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PASTOR'S CORNER

Friends, 
This Sunday begins the most important week on the Christian calendar. The beginning of Holy Week marks the celebration of Christ's entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey on a Sunday, and culminates in Christ buried in the tomb on the following Saturday. Before we get to the high of Easter Sunday, it's important that we walk the journey to the cross, and sit with the first disciples in the aftermath of the crucifixion. Sunday is coming, but it cannot  - or would not - come, if it weren't for the sacrifice of our Savior. Jesus was crucified because his way of peace was a threat to everyone. It upended the expectations of the people of Israel, and it defied the Pax Romana, the peace of Rome, which was only peaceful for those in power. But even though the world tried to snuff out this new way of Peace (the way shown to us by Christ), Christ could not be held in the grave. Thanks be to God.

I hope you join us for any or all of our ESUMC Holy Week services!


Holy Week Worship Opportunities:
Maundy Thursday (6 PM in the Sanctuary)
Good Friday (6 PM in the Sanctuary)

Easter Sunday:
7 AM Sunrise | ESUMC Basketball Court
8:45 AM Parking Lot Worship | Main Lot
9:45 AM Modern Worship | Sanctuary
11 AM Classic Worship | Sanctuary
Our two services in the Sanctuary will require registration, so make sure you click here to sign up!


Join us for Modern Worship at 9 AM in the parking lot or Classic Worship at 11 AM in the Sanctuary. Don't forget to follow along in your Lent Kit! This week our reflection focuses on oil.
 
“I tell you,” Jesus replied, “if the people keep quiet, the stones will cry out."
Luke 19:40     
Grace and Peace, 
Pastor Jennie 

COVID-19 Worship Update:
 We have reopened our Sanctuary for worship at 11 AM on SundaysMasks are required at all times inside the building, and temperature checks and distancing protocols will be maintained.
Here is our new Sunday Worship schedule:

Modern Worship | Parking Lot | 9 AM
Classic Worship | Sanctuary | 11 AM

Let's continue to live out our mission to Be Disciples who Make Disciples who we share the love of Christ with our little corner of NWA and beyond!
WAYS TO ENGAGE:
Join us for worship in the Parking Lot (9 AM) or in the Sanctuary (11 AM) this Sunday as we continue with our Lenten series: The Rocks Cry Out. During this series, our worship services will be centered around the metaphor of stones being representative of corporate and individual sin. As we enter into spring and signs of new life surround us through God's creation, we will explore how we are made new and can experience new life through God's grace and forgiveness in Jesus Christ. 

Missed worship last week? Find it here!
Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is happening this Palm Sunday, March 28th at 12 PM - immediately following the 11 AM Classic Service.  We'll also have a petting zoo in between services from 10-11 AM! You won't want to miss this special day!
We invite you to join us as we reflect and rejoice in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ this Holy Week and Easter Sunday. For more information on our Holy Week happenings, click here.
This week was the final installment of Lent's Eat, where Pastor Jennie and Brooke have cooked their way through Elm Springs UMC's 2014 church cookbook, "Let's Eat". They saved the best for last - desserts! Today, they tried recipes by Rhonda Nelson, Mary Palmer and Amanda Meyers.

Missed it? Find it here!
Help us keep our Food Pantry stocked! Our Soul Food Pantry item of the week is:
Beef Stew Seasoning Mix
 
Bring your item of the week with you to Parking Lot or Sanctuary Worship, or drop in the grey tub or in the donation station outside the Main Entrance any time during the week. Click here for more information about serving. Thank you!
Our church needs YOU! Sign up today to use your gifts to serve God by volunteering for a project on our church campus, such as: painting, general clean up, tree trimming, power washing, renovating the smoker, gardening, and miscellaneous office work. Without the generous help of volunteers, ministry wouldn't be possible at ESUMC. We ask that you sign up so that we can ensure social distancing to keep you and your household safe. Click here to sign up.
The Free Neighborhood Pantry is open! Take what you need. Leave what you can. The pantry is located in the parking lot, east of the sanctuary.
We have 2 weeks left!
Your gifts will go towards the general fund for our youth ministry. Choose an envelope for the amount you wish to donate - you can even pick more than one if you want! Each number correlates to that dollar amount (Ex: Envelope 67=$67). Not able to make it in-person to choose an envelope? You can give online to the Youth Ministry fund at the link below!
To give online, visit: https://www.elmsprings.church/give-online.html

Questions? Contact Brooke Hobbs, our Youth Coordinator, at youth@elmsprings.church.
Click here to view the ESUMC Calendar
MEMBERSHIP NEWS
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Click here and let us know how we can pray for you this week!
WAYS TO GIVE:
Online: Click here to give online, secured by Vanco. 
Mail: Elm Springs UMC, P.O. Box 8, Elm Springs, AR 72728.
In Person: On Sundays during worship or at your convenience in our lockbox at the main ESUMC entrance.
Automated Clearing House (ACH): Automatic payments from your bank account. To get complete information, please call the church at 479-248-1290 with routing and account numbers. There are no fees incurred by the donor or the church with ACH.

OFFERING 3/21/21
General Fund: $3,628.00
Designated Fund: $2903.00 (Soul Food-$330; ATAP*-$2,380; Youth-$193.00)
 

*All Things Are Possible (ATAP) was a capital campaign that began June 2019 to pay down our mortgage note, which was around $1.3m. Since then, through your generous contributions, we have reduced our mortgage to $767,919.94! 
Thank you for your faithful support!
Not ready for in-person worship? Worship online at 9 or 11 AM this week!!


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