Called to Live Easter Lives

Dear Friends,
Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  It is so good to be living on this side of the cross.  Even as we moved through the despair of Holy Week, with its betrayal, denials, and crucifixion of Jesus, we knew that Jesus would be victorious over death. We knew Easter was coming. That knowledge doesn’t necessarily remove the pain of the moment, but since we are Easter people, it certainly gives us hope and vision for our future.
We are called to live Easter lives at all times.  In fact, every Sunday is an Easter day for us to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from death.  It might be good to remind ourselves what that Easter living looks like.  Here are a few things that come to mind:
♥ Joyful hearts
♥ Trusting God with the future
♥ Expecting Jesus’ presence to be revealed in community
♥ Accepting our commission to be sent into the world as God sent Jesus to us
♥ Using our Spirit-given gifts to share in the ministry of this congregation as we seek to serve God together.
I know we are still in the midst of the pandemic, although we truly have appreciated the reprieve we’ve gotten the past month or so.
I know that spring means more time to spend outdoors and taking jaunts, and dealing with school year-end activities.
I know that summer trips are coming.
I know that you are weary of “in-between times,” that you are ready for a new pastor to get here yesterday, already!
I know that many of you are tempted to just wait until the new pastor is here to reconnect or get more involved.
However….there is still ministry to do right now! With the return of more activity in the church comes the need for more volunteers. 
♥ With Blake and Lynnae Benton moving, we are desperately in need of volunteers to help with the livestreaming of our 11:00 (10:00 summer) service and with sound and slides for the 9:00 service. 
♥ We could use some folks willing to serve as ushers, greeters, and building security people. 
♥ There are available Sundays for serving as a lay-leader,
♥ …and it would be helpful to have some adults ready to volunteer in the nursery when needed, such as for a memorial service or on a Sunday morning.  (Note that we have a Child Protection Policy and Nursery volunteers must undergo a background check.)
God has done so much for us through Jesus Christ.  What are we willing to give to God? Not as a payback, because we could never pay God back—but as a sign of our thanksgiving, trust, and desire to follow Jesus.
Please be prayerful this week in how you would like to serve through the church and let me or one of our Session elders know how you plan to share your gifts.
Christ is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Let us live Resurrection lives!
Pastor Nancy
Rev. Dr. Nancy Jo Dederer,
Transitional Pastor