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Church News: Week of March 24, 2018

Jane’s Hope is a Christian ministry open to women who have relinquished a child through abortion or adoption, to share, heal, support each other and experience forgiveness through Jesus Christ. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at The Porch, 226 Montezuma St. For more information, call Prescott Christian Church at 928-445-0680 or email maryannwinslow1@gmail.com.

St. Germaine Catholic Church, 7997 E. Dana Drive, Prescott Valley, Holy Week schedule is as follows: Palm Sunday Masses — at 4:30 p.m. March 24 and 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon [Spanish] March 25; Holy Thursday Mass — at 7 p.m. March 29; Good Friday, March 30, Stations of the Cross at noon (Spanish) and 3 p.m. (English); Good Friday Service at 7 p.m.; Easter Vigil Mass at 7:15 p.m. March 31; Easter Sunday Masses at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. [Spanish] April 1. For additional information, call 928-772-6350.

First Congregational Church, 216 East Gurley Street, announces its Holy Week schedule: Palm Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday night Lenten series at 5:30 p.m. on “White Privilege - How to Become an Ally;” Maundy Thursday service at 6:30 p.m.; and Easter Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m.

Mountain View Baptist Church hosts its monthly Gospel concert, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25. Mountain View Baptist Church will host a Gospel Music concert with “Sidekicks.” All invited to come and spend a wonderful evening with them. Refreshments will follow. Admission is free but a love offering will be gratefully accepted. Mountain View Baptist Church is located at 395 Pony Place, Dewey; take Highway 69 to Kachina, turn west to Pony Place then to the church.

Johnny Rowlett will be ministering in music and the Word, at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 25, at Hillside Bible Church, 8670 S. Date Creek Road, 16 miles west of Kirkland. Johnny has a desire to align himself with the local church, to see their cities won for Christ. Using today’s most popular form of music, but for the Kingdom purposes, he is able to bring a message of Hope and restoration through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! Johnny is CPGMA Male Vocalist of the Year, associated with Pro-Rodeo Cowboy Church, and has appeared on TBN. Visit www.johnnyrowlett.com, and he is on Facebook, Johnny Rowlett Ministries. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Galen or Rodella at 928-442-3842.

American Lutheran Church’s Maundy Thursday service, at 7 p.m. March 29, will center on the Last Supper, and Holy Communion will be celebrated. The word “Maundy” comes to us as an Anglo-French word derived from the Latin “mandatum,” which means “commandment.” It refers to when Jesus, in the Upper Room during the Last Super, said to the disciples: “And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34.) During the worship service, the altar will be stripped to demonstrate the bareness of the cross and help us reflect on the emptiness of the world without Christ. Good Friday, at 7 p.m. March 30, will feature Tenebrae worship, a Service of Darkness, which will provide a powerful liturgical drama that will walk us through the events of Holy Week from the triumphant entry on Palm Sunday to the Crucifixion and tomb of Christ. Music will be presented by Sanctus Choir and Peals of Praise handbell choir. www.americanlutheran.net or 928-445-4348.

Join Trinity Lutheran Church in Prescott Valley for Holy Week and Easter Sunday services. They will be held in the sanctuary as follows: 6 p.m. on both Maundy Thursday, March 29 and Good Friday, March 30. On Sunday, April 1, the Easter services begin at 6:30 a.m. with a Sunrise service, followed by an 8 a.m. Liturgical service with the adult and children’s choirs joined in an Easter anthem. Praise services with Easter cantata choir selections will be held at 9:15 a.m. in Trinity Hall and 10:45 a.m. in the sanctuary. (Holy Communion will be celebrated on Maundy Thursday at 6 p.m. and at the 8, 9:15, and 10:45 a.m. services on Easter Sunday.)

Easter Breakfast will be served from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Sunday School children will have an Easter Egg hunt at 9:15 a.m. The annual God’s World Easter program will be at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 29. For more information call 928-772-8845.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church offers Holy Week Services. Telling the story of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, his death and resurrection will be the message of Holy Week services at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Prescott Valley.

Holy Week begins this Sunday with Palm Sunday services at 8:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., bringing to life our Savior’s arrival in Jerusalem. Worshipers will receive palms and will be encouraged to participate by waving them in the processional Gospel. At the second service, new members will be welcomed, and several younger members will receive their first communion with their faith family, after finishing classes about the Eucharist.

