Henri Nouwen writes of a woman whose husband died suddenly, leaving her to raise two young children by herself. She kept her children away from the funeral, as they were afraid of cemeteries, but sometime later, she invited Nouwen to visit the grave with her and invited the children to come along. When they came to the grave, they sat down around the tombstone.
Nouwen writes, “I said: 'Maybe one day we should have a picnic here. This is not only a place to think about death, but also a place to rejoice in our life.' At first it seemed a strange idea, having a meal on top of a tombstone. But isn't that similar to what Jesus told His disciples to do when He asked them to share bread and wine in His memory?”
At this time of year, we think of the many details we are given about the death of Jesus on the cross. The gruesome account is related to us so that we understand the price that was paid to redeem us from our sin. But how thankful we are for the truth that overcomes the chill of the grave, in that Jesus rose from the dead to enable us to share in that power of the resurrection.
As our church has been hit hard in these past few months with tragedy, death and loss, let us cling with all we have to the reality of the resurrection, and the knowledge that through our faith in Jesus, that death has lost its sting, and all that we have lost pales in comparison to what we have gained through our relationship with Christ.
Philippians 3:8 says, “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ, and be found in Him.”
Happy Easter, with love, Pastor Scott
EASTER WEEK ACTIVITIES
Sunday April 14, Palm Sunday
1:00 ~ Community Easter Egg Hunt and Photo Shoot
Thursday April 18, Maundy Thursday
7:00 pm ~ Maundy Thursday Service
We will have a special communion service on Maundy Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. Come downstairs to Fellowship Hall for our informal, but solemn time of commemorating the Last Supper Jesus shared with His disciples.
Friday, April 19, Good Friday
6:30 am ~ 6:30 pm ~ Church open for self-guided Devotional
The church sanctuary will be open all day on Good Friday for anyone who would like to come to pray. There will be a self-directed devotional available to help you reflect on the crucifixion of Christ, and what that means to us as Christians.
Sunday, April 21, Sunday
7:30 am ~ SonRise Service at Schellabarger Park
8:00 am ~ Easter Breakfast
9:00 am ~ Combined Sunday School
10:30 am ~ Resurrection Sunday Service
Our community egg hunt will again be on Palm Sunday this year and is open to children up to 6th grade. The hunt will begin at 1:00 p.m. after a time of devotions with the children.
Dave Chambers will be there to take photographs for families.
Church families are invited to stay after church for a lunch that will be served before the hunt. Please have your children bring their own baskets, if possible.
SPRING CLEANING ~ April 6
We plan to have a special spring cleaning day for our church facility.
The event will give us all an opportunity to pitch in and really give our facility a thorough cleaning.
We will be open for cleaning from 10am until 2pm. Come when you can, and spend as much time as you can afford within that time period.
Please put on your "grubbies" and join us for what promises
to be a fun time together making our church look better.
MESSY CHURCH – April 9
It was great to see everyone at our March edition of Messy Church, also wonderful meeting new families who came to join us. People of all ages are getting together once a month for relaxed, activities, good conversation, and a meal together. It offers one-and-a-half hours of the most relaxed, creative, and Christ-centered fun you can imagine.
Next Messy Church Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Theme: Easter (Jesus Died and Rises Again) as we celebrate the good news of Easter! Nothing can ever separate us from the love of God – not even death on a cross. We will enjoy Easter crafts and activities along with Celebration worship time.
Messy Church is free and open to anyone! Come and learn how God can help you change your life!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2019
Wow! It’s time for VBS again!!! At least, it’s time to get ready for VBS.
This year’s VBS theme is “In the Wild.” The week of July 14 – 19, save the date!
During VBS, we will zoom in and focus on AMAZING ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS using our theme verse John 20:31. VBS will be filled with Bible stories, music, games, tasty snacks, crafts, crazy fun and activities that will have lasting impact on the kids in our community and their families. Registration will be online in June.
We are preparing early and need your help in two majorly important ways!
- Pray for our volunteers.
- Pray for the work of God’s Spirit in the lives of the children who will participate.
