The First Pulse is published five times a year and features articles about the many ministries taking place at First Church. The following is the publication schedule: August:Fall Edition, November: Advent Edition, January: Arts Edition, March: Holy Week Edition, and May: Year-End Edition. Each edition is mailed the third Tuesday of the month and is also available online.
HOLY WEEK EVENTS
PALM SUNDAY SERVICES, BRUNCH, AND YOUTH AUCTION Services will be held Sunday, March 24 at 9:15 and 11:00 am. The youth will also be waking early to make you brunch. There will be pancakes, sausage, eggs, and fruit. All are invited for brunch at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm in Wesley Hall. Suggested donation: $5/person or $20/family. While enjoying your brunch, stay for the Youth Auction. The silent auction will run from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and the live auction begins at 12:30 pm. We are auctioning off gift cards, desserts, vacation destinations, services and more. For a sneak peak of items, visit: www.grandrapidsfumc.org/auction. New this year: ‘buy it now´ option on select items. The auction and brunch are a fundraiser for our summer workcamp.
PALM SUNDAY PROCESSIONALWe will celebrate this special Sunday with a palm procession at both worship services! Parents are asked to bring their children 3-year olds – 6th grade to the corridor on the west side of Wesley Hall ten minutes prior to the start of the worship services. Please see the schedule below: • 9:05 am — 3-yr olds to grade 6 West Corridor by Wesley Hall (Following Moments with the Children, children will be excused to their classrooms.) • 10:50 am — 3-yr olds to grade 6 West Corridor by Wesley Hall (Following Moments with the Children, 3-yr olds to 2nd grade will be excused to their classrooms. 3rd – 6th Graders will remain in worship with their families.) NO Evening Choristers, Kids´ Club or Youth Groups
MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE All are welcome to this unique Tenebrae service on Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 pm. Child care provided.
FIRST CHURCH GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE Join us Friday, March 29 at 7:00 pm for this contemplative service. Child care provided.
IDENTICAL EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES will be held in the celebration of Easter Sunday, March 31 at 9:15 and 11:00 am. Join us for a continental breakfast in Wesley Hall from 10:00 - 11:00 am.
On EASTER SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 9:30 Faith Travelers, Youth, and Adult Classes will not be held on Easter Sunday as we encourage families to attend worship together.Children´s nurseries and classes available on Easter are as follows: 9:15 am and 11:00 am
• Infant Nursery 0 to 2-yr olds Room 107
• Toddler Nursery 2-yr olds to younger 3-yr olds Room 205
• Children & Worship older 3-yr olds to kindergarten Room 204/201
• Junior Church grades 1 – 2 Room 202 NO Evening Choristers, Kids´ Club or Youth Groups
9:15 & 11:00 am
Sunday, March 24 “He Says I Can´t Bury My Father!”
Rev. Letisha Bowman
Youth Auction & Palm Sunday Brunch
FIRST CHURCH FAMILY CONCERNS
Concerns & Prayers for:
• Dave Berles (surgery 3/25)
• Beth Colvin
• David Crawford
• Abby Greer
• Rick Kase
• Norma Mann
• Pat Newell (Meijer Heart)
• Camme Sheets (surgery 3/19)
• Chris Bolhouse
• Scott Grifhorst
• Stephan Mathos
• Jesse Mounts
• Trevor Norton
• Shawn Seher
• Peter Taylor, Jr
Thank you to our church for their wonderful cards, prayers, and encouragement during Richard´s recent procedure. Your support and visits encouraged us. Thank you all for the phone calls and cards to cheer us up.
Richard and Dorothy Wimmer
Thank you to everyone who came out to Abby´s benefit on Saturday, March 2. Also, thank you for the meals that have been made, gift cards, and money that people have donated to us. We are so overwhelmed by your generosity! We feel so blessed to be a part of First Church. Blessings to you all!
Brandon, Kelli, and Abigail Greer
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