As the week moves on, the Maundy Thursday evening service will recall Jesus’ final meal with his disciples, including his servanthood in washing his disciples’ feet. The 7 p.m. service will conclude with the stripping of the altar, accompanied by special handbell music.

Good Friday will feature two services: a noon Good Friday worship with guest speaker Rev. Dr. Glenn Watkins, speaking on “It is Finished.” The 7 p.m. “Last Words of Christ” service will include various members giving reflections on Jesus’ final words from the cross. The first reflection will be presented by interim Pastor Sarah Isakson, followed by members Jim Rebholz, Jenny and Caleb Johnson, Bruce Newcomb, Gail Kenny, Jim Lundquist and Larry Gordon. The lighting in the worship space gradually grows dim during the service, ending in complete darkness as every bit of our worship tradition – including the candles, cross, and word of God – is taken from us.

Easter Sunday celebration services will be at 8:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Sunday, April 1. Special choral and handbell music is scheduled, as well as Easter lilies and other flowers provided by members. An Easter Egg Hunt for the children and Easter Brunch will follow the 10:15 a.m. service

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, located at 7763 E. Long Look Drive, Prescott Valley, is a Reconciling in Christ church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We are an inclusive faith community that seeks to live the Word and Way of Christ’s unconditional love. This means that, like Christ, we believe each person is a beloved child of God regardless of shape, size, economic status, religious background, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity, or anything else that could divide us. We give thanks to God for the unique identities with which we are created and have found here a fellowship of believers that accepts us just as we are. Come worship with us and enjoy full participation in all aspects of our life together, including baptism, confirmation, communion, marriage and burial.

All are welcome to join with Beit Torah Jewish Congregation (www.onetorah.org) in selling your chometz [food not kosher for Passover] no later than March 29. Form can be printed/copied from http://www.onetorah.org/sellyourchometz.htm. With a lot of just arrived community help, Rabbi will be hosting a Community Seder this year in Prescott, 6 p.m., Friday, March 30. Please RSVP. Call for details and directions: 928-237-0390, 928-227-0582 or email ansheitorah@cableone.net.

Jewish community to celebrate exodus from Egypt on Passover starting March 30

Passover--one of the most inspiring events in human liberation--will be celebrated by Jews in the Quad City area and all over the world starting on Friday evening, March 30.

“Passover commemorates the Israelites’ miraculous journey from slavery to freedom detailed in the book of Exodus,” said Rabbi Jessica Rosenthal, spiritual leader of Temple B’rith Shalom, Prescott. Jews commemorate Passover with the Seder, which combines a symbolic festive meal and the reading of the Haggadah, a prayer book that contains the story of the Exodus, symbolic readings and prayers

Rabbi Rosenthal explained that the Torah commands Jews to remember the Exodus “as if we were present. It connects us with our ancestors, with Jews worldwide, and with all people who were—and still are-- enslaved or deprived of freedom.”

Seder means “order” or “arrangement.” During the Seder, Jews eat food that is symbolic of the Exodus, such as matzoh (unleavened bread), which was baked in the Egyptian sun by Israelites in their swift departure from Egypt. Participants also sip from four cups of wine, which symbolizes God’s four pledges to the Israelites: “I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments, I will take you as my people, and I will be your God” (Exodus 6-7).

In addition to matzohs, symbols of the Exodus include bitter herbs (maror), a reminder of the bitterness of slavery; charoset, a mixture of apples, sweet wine and nuts, to represent the mortar used by Hebrew slaves to build brick cities in Egypt; karpas, a green vegetable such as parsley, denoting springtime; a lamb shank bone, a reminder of the Paschal lamb that was sacrificed at the Temple in Jerusalem; and a roasted egg as a symbol of life and renewal.

“Passover is a celebration of human liberation that comes true over and over again,” Rabbi Rosenthal said. “It reminds us that we need to help those who seek liberation from poverty, oppression, bigotry and despair.”

The Temple is hosting a Passover Seder on Saturday, March 31. For information on the Seder and other Temple B’rith Shalom services celebrating Passover, call the Temple at 928-708-0018.

Mt. of Faith Lutheran Church, 20135 E. Stagecoach Trail, Cordes Lakes, will host a Good Friday service at 6 p.m. Friday, March 30. There will be a Sunrise Easter morning service, at 6:15 a.m. April 1. Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. There will be an Easter egg hunt at 8. Communion Service will be at 9.

Come praise and worship our Risen Lord Jesus!

