Dear Floris Family,

It was a meaningful week of Holy Week and Easter services and I am appreciative of everyone who participated.

Let me say a special thanks to those who participated in the Holy Thursday drama and the choir members and musicians who performed the Good Friday cantata. The drama was written by Floris UMC member Rick Wormeli. Ward Ferguson wrote two original pieces to accompany the drama. I found the use of scripture as the drama text to be very meaningful.

Good Friday services had the highest attendance in the history of our congregation with nearly 650 persons present for a powerful retelling of Jesus’ life and last days. The combination of these services led many of us to the foot of the cross and a fresh experience of ancient Holy Week traditions.

Easter was also a wonderful event at Floris. We began on Saturday night with our Spanish-speaking service in the sanctuary and a service of baptism in the Fellowship Hall. Twelve teenagers and adults were baptized by immersion and one child by the sprinkling of water. Many commented that the symbolism of immersion was powerful to witness and experience.

Sunday morning included great music and outstanding hospitality. I especially want to commend our ushers, greeters and bus drivers. We had 2,782 persons in attendance at our Saturday night and Sunday services, and we had to use the Fellowship Hall for overflow seating at 11 AM. Our ushers went to every effort to fill the sanctuary and then provide a welcoming atmosphere in the overflow area.

Thanks also to bulletin producers and stuffers, singers, musicians, Sunday night testimony givers and dancers, AV technicians, flower arrangers and deliverers, and everyone who parked off-site or attended at an alternative time to free up space for Easter visitors. Your efforts made a huge difference for our Easter celebration.

There are many great upcoming service opportunities, classes and fun events here at Floris. You can see a listing of what’s happening after Easteron our website. You are invited to participate in any of these opportunities.

Coffee with the Pastors

If you’d like to meet with the pastors, hear about Floris UMC and its history and find out what membership means at Floris, be sure to come to our next Coffee with the Pastors on Tuesday, April 17, 7 – 9 PM. Childcare is provided. Please register to attendor contact Patrice Welker with questions.

This Week in Worship

Sunday we begin a new sermon series, Why Should I Care? Politics in an election year is particularly divisive and spiteful. Many agree that the environment is in trouble in many ways, but wonder if anyone can do anything that matters. Poverty affects our nation and the world, and it is easy to feel helpless. Does the Bible have anything to say to us in these turbulent times? In what ways does loving God have to do with caring about the world?

Come hear thoughtful answers to some of the hard questions facing us today. This week we will consider Why Should I Care About Politics? Scripture: Romans 13:1-7.

In Christ,
– Tom

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