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More Than A day……………….
How much do you know about Easter?
(Taken from the Winter 2014 edition of Thrivent Magazine)

Easter. For many, it’s a day to get dressed up in new clothes and go to church. It’s filling Easter baskets and baking a ham. And there’s probably more than one chocolate bunny involved! However, for Christians, the Easter celebration isn’t a single day. And it’s definitely not about the bunny.

Easter Sunday – the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and one of the most significant Christian holy days – is the realization of God’s promise of eternal life. It’s the culmination of a season of preparation and the beginning of a joyful feast.

The preparation for Easter actually starts 40 days earlier on Ash Wednesday, which begins the season called Lent. The last days of Lent, from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday, are known as Holy Week. After Easter is a season called Eastertide, the 50 days from Easter to Pentecost Sunday. While not all Christian churches recognize these days and seasons in the same way, many Christians are familiar with them.

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Surprisingly, there’s no definitive answer. It might have come from the Anglo-Saxon word “ostre”, which some believe meant “the month of opening”. Or it could have come from the old German word “auferstehung, which meant “resurrection”.


The early church debated whether they should celebrate Easter on the same day each year like Christmas or whether it should be a “moveable feast”. Since Sunday was associated with the Resurrection (three days after the crucifixion), in A.D. 325, the church decided to make Easter the first Sunday after the first full moon that follows the March equinox.


When Jesus rode through Jerusalem on a donkey the Sunday before His resurrection, a huge crowd followed Him and waved palm branches to honor Him. (John 12:12-19) Some churches repeat the waving of palms on this Sunday to commemorate this historical Christian event.


“Maundy Thursday”, which occurs three days before Easter Sunday, comes from the Latin mandatum novum, which means “new commandment”. At the Last Supper Jesus told His disciples: “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another”. (John 13:34) Jesus expressed that love by washing His disciples’ feet. “The teacher is washing His disciples’ feet, and they should be willing to do the same,” says Timothy Butler, chaplain at Lindenwood University in Missouri. Some churches include the washing of feet during Maundy Thursday services.


In many other languages, this Friday before Easter Sunday is called Holy Friday. It’s not entirely clear how the day became Good Friday in English. However, since Christ accomplished salvation through His crucifixion on this day, Butler believes “holy” and “good” are the same in this instance.


Eleven of Jesus’ apostles witnessed Jesus ascend to Heaven 40 days after Easter Sunday. (Acts 1:9-11) Some churches celebrate that day, called Ascension Day.


Pentecost Sunday celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit 50 days after the Resurrection. Before Jesus was crucified, He told His disciples (John 14:16-18) that the Holy Spirit would come after he died. Fifty days after Jesus was resurrected, His disciples felt the presence of the Holy Spirit and began to proclaim the Gospel of the risen Christ. (Acts 2:1-14)


Candy, bunnies, baskets and eggs: Believe it or not, they do have historical Easter meaning.


The day of Resurrection was thought of as an entry into paradise. In the Hebrew Scriptures, when you enter paradise, you receive milk and honey and other festive foods. "So the candy is a modern playing out of the more ancient milk and honey," explains Richard Priggie, chaplain at Augustana College in Illinois.


The treat-toting Easter bunny seems to have been born in Germany in the late 1600s. Children would build nests for the bunny to leave their treats in – the origin of the modern Easter basket.


The ancient Egyptians exchanged red-colored eggs in honor of spring. This custom spread to the Greeks and Romans and then to the Europeans. In medieval times, eggs were forbidden during Lent, making them a popular treat on Easter Sunday.
Gary Karton is a freelance writer and blogs about parenting at opens in new window)


Holy Week Worship Schedule
Holy Week Schedule

Passion Weekend – Saturday, April 12, 5 p.m. +

Sunday, April 13, 9:00 a.m.
This Weekend concentrates on our Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem and continues through to His death on the cross.

Maundy Thursday – April 17, 6:30 p.m.
On this day we remember the love and grace Christ gave, and will celebrate with a traditional Seder Service in the Fellowship Hall. This will include sampling of traditional foods used for the Seder Meal.

Good Friday – April 18, 6:30 p.m.
Good Friday, the most holy day of all days, we hear once again the greatest story of love and forgiveness ever told. We hear how Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, died so that all of our sins would be forgiven and all of our wounds healed. This service closes with a beautiful dance depicting the Lord’s Prayer.

Easter Eve – Saturday, April 19 at 5:00 p.m.
A service that bridges the darkness and despair of Good Friday to the light and hope of Easter!

Easter Sunday – April 20, 9:00 a.m.

Breaking News
Jerusalem Central: “Shocking News! A dead man has come back to life! Jesus of Nazareth, executed two days ago, is alive! Eye witnesses have seen the man, touched him, and talked with him! For full details on this tremendous news story, tune in to Jerusalem Broadcasting System at the above date and time!