It will be Mount Zion Tabernacle Youth Day at the Prescott Valley Library, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31. In the library’s third-floor Crystal Room, ages 13 to 19 will be welcome for a youth message; worship; youth career exhibits – including fire, police, nursing, pilot, Navy, NAU, Yavapai College, and schools; fellowship; games and prizes; and a bike raffle. It will also include a pizza and ice cream social.

American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott, will celebrate Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of Christ, on April 1. Traditional worship services will be held in the Sanctuary at 6:30, 8, and 10:30 a.m. Contemporary worship services will be held in the Fellowship Hall at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion will be served at all worship services. An Easter Egg Hunt for children age toddler through grade 5 will be held on the lower level lawn at 9 a.m. The Good News Puppets will kick off the event. Children are encouraged to bring a basket and enjoy the fun! www.americanlutheran.net or 928-445-4348.

WOW – Women of Wisdom, an interdenominational Christian fellowship of Bible teaching and Bible studies, is American Lutheran Church’s spirit-lifting, faith-renewing, life-inspiring program for women of all ages and backgrounds. The spring session runs Wednesday mornings from 8:15 to 11:15 a.m., April 4 through May 23, and features Conversations With God presented by Nancy Morgan at the First Hour, followed by Second Hour classes by registration only. The complete WOW brochure, including course descriptions, can be found on the WOW link of the church website’s “Adult Ministries” page at www.americanlutheran.net. Detailed brochures with registration forms may be obtained from the American Lutheran Church office, 1085 Scott Drive, or by calling 928-445-4348, to request that a brochure be mailed to you. (There is no cost or registration needed if attending only the First Hour Teaching.) Full and partial scholarships for class materials are available, and free childcare is always provided. Make plans now to join us for a wonderful Christ-centered fellowship, make new friends, and grow in grace and wisdom of God. www.americanlutheran.net or 928-445-4348.

Crossfire Men’s Ministry at American Lutheran Church (1085 Scott Dr., Prescott) meets Thursday mornings, April 5 through June 14, with Bible Storying Through the Scriptures. Beginning with breakfast from 5:45 to 6:15 a.m., storytelling from 6:15 to 6:30 a.m., and interactive table discussion from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., the morning is filled with fellowship. Men of all ages are welcome to join at any time – no need to sign up, just show up! www.americanlutheran.net or 928-445-4348.

Professional singer/speaker, Marcia Whitehead will be performing “You Raise Me

Up,” a one-woman ministry presentation, at 9 and 11 a.m., on April 8, at Chino Valley United Methodist Church.

“You Raise Me Up” is a multi-media presentation that offers healing, hope and the promise that there is life after disappointment and loss. It is a message that resonates with anyone who has ever struggled with “Why?” and is an honest reflection that explores faith challenged, learning to trust God when all seems lost, surrender, transformation, new beginnings for broken souls, God’s amazing faithfulness and His ultimate sovereignty.

Wildwood Baptist Church, 172 S. Road 1 W., in Chino Valley, is having the following events:

April 9-11: We have a missionary pastor, Tony Tirse and his wife, from the Philippines, preaching a revival at 6:30 p.m. In the morning at 10 a.m., he will be teaching all who come, about living for Jesus.

April 12-14: We have Evangelist and Pastor Edward Albus preaching a crusade at Wildwood Baptist. At 6:30 p.m. on the 12 and 13 and at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sat. April 14. Pastor Edward has been on the mission field in East Africa and will be returning around November to preach in East Africa. The name of Ed’s ministry is Bride Ready Ministries International. During this time Bonface Owiti from Rongo Kenya will be speaking. He directs the Children Of Hope ministry. It’s a ministry of helping the poor children in his area and provide food and education to about 30 children with the hope of growing to help orphans and widows.

A local band “Basham” will play at 6:30 p.m., April 11, 12 and 13. A local quartet “Brush Arbor Revival” will perform at 4 p.m., Saturday, April 14.

“Food, Faith and Climate Change” – Arizona Interfaith Power and Light, in cooperation with Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley St., Prescott, is pleased to present a three-part series and discussion on the connections between food, faith and climate change at 6 p.m. April 11, April 25 and May 9. Please contact the church office to reserve your place, 928-772-1950. This will be a wonderful opportunity to dialogue on the role of food in our faith and culture and the impact of our entire food system, from seed to table, on climate change, with a look into how changing our lifestyle and eating practices will heal and save the planet. Learn how local groups are involved in making a difference on these important issues. Join us for fellowship and inspiration.

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