognition Sunday, Sunday, April 25, 8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m.: All seniors and their parents are invited to join us for our special blanket ceremony during the 8:45 a.m. worship service in the sanctuary where we celebrate this special milestone. Please register here as soon as possible.
OurBridge For Kids Collection, now-April 30: Throughout the month of April, Missions is collecting Food Lion gift cards in any amount for our local partner, OurBridge For Kids. These Food Lion gift cards will be used to provide lunch to the children who will attend their summer program. To donate to this collection, either purchase a Food Lion gift card at any Food Lion store and drop it off under the portico Monday-Thursday before noon OR click here to purchase an e-gift card that will go straight to OurBridge. If you choose to send an e-gift card, please have it emailed to Sil Ganzo at email@example.com.
Coffee, Conversation, and Connection, April 27, 1:00 p.m., Zoom: Join Rev. Bill Roth and Parish Nurse Lauren Smith for emotional support and care. We will share, connect, and explore how we can increase our well-being and resilience. Register with Carmen Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also directly join the Zoom meeting at your convenience.
Discover Myers Park, May 2, 11:00 a.m., online: Join this Zoom meeting with Rev. Uiyeon Kim to learn about our church and the beliefs and practices of our denomination. There is no obligation to join, but the opportunity will be available for you. Email Jeanne Poole at email@example.com for more details.
Staycation Bible School Kit Signup: If your family is planning to participate in Staycation Bible School June 14-17, be sure to sign up for a free take-home supply kit that will further enhance your family's experience and include supplies for each participating child in your family. Although our virtual format will allow us to reach children of all ages, the kits are available only for children who turn 4 on or before August 31, 2021 through 5th graders. Kits are available while supplies last! Click here to learn more and to sign up!
Goodness Gracious Gifts! Now Open: Our gift shop is now open by appointment only. Click here to sign up for a time to shop.
Share Your Soul Stories: John Wesley, founder of Methodism, is known for asking the question “How is it with your soul?” You’re invited to share a video with your church family, telling how it is with your soul. Instructions and helpful suggestions will be provided for you. Interested in this new ministry? Email Rev. Jessica Dayson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loaves & Fishes Warehouse Volunteers, second Monday of the month beginning April 12, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Missions is offering an ongoing volunteer opportunity through our local community partner Loaves & Fishes. Volunteers will package kits filled with donated canned goods. If you are interested in this service opportunity, click here!
New Podcast Episode - Lenten Bible Study: Lessons Learned: Assistant Director of Youth Ministries Mary Helen Higgs and Director Jason Rhymer join youth from our recent Lenten Bible Study to reflect on what they learned and why studying the bible is so important for youth. Beyond Baptism: Wisdom, Encouragement and Hope for Parents, created by Children’s Ministries and Youth Ministries, is intended for parents and adults invested in the young people of our church. Access all episodes here. Subscribe, rate, and review today!
Thank you for your ongoing generosity!
This year’s Easter Offering will support our ministry partners at OurBridge for Kids and Costa Rica Mission Projects. OurBridge for Kids provides our local immigrant and refugee community an out-of-school program through community-based initiatives. Costa Rica Mission Projects (CRMP) works to establish mutually beneficial, long-lasting relationships between churches in the United States and churches in Costa Rica. Since 2003, CRMP has coordinated building projects, Vacation Bible School, evangelism, and mission trips to serve in Costa Rica. CRMP has built sanctuaries, Sunday school buildings, church kitchens, parsonages, and a camp in more than a dozen different communities.
Your faithful offering will support generational transformation for our neighbors locally and globally. To make your gift, visit www.myersparkumc.org/give and select Holy Days Offering from the Fund drop-down menu or mail a check with Holy Days Offering in the memo line to our business office at 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207. Questions about giving opportunities? Contact Jamie Yearwood, Director of Development, at email@example.com or 704-295-4808.
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