Burning Churches and the Most Important Thing Happening in the World
It seemed like a symbol of some kind when I saw the flames leaping through the roof of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris this week. When the burning spire tilted and fell after so many centuries aloft, surely it was emblematic of the fall of so much of what we had taken for granted—a vital, Christian presence in the heart of Western civilization, an appreciation for great architecture and art, an enduring monument to what humans could build.
And it happened during Holy Week. This is the week we remember how Jesus talked about the crumbling of the Temple and the dangers of relying on grandeur and human achievement. This is the week when we marched our Savior out of town and tried to crucify God’s love out of existence. Maybe the loss of Notre Dame would remind us that we didn’t need a place at the center of the world.
But, of course, we had to put the church in the middle of the city. If Christ tells us who we are, we want it right there for all to see. We want to lift high the cross and go, tell it on the mountain.
As I write this, billionaires are lining up to rebuild the cathedral. Fortunately, the rebuilding efforts are spilling over to help raise funds for three historically black churches in Louisiana that were destroyed by arson recently. We’re going to see church walls going up again.
The question is—for what purpose? Will Christ be seen in these efforts? Will we stay long enough to hear the story?
There’s a narrative of death and resurrection going on in our churches this weekend. It’s the most important thing happening in the world. I hope to see you there.
Market Street, 75 Market Street, Onancock, VA 23417
Fri., April 19, 12 noon service at Naomi Makemie Presbyterian Church, 89 Market Street, Onancock 23417 with all the Lenten Service preachers from Onancock and surrounding community joining in a 90 minute worship service "Jesus' Voice -His Last Words"
Easter Sunday, 8:30 am Worship; 11:00 am Worship
Wattsville UMC, 7423 Fleming Rd., Wattsville, VA 23483
April 18, 7 pm, Maundy Thursday Service
Saturday, April 20, 10 am Easter Egg Hunt at Franktown UMC, 7551 Bayside Rd., Franktown, VA 23354
Grace UMC, 18484 Wilson Ave., Parksley, VA 23421
April 18, 7 pm Holy Thursday worship with Holy Communion
Friday, April 19, Good Friday, sanctuary open from 12 noon to 3 pm.
Saturday, April 20, 10 am Community Easter Egg Hunt, Metompkin Elementary School, Parksley
Guilford Charge (Guilford and St. Thomas churches)
April 18, 7 pm, Holy Thursday Service w/ Holy Communion at Guilford UMC, 24450 Guilford Rd.,Bloxom 23308
April 21, 6 am, Easter Sunrise Service at Anne's Cove. Followed by Community breakfast at Guilford UMC
April 21, 11 am, Easter Cantata at St. Thomas UMC, 25460 Shoremain Dr., Bloxom, VA 23308
Greenbackville Charge (Sign Post and Union churches)
April 18, Maundy Thursday Service - 7:00 PM - Sign Post UMC
April 19, Good Friday Service - 7:00 PM Union UMC - Greenbackville
April 21, 6:15 am, Easter Sunday Sunrise Celebration Service with New Beginnings UMC at Crusty Crab Seafood Shack, 2118 Harbor Dr, Greenbackville, VA 23356. (Breakfast immediately following at the Crusty Crab)
Easter Sunday Services: 8:30 AM Contemporary Worship Service/11:15 AM Traditional Worship Service at Union UMC, 1491 Stockton Road, Greenbackville, VA 23356; 10 AM Traditional Worship Service at Sign Post UMC, 3089 Fleming Road, New Church 23415
New Hope Charge (Evergreen, Harborton and Mears Memorial churches)
April 18, 6:30 pm, Maundy Thursday with Holy Communion at Evergreen UMC, 13573 Hacksneck Road, Hacksneck 23358
April 19, 6:30 pm, Good Friday Service at Harborton UMC, 28152 Harborton Road, Harborton 23389
April 21, 6:15 am Easter Sunrise Service at Harborton Boat Ramp with breakfast at Evergreen Pavilion at 7:30am
April 22, 11 am Easter Worship Services at Mears Memorial UMC,18186 Second Street, Keller, VA 23401
April 21, 6:20 am Sunrise Service at the Dock in Hunting Creek with Grace UMC
Christ UMC, 6253 Church Street, Chincoteague, VA 23336
April 18, 7 pm, Maundy Thursday Worship
Sunday, April 21, 6:30 am, Community Easter Sunrise Service at Memorial Park.
Sunday, April 21, 8:30 am and 11 am Sunday Worship Services
St. John's UMC, 10352 Atlantic Road, Atlantic, VA 23303
April 19, Good Friday Service 6:00 pm at St. John's UMC, Atlantic. Rev. Carroll Mills of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Princess Anne, MD, guest preacher
Cheriton and Travis Chapel churches
Eastern Sunday Sunrise Services, April 21, 6 am at the Boat Ramp in Oyster. Led by Full Gospel Church, Cheriton and Travis Chapel UM churches. Special music by Terry Thomas from Full Gospel. Breakfast at Travis Chapel, Oyster after the service. (Directions to Oyster Boat Ramp: from Cape Charles stop light on US 13, go east on Business 13, 1 mile. Make a right on Rt. 639 (Bayside Rd.) continue for 2.3 miles and then left on Rt. 1802 (Crumbs Hill Rd.) for .6 miles. Boat Ramp at the end of the road).
Rallying Around Roger --Teen Triumphed Over Trouble April is National Autism Awareness Monthand a perfect time to celebrate one young man's inspiring story of resilience during times of adversity. Learn how Roger triumphed in the face of trouble.
