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Lent & Easter 2017

Holy Ground  •  Ash Wednesday, March 1 - Easter, April 16

“Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”   - Exodus 3:5       

Lent & Easter Sermon Series:     TRADITIONAL     ACCESS MODERN

Lenten/Easter Offering  •  Stop Hunger Now

Stop Hunger Now provides nutritious meals to people in hunger crises situations around the world.  On Sunday, April 23, FUMCR will bag 17,241 bags (providing 103,448 meals) of a soy/rice/vitamin mixture.  Each packet feeds 6 people.  The cost of these meals is $30,000.  The meal bags are sent to feed school children, refugees in camps, and victims of drought and famine.

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Ash Wednesday Services  •  March 1

6:30 am  •  Chapel
12 noon  •  Worship & Arts Center
6:30 pm  •  Sanctuary

Meditation at all services  •  Dr. Clayton Oliphint
All services will include imposition of ashes and special music.
Child Care  •  4 years and younger  •  12 noon and 6:30 pm

Lunch available following the noon service for $10  •  No reservations required

Lenten Devotionals

Available at the Welcome Desk in Coleman Family Hall on Sundays, Feb 19 & 26, and Wed, March 1  •  $5 each  •  online payment accepted

40 Words for 40 Days - Pauses for Lent by Trevor Hudson offers a beautifully minimalist book in which he focuses on one word for each day of Lent. You are invited to pause, focus on the word, read a scripture and a brief meditation related to the word, and then offer a prayer. Pausing in this way will help you carve out time for God and refresh your spirit even in the midst of a busy life.

Lenten Journey

Thur, Apr 6 & Fri Apr 7  •  Come & Go, 7 am - 7 pm  •  Sanctuary

A spiritual encounter of prayerful meditation, journaling and reading designed to open your heart in anticipation of the resurrected Christ in your life. Six meditation settings will be created in the sanctuary featuring Jesus' last six statements on the cross, as well as the resurrection, to offer insight on you faith journey. Participate at one or more tables. It is a self-directed time of prayer.

Easter Egg Hunt

Sat, Apr 8, 10 am - 12 noon

Come join us for a morning of fun! Along with thousands of candy filled eggs, we will have a face painter, bounce houses, a balloon artist, and so much more!

Egg Hunt Schedule
10:30 - 10:45 am  •  0 - 2 years old
10:50 - 11:05 am  •  3 - 4 years old
11:10 - 11:25 am  •  4 - 5 years old
11:30 - 11:45 am  •  6 years old and up

Palm Sunday  •  April 9 

". . .the crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.  They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, 'Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!' "   - John 12: 12–13  NIV

Let us worship together as we begin this holiest week of our faith.

Traditional Worship  •  8:45, 9:45, 11 am
Access Modern Worship  •  11 am

Maundy Thursday Service  •  The Open Table

April 13  •  7 pm  •  Sanctuary

An evening of drama and music as we witness men and women of all ages coming together and sharing the experience of the Last Supper. We welcome Heather Sorenson, Dallas songwriter, singer and pianist as a musical guest for this worship experience.

Child Care  •  4 years and younger

Good Friday Service

April 14  •  7 pm  •  Sanctuary

On this sacred day we will come together to experience the beauty of Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo’s "Sunrise Mass" for double-chorus and strings.  Complementing the music will be readings, scripture, and art.

Child Care  •  4 years and younger

Easter Eve  •  Service of Baptism & Membership

Saturday, April 15, 5 pm, Chapel

Easter Sunday  •  April 16  •  Celebration of Hope

Christ the Lord is risen today, ALLELUIA!

7:30 am  •  Chapel  •  Rev. April Bristow, preaching
8:30, 9:45* & 11:00 am  •  Sanctuary  •  Dr. Clayton Oliphint, preaching
9:45, 11 am* access Modern  •  Worship & Arts  •  Rev. Rich Rindfuss & Rev. Julie Klossner, preaching

*Live Streamed at 

Child Care  •  3 years and younger beginning at 8:30 am
Communion  •  during 7:30 am service
Parking available at the YMCA on Custer Road  •  shuttle service to church campus
Sunday school for children and youth  •  not meeting


Lent & Easter 2016
Ash Wednesday, Feb 10 - Easter, Mar 27

Lent & Easter Sermon Series: Questions  
"I find that whenever I'm reading the Bible and Jesus asks a question, I really need to pay attention because usually there's a teachable moment . . . Jesus is trying to teach me something."   - Dr. Clayton Oliphint

Sermon Titles & Scriptures


Easter Egg Hunt
Holy Week
Easter Sunday
Lent/Easter Offering

Ash Wednesday Services
Feb 10 • 6:30 am, Chapel • 12 noon & 6:30 pm, Sanctuary

Special music, imposition of ashes and message by Dr. Clayton Oliphint at all services

Childcare for ages 4 and younger at noon and 6:30 pm

Lenten Journey
Wed & Thur, Feb 17 & 18, 7 am - 7 pm, Sanctuary

A time of prayerful meditation, journaling and reading that will help you move through the season of Lent anticipating the resurrected Christ in your life. Six meditation settings featuring Jesus' last statements on the cross and the resurrection will be created in the sanctuary to offer insight on your faith journey. Walk at your own pace for this self-directed time of prayer.