P.S: Easter Continental Breakfast will be provided.

Please make a special effort not only to attend these services, but also to invite family and friends, so they too may hear God’s Word of love, forgiveness and salvation!

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During the season of Lent, Hope held a variety of suppers hosted by different groups from the church. Below is a list of what each group made.

March 12 – Outreach – Italian - $158
March 19 – Women of Hope - Casseroles - $170
March 26 - Outreach – Sloppy Joes - $178
April 2 – 55+ - Soup and Sandwiches - $145
April 9 – Men of Hope – Fish Fry - $359

Thanks to everyone who participated in the suppers.

We are a body of Christian believers who, under the power of God's Holy Spirit, seek to proclaim the Gospel, mature in faith, and reach out in love to minister to our members, the community, and the world.
If you are looking for a small friendly church to attend please consider giving Hope Lutheran Church a try. We are sure you will like it.
Hope Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, IA
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Hope Lutheran Church
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Worship: Wednesday's at 12:15, Saturday's at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday's at 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School: Sunday's at 10:15 a.m.
Adult Forum: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:15 a.m.

Pastor Dan will be in the office from 9:00 to 11:30 on Tuesday through Saturday.

Sunday, April 27, 2014
5-6:00 p.m.

Chili Dogs
Relish Tray

We will be playing Bingo with prizes awarded to the winners. There is no charge for the meal, however, a free will offering will be taken.

Good Food, Good Fellowship

We are feeding 90+ people at the Free Community Supper that is funded by members of Hope Lutheran and a “free will offering” is also used. If you’d like to help prepare & serve the food, please contact Sharon & Jim Boardman – 364-1146, Nancy Coffman – 396-0387 or Donna Fugate – 363-9183. Monetary donations are also accepted.


Our Wednesday group, “Spirited Seniors" meet every Wednesday following the 12:15 worship at 1:00. A light lunch is served followed by games and cards. If this is something you would like to help out with, please let the office know. Everyone is welcome to attend. (Due to Lent and Easter, Spirited Seniors will not meet during the months of March and April.) We will resume on Wednesday, May 7th.
Next month's meeting is Tuesday, May 6th. 55 Plus will meet at the church at 12:00 for a potluck and meeting.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 13th at 7:00. We will have a guest speaker from Theatre Cedar Rapids speaking on how the plays are chosen and everything it takes to put on a production.
Mid-week Worship Service!
There are mid-week worship services on Wednesdays and they start at 12:15. The service will be a repeat of the previous Sunday’s scripture and sermon. The service will run approximately 30 minutes. It will be a basic Service of the Word (no music) with Holy Communion.
1 Laura Bedell, Josh Draper
3 Pamela Hansen
4 Nicole Rentschler, Jesse Tharp
5 Kirsten Purdy, Rachel Purdy,
Jan Atkinson
7 Andrew Pahl
8 Evelyn Andrews
13 Larissa McClenathan, Jake Kessell
14 Robin DeFord
15 Betty Burggraf
16 Nancy Turner, Julie Rich,
Sandie Slinger
17 Sharon Schmidt,
18 Pat Casner
19 Bob Evans
20 Rick Nelson
22 Terry Anderson, Marianne Post
24 Russ Wellner, Olivia Schmidt
30 Jerry Schmidt
Food Bank Weekends
Just a reminder that the 1st weekend of each month is designated to bring non-perishable food for those less fortunate and fill the grocery cart. Food is will be taken to the Crossroads Mission. The Missions’ food supply is constantly being depleted.

CrossRoads is in need of the following items for their food bank:

Canned meat
Canned fruit
Peanut Butter
Pancake Mix
Macaroni & cheese

Other Items of Interest...
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: All articles MUST be handed in, in writing or via e-mail by the deadline. Please do not call them into the office. The deadline for the Highlights is the 15th of the month. It will be the 15th EVERY MONTH to avoid confusion. Due to longer mailing time, we would like to be able to get it in the mail prior to the end of the month. Please get your articles and events into the office on time. Thank you.

Are you getting credit for your offering? When you give your offering, please be sure to put your name on the envelope. Many times a blank envelope comes through the offering without any identification. Without a name or member number, the counters have no way of knowing to whom they should be giving the credit. Unidentified offerings go into "loose" change.

When leaving the building: lock the doors, close the windows, and turn off the lights.

Where is Hope Located?
Hope Lutheran Church is located at 2736 Bowling Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

From Highway 30, exit onto the Bowling Street/Kirkwood Boulevard exit. Turn north on Bowling Street.

Phone numbers: Office (319) 365-3105; Kitchen (319) 365-3999; Pastor Dan 319-350-5484

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