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Easter Exclamations I

He is not here, but has risen.Luke 24:5b
Tuesday morning and I am filtering through a number of emails from people asking to be registered for my upcoming course on the Dead Sea Scrolls. It’s quite welcome, and shows that there is an interest out there for material like this. Much of my traffic so far has been coming through the Calgary and Area Life-long Learners or “CALL.” Wayne Valleau’s Shakespeare courses here at the church are also in partnership with this group, and Brenda Falle is an active member. It is the first time that I’ve actively worked with other community organization in relation to the types of courses/studies that I like to teach, and I hope it to be the first of many. It does, of course, mean that I really need to buckle down and make sure the course is ready to go on the evening of May 9th!

We are now in the Season of Easter, and I encourage all of us to look for signs of new life and hope. Jesus is risen, and is out there in the community, calling us out to live out resurrection lives. Like Christmas, Easter isn’t just one day, but a season stretching FIFTY days! While we are resurrection people as Christians, and signs of new life can be seen and experienced at any time of year, this season helps us to focus on signs of new life and new hope. This goes beyond simply the signs of spring, but also looking at new ways to be Christ’s church in the community. The registration emails I have been receiving from CALL members for the Dead Sea Scrolls has been one for me.

Another one has been hearing about the work of another United Church congregation in Brampton, Ontario that has partnered with several community groups to form a storefront outreach and service project called “The Journey.” It was recently featured in a Global New Report here:

The Journey’s website can be found here: http://www.thejourneyneighbourhoodcentre.ca/

and North Bramalea United Church’s own website: http://www.nbuc.ca/

This is a community partnership of which North Bramalea United Church helped create in the community in response to a deep need in the community, bringing new life where needed in response to a tragic and sense less act of violence. This is Easter living and breathing today.

So where have you seen signs of resurrection?

Yours in Christ,

John

Upcoming Events

  • Tomorrow (March 30) is the pick-up day for our monthly donation of sandwiches for the Drop-in Centre.
  • Family Games Night – Friday April 15, 6:30pm in Fitzgerald Hall
    • Our next Family night at St. Matt’s is a games night for people of all ages. There will be a wide selection of games for all ages that people are welcome to play, or bring your own!
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls Seminar
    • As I’ve already mentioned, In cooperation with the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners (CALL), I will be offering a short course/seminar on the Dead Sea Scrolls. I have now confirmed a start date of Monday May 9th, and it will run for 5-6 sessions on Mondays from 7:15 to about 9pm. If you’re interested in joining me in this course/seminar, please email me to let me know. There is an optional online component that I am also developing that will also be helpful for those who may need to miss a session.
  • Congregational Membership Classes
    • If you or someone you know would like to formalize membership with St. Matthew’s, I am hoping to run a membership class in the next few months. If you are interested, please email me, call me at the church, or speak with me directly on Sunday mornings.

Church Office Hours

Wendy’s regular office hours are Mondays, 11am-3pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday from 9am-3pm.

My regular office hours are Sunday through Thursdays from 9:00 to 12:30. While I am likely to be in the office in the afternoons Monday through Thursday, I may also be out on pastorals visits or meetings.

 

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