He is risen!
Join us for Easter services, live streaming on Facebook at 11am.
Join us for Easter services, live streaming on Facebook at 11am.
Join us before the live service stream! Keep your coffee fresh (and your germs stale) at our digital coffee hour on Sundays, 10am in the Zoom app, just before the live service stream at 11am. The staff will be in and out as well while we’re setting up for the worship service live stream.
Here’s the info you need to join us in Zoom:
You are invited to our Easter Sign Celebration! We are asking each of you to use “garage leftovers” to come up with the most creative sign/sculpture to post on the church property. We will line Stoney Point Rd and E Ave from our driveways to the roundabout.
Come post your signs on Saturday, April 11th….so by Easter day our property will be filled with signs reflecting Christ’s love for all to see while driving by.
Include a heart and a message of Easter hope, like “He is Risen”.
It's a Cedar Hills tradition - pancakes on Palm Sunday. This Palm Sunday, we invite you to make pancakes with your family for breakfast and enjoy them before the Live stream... or during! 🙂 Take a few pics of your pancake breakfast and send them to us. You might find yourself on the big screens Sunday morning, April 5 if you submit your pictures before 10am.
And just for fun, our worship director is quite the pancake artist when cookin' up flap jacks for her kids. Enjoy this album of our favorites:
It’s that time of year! Easter is quick approaching and we’re planning another great Easter Egg Hunt for Saturday, April 11 a 9am. The egg hunt is for ages preschool to 5th grade and is free and open to the public. Bring your own basket!
Help us with our Egg Hunt supplies and donate a few bags of candy! Just make sure they are individually wrapped and can fit inside a plastic egg (otherwise, the office staff has to eat the ones that don’t make the cut!)
Drop off at the bin near the Family Discipleship Table or to the church office anytime before April 9.
SPECIAL EASTER CHOIR
If you enjoy singing, we invite you to be a part of a special Easter choir to sing at the first two Easter services Sunday, April 12. The choir is open to anyone 8th grade and up who can read music.
Rehearsal Schedule (Must be able to attend TWO rehearsals):
Wednesday, March 18, 7:05pm
Wednesday, March 25, 7:05pm
Wednesday, March 31, 7:05pm
Wednesday, April 1, 7:05pm
Wednesday, April 8, 6:40pm – full run through on Stage
Rehearsals are in room 134/135.
The Easter choir sings along with the opening hymns in the services and prepares a few special music numbers. On Easter, services are at 8:30am, 9:45am, and 11am. The choir sings at 8:30am and 9:45am.
If interested, send your name and voice part to Stuart Geiger via email along with any questions you may have!
Lent is the six-week period leading up to Easter. Lent is seen as a time of solemn observance and preparation for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter. From its start on Ash Wednesday until its conclusion on Easter Sunday, Lent has been a traditional time for fasting or giving something up or abstinence. Just as we carefully prepare for events in our personal lives, as a wedding, or birthday, Lent invites us to make our minds and hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ life, death and body resurrection. (edited from https://40acts.org.uk/ – a great Lent website!)
A reflective service where we will sing, pray, hear a short teaching and receive the traditional mark of ashes on our foreheads. Ash Wednesday is Feb. 26 at 6:30pm.
Starting with Ash Wednesday, a meal will be provided at the church on Wednesdays, Feb. 26-Apr.1, serving 5:15-6:15pm, just prior to the 6:30pm services. These midweek services are roughly 30 minutes in length.
We continue regular worship services on Sunday mornings at 8:30am and 11am, with Sunday classes at 9:45am in between services.
We worship at regular times of 8:30am and 11am. Children ages 3 to 5th grade will be singing at the 11am service. A special pancake breakfast is served throughout the morning.
In place of a Wednesday gathering, the week before Easter our midweek service is on Thursday night, April 9. A meal is served 5:15-6:15pm with a worship service at 6:30pm. On Maundy Thursday, we celebrate the Last Supper with communion.
