Sunday March 28 is Palm Sunday. It is the day in which Christians all around the world remember Jesus and his triumphal ride into Jerusalem on the first day of his last week of earthly ministry. Palm Sunday begins Holy Week in which we also remember the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday; Good Friday which is the day when Jesus was crucified; and the Easter Sunday (Sunday, April 4, 2021).
On a typical Palm Sunday at Walker Chapel, the altar flowers would be lovingly arranged by Dennisse Thomas in an extravagant display of palms. We would sing our Hosannas, and weave palm branches into crosses perfectly suited for Bible bookmarks. This year you must imagine your own palms and perhaps do your own weaving. Lynda Elliott and Chen Elliott are our worship leaders for Sunday and we will celebrate with music!
Our Palm Sunday prelude features a wonderful arrangement of “Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross” for piano and oboe. Vlad Gabay, our pianist, accompanist, and composer-in-residence, wrote this arrangement and we are presenting it for the first time on Sunday. Katelyn Kyser is the oboe soloist. Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross is one of the countless hymns written by Fanny Crosby and we celebrate her heritage of faith and hymnody on this last Sunday of Women’s History Month. As we continue our sermon series - Roll Down Justice - the Walker Chapel Choir presents another song by contemporary African American Methodist composer, Mark Miller - Christ Has Broken Down the Wall - Rebekah Bridges is the soloist, and Vlad Gabay is accompanist.
Maundy Thursday Zoom Service - April 1, 2021 at 7 pm
Gather with us on Zoom Thursday April 1 2021 at 7 pm as we remember the night Jesus gathered with his disciples in the upper room for The Last Supper. It will be a time of remembrance, of sharing stories with one another, and sharing the bread and wine together in communion. Please let us know you are coming so we make sure you receive the Zoom link.
Good Friday - April 2, 2021
We offer the opportunity to enter into a time of quiet reflection and listen to the reading of the trial and crucifixion from John’s Gospel. The reading and meditation in music will be available for you to access when you have about 20 minutes to sit quietly and reflect in a time of individual worship.
Easter Sunday - April 4, 2021
Join us for a virtual service of worship on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 10:30 AM. We will celebrate the Lord’s resurrection with familiar hymns - Christ the Lord is Risen Today; with a Walker Chapel - Mt Olivet joint choir presentation of the hymn, In Christ Alone; and collaboration between Walker Chapel and The Way contemporary band in a presentation of The Easter Song. James Wright is our Lay Leader and Liturgist for Easter Sunday and Pastor Lynne brings the word of God to us. The Lord is Risen - The Lord is Risen indeed, Alleluia!
Holy Week Bags
Holy Week bags are being prepared for your children for this significant time in the church. We are gathering activities to highlight the week for families to do together. The bag will contain different activities for each day of Holy Week including Bible lessons, crafts and service opportunities. Preschool bags are for children ages two through Kindergarten. Elementary bags are for grades 1-5. Contact Linnea Carlson to request your bag, or with any questions at email@example.com. The Easter bunny will also be visiting Walker Chapel, but more on that later.
Easter Bunny Virtual Visit April 3rd
The Easter Bunny is planning to join us Saturday, April 3rd at 3pm for a virtual visit, story and a snack/craft via the Walker Chapel Facebook Page since our community egg hunt had to be cancelled. Materials for the Easter Bunny craft will be included in the Holy Week Children’s bags that Mt. Olivet and Walker Chapel are doing jointly this year.
The Easter Bunny visit video will be posted for viewing at a later time for those who find themselves napping at 3pm on April 3rd! Happy Easter!! Contact Jennifer Hatcher, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with any questions.
Out of the shadow of the Pandemic comes the light of Resurrection. You can become a part of that light for people who are sick, hungry, poor, homeless, addicted, and made more desperate by Covid-19. 100% of Walker Chapel’s Lent-Easter Special Offering goes to organizations serving people here and around the world who need your help. Profiles of each of these benevolence organization may be viewed at http://www.walkerchapel.org/benevolence/.
