Pastor’s Corner “The Third Day” – Performed at Wright Auditorium A Christian sequel to JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a called “The Third Day” will be performed in Wright future!” As the words sink in and begin to resonate Auditorium, April 18, 7:30 PM, and April 19, 4:00 with our experiences, the truth emerges. As Romans PM. This production, which celebrates the 3:23 reminds us, we have all sinned and fallen short Resurrection of Jesus and the coming of the Holy of the glory of God! However, Christ died for us Spirit, is good for all ages. Admission is free. A love while we were yet sinners. That indeed proves God’s offering will be taken for the Wesley Foundation (the United Methodist love toward us. Assuming you want to be, in the name of Jesus Christ campus ministry at ECU). The cast of over 55 singers come from Salem you are forgiven! UMC and other churches throughout the Greenville area, and students and staff from both ECU and Pitt Community College. All ECU parking I can think of no better place to make a new beginning than Easter. is open to the public both days. For more information call Rev. Scott Easter was the time when many people came to be baptized. Easter is Wilkinson at 916-6808. still the time when confirmation usually occurs. Easter was also the time All About Our Children! when those who had fallen away or denied Christ in times of great We have good news from the children’s front! We continue to have persecution were restored to faith. God never gives up on you and me. more and more children at each function. At our Easter Egg Hunt we are God is always there reaching for us, seeking us, yearning for us. anticipating 150 or more children! Kids 4 Jesus is prospering and we are introducing children’s church to our 8:45 AM service beginning Sunday As Easter falls on April 12th, this month is suitably filled with wonderful April 5th! We also offer a children’s moment at opportunities for you to experience the joy of Easter. This year don’t just each early service (Thanks Kathryn!). We get into Easter: Let Easter get into you! Take advantage of some or all Need Your Help! We are constantly short of of the opportunities that have been prayerfully designed to bring you volunteers with all our children’s programs. closer to God who has gone to such great lengths to demonstrate his love This is your opportunity to meet this need in for you. God’s gift of salvation is like any other gift: of no value to you Jesus’ name. No experience is necessary. We just want you to know unless you receive it and open it! How will you receive Easter this year? Jesus and love children. To volunteer please see Kathryn Pacha. Coming this Fall: A new ministry with children called BackPack Our enjoyment of Easter is multiplied many fold as we share this gift Pals. This will help feed hungry children at GR Whitfield. As the start with others. Our Easter drama is an amazing opportunity to experience up date draws near you will hear more about this joint venture between and share God’s love. Literally, you will be part of the upper room as Children’s ministry, Outreach and the United Methodist Women! Jesus shares his Last Supper with his closest friends. If you invite your unchurched friends, neighbors and co workers to come with you, we will We Have Full Color Brochures! tell the story of Easter in a moving and powerful way. The same may be Marcie and I are inviting you to journey with us said about performances of Third Day in which many of our best voices on a trip of a lifetime: A pilgrimage to the Holy are raised in chorus to again tell the story of God’s amazing love. Land. Unlike any other trip you will get to walk where Jesus walked, sail on the sea of Galilee, Easter is also a time for service. God has given so much for us and to us. visit the spot where Jesus was born and you get to What might we offer back to God? Children’s ministry is in need of have all these experiences with fellow pilgrims, volunteers every Sunday. The UMYF could use a hand on many many of whom you go to church and worship with regularly! We will occasions. The Relay for Life is our opportunity to help end cancer. In spend about 10 days in the Holy Land, worship often, read Scripture at fact, every Sunday we have opportunities to share God’s good news, the holy sites and open ourselves to receive something special from God. experience his love and to share with others as a response to God. The cost is a lot less than you think! While not cheap it is certainly a bargain: round trip air fare from Raleigh, deluxe (often 4 or 5 star) hotel Whether or not you have a past, I know that you have a future! I look accommodations, breakfasts and suppers and major attractions included forward to serving, worshipping and sharing God’s love with you this for just $2498. That is about $200/month over the course of a year. We Easter! See you Sunday!! would love share more with you about this trip of a lifetime. Give me a Grace to you and peace, Tom Newman call or shoot me an e-mail (341-4639, email@example.com). UMYF Can you believe its spring already!! And with the Salem United Methodist Non Profit Organization arrival of spring comes Relay for Life and Rally US Postage & Fee Paid Day!! It will definitely be different this year as I will Simpson, NC 27879 more than likely have no hair but it will still be a good time!! Mark your calendars for the last Sunday in April to come to the church for lunch and a head shave and then we will be off around 1:30 to enjoy an afternoon in Rocky Mount!! Before we can go to Rocky Mount though we will pull Permit #3 another all nighter at South Central for Relay for Life. We will have a sign up sheet so you can all sign up for time slots to walk during the night! Remember you can bring your guitars, footballs, games, and anything else you would like to bring along. You might want to consider bringing the following as well sleeping bag, pillow, and a blanket or two. Parents can pick up the youth at 7:00am that Saturday morning, if you would like them to stay later just be sure to let Matt know! Join us for a Sunrise Celebration! We will join our friends at Phillippi Missionary Baptist Church at their church located at 120 W. Virginia Street, Simpson, NC for our Sunrise service beginning at 7:00 am on Easter morning, April 12th. This follows a tradition that we have with Phillippi. Every year at Easter and Thanksgiving