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  • Jesus Christ IS risen! He IS risen, indeed! Alleluia! Amen!

    Weren’t our Holy Week and Easter services simply wonderful? From Palm/Passion Sunday with the stripping of the sanctuary and the reading/hearing the passion

    narratives, to our Seder/Maundy Thursday service (thanks to Jo and Etty Rofe of

    Yummy donuts for helping), to our Good Friday service, to Easter Sunrise at Ste-

    ve and Susan Wood’s place and then Easter morning service with the choir canta- ta. Great job Bill Aley on your solo. Everything was simply wonderful. Why? Be-

    cause of what God did for us in sending HIS Son.

    The following is from one of my daily devotions of Holy Week.

    Jesus was betrayed, arrested, tried, whipped/flogged, crucified, died and buried.

    If HIS story ended there, we’d have no reason to celebrate, we’d not have the hope we receive through Christ’s resurrection. Thanks be to God that the story did not end simply with his burial but lives on because Jesus rose from the dead.

    Because of this gift, what are you going to strive to do through the rest of your

    days? How will you daily celebrate and remember Christ’s resurrection?

    What also made this Easter celebration special was the progress made with the

    Sanctuary refurbishing. The chancel area has changed from one cross, to now

    three. The side two represent the two criminals who were crucified by Jesus’ side. The two side crosses were made by Mike Stenger and made out of Bubinga wood

    (African Rosewood). Then in the sanctuary we were able to hang the 14th centu-

    ry tapestry (print) donated to us by Susan Wood. Its title is “The Messenger” and tells how word of Jesus’ healing the sick may have spread all the way to Rome. Then on the opposite wall were hung two of the four “I Am” banners purchased through memorial monies. As all this was being done the antiphonal speakers of

    the organ were rediscovered. Now we’ll be able to hear the organ from the front as well as the back of the sanctuary.

    In this newsletter you’ll find other words of thanks to the many who helped with our Easter celebrations and you’ll find an update on the challenge gift regarding the refurbishing project.

    Eastertide is from Easter Sunday until Pentecost. So throughout April we’ll be cel- ebrating Easter and the gift of new life given through Christ’s rising from the dead.

    Jesus Christ IS risen! He IS risen, indeed! Alleluia! Amen!

    Blessed Easter to one and all,

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    Session Digest Thursday, March 17, 2016

    The elders convened for their regular session meeting on March 17, 2016 (St. Patrick Day). Ten of the twelve elders were in attendance.

    Pastor Dennis opened the meeting with prayer and a devotion on 1 Peter 1:4-10. Each elder had a rock in front of them. Pastor Dennis had picked them up while on his retreat at the Hermitage. The text speaks to all of us as being living stones of Christ. Each of us is to be built upon the cor- nerstone which was rejected but is now the firm cornerstone of faith and life.

    The elders then approved the minutes of the Annual Congregational Meeting, the called meetings of March 3 and 13 (both dealing primarily with the refurbishing of the sanctuary) and the con- cluding minutes of their January 21 planning meeting.

    Pastor Dennis then reported on some vacation plans for the year. He also noted a funeral he was officiating at of a non-member and home communion services held since we last met.

    The refurbishing committee requested the use of the old nursery (downstairs) for temporary storage of items needing to go into a garage sale. Permission was granted.

    Elder Reed Click reported on the February 27 meeting of John Calvin Presbytery. A discussion fol- lowed on the Millennial group of individuals and what type of church they are looking for. How can we appeal to this group? Dr. Click was also elected to be our presbytery commissioner for 2016, with Gretchen Keith as first alternate and Vera Hardin as second alternate.

    Matching Funds Project – Discussion was held regarding how much money had been contributed to the fund. Buddy Roberts and Vera Hardin will be making a presentation to the congregation regarding the status of the fund and the progress of the project. (See report in this newsletter)

    Building & Grounds: A new hot water tank has been installed in Fellowship Hall. The refurbish- ing of Old Fellowship Hall is near completion.

    Care of Members: Linda Reynolds reported on the birthday party at Forsyth Care Center. It is held the 1st Friday of each month. Celebrating was member Lennice Matthesien who turned 101. Delpha Riley reported sending cards to members.

