The most meaningful time of year for Christians is Holy Week. It begins Sunday, April 14 during 11:00 am worship, with the children leading the palms processional as we recognize Palm Sunday – Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 pm, we reenact the Last Supper in this most Brethren of services – the Love Feast. We share in fellowship with a simple meal. We share in service by washing one another’s feet. We share in love and remembrance with communion. All (those who are not members or even Brethren) are welcome to participate or observe, as you are comfortable.
Friday, April 19 at 7:30 pm, we will host the Community Good Friday Service, where we contemplate the crucifixion of Christ. This meditative service features a time of silence, Scripture reflections and the combined choirs from NCOB and the Nokesville United Methodist Church singing a response to each reading to reinforce the mood.
The week culminates with the celebration of the Resurrection – the Easter Sunday service at 11:00 am. In order to truly appreciate the joy of this service, it is important to make it a priority to experience the events of the week that leads up to it. Commit to walking in the footsteps of Jesus on his journey to the cross, and to celebrating his victory over death.
Some Christians make a point of giving something up during Lent, but Pastor Angela suggests “giving something away” instead. Join her for a Gratitude Workshop on Saturday, March 30th at 10 am. You will be guided through a series of prompts to “give your thanks away.”
She wrote: “As I’ve been preparing to lead this workshop, I’ve been really excited by my evolving understanding of what the word “gratitude” even means. Is it something we “owe” someone because of their generosity – or is it so much more? I hope you’ll come and explore how focusing on gratitude, even just a little bit, can change everything!”
Please bring $10 for the workshop – we will use note cards as part of the workshop, and the money will go towards Major Maintenance. Invite your friends.
It’s time for another FUNdraiser for our Major Maintenance fund. This event is Wednesday, April 3, anytime between 11:00 am and 10:00 pm, at the Pizza Hut in Bristow (at the Harris Teeter Shopping Center).
If we spend more than $500 in food, we will receive 20% of our purchases back. (If we spend less than $500, we will receive a check for 10% of the total). As long as we present the ticket, this offer is good for dine-in, carry-out or delivery (if delivery is available where you live).
You MUST present the ticket at the time of your order. Click on the link below to print out your tickets. Feel free to share tickets with your friends, but we cannot stand outside the door and hand them out to their regular patrons. Let’s be good neighbors!
Fundraiser Tickets 2
Thank you for your continuing support of our efforts to care for this place of ministry in the Nokesville community!
On Saturday, December 2, following the Nokesville Christmas Parade (which begins at 4 pm), gather on the church lawn at 5 pm for the telling of the Christmas story, complete with choir singing Christmas carols, children re-enacting the story, and live animals. We’ll finish with a candlelighting.
Then, gather inside for the Community Chili Dinner. $5.00/person donation (children 12 & under are free). All proceeds benefit the Nokesville School lunch program and the Community Blessings Box.
Free horse-drawn carriage rides leave from the church all evening.
For those wishing to participate as volunteers:
All are welcome to sing in the choir during the Live Nativity. Come to the choir room at 4:45 to get your caroling booklet. We also need desserts (which you can drop by any time after 9 am on Saturday) and help setting up tables and chairs at 9am Sat. morning.
For those wishing to help decorate tables and prepare to serve food, please arrive at 3 pm. Contact Jeannette with questions. Many hands make light work, and this is a fun event with the community.
All are welcome for a meaningful service as we celebrate the birth of Christ on Monday, December 24 at 7:00 pm! We will sing carols, hear the traditional story presented in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2 (from the Shepherds’ point of view) and conclude the service with singing Silent Night by candlelight.
Communion will be served, the Children’s Choir will sing, and the bell choir will play. We will also be taking up a love offering to benefit those devastated by the California wildfires among others.
From our family to yours – may you be blessed by the love of Christ this Christmas.