Lenten Devotionals

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Easter Egg Hunt
Mar 19, 10 am - 12 noon

Bring your friends for the bounce house, face painting, craft, balloon artist, petting zoo, photo ops and more. Egg Hunt begins at 10 am. Hosted by the Journey Sunday school class.

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Palm Sunday
March 20

Services at 8:45, 9:45, 11 am, 5 pm


Noon at First

Save Me a Seat 

Add lunch for $8/day, reservations required. Pay online or in Shawver Welcome Center on Sundays in March.
Serving line opens at 11:45 am 
Live Streaming 12:15 - 1 pm

Mon, Mar 21   Video

Story of the Holy Land, facilitated by Dr. Becky Bruff, featuring Holy Land trip participants' stories of experiencing God on the trip

Tues, Mar 22   Video

Story of the Passover, facilitated by Rabbi Elana Zelony, Congregation Beth Torah, featuring a Seder experience

Wed, Mar 23   Video

Story of Hymns, facilitated by Mike Lightfoot, sharing "back stories" of some favorite hymns

Childcare available by reservation only. Call 972.996.0120.

Maundy Thursday Service

Mar 24, 7 pm, Sanctuary

Stories from the Table: a family service in the sanctuary using drama and music to present stories of the disciples as they gathered for the Last Supper with Jesus. Communion will be served.

Child Care available: 4 years and younger.

Good Friday Service
Mar 25, 7 pm, Sanctuary

The Story of Darkness: a service of poems, scriptures, music and eventual darkness as we remember this holiest of days in our Christian faith.

Child Care available: 4 years and younger.

Easter Eve
Saturday, Mar 26, 5 pm, Chapel

A service of baptism

Easter Sunday, March 27, Celebration of Hope
*7:30 am, Chapel

Rev. Julie Klossner, preaching

*8:30, **9:45 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Why Are You Weeping?     Dr. Clayton Oliphint, preaching

5 pm access Contemporary, Sanctuary

Why Are You Weeping?     Rev. Rich Rindfuss, preaching

* Special time
** Live Streamed at 

Communion on Easter Sunday is only offered as a part of the 7:30 am service.
Parking at the YMCA on Custer Road with shuttle service to church campus will be available all morning.
Children's and youth Sunday school will not meet. Childcare will be available for 3 and younger at 8:30, 9:45 and 11 am services.

Lenten/Easter Offering

Our Special Offering will benefit two agencies and programs.  One is local; one is national in scope. Lives can be changed through the help of FUMCR and the contribution we make.

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The Agape Resource and Assistance Center in Plano is a holistic, cutting-edge, innovative, servant ministry of peace and justice committed “to providing critical Housing and Life Skills that empower women and their children to transform from Crisis and Poverty to Self-Sustaining, Fulfilling Lives.” Agape will accomplish this mission through collaboration, advocacy and service delivery to help our most vulnerable neighbors in need move toward their goal of a quality, self-sustainable life.Service areas include all Collin County zip codes and those within 5 miles of East Plano Agape House. The focus is, first, to serve children and youth to break the poverty cycle and, second, to support families in crisis and facilitate permanent change for all. Agape is assembling and will manage an inventory of stable, safe and affordable housing utilizing existing facilities. Agape will collaborate with existing mercy service agencies to create a holistic continuum of care (sustenance, physical and spiritual wellbeing, education, and counseling) and will advocate for action to fill unmet needs such as affordable and effective childcare and job skill training. More about Agape

UMCOR Relief-Supply Kits help provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. UMCOR collects 6 types of kits for global distribution and cleaning buckets for US distribution after storms. These kits are bedding, layette, birthing, school, sewing, and health kits. In addition, cleaning buckets are distributed to U.S. areas hit by natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods.  Kits help sustain everyday life for people who lack ready access to essential supplies. They provide vital support for UMCOR’s global development work and make a tangible difference in people’s lives. Kits and buckets are collected at UMCOR depots such as Sager Brown in Baldwin, La. for distribution to locations around the world. Our support of these kits and buckets provides UMCOR with financial resources to purchase the needed items in bulk so that they can be distributed to communities and individuals wherever the need exists. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more. More about UMCOR Relief-Supply Kits

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