August 18, 2018

Holy Week 2018

Holy Monday Morning Devotion
Mon, Mar 26 | 10:00am | Historic Sanctuary

Devotion followed by cleaning & preparing the holy space for noon Good Friday service. Contact Marsha Peek: 314-413-1440 | mjpeek@earthlink.com

 

Chocolat for Holy Week!
Monday, March 26 | 6:30pm | Gathering Space

Even if you gave up chocolate for Lent, you can still come for some CHOCOLAT on Monday night of Holy Week – March 26 at 6:30pm in the Gathering Space! This well-received PG-13 film was nominated for many awards in 2000, including five Academy Awards, one of which was Best Picture. The setting is Lent!

 

Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche), an expert chocolatier who drifts across Europe with her daughter Anouk (Victoire Thivisol), follows the north wind. At the beginning of the Lenten season in 1959, “fifteen years after the War,” they travel to a quiet French village that closely adheres to tradition, as dominated by the village mayor, the Comte de Reynaud (Alfred Molina). Just as the villagers begin observing the forty days of Lent, Vianne opens a chocolate shop, much to Reynaud’s displeasure.

 

Vianne wears more colorful clothing than the village women, is an atheist, and has an illegitimate child. She does not fit in well with the townspeople but is nevertheless optimistic about her business. Her friendly and alluring nature begins to win the villagers over one by one,

causing Reynaud to openly speak against her for tempting the people during a time of abstinence and self-denial. There are other characters in town including Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Lena Olin.

 

Join us for Chocolat… and yes, we will have both chocolate and popcorn to share with you!

 

Holy Tuesday—Join the Sweet Bakers
Tuesday, March 27 | 10:00am | Parkway Kitchen

Contact Carol Cobb: ccjcobb@aol.com | 314-965-4147

Sweet Bakers invites you to help make cakes for Neighborhood Lunch at Pilgrim UCC & make soup for Parkway Shut-in Mary Maxeiner.

 

Tuesday Evening Dialogue March 27
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) wrapping up a book by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan entitled The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’ Final Days in Jerusalem. “Informed, challenged, and inspired, we not only meet the historical Jesus, but meet a new Jesus who engages us and invites us to follow him.”

Please consider joining us for delicious potluck supper, stimulating discussion and great fellowship. Questions? Karen Boyd (kkseib@gmail.com)

 

Holy Wednesday Dutch Meal
Mar 28 | 11:30am | Egg & I | Manchester & Lockett

Contact Carol Cobb: ccjcobb@aol.com | 314-965-4147

Enjoying one another’s company and pondering the meaning of this week.

 

Holy Wednesday March 28 | 7:00-8:00pm
Join us in the Fellowship Hall as we craft expressions of our appreciation to send to local first responders, public servants and our interfaith partners. Gratitude is a spiritual discipline. Refreshments provided.

 

Join NJFM for Maundy Thursday Morning Communion
March 29, 2018| 10:00am|New Sanctuary

Not Just for Men will celebrate communion with Pastor Kevin on Maundy Thursday in the Sanctuary at 10am. After communion we will spend a few minutes aligning the pews for Holy Week Services and tidying up the pew racks to be followed by a light breakfast in the Gathering Space. RSVP: Harold Cobb at 314-965-4147 or ccjcobb@aol.com.

 

Maundy Thursday
Dinner & Worship Fellowship Hall |
6:30pm

Agape Love Feast! Gather ‘round tables in the Fellowship Hall as we recall Jesus and the disciples celebrating Passover in that upper room in Jerusalem the night of Jesus’ arrest. We will sing, pray and reflect on scripture within the context of a delicious meal. We will celebrate the sacrament of communion as we move From Lovers to Fools with our Feet. We will end up outside as we remember Jesus’ arrest and the disciples fear and flight into the night.

 

Good Friday Prayer Service Mar 30 | 12:00pm | Historic Sanctuary

Spend some time with scripture, silence, hymns and prayers. Face the emptiness of Good Friday in the sacred setting of the Historic Sanctuary.

 

Good Friday Evening Worship
Mar 30 |
7:00pm | New Sanctuary

We have been present to this personal and communal journey of Lent with our whole selves. We’ve engaged the world and one another with our eyes, ears, hands, voices, hearts, head and feet. Now on Good Friday we are depleted and paralyzed. Jesus is taken from us. What do we do right now? What will we do next? Join us as we worship on this dark night. [There will be a Children’s Sermon and the Choir will sing.]

 

Easter Prayer Vigil
Mar 30 | Good Friday through Easter Sunrise!
Please sign up to be in prayer for at least one of the 36 hours at your home or elsewhere—not at church. Devotion materials are available in the Gathering Space. There
are a great deal of helps in this booklet—even activities and discussion starters for families with children/youth. Please make a plan—which may include a walk through the Devotion booklet—so you can hit the ground running when your specific time rolls around.

 

Easter Sunrise Service
April 1 | 6:30am | Elm Lawn Cemetery
(Behind the Historic Sanctuary across the street)
Gathering in the darkness like the women did long, long ago, we will be literally warmed and encouraged by the “new fire.” The Day of Resurrection will dawn on us as we see the empty tomb and decide for ourselves what we’ll do next.

 

Easter Worship
April 1 | 9:30 Traditional & 11:00am Informal
Lilies all around, snuffed Lenten candles now ablaze again, fresh flowers being placed in the cross, stirring music in the air, eager kids everywhere you look…Come celebrate the most important day of the year! [Special Easter activities for the kids during worship—Easter Egg Hunt after both services.]