Three worship services at 8:30am, 9:45am & 11am. Each service will have a mix of traditional Easter and modern song, but the first two will feature classic hymns with organ and choir while the 11am is contemporary praise. There are no Sunday classes.
When does Lent start?
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which is always held 46 days (40 fasting days and 6 Sundays) before Easter Sunday.
What do Christians do during Lent?
Christians observe Lent in many ways. More orthodox and traditional denominations will fast from meat, fish, eggs and fats until Easter Sunday. Others will choose to give up just one item for Lent, more commonly a ‘luxury’ such as chocolate, meat or alcohol. It is also becoming increasingly common for people to give up other things in order to refocus their faith during this time; such as watching TV, going to the gym, even social media. Instead of giving something up, some will add on a deeper devotional practice. Many Christians use Lent to study their Bibles and pray more intensively.
Why is Ash Wednesday called Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday begins Lent. The day gets its name from the traditional blessing of the ashes taken after the burning of Palm branches from the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebrations. The ashes are used to draw a cross on the head of people to mark the beginning of their Lent fast. The drawing of a cross is often done while repeating the words “Repent and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15) or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19).
What is Holy Week?
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week – the last week of Lent leading up to Easter. On Palm Sunday Christians everywhere remember Jesus’ triumphant arrival in Jerusalem. Church services will often include a procession of palm branches, symbolic of the ones laid at Jesus’ feet as he rode into the city.
As Holy Week draws to a close and Easter approaches, we have Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples in which he predicts his betrayal by the following denial by Peter; and Good Friday, the day on which Christians around the world remember Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. With Good Friday over, Christians look forward to Easter Sunday, the day on which Jesus rose from his tomb.
Lent is a season of forty days (excluding Sundays) leading up to Easter. This year it starts on Wednesday, February 26. It is a time of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There are different practices associated with the season of Lent, but the intention is that Lent serves as a season of growing closer to God. Consider using the special services and practices of Lent to help you grow closer to God!
During Lent, we meet on Wednesday nights for a meal (5:15pm-6:15pm) and a short reflective worship service 6:30pm-7:00pm. The season begins with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 26 and continues until Maundy Thursday on Apr. 9. All are welcome for this season of reflection and going deeper into the Word.
The Egg Hunt was a great experience for the church, their families and the community to share in a joyous occasion together.
Our church donated plenty of candy!
The Constants and Colberts were beyond helpful in sharing candy with a family who came late and were unable to participate.
The Van Genderens, Pates, and Kathy Nelson did an incredible job volunteering!
I love Easter for lots of reasons. But, one of the big ones is the chance to work with all our fine musicians that call Cedar Hills home. Between the special choir that gathers to sing at the 8:30 and 9:45 services and the large ‘worship jam’ group that leads at the 11am, we may have 70+ musicians involved on Easter Sunday. This is huge! And it’s so much fun!
Why all the effort? Why all the special rehearsals? Why all the people?
On Easter, we celebrate that our Lord and Savior has conquered the grave! We celebrate that the sting of death, the chains of death no longer have a grip on us. For those who love and follow Jesus, death is not the final say. Our bodies may perish, but they will rise again with Jesus.
As a kid, I used to ponder this moment. I knew we died and went to heaven, but the concept of our
renewed bodies at the second coming always gave me spooky daydreams of bodies coming out of the ground all creepy-like, like a zombie movie.
This is not Easter.
On Easter, Jesus shows us what it looks like to rise. He is not a zombie. He is fully alive in a glorified body that looks and is like a real body, only better! And we, too, will rise and get our cool glorified bodies. Real and better. Jesus is coming to restore all things. To make things new—the promise of a new heaven and a new earth. We, as the saints, will rule in glory with Jesus. The separation between heaven and earth will no longer exist. We won’t need sunshine —Jesus’ light will light up everything we need to
see. And our bodies are perfected and new. We will rise with Jesus and it will be glorious! THIS is why we celebrate!
Director of Worship & Media