In The Atlantic Community
Welcome to another week!
I can’t believe Easter is less than two weeks away. Even though Easter is in March this year, the weather will feel like spring, I’m sure. I can’t believe it was almost 70 degrees last Wednesday. My daffodils are already three inches high and have buds. They’ll probably bloom any day now. It’s crazy. I saw a bluebird last week and pussy willow trees already have their soft, furry tips.
Jamestown Presbyterian Church wrapped up its seven-week Wonderful Wednesday program on March 9. As I’ve written before, I’m so thankful for this Christian after-school program for children in our area. All the volunteers who worked with these precious children deserve credit and praise.
The final lesson was on Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion. I got to hear the tail end of the lesson. The teacher concluded by explaining Jesus’ resurrection. When she heard that no one could find Jesus’ body on the third day after his death, one little girl asked, “How did he get alive again after he was dead?” The teacher smiled, and said, “The only answer we have is that God did it.”
Well said, teacher. God did it. Jesus’ death and resurrection comprise the whole reason for the Christian faith. If Jesus had only taught, healed, and then died, we would not have a religion called Christianity. His followers would have scattered and eventually disappeared. But Jesus did rise from the dead. The tomb was and is empty. And this is the reason those who follow Jesus today have hope for the future.
Fallowfield United Methodist Church will hold a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. on March 25. Easter Sunrise Service is at Sunday, March 27, at 7 a.m., and our regular worship service will be at 9 a.m. I hope you will make plans to attend church during Holy Week.
Long-time Atlantic resident Anna Weaver passed away on February 28, just four days shy of her 100th birthday. Anna was Fallowfield United Methodist’s oldest member. I remember sitting by her at a couple United Methodist Women meetings. She told me that she crocheted preemie hats. These were distributed to babies at hospitals. She gave me one when my daughter was born. It was an adorable white stocking cap complete with a pom-pom on the top. She crocheted an average of three preemie hats each day when she was well enough to do so. I am blessed to have known this precious lady.
The Make, Bake, and Create 4-H club will meet on March 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Fallowfield United Methodist Church basement. This informative meeting will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Tentative meeting dates are on the third Thursday of the month. The $30 annual dues will be required at this first meeting. Boys and girls ages 8 to 18 are welcome to join.
This year Make, Bake & Create will focus on baking and cooking. Adult volunteers are welcome, but must pass background checks. 4-Hers may do other projects, but they will have to work entirely on their own to complete these.
The last Lenten luncheon at Calvary United Methodist Church in Greenville will be on Wednesday, March 16, at 11:30 a.m. The Reverend Randy Keeling of Reash Community Church will speak and Ron Robinson will provide entertainment. The event is hosted by the Calvary United Methodist Women. Expect a nice lunch.
Have a wonderful week. Blessings!