The Christian community in Stroudsburg will again gather on Good Friday, April 19th, at 11 a.m., at the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on 9th Street, where it will begin the annual Cross Walk. You are invited to join your brothers and sisters in Christ from our faith communities, to walk with Jesus in remembrance of what are known as “the Stations of the Cross.” A large wooden cross will be carried, followed by the procession of Christian disciples, stopping at various churches and the County Court House for a time of scripture reading and prayer. The procession lasts about one half hour, and will end at the Stroudsburg Methodist Church on lower Main Street.
Join us on April 19th at 7pm. A mass choir will Perform Colors of Grace: Lessons for Lent. We’ll be hosting this event, joined by East Stroudsburg Presbyterian, East Stroudsburg United Methodist, St. John’s Lutheran, & Zion UCC. Invite your friends.
Crashroads…the intersection of life and faith
We begin a new 5-week adult/older youth study at 9am in Fellowship Hall, beginning the last Sunday in April (Bright Sunday) and throughout the month of May. Discover a richer spiritual life with the exploration of purgative, illuminative and unitive practices of faith and how those practices intersect with daily life to bring us closer to God and each other.
(Note: we’ll take a break from The Wired Word classes during this time. Each class is self-contained, so you may jump in at any time during the five weeks.)
Celebrate an old tradition which is a new tradition—Join us for Bright Sunday (or Holy Humor Sunday) on April 28th at 10:00 a.m. This joyful, lighthearted service celebrates “the greatest practical joke ever played”—the joke God played on the devil when he raised Jesus from the dead.
April 28 we are having a special service “Bright Sunday.” Bright Sunday will be full of joyful fun. Continuing the frivolity after worship, join the fun in Fellowship Hall. That day coffee and conversation will feature “Pie in Your Face.” There will be an assortment of everyone’s favorite pies. Don’t duck the chance to eat dessert before lunch.
A not-to-be-missed concert will be presented here in our First Pres sanctuary on Sunday, April 28th, at 2:30pm when the Pocono Concert Chorale will perform Handel’s immortal Messiah—parts II and III. The Chorale, soloists, and orchestra will be conducted by Dr. James Maroney, and soloists include our own Dan Hoy and Patricia thor Straten-Mohr.
In this work, Handel highlights the essential theme of our Christian faith—the sacrifice and triumph of our Lord Jesus—in memorable lyrical settings of Biblical texts. We all know the “Hallelujah” chorus, which concludes part II. The words and music will be an uplifting summary of our Lenten and Easter season.
Tickets are $10 (adults); $8 (seniors 60+); and $5 (students) and will be available at the door or in advance from Pat or Dave or any chorus member. Your presence will also help us welcome the visitors to our great sanctuary space.
We have scheduled a clean up day for Saturday, May 18, 2019 starting at 9:30 a.m. We need helpers to put items in the dumpster and need those willing to dust items in the library and the display cases upstairs.
We have 13 wooden chairs to give away, like the ones the choir used. The chairs are going quickly – we started with 28. If you would like chairs please let the office know.
In the basement is a set of ramps. If you know who they belong to please let us know.
Our Youth Group will head to Knoebels Amusement Park on Saturday, June 1st…leaving from the church at 9:30am. They will return to the church at 9:30pm. What to bring: money for dinner/souvenirs ($20), and your effervescent personality! Youth Group will provide $20 per participant in ride tickets. RSVP to Miss Bobbi or Miss Heather by May 5th.