- Pray for God’s protection over our property and activities.
- Pray about where God may want you to help us teach and reach the children of our Church and community this year.
Stay tuned for registration and volunteer information in upcoming bulletins, newsletters, flyers, etc.
Dear Spinning Road Family,
We closed out February with a glow night theme. The fellowship hall was a glow it black lights, glow sticks, balloons, games, necklaces set for clubbers to have lots of glowing fun.
March started off with the opening of the Awana store, clubbers have been working hard completing sections and units eagerly awaited the opening of the store door to shop, spend, or save those hard-earned points, on what the store shelves held for them.
Wednesday March 29, we hosted our 9th Awana Grand Prix race. Thank you to all who entered the race this year and congratulations to all winners! Thank you to everyone that had helping hands, and Thank you to all of our Leaders, volunteers, parents, and Clubbers for a great race! Hopefully everyone had
a great time. A special thanks to Awana Missionary Steve for stopping by, helping us to run our race and sharing a cool message with us. Start thinking about those car designs for
Our Club has been collecting nickels & dimes on the 2nd week of each month this Club year and raised $130 that we presented to our Missionary Steve Shenk at the race. Incredible job clubbers and leaders!
Saturday March 23, 7 students and 4 leaders journeyed to Cedarville University for CedarMania, a one-day event for middle & high school students that challenged them to look at their freedom in Christ. Through powerful messages, along with cool break-out sessions and plenty of Super Games and FUN it
was a blast.
Friday, March 29 the TnT clubbers (grades 3 – 6th) busted in to the Church ready to have a lock-in and maximize the time with food, games, a thought-provoking lesson, and much Fun. Thank you to all who stayed up late and help this event to kick off with great fun.
We ask for continued positive thoughts, prayers and support for our dedicated staff and for the Great kids who attend each week.
Cool with Christ, Tere Sharp, Co-Commander
Awana Grand Prix 2019
The Awana Grand Prix Race Day this year was Wednesday, March 21. The Grand Prix was exciting and a lot of fun! Thank you, leaders and volunteers it was a great experience, for our Clubbers and families! See you all next year!
Y. A. M. (YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY) Meets 6-8 p.m. in the SRBC Sunday School Wing. This is for young adults after High School Graduation through 30 + years old. More info contact Jim Look @ 256-6456 or Mary Ann Stemley @ 253-3375
AWANA meets every Wednesday evening at 6:05 pm. We have activities for 3 year old through High School, September through May. Come and join in the fun.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY meets in the Seekers class room every Tuesday Morning at 9:30 am to delve into God’s Word and enjoy fellowship with other Christian women.
S. R. V. (SOUL REVOLUTION) is for 7th grade through High School. They meet every Sunday evening at 6:30 pm in the youth room downstairs across from the kitchen.
DISCOVERY COMMUNITY GROUP
This is for adults of all ages. Whether you have known Jesus for many years, or only a few months this could be a group for you.
We will be meeting twice a month on the second and fourth Thursday at 7pm, at the home of Simon and Nancy Warwick.
We will be using questions to discover as a group what the Bible is saying to us.
S.A.S. (SENIORS AT SERVICE) ~ 1st Friday
Meet at 12:30 p.m. the first Friday of the month. The senior members of the church and friends meet at different restaurants for a dine-out. The next one is on April 5. We will meet at Steak & Shake in Miamisburg. For more info, contact Shirley Fall @ 254-2484.
WOMEN’S BREAKFAST 2nd Saturday Join us for a Women’s breakfast with great food, a devotional time and good Christian fellowship with other ladies of the church.
TEAM AND CHURCH COUNCIL MEETINGS
Team meetings and Church Council meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month. Team Meetings will start @ 7 pm and the Church Council Meeting @ 8 pm.
For our April 6, men's breakfast, we will have an abbreviated version of our mini-retreat, and conclude our session of “Uprising,” with Erwin McManus. Breakfast is at 8:00 a.m. and our plan is to wrap things up as close as we can to 10:00 a.m., so that the men can participate in our church work day on April 6.