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  • “Making disciples of Jesus that transform the world.” Inside This Issue:

     Pastor’s Letter

     Kitchen Update

     Because We Are

    Family . . .

     Bob Evans Day Flyer

    415 W. Greene Street,

    Piqua, Ohio 45356

    (937) 773-5313

    Fax (937) 773-5397

    office@greenestreetumc.org

    www.greenestreetumc.org

    Pastor Kenneth A. Stewart

    Wednesday, April 9—Easter Egg Hunt

    6:30 p.m. Infants through 6th grade, Bring a Basket! Everyone will meet in the Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. Don’t be late! Each group will be assigned a different location. After the Easter Egg Hunt everyone will reassemble in Wilson Hall (Gym) for concluding words.

    Sunday, April 13—Palm Sunday

    9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. services with Palms. Introducing the choir at the 9:00 service.

    Thursday, April 17—Maundy Thursday

    We will celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m.

    Friday, April 18—Good Friday

    12:00 p.m. Community Good Friday Service at True Vine Church (531 W. Ash Street)

    Sunday, April 20—Easter Sunday

    9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. services

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    Killing Jesus, by Rev. Kenneth A. Stewart

    Many have recommended Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s book, Killing Jesus: A History (New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, 2013). I’ve slowly made my way through this enlightening work and have appreciated the historical details surrounding the events of Jesus’ life and death. It is particularly meaningful to read during the Lenten season and has prepared my heart for Jesus’ passion. Here are a few observations from this work I’d like to pass on as we near Holy Week:

    The First Century was riddled with tension.

    Everywhere you looked in the First Century, there were stark differences. Such drastically different religious and political worldviews often gave rise to heated conflicts often resulting in the slaying of innocent lives. Although the Jews and Romans worked to ease the tensions between the two groups, political manipulation was rampant, deceptive policies were normative, and corruption ran amuck, all which dwarf the political tensions we experience between political parties in the 21st Century North American context.

    The Roman Empire was more ruthless than I ever imagined.

    PBS provided an excellent series called The Roman Empire: In The First Century. Summarizing their findings, the enduring legacy of the Empire is identified: “The Roman Empire in the first century AD mixed sophistication with brutality and could suddenly lurch from civilization, strength and power to terror, tyranny and greed.” Ruling with an iron fist takes on new meaning when reading about the Romans and the extreme measures taken to enforce their way of dictatorship. Human life was of little consequence and value.

    Remember when Herod issued a decree that all male children should be slaughtered because of the threat Jesus’ birth posed to the Roman establishment (Matthew 2)? It was commonplace for a ruler to order the execution of innocent men, women and children, depending on the fickle mood of whoever was in charge. This occurred with the beheading of John the Baptist at Herodias’ simple request in Matthew 14. No trial, no jury, no due process – just cold-blooded execution as a favor extended by a vengeful ruler. Of course, the most severe punishment reserved for the most hardened criminals was death by crucifixion, where suffering was pushed to its outer limits.

    Jesus’ life and death was anything but commonplace.

    Can you imagine sending your son to inhabit this kind of tense and violent situation? God did. Can you imagine living under the constant threat of death? Jesus did. Living in the First Century could be described as a no-win situation, and yet it served as the appointed time for Jesus’ life and ministry. When Jesus came, he showed the world a new way of life – one not rooted in fear, but love – in stark contrast to the systems of authority. He showed the world how to value human life, restoring the ethic of mutual dignity, respect and honor. Ultimately, it was a way of life he died to secure.

    As we near Holy Week, let us reconsider how uncommon the life and death of Jesus was, especially in comparison to his First Century surroundings. Against the dark backdrop of a bloody and cruel world, Jesus offered his life so love would rule the day, redemption would be possible, and hope would spring up from the doldrums of despair. He gave his life so we might have life, experiencing it in all its fullness, beauty and abundance. Regardless of how many times I hear about the life and death of Jesus, I stand in awe of this sacrificial act of love. The story truly never gets old, and I am brought to a place where I echo the Apostle Paul in praise, who writes in 2 Corinthians 9:15, “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”

  • Kitchen Update

    Pleased and excited are just a couple words that come to mind as we reflect on the events of the past two days (March 11th and 12th) in the kitchen renovation project!! However, the most important word that we wish to share with our church family – GRATEFUL!! This past Tuesday and Wednesday the “major appliance” phase of the kitchen project was completed when the new Hobart dishwasher, double stack Vulcan convection ovens, and the GE Monogram duel fuel gas ranges were delivered and set in place. Thanks to the healthy and strong men who delivered nearly a TON of appliances to our basement!!

    We have met twice with interested persons in our membership, as well as representatives from Chrysalis and Child Care and we have earnestly attempted to satisfy the needs all who use our kitchen facilities. We have significantly improved the safety issue over our old gas ranges and the new dishwasher will offer some savings in water usage. Naturally, it is exciting to see these shiny new appliances, and we believe they will serve our needs for many years to come. However, NONE of this would have been possible without your support and pledges to this unexpected renovation. We sincerely thank you for your faithful gifts that are making this possible. Now we’re on to the next, and hopefully final phase, kitchen workspace and furnishings. Please let either of us or Sherry Heath know if you or your group are interested in specifically funding some of our remaining tools and equipment.

    Gratefully,

    Jackie & Martin Pollock

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    Financial update to the project notes that $12,370 has been pledged from the congregation for the kitchen project. The goal of $15,000 is reachable and will allow purchases to continue. The project has included replacing the original base flooring of the kitchen with concrete. Prior to the pouring of the floor some new plumbing and electric was installed. After the floor had cured for 28 days the base coat of Sandstone ArmorSeal was painted with paint speckles thrown onto the floor. A clear sealer was painted over the floor for the final finish. The cabinet in the kitchen was placed in Wilson Hall for storage and the wooden counter was reversed, sanded and varnished. The new dishwasher has been repositioned to allow a longer area for preparing the dishes for the dishwasher cycle. The clean dishes area will allow two complete racks of dishes to air dry before being returned to the pantry. The stainless tables that are on the wish list for purchase can be positioned in many ways in the kitchen for many different purposes. The ceiling tiles will be replaced and Steve Davis is in the process of repainting the walls and woodwork to match the floor.

    A notebook of desired items, yet to be funded, is available for review. Anyone wishing to make a special purchase for the kitchen may choose from the notebook. Please still consider a gift to the kitchen renovation project.

    We would be remiss if we failed to note that all of this redesign and implementation would not have been possible without the engineering skills and connections of Martin & Jackie Pollock. Martin’s daily visits to guide the gas, electric and plumbing changes made the process seamless.

    Church members are encouraged to stop by the church and take a look at the new area. It is something to be proud of.

  • Because We Are Family . . .

    OUR SYMPATHY IS EXTENDED TO:

     Dan and Adele Penrod and family upon the death of his mother Doris on February 28, 2014.

     Scott and Susy Phillips upon the death of his mother Kay Phillips who passed away on March 12.

     The Sweetman family on the death of Jennifer’s grandmother on March 8, 2014.

     Rita Ash on the death of her son Michael Stang on March 25.

    CONGRATULATIONS EXTENDED TO:

     Abbey and Josh Slivers on the birth of Blakelee Emerick Silvers, born March 11. Proud grandparents are Rick and Terry Fry.

     Chris and Amy Vosler on the birth of Jacob Christopher Vosler, born March 6. Proud grandparents are April & Dave Vosler and great- grandmother, Colleen Fry.

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