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PASTOR'S CORNER

Friends, 
As I write this note to you, my heart is heavy. Tuesday evening there was yet another act of mass violence in our news feed. Another community torn apart in grief and fear. Join me in a prayer for the city of Atlanta, and especially for the individuals and families who lost daughters and sons, brothers and sisters, parents and friends:
God of Peace, comfort these who've been on the receiving end of violent hate with your love. We know that violence starts in the heart. Purify our hearts and our minds. Turn our eyes to you, that we may see others the way you see them, instead of the way the world sees them. In Christ's name. Amen. 

Easter Sunday is Coming!
Join us on Maundy Thursday (6 PM in the Sanctuary) and Good Friday (6 PM in the Sanctuary) for meaningful Holy Week worship. We also have four in-person worship options on 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!


This Sunday we continue our series The Rocks Cry Out by looking at Matthew 16: 13-20, the story of the woman caught in adultery. 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 shoes.
 
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Phil. 4:6
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. 
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.
Join Pastor Jennie and Brooke on Facebook or YouTube at 12 PM each Wednesday during Lent as they cook their way through Elm Springs UMC's 2014 church cookbook, "Let's Eat". This week, Pastor Jennie had some help from two special guest sous-chefs, Clarke and Ellis. They tried recipes by Mary Zimmerman and Terry Rakes: Cowboy Cookies + Slime.

Missed it? Find it here!
Save the date! Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is happening this year on Palm Sunday, March 28th at 12 PM - immediately following the 11 AM Classic Service. 

We are seeking donations of plastic Easter eggs and candy! Our goal is to have 1000 eggs, and we need YOUR help to make that happen! Bring them to worship with you on Sunday, or drop them off in the grey donation tub under the breezeway. Thank you!
With help from Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, our Soul Food ministry has expanded to provide a consistent source of nutritious meals and groceries to even more neighbors in our community! Are you or someone you know in need of food assistance? Our food pantry is now open to the public on Tuesday from 10 AM - 2 PM. No sign up needed! 

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.
Dates: Tuesdays (Feb. 9 through March 30)
Time: 7pm - 8pm
Meeting ID: 236 725 4297

For more information on accessing The Chosen episodes and instructions on using Zoom, CLICK HERE.
The ES Kids Fun Day was rained out last week, but we have rescheduled to THIS Sunday (March 21st) at 1 PM. Join Mrs. Denise outside at the church for an afternoon filled with games and fellowship!

Questions? Contact Denise Crutchfield, our Kids Coordinator, at kids@elmsprings.church.
Your generosity transforms lives!
We're doing an envelope fundraiser! 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
  • Jimmy Bersi
  • Donna Brown
  • Jordan Hammett
  • Leon Hines
  • Daryl Moore
  • Randall Primm
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 3/14/21
General Fund: $3,086.00
Designated Fund: $653.00 (Soul Food-$30; ATAP*-$240; Youth-$128.00; Banners-$165)
 

*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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