we have a combined service. One year we meet at Phillippi where our church is in charge of the service, our choir does the music and Pastor Tom will preach and then the following year Phillippi returns the favor and we congregate together at our church and Phillippi will be in charge of the service. We will have a fellowship breakfast following the Sunrise Service. Salem will hold its regular services at 9:00 am & 11:00 am as well as Sunday school at 10:00 am. Make ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED plans to join us for this time honored tradition of Salem United Methodist Church celebration and fellowship! What Really Happened on the Night He Was Betrayed? This year we will continue our long tradition of offering a Last Supper drama begun by Danny Simpson, NC 27879 The Salem Spirit Hardee. We are doing something new this year! We are offering a drama that will be brand new to us called “What Really Happened the Night He Was Betrayed!” Come and be part of the Upper Room with Jesus and P.O. Box 218 the disciples. Come and share first hand what the night may have been like! Invite your friends and family, neighbors and co workers too! Tickets are available for you to hand out as invitations. Performances are planned for Palm Sunday weekend (April 4 & 5) and Maundy Thursday (April 9) at 7 PM each night with FREE ADMISSION. You are certain to receive a blessing! The Easter Bunny is coming to town.... Relay for Life April 24TH – 25TH (South Central High School) Salem will host its annual Community Wide Easter The time is approaching! Everyone has Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4th, from 10-12pm. been working hard toward our goal of We have over 4,000 eggs that will be hidden! In $10,000. So far we have raised $4,000. addition to the egg hunt, we will have games, pictures Matt is about to lose some hair! We have a with the Easter Bunny, live animals, crafts, goodies, little work to do before Pastor Tom will and a whole lot more! Invite your family, friends, have a new look from the pulpit (a shaven and neighbors to join us in the fun. All children up to 5th grade are face.) There are still a couple of the welcome. If you would like to help with our Egg Hunt or donate candy upcoming events in which you can for our goodie bags, please contact Angie Bennett at 758-6842 or participate. Don’t forget to order your personalized t-shirt that you can Jennifer House at 329-2705. wear with pride the night of the event and anytime to show your support for American Cancer Society and Salem United Methodist Church. You Make Room: The Intern is Coming! will not want to miss some of the best BBQ in the south- cooked by It is about the time when Duke will reveal to us who our summer intern Lyman Hardee. On April 18th we will be selling plates here at church will be. Please begin praying today for this young person. Would you for $6. That includes tea and dessert, what a deal!! Then of course- it is like to house him or her for the 10 weeks of the internship? the night of the long waited for event. Many volunteers get involved in We have yet to determine where he or she will call “home” the Relay due to personal encounters with cancer. Pat for her brother while he or she is with us. Each year our interns give much Arnold, Sandy and her family because of Danny, Pastor Tom because of to us. This is your opportunity to be part of shaping the life his mother, Danny and Jill for their siblings, Laura, Evonne, Dawn and and ministry of a Duke student while also receiving Polly because of their own experiences. Many of our church members something beyond words from God. For more information honor and remember Karen, Miss Elizabeth and Mr. Worth, Brenda, and or to volunteer, please see Pastor Tom. so many more. Here are some ways you can help during the night of the event: we will need walkers on the track for the entire time, April Pack Facts! volunteers to cook and serve, donations of items to serve (see sign up Congratulations to our newest Bobcats: Aaron Grillo, sheet on the bulletin board), volunteers to help set up and take down our AJ Stoica, AshtonBlake Topping, Gabe Toriello, Jason site, and of course prayers are always needed. Remember, on the Sunday Pilkington, Nick Harris, Tim Harris, Tyler Brummitt morning after the event (April 26) we will have a hair cutting and Zach Lambert. Each was presented with their ceremony after the worship service. Matt and Pastor Tom are not Bobcat badges at our first family campout held last worried- they think we will not meet our goal, let’s show them we can. If month. This month we are looking forward to moving you would like to participate in any way please see Pat Ouellette, Polly into our new meeting room in The Hut. We appreciate all the hard work Hardee, or Linda Smith. that went into providing a terrific space for us to meet. The Pack is also Greeters Training gearing up for the Pitt District Spring Camporee at Camp Bonner South We would like to invite all persons that are interested in becoming a near Blounts Creek, NC on April 17th-19th. This is an excellent Sunday Morning Greeter at 8:45 or 11:00 church services to a special opportunity for new Cub Scouts to join in the fun us as we participate in training session on April 19th. We need additional events such as Archery, BB Shooting, Map and Compass, greeters. If you are interested in being a greeter Communications and a Raingutter Regatta. Scouts will earn respective and you are unable to attend this meeting, please belt loops for each event while learning to work together as a unit. call Betty Wilson at 757-3426 or 714-3530. Family’s are invited to camp both Friday and Saturday night or come out for the day on Saturday. Please contact Charlie Davis, Mike Pilkington Congratulations to SPRC Chair Kevin Mayo, or Mike Hills for more information. As the weather warms we will be his wife Melissa and big sister Allyson on the adding new events, projects and outings to the calendar so stop by our birth of their new baby boy weighing in at 9 bulletin board for the latest information and don’t forget to bring a lbs. 12 ozs.! Spensor Glenn was born by friend, neighbor or relative in grades 1-5 to our meetings every caesarian on Wednesday, March 25th. After Thursday night at 7pm. one tough day for Melissa, everyone is doing well! Especially great grandma Thelma!
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