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CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH NEWS

From the Issue: 
April 2011
Is it Spring yet?  I don't know for sure.  Boy, did we have some snow!  I believe we got just the opposite of what the Farmers Almanac forecast for this winter.  I hope we don't hear anyone complaining about the summer's heat, that's for sure.  Well we will soon be raking and seeing the first signs of spring.  It always amazes me how well God makes things fit together.  Just when we feel we have had enough, He changes things and starts something new.  I doubt that anyone would want to have winter forever.  So, God just does some of His handy work, and along comes springtime.

Just a couple of things you might want to mark on your calendar are; April 24 at 7 AM we will be joining the Baptist church for our annual Sonrise Service.  This year it will be held at the Baptist Church on North Main Street. Afterwards, a breakfast will be held at each location followed by the regular service schedules.  Come on out and join us in the celebration of the Resurrection. You will be glad you did.

CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH

From the Issue: 
April 2011
The public is welcome to join us for the remainder of our Mid-Week Lenten services.  We gather at 6 PM for a light Soup & Sandwich Supper and the worship begins at 7 PM.  These services will be held April 6 and 13.
    April 17 begins our Holy Week Series with Palm Sunday, recognition of Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem and during Holy Week we will have Maundy Thursday Services on April 21 at 7 PM. This service concludes the stripping of the altar in preparation for Good Friday.  Our Good Friday Tenebrae Service is at 7 PM on the 22nd.  This service ends in darkness.  The church will be open for Prayer from 12until 2 PM on Good Friday afternoon.  During this time, at 12 and at  2 PM you may hear a recording of Dubois' "Seven Last Words of Christ," a very beautiful and moving composition.
    Our Easter Celebration begins with a Sunrise Service at 7 AM. followed by a breakfast at 8 AM.  Then we will have our Festival Easter Worship at 10 AM.  If you do not have a church home, please join us to celebrate the passion and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

From the Issue: 
April 2011
"He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.  Come and see the place where he lay."  Matthew 28:6  In this verse the angel announced that Jesus' body was no longer in the tomb where it had been laid following His crucifixion.  It was not there because He had risen from the grave proving He had victory over death, sin and the grave.  The angel made this announcement to Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James.  They were commanded to bring this good news to the other disciples.  Jesus had fulfilled His purpose on earth, God had raised Him from the dead, and now He offers our lives purpose and meaning.

CATHOLIC CHURCH

From the Issue: 
April 2011
Four years ago Easter was the last time I saw my brother in this world.  Within the true meaning of Easter lies the only hope I have of ever being with him again.  If you hold not Easter within your heart then what hope have you?

We all have this Easter hope of resurrection within us because we are all created in God's image and His signature is upon us.  Blessed and Happy Easter to all!!
Come join Family, friends and neighbors for Catholic Mass, 11 AM Sundays at Immaculate Conception Church, 33 School Street, Telephone # 352-3525.

THE POWER STATION

From the Issue: 
April 2011
As we start this perfect day, a day the Lord has made, as we prepare our hearts, as we prepare our minds, as we reflect upon the life changing, life giving Word of the scriptures, may we meditate not just on God's Holy Word, but also His thoughts and plans for our lives.  May I bring to your attention the following: Psalm 139:17 (King James Version): "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, 0 God! how great is the sum of them!"
    Not only do we have God's word to guide us, strengthen us, we are in His thoughts.  May we reflect upon His thoughts towards us:

Thoughts of Love
Thoughts of forgiveness
Thoughts of health
Thoughts of strength
Thoughts of peace
Thoughts of Hope
Thoughts of Life.

CATHOLIC CHURCH

From the Issue: 
March 2011
Following the example of the Ninevites, who did penance in sackcloth and ashes, our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and remind us that life passes away on Earth.  We remember this when we are told "Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return." Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.  The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year.  The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense.  While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts.  His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance.” – Catholic Online, http://www.catholic.org/clife/lent/ashwed.php    

CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH

From the Issue: 
March 2011
The public is invited to Christ Lutheran Church in Troy for our Mid-Week Lenten Services.  Our services are held on Wednesday Evenings at 7 PM.  The first service will be held on Ash Wednesday, March 10.  On the following Wednesdays we come together for a Soup and Sandwich Supper at 6 PM (March 17-April 13) followed by the worship service. 

The 6 weeks’ topics will be “It’s All About Pride”, “It’s All About Complacency”, “It’s All About Misunderstanding”, “It’s All About Distant Discipleship”, “It’s All About the Company You Keep”, and “It’s All About Denial”

Details of our Holy Week schedule will be published next month and will include services Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Evening, a prayer vigil from 12 to 1:00 PM, Good Friday Noon, Easter Sunrise and Easter Festival Services.

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST

From the Issue: 
March 2011
The Christ Lutheran community breakfast will be held on Saturday morning March 19 from 8 -10 AM.  The proceeds will benefit the Fitzwilliam Nurses Association..

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