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Holy Week

Holy Week is the final week of Lent. It is observed as a time to commemorate the suffering (Passion) and death of Jesus Christ. It begins with Palm/Passion Sunday and includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. So what are all of these days and what do they mean?

The first day of Holy Week is called Palm and/or Passion Sunday. Palms highlight Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to shouts of “Hosanna!" and the waving of palm branches as recorded in the gospels. This day is also called Passion Sunday because we focus on Jesus’ suffering once he enters Jerusalem as well. It is a day we remember that Jesus entered the city in triumph, but also the beginning of his journey to the cross.

The English word "Maundy," where we get "Maundy Thursday" comes from the Latin mandatum, which means "commandment." On Jesus' last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). At LM1, our worship that evening will include the washing of hands as an act of physical care as we remember this new commandment. Additionally, three of the gospels record the institution of the Lord's Supper among the events of this night. This is why we traditionally observe both washing feet/hands and Holy Communion.

On Good Friday we put our focus on Jesus dying on the cross. Holy Friday, as most of the rest of the world calls it, proclaims God's purpose of loving and redeeming the world even in the face of human rejection and cruelty. It is a day that is holy and makes us holy because God was bringing the world to God's self in Christ. Why do we call it "Good" Friday? See the video below or click here!

"I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it" (Isa. 43:19). These words contain the promise of Good Friday and the challenge of Easter. Between them rests Holy Saturday, the space in which we wait, watch and prepare as best we can, to be astonished. We can see this as a holy day as it takes the unanticipated, painful, incomprehensible things in our lives and offers an opportunity to see alternate perspectives, different paths, fresh horizons and new beginnings.

All of this serves as preparation for our great celebration on Easter Sunday next Sunday, where God responds to all that occurs in Jerusalem in this week by defeating fear and death with love and life through Christ's Resurrection. It is a powerful week for the church. I pray you participate in as many ways as you can, as we all prepare for God's love to transform ourselves and the world once again. I hope to see you here!

Pastor Christian
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Holy Week Happenings
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, April 10, and culminates with the church's celebration of Easter on Sunday, April 17. Here's what to expect:  
  • Palm Sunday - worship at 9:30am begins with a Procession of Palms and moves us toward Jesus' Passion.
  • Maundy Thursday - outdoor worship with communion and hand washing at 5:30pm. We will be collecting hygiene supplies to donate to those in need.
  • Good Friday - open labyrinth for quiet prayer and meditation beginning at 9am, and hosted from 5:30-7:30pm.
  • Holy Saturday - bring purchased or garden flowers to decorate the Easter Cross from 10am-2pm for our Easter Sunday processional.
  • Easter Sunday - Celebrate the risen savior at 9:30am with full choir and trumpet, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt at the Fireside Park at 10:45am.
Easter Flowers

Help us adorn our sanctuary with glorious color this Easter by purchasing a floral plant through LM1. You can dedicate your donation to a loved one or give in memory of one who is no longer with us. The cost is $15 and purchases need to be made by April 10 to ensure your information is included in Easter's bulletin. Purchased plants will be available to take home the day after Easter in the Garner Room between 9:30am-1:30pm or by arrangement with the Church Office. Please send checks to the church office or put them in Sunday's offering basket with Easter Flowers in the memo line. You can also purchase your flowers online by going to our giving page. If you want a dedication or memorial notation included in the Easter bulletin, you can email it here.

Easter Egg Hunt Donations Needed

After church on Easter Sunday, we'll all head over to Fireside Park and treat the children to an  Easter Egg Hunt. We already have plenty of plastic eggs to fill, but could really use your help with goodies to put inside the eggs. Small toys and wrapped Easter candy would be so appreciated and can be dropped off at the church office before the big day or this Sunday on the patio. Email Elvia to arrange for a donation or to help fill plastic eggs....and thank you!

La Mesa's New Mission Outreach - The Lodge

The Community Outreach Ministry invites you to attend a ZOOM meeting on Monday, April 11th at 6:30pm to learn about The Lodge, a new housing program for homeless/unsheltered youth, ages 18 - 24 who attend San Diego State University and women escaping domestic violence. A quick walk from LM1, the former hotel building at 79th and University is now operated by three nonprofit organizations that provide transitional residences for those in need.  

Wil Lybarger of San Diego Youth Services will tell us how these nonprofit organizations collaborated to bring this program to La Mesa. He will also let audience members know how best to support those in residence.  Spoiler alert: when Wil was asked what is most needed, his immediate response was “FOOD!” It's no surprise then that all the residents will be invited to come to our Fresh Start event beginning this month. Geof Lippert, Home Start's housing director will also address our Community Outreach meeting.
Finally, during the April 11 meeting, we will learn about a new law being implemented this year that requires law enforcement agencies with military-grade equipment (i.e. automatic rifles, bobcat vehicles and pepper sprays) to develop policies that meet raised standards for their storage and use.
Community Outreach Ministry exists to help us all become well-educated citizens who are able to tap spiritual values to inform positive action. Join us on ZOOM and find out more about what is happening in our local community.  

