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Tom Berlin’s April 2 eNote

Holy Week at Floris: Floris UMC will share a very special Holy Week this year. Our worship team has worked very creatively to offer meaningful ways to virtually experience this sacred week together. We begin April 5 with our Live Stream Palm Sunday service at 9:15 a.m. Monday, join Rev. Ashley Allen for a Meditation in the Ignatian Tradition, a time of contemplative prayer. Tuesday, join us for a Christian Concert with musicians from all of our campuses. Wednesday, join Rev. Bob Riggles for Protestant Stations of the Cross, using scripture passages to walk in Jesus’ footsteps to Golgotha. On Holy Thursdaywe will gather for a Love Feast, a Moravian tradition in the church, and virtually share a meal. This service will be live streamed. On Good Friday, we will remember Christ’s suffering and sacrifice with the Seven Last Words of Christ. This will be a joint service with pastors from all of our campuses. The Easter celebration begins Sunday, April 12, with a Live Stream Easter Sunrise service at 6:15 a.m. followed by our Live Stream Easter celebration at 9:15 a.m. All of the weeknight services begin at 7 p.m. Be sure to invite your friends and family to join us every day during Holy Week.

Rabbi Holzman and Passover: Rev. Tom Berlin and Rabbi Michael Holzman had a zoom conversation this week about the Jewish Passover and Holy Thursday and the overlap of those two experiences. Passover is very much a family experience, and Rabbi Holzman has a lot to teach us about the Passover tradition. You can view their conversation at this link.

Help Hungry Kids Meals Needed: Hutchison Elementary School has requested an increase in the number of meals we provide to their students who otherwise would have little to eat over the weekend, from 120 to 150 meals per week. We are looking for donations of specific food items to be used to make up these bags of food. You can drop off your food items in the blue bins under the upper lot awning daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through May 24. Find a list of food items here. Note: Please avoid dropping your food this Saturday, April 4, before 9:30 a.m. due to the Grace Ministries distribution that morning.

Floris UMC Update

In response to COVID-19, Floris UMC will close its facility for large gatherings, including worship and small group activities. This is effective March 12, until further notice. The building will remain open for essential staff/employee activities. Live Stream worship will be available Sunday at 9:15 a.m. Life Groups are encouraged to meet online using virtual platforms. For further information, please view Rev. Tom Berlin’s Weekly Message; or contact the church’s Executive Director at 703-793-0026, Ext. 115.