Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week for Christians.
Observances will include Palm Sunday, which is this Sunday, followed by Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Local churches have scheduled many special events for the week. The following are some of those events:
• Three performances of “The Power of His Love,” a musical drama depicting Holy Week, will take place at the Old Goshen Theater, 216 S. Main St., Goshen, on Easter weekend.
The musical drama looks at the week from Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, through his Crucifixion and Resurrection through the eyes of several of those involved that week: Marcus, a Roman centurion; Peter, Jesus’ disciple; Camilla, Pontius Pilate’s wife; Mary, Jesus’ mother; and Barabbus, a Hebrew Zealot.
There is no cost for any of the performances. Performances will be presented on Thursday and Good Friday at 7 p.m. and March 30 at 2:30 p.m.
Theater doors will open a half hour prior to each performance.
This program is sponsored and produced by the music and drama ministries of First Baptist Church of Goshen.
Call 533-3139 or check out the church’s Facebook page or website at fbcgoshen.org for more information.
• Beulah Missionary Church invites the public to experience the “Journey of the Cross.” On Good Friday, attendees will walk the path Jesus walked during the final days before his death. Beulah will be transformed into 1st Century Jerusalem and participants will be escorted from station to station by “Jesus’ disciples.” There will be vignettes performed and there will be moments of reflection.
The drama will take place between 2 and 7 p.m. Friday. Tours will begin every 10 minutes and last about 40 minutes.
Beulah Missionary Church is located at 57595 Old C.R. 17, Goshen.
• “The Last Supper” drama will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bristol United Methodist Church.
The drama will be presented by The Last Supper Drama Group of Fort Wayne.
In addition to the drama, the Big Blast Ministries will have a special presentation for children at 7 p.m. at Bristol United Methodist Church in the Family Life Center. The Raeburn family will use balloons, illusions, music, Bible stories, puppets, art, games and fun to teach the children about Jesus Christ. A nursery will be available for infants through children that are 3 years old.
Admission is free. An offering will be taken.
For more information, contact the church office at 574-848-4031.
• The sixth and last ecumenical Lenten Centering Prayer service will take place at 7 p.m. Monday in the Koinonia Room at College Mennonite Church. Parking will be available an the south side of the church and signs on the doors will guide people to their proper place.
Centering prayer invites participatents to an attitude of acceptance to God and making space for him daily.
This is a guided time of prayer in silence. Anyone may attend. No sign up is needed.
Prayer time lasts about one half hour. All are invited for tea and fellowship afterward.
HOLY WEEK SERVICES
GOSHEN — Easter Sunday services at First Baptist Church of Goshen will include an 8 a.m. Sonrise service, 9 a.m. fellowship breakfast and 10:15 a.m. Resurrection worship and Communion. The church is located at the corner of Plymouth and Indiana avenues.
GOSHEN — Grace Community Church’s Easter message, “#emptytomb: When the unbelievable became the undeniable,” will be presented during three services at 8 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The last service will be followed by a 30,000-egg community Easter egg hunt for children ages 1 to sixth grade and The Great GumDrop for children in seventh through 12th grades. Registration for both of these events runs from 12:45 to 1:25 p.m. The hunt and drop will begin at 1:30 p.m. Grace is located at 20076 C.R. 36, Goshen.
ELKHART — Creekside Church of the Brethren will have a Palm Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. this Sunday. There will be a palm procession and special music.
The Maundy Thursday service begins at 6 p.m. Thursday. It will include the drama “The Other Twelve Disciples” The Women Disciples of Jesus, plus a footwashing, anointing, Holy Communion and Love Feast.
On Easter Sunday, there will be a Sonrise service at 8 a.m. Easter breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Easter service will begin at 10 a.m. There will be special music and no Sunday school.
Creekside Church of the Brethren is located along C.R. 113 in Dunlap.
NAPPANEE — Nappanee Church of the Brethren, 301 Mack Drive, will have the following Holy Week Services:
• Maundy Thursday at 6 p.m. there will be a Love Feast Communion with footwashing;
• On Good Friday, Nappanee Ministers Association will host a Good Friday Service at the Nappanee United Methodist Church. The seven last words of Christ will be talked about by seven local ministers from noon to 1 p.m. An offering will be taken and divided between Family Christian Development Center and Open Door food ministries.
• Easter Sunday there will be no Sunday School that morning. Easter breakfast will start at 8:30 a.m. Worship will still take place at 10 a.m.
SHIPSHEWANA — Scott United Methodist Church’s the Rev. Tammy Lugar and the worship committee is organizing a Good Friday evening service for this Friday at 7 p.m.
The community is invited.
The Easter service schedule has been announced with a sunrise service at 7:30 a.m., followed by a breakfast at 8 a.m. and the regular service at 9 a.m.
WAWAKA — On Palm Sunday the cantata, “Because He Lives” by Sue C. Smith and Russell Mauldin will be presented at the 10:30 a.m. service at the Wawaka Church of the Brethren.
On Maundy Thursday, a Love Feast and communion will take place at the Wawaka Church of the Brethren at 6:30 p.m.
The Good Friday Service will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Wawaka Church of the Brethren. The Rev. Chad Yoder of Wawaka United Methodist Church will be the evening speaker.
The Easter Sunrise Service is scheduled for Sunday, March 31 at 7 a.m. at the Wawaka United Methodist Church. The Rev. Verne Leininger will be preaching. A breakfast will follow the sunrise service.
The public is invited to all of these services.
Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week for Christians.
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