Thank you to everyone who contributed to the wonderful Easter service: Gay Spears, the choir, the Worship Arts Committee, Leslie Barnes for arranging the flowers and fellowship, and Tola and Yolanda for getting the bulletin and sanctuary ready! I also want to thank all of you who invited friends and family to worship that day. Wasn't it nice to have a full church? It was the best attended Easter service I can remember in many years. As I've said many times over the past few weeks, your invitation matters. But your invitation goes deeper than having a full sanctuary for the sake of having a full sanctuary, it matters because people are looking for a connection with God and looking for meaning and hope in their lives from God, and this is something only a faith community can offer.
This Sunday we'll have an opportunity to keep the momentum going with our first-ever Not So Churchy Church service. We'll worship in the Gathering Space around tables and a potluck meal, and you'll have an opportunity to reflect on the Lent messages of giving up, taking up and lifting up. We're doing this because it will give us an opportunity to reflect together on how to take what we heard on Sunday and incorporate it into our day-to-day life both individually and corporately. There is still nursery care on Sunday, but there's no Sunday School.
It's not too late to RSVP, and we'll have extra chairs ready for anyone who decides at the last minute to come. Just leave your potluck dish on the counter and we'll take care of the rest. If we have visitors, which I hope we do, give them a warm welcome and invite them to sit with you. Let them know what we're doing and that this is something new for all of us! It will help break the ice for what could be a rather unexpected worship experience.
Blessings to you all, and see you in church!