    Evangelism & Mission – Ken Bavuso reported visitors have been well received. Many have en- joyed Ed Legge's synopsis of Elders as printed in the Chimes.

    Parish Activities – Vera Hardin reported on the committee's plans for activities throughout the year. Also the 2nd Sunday of each month is set aside for dinner with friends after morning wor- ship. Jeanne Legge is in charge of the program.

    Worship & Education – Plans for the Seder/Maundy Thursday service was shared. Our friends Jo and Etty Rofe of Yummy Donuts will assist with the Seder service.

    Next regular meeting: Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 5:30pm.

    To the committee who worked on the refurbishing of the sanctuary!

    Mary Parr, Pat Seals, Steve & Susan Wood, Ken Bavuso, Jim Lestrud. Also, Pauline Ritterbush made the flower cross look beautiful again!

    For those of you who have moved out of the area and won’t see the new look, we’ll be posting some new sanctuary photos on our website at compresby.org in the next couple of weeks!

    Also, special thank to Arliss & Linda and the choir members for the Easter Cantata that helped make Easter so special this year!

    http://www.compresby.org

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    Benevolence Fund Report:

    During March we helped 20 people: 9 with fam- ily issues such as food or clothing, 7 with rent, 2 with transportation, and 2 with utilities. We were also blessed with four donations to the fund this month: Thank you for your gifts!

    If you would like to make a donation to the Be- nevolent Fund, please do so by marking your check “special gift - benevolent fund”. You can also donate to the fund through our website’s PayPal button. It’s toward the bottom on the first page. Please mark your gift for the Benev- olent Fund. Those who receive our assistance greatly appreciate your gifts!

    Diabetic Focus Group

    The monthly meeting of the Diabetes Focus Group will be on Monday, April 4, at 10:00 AM in the church Fellowship Hall. This meeting will be a sharing and open discussion of any ideas, diet tips, exercise strategies or anything else you would like to talk about and share with the group. Come and give us your tips for success! Join us! Bring a friend or neighbor who has diabetes or cares for a family member who does.

    Does not reflect all of the salaries through the end of March.

    http://www.compresby.org

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    The Bookies

    The next meeting of the Bookie Club is

    scheduled for Thursday, April 7, 2016, at

    10:30 AM in the hospitality room at the

    church. We will be discussing Concussion

    by Jeanne Marie Laskas. It is about Dr.

    Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist, who

    made one of the most significant medical

    discoveries; traumatic brain injury in a for-

    mer football player. Apparently, he forced

    the NFL to deal with head trauma and that

    was not what they wanted to hear about

    America’s favorite sport.

    There is a current film based on the

    book. Maybe we could watch the movie like

    we have in the past.

    Please join us and bring a friend.

    Planning ahead: For the May meeting, we

    will be reading Touch the Top of the

    World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb

    Farther than the Eye Can See by Eric

    Weihenmayer. On Sunday, April 10, we will recognize Child Abuse Awareness– wear blue to church!

    The following is the recipe for making "Charoset", it was one of the dishes served at our Seder/ Maundy Thursday service. In the Seder service it reminds those participating of how the Jews put mortar between the stones, when building the pyramids in Egypt. Thanks to Deb Robbers for making this for us, for our Seder meal.

    Charoset Serves 8 (Makes 4 cups) Ingredients: 1 cup walnuts 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 1 cup raisins ¼ cup kosher red wine (such as Manischewitz) ½ cup fresh orange juice ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ honey kosher salt 2 crisp apples, such as Gala or McIntosh, peeled and roughly chopped

    Directions: 1. Heat oven to 350° F. Spread the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven, toss-

    ing occasionally, until fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool, then roughly chop. 2. Meanwhile, combine the raisins and orange juice in a small saucepan; simmer over medium-low

    heat until most of the liquid is absorbed, 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool, then stir in the wine, honey, lemon zest, cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon of salt.

    3. In a large bowl, combine the apples and walnuts with the raisin mixture and toss to combine.

    Cover and let sit for at least 4 hours.

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