With a goal of $10,500, this offering is one of the special activities by which our congregation annually raises all its funds for our church’s carefully selected benevolences. Please make a generous donation, either by mailing a check to the church office (marked “Lent/Easter Offering”) or by donating on-line (visit the website at walkerchapel.org/give and then select the “Lent/Easter Offering” fund option.) Whatever you can give will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
In addition to our Lenten/ Easter offering, our food drive for the Arlington Food Assistance Center will continue into the foreseeable future every Saturday and Sunday from 1-3pm to ensure our neighbors impacted most by the virus have dignified access to food. At the link below you will find the Volunteer Sign Up for the months of March, April, and May. Here are the upcoming dates and current sign ups:
03/20 Lynne Alley-Grant
03/21 Don Huff
03/27 Dawn Kyser
03/28 Sandra Kammann
04/03 Tom and Phyllis Loftus
04/10 Don Huff
04/11 Carl and Lucy Cunningham
04/17 Carl and Lucy Cunningham
Click here to sign up for a few shifts or email firstname.lastname@example.org and then forward this email on to your family, friends and neighbors in and around Arlington who might like to help us out!
Thursday evening the Arlington County Historic Affairs Landmark Review Board granted Walker Chapel a Certificate of Appropriateness for the Historic Cemetery Project. This is a major accomplishment shared by the team and especially by James Wright who lead the critical phases of pre-construction and now on to construction. Known to us by their acronym, HALRB, they have oversight over the Historic Area of Walker Chapel. They have been most supportive of the Historic Cemetery Project and carried through with a unanimous vote to grant us the COA and permission to proceed. Thanks go out to our designers Kelly and Meredith at Moody Graham and Louise at Langan Engineering and their predecessors and to our HCP steering group of Larry, James, Chris, Christiane, and Lynne. A special prayer goes out to Dorothy Glenn who by the grace of God gave us the much needed funding. We started in the fall of 2017, but now have cleared the checkpoints; the contractor is onboard and we are rolling!
Lectio Divina | Lenten Study
Wednesdays at 7 PM on Zoom | February 24 - March 31
Lectio Divina, or divine reading, is an ancient practice that combines contemplative prayer with reading scripture. During this season of Lent, we’re partnering with Mt. Olivet to provide an online space where we'll explore this unique and engaging practice together. We’ll be led by Pastor Lynne and Pastors Ed Walker and Teer Hardy from Mt. Olivet. Please register using the link below so you’ll have access to the Zoom meeting.
ICYMI -- Following up on last week's Chapel Note regarding proposed changes to the Chapel's leadership structure, Lay Leader James Wright provided the congregation with this Guiding Principles document along with the initial edition of a supporting Q&A narrative which will be updated as new questions on the proposal are received. The Guiding Principles are just that: these brief statements provide the fundamental parameters by which the proposed new leadership structure will organize itself and operate. As stated in the Introduction, these principles will be reviewed annually and amended or expanded as necessary to assure that Walker Chapel’s leadership is effective and accountable. Read more here.
Healing & Sympathy
The Darling family
Chen and Lynda Elliott
The family of Ivan Elmer
Timmons/ Olson family
All struggling, isolated - standing by their own pool of tears
Prayers for the World
For the families of the 10 people killed this week in a shooting at a Boulder, CO grocery store.
For the families and friends of the eight people, including 6 Asian American women, killed in a shooting by a man in Atlanta. We pray for all Asian American and Pacific Island Americans fearful that they might be targeted next.
For peace in Yemen as Saudi Arabia's top diplomat has announced this week a UN-backed proposal to end the six-year conflict in Yemen, including an offer of a ceasefire and the lifting of a Saudi-imposed sea and air blockade on the Houthi rebels. Years of fighting have left most Yemen’s dependent on international aid and millions are on the brink of starvation.
For the decrease in COVID-19 cases in Arlington. Virginia Department of Health confirmed 15 additional cases of COVID-19 on Monday in Arlington, the lowest number of new cases reported in a single day since November 2. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Arlington was 13,897.
For those working feverishly and at great danger to free the giant, sideways container ship stuck in the Suez Canal -- a crucial waterway whose blockage is disrupting global shipping and trade.
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