Preparing for Easter
I get so busy that the important holidays sneak up on me without proper warning. Good Friday and Easter can do that to me if I’m not careful. I want to do a better job of preparing myself this year – maybe my idea will help you prepare, as well. I suggest taking one day out of your week during the month of March to help you think about Good Friday and Easter.
Suggested Easter Reading Plan
The week of March 5 – 11, read about the Triumphal Entry. You can find it in Mark 11:1-10. What do these verses tell you about Jesus? How do people react to Jesus? What evidence do you see this week that God is at work in your life? What other reasons do you have to praise God?
For the week of March 12 – 18, read the account of Jesus’ arrest in Mark 14:43-50. What a change from the Triumphal Entry. Jesus has gone from being hailed to being betrayed in just days. The weeks leading up to Easter are a good time for reflection and confession. These verses show Jesus betrayed, opposed, and abandoned. How have you done the same this week in your thoughts, words or actions? Take time to confess them to the Lord.
For the week of March 19 – 25, follow last week’s confession with the assurance of God’s grace. Mark 15:16-47 takes you through Jesus’ death and burial. Our sinfulness has a consequence: death, both physical and spiritual. Spiritual death means we are separated from God, which is the more frightening of the two. Jesus paid that consequence for us. Notice how different people responded to Jesus’ death in verses 33-47. You will see a range of responses from surprise to worship. How do you respond to Jesus’ death for you? What surprises you? How can you show gratitude? How can you worship?
Finally, read the story of the Resurrection during the week leading up to Easter. Mark 16:1-8 picks up where your previous reading left off. The Resurrection assures us of new life in Jesus. We experience that new life now as we become more like him. Easter is a celebration of more than a future in heaven. It is a celebration of life with Jesus today. How has Jesus changed your life?
Fellowship Easter Season Schedule
Make note on your calendar so you don’t miss any of the special Easter Season events at FBC.
Friday March 30 – 6:00pm – Good Friday Service
Saturday, March 31 – 10:00am – Family Easter Celebration
Sunday, April 1
7:00am – Sunrise Service (in the courtyard near the TreeHouse)
8:00am – Breakfast in the Gym (bring breakfast foods to share)
9:00am – Early Easter Worship Service
10:30am – Late Easter Worship Service
Easter Celebration for the Whole Family!
***Saturday, March 31, 10:00 am***
Invite your friends! Bring your neighbors! Lots of fun and it’s FREE!
Awana in March
Spring is on the horizon and Awana welcomes the warmer weather with fun activities and fellowship.
- March 4 all clubbers and leaders will come to Awana wearing PJ’s for Pajama Night.
- March 11 we will take a night off for Spring Break. — NO CLUB!
- March 25 finds us dressing inside out and/or backwards for a night of dress up fun.
Come learn God’s word and have a good time doing it in AWANA!
BLOOD DRIVE | MARCH 11 | 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Sunday, March 11, you will have an opportunity to bless our community by donating blood.
The Bloodmobile will be parked in the FBC parking lot. Eat a good breakfast that morning and come ready to bless others. Picture ID required.
Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network Fundraiser
Our ministry partner, LIHN, cordially invites you to attend the
HOME AGAIN GALA – An Evening in Black and White
- This fundraising event will take place Friday, April 6, at 6:00pm
- The location is Apline Church of Christ Family Life Center (610 E. Loop 281)
- Formal attire is NOT required. Tickets are $50 each.
- Contact Patti Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers you sent while I was in the hospital. Thank you for your prayers, phone calls and visits. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful church family.