Sharing Our Musical Wealth

It seems that others are learning about our wonderful organist/accompanist Michael Lawrence - and we're happy to share! There are two opportunities in April to hear Michael play in other venues and all are invited. Friday, April 8, Michael will be playing with the combined concert bands of Cuyamaca and Point Loma Nazarene Colleges. The concert will be held at Foothills UMC, 4031 Avocado Blvd. in La Mesa beginning at 7:30pm. General admission is $10; $5 for students.

On Good Friday April 15, Michael will be performing the Rutter Requiem with the choir of First Presbyterian Church at 320 Date St in San Diego. Admission is free and the concert begins at 7pm. 

Worship-wise: Why Return to Church?

This is the final article in our series about returning to in-person worship based on two articles in The New York Times, one by Collin Hansen and another by Trish Harrison Warren. Be assured that LM1 will continue to provide in-person AND online worship services on Sunday mornings. We hope these talking points help you to decide where you and your family are most comfortable joining other brothers and sisters in the family of Christ. As a refresher, the five points we previously covered were Restoration to Non-Fragmented Society,  Reclaiming our Pre-COVID Lives, Concrete Tangibility, Embodied Community and Communion.

 #6 -- Consumer vs. Active Participation

Admittedly, watching church from home in pajamas, coffee in hand, has its pleasures and temptations. Church worship though, was not meant to be about personal comfort or convenience. Yes, live-streamed worship services provide a vital lifeline for some as we've discussed previously; however, it can also be an easy way out of actively participating as the corporate body of Christ. Someone who is not physically present will have a difficult time being more than a consumer -- one who takes in, only. When possible, we are called to share our gifts and talents with the wider world.  Easter is coming, Christ is risen - Alleluia! Will you be there with us?

Earth Fair is this Saturday

Come visit the LM1 table at this Saturday's Earth Fair at MacArthur Park from 10am - 1pm.  Staffed jointly by our Earth Care Ministry and our Children's Center parents, the booth will feature interactive displays, informational materials, crafts for the children and succulent plant giveaways. Earth fair welcomes all ages and will showcase fun, educational and sustainable activities, products and services. You won't want to miss:

  • Bike Rodeo – Bicycle helmet fitting and giveaways (while supplies last), a skills course, and educational materials (Bring a bike and helmet!)
  • Community Garden – Garden tour, seed give-a-ways,
  • Electric Car Display – Check out electric vehicles that help lower the carbon footprint
  • Fix-it Clinic - Bring your broken, non-functioning items: electronics, appliances, computers, toys, etc. for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair
  • Food Truck – Simply Fresh Gourmet Food Truck - Keep it Simple! Keep it Fresh!
  • Kids Zone – Enjoy a fun obstacle course, cornhole, arts & crafts, and educational activities
  • Mad Science – Entertaining and educational science show
  • Tree ID Walk – Guided tour, tree seed packs, and information
We'll see you on Saturday!
This Week @ La Mesa First UMC

Thursday, April 7
Lunchtime Labyrinth @ 12-1:30pm in the Labyrinth
Choir Rehearsal @ 7pm, SH

Saturday, April 9
La Mesa Earth Day Celebration @ MacArthur Park, 10am-1pm

Sunday, April 10
Worship In-Person & Online @ 9:30am (Facebook & YouTube)
Food Handler's Card Test @ 11am in Social Hall
Contemplative Practices Class @ 4pm in Social Hall

Monday, April 11
Open Sanctuary @ 8:30-10am in the Sanctuary
Days 4 Girls @ 1pm. LL
Pastor's Book Study Wrap-up @ 2pm on the patio with Wednesday Group
Community Outreach Meeting on ZOOM @ 6:30pm

Tuesday, April 12
United Women in Faith Children's Center Coffee Time
@ 7:45-9am on the patio
Women's Bible & Book Study @ 6:30pm on ZOOM
Board of Trustees @ 6pm on ZOOM

Wednesday, April 13
Earth Care Ministry Meeting @ 11am on ZOOM

Thursday, April 14
Lunchtime Labyrinth @ 12-1:30pm in the Labyrinth
Maundy Thursday outdoor worship @ 5:30pm on Patio
Choir Rehearsal @ 7pm, SH

Friday, April 15
Good Friday
Open labyrinth beginning @ 9am; hosted 5:30-7:30pm

Saturday, April 16
Holy Saturday
Decorate Easter Cross with Flowers, 10am-2pm

Easter Sunday, April 17
Happy Easter Sunday
Worship In-Person & Online @ 9:30am (Facebook & YouTube)
Easter Egg Hunt @ 10:45am at Fireside Park
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Rev. Christian DeMent

Jill Coady
Director of Music Ministry

Valerie Sachs
Administrative Assistant
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Rev. Christian DeMent

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La Mesa,CA 91941

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