A March Note from Pastor Andy

Easter Sunday is usually in April, but this year it happens a little earlier, on the last Sunday of this month, March 31st. That’s also the last day of Spring Break here in Corvallis, so we’ll all need to be more intentional about planning for, and participating in, an Easter worship service this year.

Why make it a priority? First and foremost, because God deserves our praise and thanks for the incredible blessings He has given to us through Christ’s resurrection. Second, because each of us needs the spiritual replenishing and renewal that we receive by worshiping together on Resurrection Day. And, third, because our spiritually needy friends are more likely to attend a worship service with us on Easter, than they are to attend a church service with us at other times. Definitely then, let’s make our plans and give priority to worshiping God on Easter Sunday.

This year, since a portion of our local community – especially many who attend or work at Oregon State University – will be out of town during Spring Break, we will not offer our usual three Easter morning worship services, but rather hold two services at our regular times, 9am and 10:45am. That does not mean, though, that our Easter worship will be any less enthusiastic or uplifting than usual. Pastor Paul Smith and our worship team will lead us in songs and praises befitting a great Resurrection Day celebration. Our Treasure Harbor children’s ministry will feature special Easter Sunday activities for our young ones. Delicious Easter morning refreshments will be served in our courtyard in the time between our two worship services. And, of course, the good news of Jesus will again be proclaimed!

God’s word tells us that, “we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4) Nothing beats that!
Let’s celebrate it together this Easter.