Roger is on the autism spectrum and has been grappling with mental illness and aggressive behavior for years. After twoout-of-home placements, Roger and his family weren't sure how they'd overcome their challenges. That's when they found UMFS, and that's when they say the tide began to shift. Roger (pictured with his younger brother, Mikey) received treatment from two different UMFS programs and built lasting relationships with peers and staff. He ultimately achieved his goal of returning home. “Without UMFS, I’d probably be locked up,” Roger said. Click here to read Roger's inspiring story.
Bishop Pete Weaver is inviting clergy and laity of the Virginia Conference to join him in district gatherings in May and early June.
"Jesus most often journeyed in the company of others," said Weaver. "Even in our context, we can learn from each other and practice our Christian love for each other by journeying together. I am inviting you to join me in a district gathering in May and early June so we may have conversation 'on the road' together."
He explained, "We will share in Communion, seek to care for one another, and look at the meaning of the Judicial Council decisions and their implications as your Bishop and Cabinet seek to follow the Book of Discipline which governs our church."
Sunday, May 19, at 4 PM Eastern Shore/Elizabeth River Districts will gather at Baylake United Methodist Church, 4300 Shore Dr Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Still Receiving Donations for Okello Family
Pastor Okello extends his sincere thanks and gratitude for all of those who have made donations so far to help with the finances of relocating his family from Kenya to the US. $3,600 has been received so far. The cost is approximately $8,245. If you or your church/church group would like to assist with these costs, please send your donations to: New Beginnings UMC, PO Box 129, New Church, VA 23415. Reference: Okello Family Relocation Fund
Information about delegation voting at AC2019
The Virginia Conference will elect 22 delegates to the 2020 General Conference (11 clergy and 11 laity) and an additional 11 clergy and 11 laity to join the General Conference delegates for the 2020 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Elections will be conducted during the 2019 session of the Virginia Annual Conference to be held June 20-22, 2019 at The Berglund Center in Roanoke. The election of delegates will be conducted on the afternoon and evening of June 20.
For more information about Conference Rules for the election of GC and Jurisdictional delegates, list of clergy and laity nominees go towww.vaumc.org/AC2019
Convergence 2019 has less than TEN spots left!
Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students should not miss the opportunity to dive deep into Christian faith and mainstream science at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA from June 22-30, 2019. Students will have time in the classroom, as well as trips to York River State Park, Shalom Farms, the Metro Richmond Zoo, and more.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Convergence only costs $250 and scholarships are available. Upon high school graduation, if a Convergence participant chooses to attend Randolph-Macon, they will receive a $1,000 annual scholarship for each year they participated in Convergence. Please visit the website to learn more.
Discover How to Reach and Keep More First-Time Guests in a LIVE 3-Hour Seminar with Pastors Who Have Mastered These Tools in Their Churches — and Can Show You Step-by-Step How to Get These Results in Yours! Event is being held on May 8, 2019 at the Lynhaven UMC, Virginia Beach. Click here for more information and registration: https://churchleaderinsights.com/lynnhaven/
Employment Opportunities! Craddockville United Methodist Church is seeking a part-time administrative assistant who will help Pastor Rob Kelly with scheduling, coordinating events and activities, formatting bulletins and handling inquiries for the church and its various programs. Must be proficient in computer software programs and have excellent organizational skills. Pay will be commensurate with skills and experience. To apply, contact Pastor Kelly at 442-9198.
The Agape Christian Children's Community Center in Horntown has a part-time Teacher and Aide positions available for their pre-school during the hours of 7 am -1 pm. Great opportunity for a retired teacher who wants to work part-time! Salary is based on experience. Call the Center today for an application at 757-824-0072 .
Sunday, April 28, 6 pm, The Reminders in concert at Grace UMC, Parksley. This Delaware group performed to a ful house at Grace church last year. Their sound is a unique blend of Americana and Folk Rock with deep roots in blues, country and gospel. No charge for concert but everyone invited to bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank of the Eastern Shore.
Sunday, April 28, 4 pm, Windows: A Keyboard Kaleidoscope at Historic Cokesbury Church, Onancock. Performed by Lee Jordan-Anders and Thomas Marshall. There will be a dedication of the completed restoration of Cokesbury Church's 1893 stained glass windows followed by a celebratory concert and reception.
Friday, May 3, 7:30 pm, Orchestra of the Eastern Shore at Historic Cokesbury Church, Onancock. Dr. Paul Kim, Director, "Tour of Europe" with music by Boyce Mozart and Bizet. Jonathan Spence, Guest Violinist. This concert and reception take place the evening before the Easter Shore of Virginia's 2019 House and Garden Tour in Onancock on Sat. May 4th.
Saturday May 4, 8 am, Andrew Chapel UMC is having their Spring Sale. Baked goods, chicken salad, macaroni salad, furniture, household items, clothing for the family. The church is locate at 15151 Cashville Rd., Onancock.
Saturday, May 11, 10 am - 1 pm, Capeville UMC will host its annual Bake and Bloom with many plants, flowers and home baked items for sale. Also available will be baked potatoes with numerous toppings from which to select. Several local vendors will be present with honey, wreaths, etc. For more information call 757-331-1325. The church is located at 4410 Capeville Dr., Capeville.
Saturday, May 11 from 8 AM til noon, Onley UMC, 25642 E. Main Street, Onley will hold its Spring Sale. Come early for homemade baked goods, chicken salad, and frozen casseroles. There will also be an indoor yard with household items and collectibles.