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Pastor's Corner

Our Pastor...................

                                                                                    Rev. Keith Dunn

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         Our Mission Statement................

           To Proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and bring people into a saving
           relationship with him.

           To Nurture the spiritual growth of the congregation and:

           To Serve as Christ would in meeting the spiritual and physical needs
           of our community and world.

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Dear Friends,

     Greetings in the name of Jesus!  We began Lent this year thinking about the odd coincidence of Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday occurring at the same time.  We wondered how to balance a day that is celebrated with flowers, chocolates and romantic dinners with one that calls us to contemplate our mortality, to turn from sin and turn towards God.
    There is another equally strange coincidence of the calendar to begin the next season of the church year.  You probably already heard that Easter will be celebrated this year on April 1st, commonly known as April Fool's Day.  Besides being a rather weird pairing on the calendar, it is a rare event.  This oddity has only occurred 11 times since 1700.  The last time this happened was in 1956, which means only people over 65 years of age remember it.   The next time it will happen after this year is 2029, followed by 2040.   Then there will be an interval of 62 years until it occurs in 2108.
     April Fool's Day is not an official holiday even though it has existed since the Middle Ages.  No one gets the day off from work or school.  I do wonder if a few teachers might prefer not to have school that day to avoid the merriment and pranks that would occur in their classrooms.  After all, that is what the day is all about, playing tricks or pulling hoaxes on others.  It is a day full of white lies used to trap a person into looking like an April Fool!
     While the resurrection of Jesus is not a trick, hoax or white lie, many looked foolish because of it.  The first and biggest  "Easter Fool" would be Satan, who thought he could stop God's work by killing God's Son.  Did he really think death could defeat God?  What a Fool!
     The resurrection of Jesus resulted in the religious and governmental authorities appearing foolish.  They thought they were more powerful than a traveling preacher and healer.  He challenged both their rules and the way they applied them.   Jesus was able to our smart many of their attempts to trap Him in his words.  Jesus' popularity with the masses was a threat to their influence.  They thought they could get him out of the way by killing him.  They were Fools!
     Those, who followed Jesus also appeared foolish on that first resurrection morning. They had forgotten his teaching that he would be betrayed, handed over to the authorities, die, and be raised on the third day.  The male disciples were in hiding because they feared the authorities more than they trusted God.  Jesus proved that the power of God is greater than everything including death.  They were Fools!
     People, who trust in Jesus over everything else, often appear foolish!  The world says that it is more logical to rely on ourselves instead of looking to God to solve our problems.  It takes faith to believe that God is bigger than death and that we can be with Him for eternity.  If believing these things make us look foolish, we should all be considered "Easter Fools".

                                                                                                                   Pastor Keith


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